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Incubating The Next Generation Of Minority Tech Talent

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

As individuals, organizations, and governments continue to focus on developing new solutions to help solve our world's most challenging problems, tech incubators have become an important tool to help spur innovation.

Jesse Dylan on Reimagining the American Dream with Home Matters

Jesse Dylan | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Jesse Dylan

As a student I got to know a man called Frank. He had lost his home, and his neighborhood, and was living on the streets and shelters. He wanted to go back to a world where he had a family, a community. Yet he had no hope. His story of yearning to return home stayed with me for years.

Being an Intentional Neighbor: 5 Things I Learned from The Dream Campaign

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Their refrigerator is covered with artwork, homework, drawings and special notes. Scattered about the house are toys, craft supplies, and evidence of...

Black Single Mothers Are More Than Scapegoats

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 04.06.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

If I had a dollar for every time a single mother got blamed for the problems in the African American community, I'd be rich. If I had two dollars for every time someone said a single mother's problems would be solved with the addition of a man to the household, I would be even richer.

What Built Current State of Black Inner-city Communities?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 03.28.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

Embed from Getty Images It is horrific to see innocent people with perceived control over their lives being beaten down by a force strongly felt but ...

The Crisis of Sports in Inner-City America

Paul Caccamo | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Paul Caccamo

Today, a child waking up in a low income urban community is four times less likely to play sports after school than a child waking up in a more afflue...

Have You Ever Heard Inner-City Chicago Children Cry?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

As a child, I often cried in unison with other young children on the Westside of Chicago. Have you ever heard Chicago children cry? No matter how or why, it is hard to justify the continuous cries with blame and criticisms of their ties to an ongoing plight that has lead to the demise of countless lives for way too much time.

The Boy Who Dared to Be Great

Richard Paul Evans | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Richard Paul Evans

I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, but 1970, the year I turned eight, was especially difficult. A Tsunami of misfortune hit my family. My father lost his job and couldn't find work and my mother began to exhibit the first signs of severe depression.

Nobody Can Do it Alone: From Homeless to PhD with Urban Fitness 911

Michaela Haas | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Veronica Everett-Boyce founded Urban Fitness 911 three years ago in Los Angeles, CA. Urban Fitness 911 addresses the disparity of health and fitness for youth and adults by providing them with wellness, fitness, nutrition, mentoring, and tutoring.

Inner-City Arts Empowers Underserved Kids In Los Angeles To Discover Purpose Through Expression

Julian Mitchell | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

There is one trailblazing organization committed to not only keeping art as a focal point in schools, but more importantly dedicated to shifting the way society respects, understands and appreciates art as a world-changing tool: Inner-City Arts.

'Little Ballers' Is A Documentary The Whole Family Needs To Watch

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

Different players across the NBA have something in common: they once played basketball with the AAU, aka the Amateur Athletic Union, a non-profit orga...

Inner-City 'Barbarians'? Calling Out Racism on the Airwaves

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross. Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger crossed one of the most basic lines we have: racism.

Ferguson Resulted From Republican Talking Points That Ignore the Economic Segregation of Blacks in America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Republicans should explain poverty using more words than "single mother" and "culture." The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a town with 75 percent African-American citizens and double the poverty rate of Missouri, is a testament to the economic segregation faced by black citizens.

I Just Called the Cops On a Group of Young Black Boys

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I wasn't expecting my walk home to be like this at all. "I just called the cops on a group of young black boys. I feel horrible." I'd just entered m...

CDC Doctors Have Identified a Troubling New Disease Threatening Inner-City Youth

PolicyMic | Zak Cheney-Rice | Posted 05.20.2014 | Black Voices

The news: Do you live in the inner city? Is your life defined by high stress, malnourishment and random acts of violence? If you answered “yes,...

O'Reilly and Ryan and 'Inner-City' Exceptionalism

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Ryan and Reilly can cry crocodile tears as they pretend to be having an "adult conversation" about "what's really going on," but the truth is nothing pleases them more than the continuation of the status quo.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Paul Ryan and the Inner City American Dream Deferred

Antonio Moore | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Ryan's statement has undertones of racial bias and ignorance, and it fails to acknowledge the depth of the context of America's dark history. A history that digs back to the tobacco farms of Jamestown, Virginia, then makes its way forward to the lunch counters in Selma, Alabama.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

Open-Source Capitalism and the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
John Hope Bryant

The real vision, mission and purpose for the 2nd annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit was actually quite simple -- to break the traditional cyc...

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

Jason Chuong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Chuong

When music is taught in school, it offers a crucial link to the outside world -- to one of the most prominent facets of our culture. It acts as a bridge from the classroom to the community.

Emotional Fuel and the Power to Motivate Students

Robert Sun | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Robert Sun

Most people think raw intellectual talent is the primary marker for academic success among children. But new insights are proving that motivation is perhaps even more important to learning than innate intelligence.

Michael Skolnik: "We Should Remember Their Names"

92nd Street Y | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
92nd Street Y

Political Director to Russell Simmons and co-president of GlobalGrind.com Michael Skolnik recently spoke with us about gun violence in America. After...

Mentoring The Tough And Risky: A Small Cadre Of Successful Women Mentor At-Risk Youth

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Paul Wisenthal

Jabious and Anthony Williams enrolled in an entrepreneurship program at their high school, sponsored by NFTE. In class, Patty Alper and Mena Lofland changed their lives and mentored their successes.