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My Brothers' Keeper

Another Charlie Brown Election?

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Carlos R. Moreno

The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.

Yes We Can. Let's!

Richard Robbins | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Richard Robbins

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the recently appointed United States Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, organized a gathering of tech-focused community organizers at the White House (or, more accurately, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building).

All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color

Monique Miles | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Monique Miles

While overall rates of disconnection from society are likely to trend down as the nation recovers from the Great Recession, history suggests that disconnected young men of color are in danger of being permanently left behind, and this has implications for future generations.

After Years Of Taking Questions, Obama Turns The Tables On One Teen

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making the switch from interviewee to interviewer. The president questioned a Maryland hi...

Flair for the Dramatic Is Necessity for HBCU Development

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

When HBCU leaders decide that they want to break the mold, they have to go so far beyond the norm, that its almost appears like a stunt. But its not a stunt; it truly is what must be done for a campus to gain a foothold in changing public perceptions and attracting more resources.

Imagining a President Who Speaks 'Truth to Power' on Juvenile Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Steve Drizin

It's time for the president to be decisive on another issue that not only has support among his base but also among an increasingly vocal minority of conservative and libertarian Republicans. It is time for the president to speak out about "mass incarceration."

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website. Recently released repo...

Chris Paul: Becoming a Mentor Like the Ones Who Helped Me Succeed

Chris Paul | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Paul

When I have an opportunity to mentor someone, I find the most important thing is to listen to them when they tell you about themselves. That will always give you an idea of what type of support they need.

Your Opportunity to Prevent Another Ferguson

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Ama Yawson

It has been nearly two months since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the beginning of the uprising that the murder triggered. Most social critics have observed that the uprising was not simply about racism and police brutality.

Makes Me Wanna Holler (Or, When the Music Is the Message)

Robert Ross | Posted 11.30.2014 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

In the aftermath of the Ferguson tragedy, the messages of Marvin Gaye's music, the youthful spoken word poets, and the shooting demise of young Michael Brown yielded a powerful mix of music and a gut-wrenching reminder of how far our society must go.

What Does the Crisis in Ferguson Have to Do With Reproductive Justice?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The central tenet of reproductive justice is that every woman has the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.

More Caring, Less Fear

Robert Ross | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

Rather than spending dollars on drones and other questionable, expensive military equipment, it is time that local law enforcement officials shift those resources toward training on how to more effectively engage their local communities, especially young people of color.

Obama: Ferguson Highlights Need For More Black Youth Mentorship. Here's Who Is Stepping Up

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact

President Obama delivered remarks addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday, using the volatile situation to discuss initiatives aiming ...

Am I Not Also My Sister's Keeper?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The recent announcement that 60 of the nation's largest school districts are joining President Obama's initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys is both welcome and troubling.

The Missing Piece for Young Men of Color: Jobs

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

With the President making historic strides in launching My Brother's Keeper and, together with Congress, passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act there is no better time than now to make a focus on jobs real throughout the country.

My Brother's Keeper Skating on Thin Evidence?

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Heidi Hartmann

Since all federal programs generally must be open to everyone, what's the point of excluding girls and women of color from this initiative? I'm sure it comes across as a shocking and hurtful omission to young women and girls of color.

President Obama Expands Plan To Help Minority Boys

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with edu...

Changing the Odds for Boys and Men of Color

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Timothy P. Silard

A responsible approach to criminal justice can make our communities safer, save tax dollars and help all of us, but our current system is falling terribly short -- at great economic, human and moral cost.

Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

Nimmi Gowrinathan | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women
Nimmi Gowrinathan

Small spaces for social justice can be suddenly erected, or purposefully constructed. After developing an iconic legal insight Kimberle Crenshaw, found that critical aspects of race theory were reflected most accurately in familiar faces, with familiar politics.

Black Women Are Being Overlooked By This Administration

Salon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices

On Monday, the White House announced a new executive order that will bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or...

Reduce Early Fathering? Teach Men About Birth Control

Laura Stepp | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Fatherhood is a big business these days, but it's missing an important piece.

My Brother's Keeper Is a Great Fathers' Day Gift for Our Children

Melanie L. Campbell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Melanie L. Campbell

When President Obama announced his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, the Black Women's Roundtable was present to witness this historic announcement during Black History Month. We remember vividly the air of excitement and anticipation that reverberated in the room, on social media and across the country.

The Fatherhood Movement

Etan Thomas | Posted 08.09.2014 | Black Voices
Etan Thomas

That will be our overall message: To reach for the stars no matter what your situation. Will there be obstacles? Yes. Will it be easy? Absolutely not. But there are too many examples of men who were able to be successful and make the right decisions who came from so-called "broken homes."

We Don't Need to Live in a Society Where Race Limits Any Child's Destiny

Gordon Whitman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

One of the great tragedies in America today is the mistaken belief that racial inequality is a sad but inevitable condition of our society.

Remove Systemic Barriers So Boys and Young Men of Color Can Succeed

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

On Friday, the Obama administration released the My Brother's Keeper Task Force Report to the president, providing the nation with an action agenda to...