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My Brothers' Keeper

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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.

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...

I Am My Brother's Keeper

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn't disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.

Cradle-To-Power: From the Talented Tenth to My Brothers' Keeper

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

The lost lives of Clay Cross and Kendarius Edwards underscore how our nation's safety, security and competitiveness are compromised with every instance of wasted potential and every senseless death.

The Fight for Black Men and Boys: What's trauma got to do with it?

Diana Aubourg Millner | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Diana Aubourg Millner

There is a large body of research on the long-term impact of childhood trauma and its potential to create social, emotional and cognitive impairment.

My Gay Brother's Keeper

Ben Francisco Maulbeck | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben Francisco Maulbeck

We need to build systems that support and reinforce these strengths so that more gay, bi, and trans men of color can succeed in a world that too often rejects them.

Obama and the Lingering Significance of Race

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Racism should not be an alibi for clear failures by this president to maximize the moment. On the other hand, critics should never forget the role of race in the Obama era. As the first African American to ascend to the presidency, Obama has bent over backwards to be reassuring to his white countrymen, almost to a fault. Even when race was unmistakably an issue, as it surely is in Republican voter suppression, or the racial dimension of who suffered disproportionately from the subprime housing collapse, the president has gone out of his way not to mention race. In some respects, Obama is damned if he talks explicitly about race, and damned if he doesn't.

Rebecca Klein

The Racial Groups Facing The Biggest Barriers To Success In America | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

From birth, the average black child in America is at a relative disadvantage, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday. Wh...

My Brother's Keeper: Sons And Brothers Speak Out

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.14.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

My Brother's Keeper is an Obama Administration initiative that seeks to empower boys and young men of color. The effort kicked off in February 2014. ...