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Young Black Males

For Now, Young Black Males Matter... Until the Cameras Go Off

Romal Tune | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Romal Tune

It's almost as if they are saying please don't go away, please stay, because the moment you leave or turn the channel, no one will care anymore. They will go back to struggling in silence and irrelevance.

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 ...

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.

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

7 Lies We Need To Stop Telling About Young African-American Men

PolicyMic | Posted 04.17.2014 | Black Voices

Last week Long Island teenager Kwasi Enin captured national headlines after becoming part of an impressive club: high school seniors who have been acc...

Why Doing a Google Search Can Be So Damaging

Kelley Raleigh | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Kelley Raleigh

Have you ever Googled yourself and clicked on the images tab? What if you google something you like or want to know more about, click on the images ta...

Young Black Men Send A Serious Message In A Stylish Way

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices

A group of young Black and Latino men are letting the world know that they are far from the image of violent, uneducated and unkempt individuals that ...

Consequences When African-American Boys Are Seen As Older

NPR | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices

Many teens are in a hurry to grow up. Now research suggests that African-American boys are more likely to be viewed as adults than white boys. Social ...

The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Hope of President Barack Obama

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.15.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

For Black History Month, we honor the lives of African Americans that worked diligently to create a better America in the name of equality. Though the...

Trayvon and Jordan: Why Knowing Their Names Hurts

Tricia Elam Walker | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Tricia Elam Walker

Young black men understand that they are disposable as far as society at large is concerned, and they have internalized that message, often harming themselves in the process in addition to being harmed by others.

Maybe I Need an Announcer

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Surveying the reconfigured talk show landscape, I became annoyed that everybody gets to do a monologue but me. After all, I have hilarious thoughts as...

Don Lemon and Media Violence Against Young Black Men

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 10.03.2013 | Media
Antwaun Sargent

Don Lemon's comments are reminiscent of the media violence that has played out across news broadcast with reports that have called young black men crack babies, predators, dropouts, absentee fathers, and thugs. Reports that have captured the American imagination, and created moral panic.

It Is Time to Come Out of the Closet About Racism in America

Michele Hunt | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Michele Hunt

The Trayvon Martin tragic injustice has sparked a long overdue conversation in America. What is at the heart of racism in our country? Why is the fear so intense between the black and white communities? Why can't we find the courage to authentically talk about it?

No Country for 'Black Teens'

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

The belief that male "black teens" are inherently more likely to be criminals is ingrained in our society. It has seeped into our institutions in the form of racial profiling, and too often it poisons the judgment of those who are supposed to protect us.

One Death Is Too Many: Why We Need Gun Violence Prevention Reforms

Jamira Burley | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Jamira Burley

Eight years ago, in 2005, I was just a normal high school student. I faced my share of adversity, but nothing I thought I couldn't handle -- even afte...

What African American Communities Can Learn from Africa About Stopping the Spread of HIV/ AIDS

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 12.04.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

I was shocked to discover that the HIV infection rate for black males in our nation's capital is higher than that of some African countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nigeria.

Raise Your Voice For Trayvon

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.26.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and stood with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford, a town with only 50,000 residents.

Trayvon Martin Case Presents an Unfortunate Reality

Etan Thomas | Posted 05.22.2012 | Black Voices
Etan Thomas

My son Malcolm is six years old. He is a fun loving kid, loves sports, Avatar The Last Airbender and swimming. Everyone thinks he is adorable. But soon, I have to explain to him that he will not always be viewed as a cute little kid. That as he gets older, he will be looked at as a threat.

With You When You're Right: The Anti-Deficit View of Black Male Achievement

Tim King | Posted 04.20.2012 | Education
Tim King

The idea that strong relationships impact student success shouldn't be anything new to educators. But the implication -- that race, background and gender are not destiny, and that focused interventions produce tangible results -- is enormous.

Blaming the Victims in Their Own Voices

Amy Wilkins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education
Amy Wilkins

We don't know why the boys quoted by the Sparrows didn't mention the numbingly dull classes, the frequently absent teachers, the non-functioning science labs and all the other ways schools cheat them out of strong educations.

Still Waiting: Black Male Achievement in America

LaVar Young | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
LaVar Young

The gap in achievement between black males and their white counterparts isn't news -- it's common knowledge, generally accepted, and only sometimes bemoaned. So why aren't we more alarmed?

I'd Rather Be in Jail

Patrice Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Patrice Fenton

I challenge everyone, as we move into 2011, to think about ways we can all reach out to these young black males in our immediate communities to build bridges over the cracks and gaping holes that lie in their paths.

The Reason Why The Black Male 'Crisis' Is a Hoax

Jose Vilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jose Vilson

We're selectively oblivious to the plight of those less fortunate than us. Thus, "crisis" is relative.

Why Black/Latino Male Teachers aren't as Effective in the Classroom... Yet

Jose Vilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jose Vilson

Black and Latino male teachers aren't as effective as they could be just yet, and it has everything to do with the roles they take on in schools.

Scapegoating Teachers Will Not Help Young Black Males Succeed

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Only when parents, administrators, teachers, and the community come together to find solutions can we truly address all the factors in making a child a success.