A ProPublica analysis of federal data on deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 shows that young black males in America are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts. Click on the link below to read more.
Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld is a former Associate Professor at the School of Education at Iowa State University and currently in the College of Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is Author of Warren’s Words: Smart Commentary on Social Justice; Co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice; Editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price; Co-author of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life; Co-Editor of Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States; Co-Researcher & Co-Author: 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People; Co-editor of Butler Matters: Judith Butler’s Impact on Feminist and Queer Studies; and Author of AIDS and Your Religious Community. He also serves as an editorial blogger for The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and Tikkun Daily.
During our conversation, Warren talked about:
– Growing up Jewish and gay in the 1950’s and how including how he tried to commit suicide at a young age including trying to commit suicide and overcoming bullying
– How social and gender roles have been established and exist to maintain the status quo patriarchy
– How race is socially constructed
– His thoughts on what has changed in the area of gender stereotypes have changed in his time
– Religious justification of racism and gender stereotypes
– His thoughts on organized religion’s response to the LGBT community and blacks
– How the womens movement had an effect on the transgender community
– Today’s young LGBT community
– His message for the LGBT and non-LGBT communities
Are the events in Ferguson revealing hostility between many from a younger generation of activists and elites of the traditional civil rights, religious and civic organizations of the Black freedom struggle? Click on the link below to read more.
Marie Roker-Jones and Dr. Vibe Show hosting #ManYouWantToBe conversation on changing the face of bullying.
The guests were Edmund Adjapong and Kwadwo Bediako. They talked about Gully Face, Inc, a campaign to educate and inspire the world with a simple facial expression- the gullyface, with the purpose to eradicate bullying.
Gully Face Inc., the anti-bullying project, was founded by Kwadwo Bediako, a Ghana-born resident of New York City. The campaign began amongst his friends, and as a branch of his clothing line, AM Clothing, although it all started under a different name, “Stale Face”. The initial concept, reflected the facial expression of a hard-worker, of someone determined to “make it big” in his or her life. It symbolizes the face that made one stand strong and firm against any oppressor and Kwadwo strongly believes, to this day, that the face motivated him and his friends to push through any obstacle that got in their way.
Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is a New York City Public School science teacher and a student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Science Education and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Edmund believes every student has the ability to learn, and does so differently. He also believes that engaging students through urban youth culture, specifically Hip-Hop – despite its unconventional method – is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color. He is the administrator for the Science Genius Program, a program that engages urban students in the sciences through Hip-Hop, and the director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. Following the completion of his masters degree, Edmund plans on continuing education by pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education.
Imani Blackmon “The Future Starts Today: The Young Person’s Guide To Financial Independence”
Imani M. Blackmon is a young mogul on the rise. With the release of his first book, The Future Starts Today: The young Person’s Guide to Financial Independence, he has sounded a clarion call for a new corps of young African American entrepreneurs. The book challenges the millennial generation to engage in financially sensible choices, as they prepare to take their place among the world’s creative and innovative business leaders. It provides valuable lessons, and cautionary notes carved from his personal journey. Imani is the recipient of the Maryland Northeast Region Scholarship and is currently a freshman Finance major at Howard University, in Washington DC. He has spoken for numerous high profile business events addressing the issues of personal financial literacy among young people. An alumnus of the Academy of Finance in Maryland, he has already made lasting impressions having worked with financial powerhouse firms like Morgan Stanley and KPMG; where he received extensive training in asset allocation, wealth management, investments, and corporate auditing. He is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants.
During our conversation, Imani talked about:
– Growing up in Washington, D.C. and the influence that his father had on him growing up
– When is life turned from sports to education and finance and how did his parents respond to this
– How he ended up doing an internship at Morgan Stanley office in Maryland
– The story behind his book and how it has changed his life
– His thoughts about black entrepreneurship, black ownership and how blacks can move forward financially
– The biggest economic challenges for black men
White men make up just 31% of the American population, but hold 65% of public elected offices, according to a jarring new study. The same study shows that nine out of 10 elected officials are white, despite people of color accounting for more than 37% of the population. Women of color are hardest hit: They make up 19% of the population (about 62 million people), but hold a mere 4% of public offices. Click on the link below to read more.
– How has social media helped them as black men?
– Are there a lot of black men proactive with social media?
– What are the panelists thoughts on the content being produced in social media?
– What needs to happen to get do black men need to do to make a bigger impact on social media?
– How did each of the panelists get involved with social media?
– Where are black men getting it right and wrong when it comes to social media?