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“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”—But It Takes Men to Build a Man

July 10, 2017

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As men, we’re not all that comfortable with an article that begins like this. Whether we swagger through life just in our heads or occasionally with our whole-body attitudes, there is a sincere crisis going on within our society.

Fatherlessness. Maybe you had that. I did as well.

When I, the last of my parent’s children, was a lad of 8, my brother, 16 years older than me, was killed in a private airplane crash. He was the pilot. My father was along for the ride. So was a doctor from our town in Oregon, who was also killed. Our family got ripped apart.

My Dad lived. Kind of. He was seriously crippled for the rest of his days. At that young age, a lot of life was up to me to figure out.

Oh, I majored on being a “good boy,” so that the anger...

February 13, 2017

Tell us who you are and what you do!

My name is Will “Zee” Tidwell and I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. I am a public speaker, writer, and a youth builder. My business, SpeakUPZee, is a company that consists of public speaking, writing, poetry and mentoring mainly focusing on the youth. I believe the youth dream the most and dream the biggest. SpeakUPZee wants them to keep dreaming and help them achieve what it is they’ve been dreaming about.

I used to write down snippets of poems, record myself and share them on my social media. The feedback I received from my followers made me feel adequate and I wanted to keep progressing. I began to take my writings and poems seriously, but I needed to figure out a way to transform my hobb...

Hal Jackson was an African American business leader, disc jockey and radio personality who broke the color barriers in American radio broadcasting. He was born on November 3, 1915 in Charleston, South Carolina. His parents passed when he was young, and he stayed with other family until moving out on his own at the age of 13. He excelled in several athletics at Dunbar High School. He then went on to attend Howard University, where her worked as a college sports announcer. He was able to secure a position providing commentary to a crowd at games of Homestead Grays, who were apart of the Negro Leagues.

By the end of the 1930s, Jackson approached Washington D.C. based WINX with an idea for an interviewing program, but  Jackson was...

Tell us who you are and what you do!

My name is Stefon Hullum-Mhoon and I currently reside in Conway, Arkansas. This is my third year as a professional barber and since this profession became my foundation, I’ve been able to maximize my creating ability in a couple new areas such as my non-profit Faded Inc., my clothing line NuMhoon Clothing, and helping others develop solid marketing ideas for their business with Prestige Cuts.

I’m an entrepreneur with an creative drive to redefine what it is to be black in America, let alone a black male! Solid in faith and my spirituality I know through one of my many talents whether it’s barbering, music, art, acting or just motivating others, I can reach my full potential in showing and not just tel...

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a self-taught poet, musician, and graffiti phenomenon from the late 1970s. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 22, 1960. His source of inspiration came from his diverse culture and heritage, with his father being Haitian-American and his mother being Puerto Rican. At an early age, Basquiat drew on paper that his father brought home from the office, while his mother encouraged him go after his artistic talents.

In the late 1970s, Basquiat’s graffiti piece, “SAMO”, that was created in New York City is one of his first pieces that  got him noticed. He decided to drop out of high school in 1977, which was one year before he was supposed to graduate. He started selling sweatshirts and postcards on the stree...

Tell us who you are and what you do!

Yo. This is actually one of the hardest questions to answer (believe it or not), but I’ll do my best. I’m Brandon Miller and I am an IT Consultant, Graphic Designer, Serial Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, Chipotle Eater, 5K Runner, Blogger, and so much more. But, let me rewind and try this introduction thing again.

I grew up in Aurora, Colorado (right outside of Denver), and received my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, where I also received a minor in Technology & Management. Currently, I reside in Dallas, Texas as an implementation and operations IT consultant. Outside of the full time job I manage the three companies that I’ve founded.

I’m...

No president could yield a complete overhaul of race relations in America, but Obama has had an undeniable impact on black youth. A black president was a pipe dream to one generation; for another, he’s been the staple.

The statistics point to a startling, yet simple, truth: black boys who cannot read are already in trouble. So if we know that black boys aren't reading the level they should, what can we do to improve that? It starts with awareness and extends to:

Customized reading plans

A large part of improving the reading rates of black boys is to provide curriculum plans that are a little less rigid and a little more nuanced. As adults, the reading materials we pick up for the pure joy of reading are as varied as we are and it's acceptable for individuals to prefer certain genres over others. Kids don't have the same freedom. In fairness, before kids can determine what reading materials they will love, they must first have exposure to a wide variety...

Gordon Parks was known as the first African-American photographer for LIFE and Vogue magazines and the first African American to direct a major Hollywood movie. Parks was a self-taught artist (writer, photographer, composer, and filmmaker). His work focused on issues such as poverty and social justices.

He was born November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas. At the age of 25 he purchased his first camera, which was inspired by his viewing of migrant workers in a magazine. Parks took early fashion pictures, which caught Marva Louis’ eye, and she encouraged him to move to a larger city. Parks and his wife, Sally, moved to Chicago, where he explored subjects beyond portraits and fashion pictures.

In 1941, Parks won a Photography...

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