Category: Mentors

To Be Young Black And Gifted: Black Males Shine Bright

I met this young man leaving the building where I work. Dapper and debonair his mere presence alone made me want to know more about him. Just leaving an interview for a summer intern position, he not only captured my attention but stuck around and held a twenty minute conversation as he carried my belongings from the car back into…

Silence In The Midsts Of Life And Death

We don’t know what else to say. We don’t know how to say it. Silence is everywhere, every time a school shooting happens. Why? Because people have said everything possible to get our government to move on stricter gun laws. I’m not talking about that right to bear arms type of move. I am talking about save our children from…

Motherless Child: A Black Boys Trauma

He was seven years old, riding in the backseat of his fathers black Bronco. I drove up alongside him happy that I’d come across them at the light. My nephew pointed a toy gun at me that looked more real than fake and ducked back down below the window. When he noticed me his eyes lit up as he turned…

These Dads Are Everything We Need To See In Our Communities

No, it’s not Fathers Day yet, but I thought I’d get a head start on celebrating a few amazing dads in our community. When you think of amazing role models and loving fathers it just warms your heart to know that there are men who are actually doing the work that sometimes goes unnoticed by a larger audience. The part…

The Times They Are A-Changin

Youth have a voice! It’s evident everywhere you go! They are speaking out! Raising fists and flags and signs, shouting “Give Us” whatever it is we need! When I was a youth (at risk of sounding old), children were seen and not heard. I recall my seventh grade teacher Mr. Barnicowski had a huge paddle over his classroom door. Engraved…

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