President Obama unveils his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative today. It’s goal is to find ways for “business and civic leaders to help keep young black men and other men of color on a successful course”.
The centerpiece of the effort is a presidential task force led by Broderick Johnson, the secretary of Mr. Obama’s cabinet. The task force will recommend programs that should be expanded or created to help young black men meet their potential.
Leaders from more than a dozen nonprofit groups will join the president in the East Room on Thursday afternoon as the initiative is announced, including representatives of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the California Endowment, the Ford Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Others include Magic Johnson from Magic Johnson Enterprises, Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners, Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association and Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment. Gen. Colin Powell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York.
The foundations are pledging $200 million over the next five years in a search for solutions to problems such as early-childhood development, educational opportunities, school readiness and discipline, parenting, and the criminal justice system.
We’d like to suggest the following that could be done now and at very little cost: The African Americans and 12 Years a Slave for example should be required reading and viewing for every child in every school in every state in this country, as part of American History, Civics, etc.
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Lee & Low is a children’s book publisher focussed on bringing diverse voices to the forefront and promoting related conversations.
They produced this info graphic of the Academy’s track record on honoring the work of minorities. The backdrop to this includes an investigation by The Los Angeles Times in 2012. The Times found that the majority of Academy members are older white men, and of the 85 best actress awards, just one went to a person of color, Halle Berry in 2002.
The Academy’s new president is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to do so. She and its chief executive Dawn Hudson are taking steps to increase diversity, which includes a diverse roster of faces for the March 2 show.
Click here for interviews with independent filmmakers of color about their roles in Hollywood.
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In case you missed it, we’ve already had this conversation. You don’t get to decide who sits at the lunch counter.
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Harlem‘s gentrification continues. There are arguments for the good and the bad of it. But one thing for certain is that there are abuses and resources to help people impacted by them deal with them.
One such resource has been created by The New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency. It is a Tenant Protection Unit. It is specifically designed to “protect the rights of rent regulated tenants” and “detect landlords’ fraudulent acts and non-compliance with housing law.”
Click here for more on this important topic.
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