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Brotherly Love

The City of Philadelphia released a report exclusively focused on the health of Black men and boys. The first-of-its-kind study, Brotherly Love: Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphic, found that:

  • Black males have a shorter life expectancy than other demographic groups, more than 5 years less than other men
  • Health insurance coverage is at an all-time high; 9 in 10 Black adults have health insurance, and more than 96 percent of Black children have health insurance coverage
  • School-aged Black boys have the lowest rates of childhood obesity compared to other racial/ethnic groups
  • Unemployment and poverty rates are declining, while high school, college, and graduate school graduation rates are increasing among Black men
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internx

internX is a new initiative to match 10,000 skilled young adults, particularly African-American college students, with quality internships by the year 2020.

To address the United States’ talent crisis in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Fund II Foundation (F2F) has created internX to help companies tap talent from historically underrepresented communities as opportunities in STEM fields grow. The internX platform will match collegiate talent with intern opportunities and provide a range of tools and services to ensure they are prepared for the internships they seek. The platform also will assess and support companies as they recruit, develop, and retain talent from underserved communities, particularly the African-American student population.

Students and companies are invited to register today. Become the X factor–the America’s technology future!

Building Beloved Community Leadership

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is excited to announce that applications for the 2019 AMEX leadership academy at CBMA are now open!

This June, CBMA will bring 24 emerging leaders in the Black Male Achievement field to Greensboro, North Carolina to begin a 12-month leadership development experience. The American Express Leadership Academy at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement fellowship will kick-off with a four-day gathering in Greensboro, NC from June 9 to 13, which will leverage the unique strengths and competencies of two Greensboro-based leadership development and social justice organizations: the Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center.

This four-day gathering in Greensboro, NC will serve as a catalyst for the twelve-month leadership development journey. From this point of departure, the fellowship cohort will participate in a year-long learning community that will help strengthen and deepen individual leadership and subsequent impact within the broader field of Black Male Achievement.

You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity.

MBK Rising

MBK Rising was a two-day convening that brought together in Oakland the growing network of MBK Communities, elected officials, cross-sector leaders, and young men of color and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams. Watch videos from this Oakland event with President Obama, Stephen Curry, and more.

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Life Is a Boomerang

The City University New York (CUNY) Black Male Initiative (BMI) released this video about the power of giving from Advisory Board Member Shawn Dove. “Life is a boomerang,” he shares, “what you put out comes back to you.”

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Getting Serious About Racial Healing

A message from Edgar Villanueva, vice president at the Schott Foundation for Public Education:

“Time and time again, we have learned that trauma cannot be healed from the outside in; for healing to take place, the people who have been harmed must have the resources they need to be agents in their own recovery. This is why philanthropic institutions must follow in the steps of organizations like NoVo Foundation, which is asking people who live in poverty to share their needs instead of telling these communities what to do.

This National Day of Racial Healing, it is necessary to acknowledge powerful moments of reckoning and opportunities to join together across lines of race, class, and gender in important arenas: sexual abuse and sexual harassment survivors saying #MeToo, #MuteRKelly, and #TimesUp; black Americans continuing to remind us that #BlackLivesMatter; anti-gun-violence advocates crying out for #NotOneMore; climate scientists pleading #WeToldYouSo. An inescapable fact is that our nation is being pushed to confront and deal with uncomfortable truths.”

Read the full article here.

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False and Harmful Narratives About Boys and Men of Color

The excerpt below is from the essay The Persistence of False and Harmful Narratives About Boys and Men of Color.

“Stories that ‘dehumanize’ young men of color and question their value to society abound. And stories that ‘super-humanize’ the physical characteristics of boys and men of color create fear and distrust. The common denominators in these stories are dominant narratives — stories about boys and men of color that are distorted, repeated, and amplified through media platforms, both traditional media and social media, which fuel negative and vilifying perceptions and bring them to scale…. Dominant narratives of boys and men of color constrain how we perceive their potential and limit our expectations of them. In a sense, narratives become reality as boys and young men of color have their opportunities for advancement truncated throughout their lives.”

To find out more, read the complete essay and check out the guide, His Story: Shifting Narratives for Boys of Men of Color: A Guide for Philanthropy, from which this essay was adapted.

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The National Day of Racial Healing

Tune in to the livestream curated by Ava Duvernay.

“On January 22, 2019, gather your family, friends, colleagues and community for the National Day of Racial Healing. Join thousands across the country in celebrating our common humanity and taking collective action toward a more just and equitable world.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

Conceived in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 U.S. leaders, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:

1. Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
2. Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed.
3. Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

Please join us by planning or participating in activities in your own community. Be sure to tag your social media posts with #HowWeHeal.”

For more info, check out @thedaytoheal on Twitter.

Raising the Bar: Making Progress in 2019

“This time of the year is always one of deep-reflection for me too and I want to take this time to share a few thoughts on the current state of philanthropy and where we must head in 2019 and beyond”, wrote President and CEO of ABFE, Susan Taylor Batten, in a reflective letter written in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

The following are key points from her letter:

1. Philanthropy must put more emphasis on hiring people who are competent on issues of racism in America.
2. We need to make a stronger connection between undoing racism, achieving racial equity and building power through philanthropic action.
3. More emphasis needs to be placed on understanding anti-Black racism.

“While these reflections sound more like challenges, we remain optimistic at ABFE about the work ahead and look forward to working with all of you.”

Read the full letter here.

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New Grants From ABAP

Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh has distributed a total of $427,660 in grants to regional artists and arts programs.

“A partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh is dedicated to supporting excellence in presenting and producing artwork rooted in the Black experience. Grants are awarded in spring and fall each year.”

For more information about the program, including guidelines and application information visit The Pittsburgh Foundation or The Heinz Endowments website.