Watch the “MLK Now 2017,” presented by CBMA and Blackout for Human Rights, livestream from January 16.
“MLK Now 2017” comse at an especially critical point, as people across the country prepare for the new President to take office. In addition to the performances, “MLK Now” features conversations with national and community activists, organizers and thought leaders including Million Hoodies Executive Director Dante Barry and Chicago Youth Peace Activist FM Supreme to address how issues of racial, social and economic justice will be impacted by the incoming Administration, and how to ensure the strength and sustainability of progressive movement-building going forward.
Watch Rumble Young Man, Rumble’s CBMA Awards event from 12/1, which included a poetry slam and a speech by Shawn Dove, CEO of CBMA. Rumble Young Man, Rumble is an annual gathering that convenes leaders nationwide in Louisville to share promising practices and lessons learned and to create collaborations with young Black men in communities across the country.
In this science-fair-meets-demo-day style event, the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) “What Works Showcase” featured more than 30 of the nation’s premiere organizations and interventions with rigorous evidence of impact across MBK’s cradle-to-college-and-career-goals.
The White House Office of Social Innovation and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) co-hosted the MBK What Works Showcase with the U.S. Department of Education, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and Results for America.
Part of a groundbreaking event series launched in 2010, “Black Male Re-Imagined III” featured timely discussions that explore how Black men and women are portrayed in the mainstream, with a particular focus on issues such as: dissecting media coverage of police violence against Black people; the intersection and inclusion of issues facing Black men, women, gay and trans people; the disparities in attention and action focused on Black women victims of systemic and domestic violence; exploring Black Masculinity (with a panel sponsored by Mic.com); the relationships between Black fathers and daughters; the power of the arts in driving social change and activism, and more.
Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college in this PBS and American Graduate film where the largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come to life. Find out more about the film and watch it in full here.
The gap between rich and poor is by some measures as wide as its been in nearly a century.Many people think that income and wealth inequality is a problem that can only be solved by government. Not Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
“Business actually is essential to solving the problems of our societies today, wherever they operate in the world. And so I’d like to think that the best businesses see themselves, of course, first and foremost committed to shareholder value, to their customers, to their employees, to their communities, and that they see themselves as part of the problem-solving ecosystem in American and the world.”
In response to the tragic events that occurred recently in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, NLC hosted a webinar to help cities deal with the challenges of race and equity in their communities – and commit to solutions. The webinar shares ideas for city responses, highlights what’s working in several cities, and offers tools and resources from both NLC and the federal government that are available to all cities.
It highlighted the following steps city leaders can take to address racial inequities in their communities:
Host a convening
Build sustained relationships
Build trust, and promote police legitimacy and accountability
Get the facts about racial disparities in your city
Keep in touch, and set an example for other cities.
The panel addresses some of today’s most urgent human rights issues, and the intersectional influence of philanthropy, art/entertainment, activism and media in elevating and shifting public narratives and perceptions of Black men and women.
What determines how long we live? The surprising thing to us was that adjacent communities can have a 15 year-difference in life expectancy. Your preconditioned brains might attribute this to dramatic factors like drugs and violence (ours did). But the causes are actually more sinister: heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, all of which can be linked to Chronic Stress and stem directly from economic inequality. So we are all implicated… and we hope you learn as much from this 4-minute video as we did in the 15 years it took us to make it.