Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:30
President Barack Obama announced a "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to help young Black and Brown men succeed. Many present in the East Wing of the White House described the announcement of this initiative as "an emotional moment" for President Obama and for many of the others gathered there.
Several of the African American men who were present at the announcement took to the airwaves afterwards, talking about how it felt to be in a room where the nation's first Black president talked about his own background and his identification with troubled young Black men. The parents of slain teens Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were in the room, reinforcing a statement the president made a year or so ago when he said that if he had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin.
While President Obama says he will ask government agencies to work together to create more possibilities for young Black men. He emphasized that the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative is not a new government program. Indeed, early funding will come from private foundations. Few specifics of the program have been released, but preliminary activity will include a review of existing programs to determine what works and what doesn't. Still, the president has used the power of his pen, the phone and his pulpit to raise awareness about the many economic challenges African American men face.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:46
What Could They Be Thinking?
The primary and most trustworthy source of news and information to Black Americans has been and continues to rest in the bosom of the Black Press. So why is it that in the year of our Lord 2014—during Black History Month no less—the NAACP needs to be reminded that the Black Press is interested in the "Advancement of Colored People" too, everyday?
What would W.E.B. DuBois do?
It is such an insult that the NAACP would disrespect the Black Press regarding ad buys that it's almost too shameful to write about, but I had to, it's what we do.
W.E.B. DuBois, Ph.D. (1868-1963), was one of the founders and editor of the NAACP's magazine, Crisis, which first published in November 1910. He was educated at Harvard University. His leadership and record speak for themselves.
Two years ago, the NAACP ran zero dollars with the Black Press for the Image Awards. Ben Jealous, a former staff member for the Black Press, had recently assumed the helm at NAACP. He informed the Board of Directors of National Newspaper Publishers Association that they had made an oversight in not supporting the Black Press in ad dollars to promote their event. He also stated that he thought that the Black Press had been given the buy and that their agency had erred and that it would not happen again. All dollars that year were spent in non-Black media. Many Black publishers even reported that they had been denied media clearance to cover the event . . . what could the NAACP be thinking?
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