Something magical happens when we lift our voices. It’s called “change.” Throughout this campaign, members of the BMe Community are leveraging the media to influence narratives, opinions, and practices that affect us.

New York City’s education system is racist and unresponsive to Black/Brown students
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Let’s call it what it is. New York City’s education system is racist and until there is an unapologetic dismantling of its system which breeds racial inequity and disparities to maintain the status quo, New York City public schools will … Read More

BMe Uniting Black Veterans For Love & Power To The People
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Patriotism. Veteran. Service. What comes to mind when you hear these words? With a quick Google search of the word “veteran,” the image that seems to become redundant and often engrained in the minds of most is not that of … Read More

The Deficit Framing of Black Entrepreneurship in Foundations, Corporations, and Media
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On a daily basis we are bombarded with negative news and alarming statistics about Black individuals and communities. The negative representation of Black people is well documented, and reverberates through the representation of Black entrepreneurs.  Too often, governments and leading … Read More

D.C. Full of Young Nipseys Eager to Innovate and Dismantle Injustice
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When Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom) passed, the world lost something special. We lost our brother. Our community lost a revolutionary thinker. The world lost an innovator. The murder of Nipsey shook the hip-hop world and community. His sudden and … Read More

Giving Circles: Growing Community By Elevating Black Women + Girls of Color
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An Interview With The South Side Queenmakers  This is the fourth in our new blog series featuring Giving Circles – groups of friends, family, and neighbors who gather to learn about issues that interest them and pool money to fund greater … Read More

The traditional mental health system is failing the black community
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African-Americans need better access to mental health facilities and practitioners who understand the black experience According to the 2019 State of Mental Health in America Report published by Mental Health America, Pennsylvania has a relatively low prevalence of mental illness … Read More

It’s time we listen to words of Frederick Douglass
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Despite what you may have heard, abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass died in 1895. Still, the racial America Douglass exhorted to live up to its ideals languishes, particularly though the lens of a Rochester, NY speech he gave 167 years … Read More

Military spends more on Viagra than on transgender recruits. So why ban trans?
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The transgender community is under attack by the federal government, and President Trump is leading the charge. On June 14, a federal appeals court ordered a judge to reconsider her ruling against Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military. The … Read More

‘You Can’t Lift People Up by Putting Them Down’: How to Talk About Tough Issues of Race, Poverty, and More
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Have you noticed that social-impact organizations working with black people often describe them in language that is so offensive that we wouldn’t dare use it to their faces? The “at-risk, low-income, minorities in high-crime, high-poverty, disadvantaged communities whom we seek … Read More

Delaware student’s quest to memorialize a lynching is inspiring
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Rhonda Bryant is a national advocate for racial equity. Howard Stevenson is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. They lead an initiative called Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. On June 23, a historical … Read More

Why Louisville should invest in dads, not try to criminalize them
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As a university professor, I am sometimes contacted by our public relations department with opportunities to speak about my research or to offer an opinion on a topic for which I’ve been deemed to have some expertise. Given my interest … Read More

The Challenge of Negotiating Race in Cross-Sector Spaces
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We must take on the difficult work of accounting for race and racism in our collective change-making endeavors or face the risk of failing to undo systemic inequities. In 2016, when I started researching the successes and failures of cross-sector partnerships like My … Read More

OPINION: ‘Punitive discipline makes school feel like a prison, not a community’
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Four ways to stop undermining education and educators During horseplay with friends, a young man — a high school student — had shoved an elderly woman. Now, he risked suspension. I was working in the student’s school as a staff … Read More


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