Informing, Inspiring, and Empowering Young Black Males A Must For America

  January 1, 2015 marked the 152th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation that outlawed enslavement in the Confederacy and  allowed Black men to actively participate in their own liberation.  It is without questions that since 1863, African-Americans have overcome many hurdles, shattered numerous barriers, and set countless precedents on the way to freedom, justice, and equality in the United States. …

Attorney Is “All In” For Young Black Men

Source: Kendrick Marshall/Tulsa World Tulsa attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons still can remember looking to the bleachers during sporting events as a young athlete and his father being nowhere in sight. He wasn’t there when Solomon-Simmons starred in high school. The man who helped bring him into the world wasn’t even there when he earned football honors at the University of Oklahoma. It …

Boys: They Will Be, What They See!

Just like me many of our students do not live in traditional two-parent homes. In fact, many have home lives that are not conducive to academic success. Therefore, not only do our students need to hear what can accomplished by strong academic preparation. Our students need to see what people who look like them, come from where they come from, …

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Black Male Cipher Informs, Inspires, and Empowers Fatherless Black Boys

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity,” is the first  verse of one of my favorite scriptures Psalms 133. The premise of  this powerful scripture  was the motivation for the MVP Foundation’s All-In Mentoring Program  1st Black Male Cipher (“BMC”) with our 8th graders KIPP Tulsa  last Friday November 21st.   The BMC was a …