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Foundations Are Deepening Racism Even as They Seek to Fight It

by Trabian Shorters

Reprinted from Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 25, 2017 Ever since President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty in 1964, foundations have adopted a D-Day-style approach to joining in the fight: Nonprofit leaders (mostly white people) are the Allies landing in embattled communities to “help at-risk youths stay on track and avoid becoming negative statistics”…

Are Black Men the Hidden Geniuses Building Our Community?

by BMe Community

Reprinted from Huffington Post, June 20, 2017 Starting on Father’s Day, BMe Community recognized 29 inspired black men as Community Geniuses and award each $10,000 for programs they’re leading to “build more caring and prosperous communities” in Akron, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. “Our movements need men like these,” says political commentator Van Jones. “They’re the…

Network of Black Men Deposit $1M in the Nation’s Largest Black Bank

by BMe Community

Reprinted from Essence Online, Aug 19, 2016 By Rachaell Davis BMe, a national nonprofit of Black men, joins the #BankBlack movement in a major way. ___________________________________________ A successful, Black-owned non-profit is doing their part to grow wealth in the African-American community. The BMe Community is a national network of Black men dedicated to strengthening Black communities throughout the country…

7th Annual “I Got Bank!” Essay And Art Contest For Youth

by BMe Community

Join Us To Promote Financial Literacy For Youth! OneUnited Bank and BMe Community are sponsoring the seventh annual financial literacy contest for youth between the ages of 8 – 12 years old. Simply either write and submit a 250 word essay or create and submit an art project about what you learned from the book…

Question: How do we get black men involved in their communities? Answer: They already are.

by BMe Community

WRITTEN BY By Courtland Milloy Columnist Washington Post. When he was at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Trabian Shorters wanted to find ways to get black men more involved in the civic life of their neighborhoods. So he surveyed 2,000 black men in two cities — Detroit and Philadelphia — to see…

#BlackMenLove: Top 5 Documented Reasons to Love Black Men

by Jeff Jones

[Reposted from Huffington Post, Sept. 08, 2016] I encourage you to type “#BlackMenLove” into your favorite search engine for a surprising result. Today, most what’s said about Black men isn’t flattering and leaves out important facts. I know, because as a Black man and BMe Community Manager in Philadelphia, I have pretty much heard them all. So,…

5 Reasons You Should #SpendBlack Even if You’re White

by Trabian Shorters

[Reposted from NBC August 18, 2016] This time it was Milwaukee. Shootings, protests, violence and the deepening sense that we’re coming apart along racial lines. So, what’s the non-activist to do about it? A white friend of mine said to me, “As a white person, what am I supposed to do? I don’t discriminate against…