Friday, May 4, 2012

How I'm Using Social Media to Support Black Men and Boys (and How You Can Too)

I'd like to thank the Leadership and Sustainability Institute for the invitation to guest blog on how I'm using social media to support black men and boys through our Black Men & Boys Series.

The Leadership and Sustainability Institute is an initiative led by the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Root Cause to bolster the efforts of advocates and organizations working to improve the life outcomes of black males in the U.S.

Read my guest post here to learn what's next for the Black Men & Boys series, how you can get involved, and read the many other insightful posts.

In related news, on May 2nd the California Community Foundation officially announced a new initiative for black male youth. BLOOM, which stands for Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Black Men, will support Black male teens who are or have been in the county probation system away from adult incarceration and onto a path of educational and employment opportunities.

"BLOOM is new and bold, and it's overdue," stated Carl Ballton, chair of the initiative's community advisory committee, and president and CEO of the Union Bank Foundation. "The initiative aims to begin improving education and job options – normal opportunities for most L.A. residents – for one of the most vulnerable, misunderstood and underachieving segments of residents: Black teenage boys who have had a run-in with the legal system." The official spokesperson for the initiative is actor Larenz Tate, whose credits include the television show "Rescue Me" and films such as "Ray," "Love Jones," "Crash" and "Menace II Society."

Learn more about BLOOM at

Source:  Press release/Photo: Creative Soul Photo Flickr

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