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Can Bow Ties and Barber Shops Bring Black Men Together?

What will it take to bring black men together? And, where can black men claim a space to proliferate even the simplest of traditions in peace?


What will it take to bring black men together? Black boys are estranged from their fathers, detained from society and expelled from schools at rates that make us strangers in our own communities. Clearly, driving-while-black, stop-n-frisk, shop-n-frisk and Stand Your Ground laws have become morbid rites of passage that usher black males out of society. But not only does our sanctioned alienation make black men and boys strangers to the rest of society, black men are strangers to one another.

Consequently, black men must find our own place—physical and metaphysical. Inside we must articulate who and where we are. The requisites for self-definition include logistical matters of claiming physical and metaphysical spaces to gather, discuss, and exchange ideas for improvement.

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People Are Awesome: Chicago College Students Help High Schoolers Manage Their Money

A high school student in Chicago attended a 10 week workshop that helped him teach his parents how to budget the family funds to keep the power on.

Ted Gonder and a few friends at the University of Chicago scanned the South Side of their city at the depths of the recession back in 2009 and found poverty at its most crushing. They found liquor stores and check cashing operations. They found little sign of hope. They also found that only 13 states require students to take a financial literacy course in order to graduate high school and that the number of 18-24 year olds who declared bankruptcy has nearly doubled in the last decade.

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GOOD Maker Winner: Foster Kinship Brings Hope to Las Vegas Families

Foster Kinship will use its $500 grant to spread the word about the services it provides, including support groups for caregivers.

In Clark County, Nevada, an estimated 19,000 people have taken on primary parenting duties from another family member. Most of these "kinship caregivers" lack the support needed to ease the financial strain and emotional toll of learning (or re-learning) how to parent, and Ali O’Donnell wanted to do something about it. Last December, after dedicating a year to research and planning, she founded the Las Vegas-based nonprofit Foster Kinship, which won the GOOD Citizenship Challenge on GOOD Maker.

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