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Positive Black Boy News

Posted by Thomas on January 12, 2011

Despite being reported on in 2010, this article fills me with great hope. Especially now that my son has turned 18. This is his last year of high school (I’m so proud of him I want to shout from the tallest skyscraper!!). He has decided to enter the U.S. Coast Guard after graduation. I’m proud of my son and hopeful for all our sons as we impact their lives for good and they forge a better world for all of us hereafter.

This is black boy news WORTH sharing. I received an email from my sister–she’s a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of the brightest minds I know–sharing this extremely positive news. We are inundated with terribly sad, hopeless, and negative news media about black boys in our neighborhoods and across the country regularly. Take a moment to read this ABC article about Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago. Urban Prep celebrates 100% of their graduating class accepted to major 4-year universities. The charter program opened its doors in 2006.

Praise God! Hope still reigns.

Some do the hard work it takes to positively impact the lives of our youth. Two big thumbs up and a virtual high-five to the staff at Urban Prep for living in the trenches and getting it done and to their senior class for seeing the importance of education.

What are you doing in your world to make a difference in boys’ lives? It only takes one person to change the world…why not you?

Urban Prep staff named Person of the Week on ABC.



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Were You a Boy Scout Growing Up?

Posted by Thomas on December 14, 2010

Before you continue:

This post has 282 words.

On average it will take you less than 3 minutes to read. (not including the linked story)

Be Cautious of Mainstream Media’s View of Black Boys

From time to time I deliberately search for positive news reports surrounding African-American boys. Why? Because I’m tired of mainstream media’s addiction to the negative news surrounding our children. If we are not careful we begin allowing that cynical view to become ours. It then infects the way we interact with our young men; only seeing them as thugs, troublemakers, and dregs of our society. I met a woman yesterday that had been so infected. It is sad that we (all of us at some point or another) succumb to the digital brain washing that goes on every day.

Give Praise Where Praise is Due

Give praise where praise is due. Realize, although there are segments of every population that leaves our eyes blackened, there are also segments of every population that makes us proud, puts a smile on our face, and an extra skip in our stride. The following story link does just that.

Positive Boy Scout News

These Boy Scouts have achieved great honor. We praise them and their leaders for going about their activities like they normally do: with integrity and achievement. Enjoy reading about the Black Boy Scout Troop from Dallas Texas and their history-making accomplishment.

When I was a Scout growing up our Troop leader ran off with our dues never to be heard from again (sad). Thank God these young men’s lives are being positively impacted. Guess what, they will in turn take that positive energy and pour it back into the world.

As you go about your day and week, take a moment and engage a young person for the better. They aren’t all bad!!


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