Acclaimed Podcast on Black Boys and Men to Launch 2nd Season on MLK Day

Photos of the eight podcast interview guests

Millennial Mayor Kicks off the Latest Season of Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative

NEW YORKJanuary 16, 2020 On Monday, January 20the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research will kick off the second season of their Webby-nominated podcast Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative. The inaugural episode will feature a discussion with Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas. He discusses what it is like to be the first black elected mayor of an iconic city in civil rights history and among the growing vanguard of Black Millennial mayors in the South, as well as what it means to be an effective role model to young Black boys.

The podcast series brings together thought leaders to analyze stereotypes and dispel myths concerning Black boys and men, to explore their strengths and achievements, and to discuss the many ways in which all of us can support their progress and well-being.

For the 8-episode second season, NYU McSilver took the podcast on the road, from Little Rock to Chicago to Philly and back to NYC. Hosted by Rose Pierre-Louis, Chief Operating Officer of NYU McSilver, this season explores masculinity, belonging, mental health, the vital role of women and girls to conversation, and how we can change the narrative about Black boys and men for the better.

“As someone who has focused on the intersection of poverty, race and gender throughout my career, this is an exciting opportunity to advance a much-needed dialogue about Black men and boys,” says Pierre-Louis. “We extended the conversation we started in Season 1 with discussions about belonging, mental well-being and masculinity. I am grateful for the opportunity to elevate voices across the country, and thank Never Whisper Justice and my colleagues at NYU McSilver for producing another great season.”

Other guests for this season include: Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement; Sharif El-Mekki, Director of the Center for Black Educator Development; Malcolm London, poet, activist and musician; Tamika Edwards, Executive Director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College; Dr. Divine Pryor, Founding Director of the People’s Police Academy; Reverend Cory S. Anderson, Chief Innovation Officer for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; and Carlton Mackey, Creator of Black Men Smile. Subscribe to the podcast on Google Play, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud and other platforms.


The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University is committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action through policy and best practices. Each year it holds the McSilver Awards, recognizing five extraordinary leaders transforming systems to tackle structural poverty and oppression. Learn more at and sign up for updates.


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Portrait of Rosemonde Pierre-Louis
Rosemonde Pierre-Louis
Chief Operating Officer