Press Advisory: Revealing Conversations about Black Boys and Men Kick Off Black History Month

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A New Season of the Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative Podcast Explores Joy and Pain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheryl Huggins Salomon, mcsilver.comms@nyu.edu

NEW YORK —January 29, 2020— The NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research is putting a spotlight on its newly-released second season of the Webby-nominated podcast Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative. “Throughout American history the lives of Black people have been shaped by harmful narratives,” notes host Rose Pierre-Louis, chief operating officer of NYU McSilver. “Black men and boys pay a price for that from the time they start school and are labeled as ‘problems,’ to the way they are treated by law enforcement, the media, and every arena in life where a person is judged. In this season we hear from leaders and men on the frontlines of shaping a new narrative, one that enables Black men and boys to heal and thrive along with Black women and girls.”

“Black men and boys pay a price for that from the time they start school and are labeled as ‘problems,’ to the way they are treated by law enforcement, the media, and every arena in life where a person is judged. In this season we hear from leaders and men on the frontlines of shaping a new narrative, one that enables Black men and boys to heal and thrive along with Black women and girls.”

For the 8-episode second season, NYU McSilver took the podcast on the road to speak with thought leaders, from Little Rock to Chicago to Philly and back to NYC. They opened up about what it’s like to lead, how to nurture success in Black children, what it takes to thrive after incarceration, how to reshape media images, how to reach out for mental health help and the aftermath of sexual violence.

Guests include: Mayor Frank Scott Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas; 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 Peoples Police Academy; Reverend Cory S. Anderson, Chief innovation Officer for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; and Carlton Mackey, Creator of Black Men Smile.

“We extended the conversation we started in Season 1 with discussions about belonging, mental well-being and masculinity,” says Rose-Pierre Louis. “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.”

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About the Host

Portrait of Rose Pierre-Louis Rose Pierre-Louis is the McSilver Institute’s Chief Operating Officer. From 2014-2016 she served in the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and was the Senior Adviser to the NYC Commission on Gender Equity. Previously, she served as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. From 2006-2013 Rose served as Manhattan Deputy Borough President during the administration of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. She has been a leading advocate and voice for Black girls and boys, men and women, those who are impacted by poverty, as well as the Haitian community. Read more about her career and achievements.

About the McSilver Institute

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 extraordinary leaders transforming systems to tackle structural poverty and oppression. Learn more at mcsilver.nyu.edu and sign up for updates.

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