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In partnership with the Bloomberg Foundation, Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg created the “New York City Young Men’s Initiative” (YMI) in 2011 in an effort to address significant inequities between black and Hispanic young men and their peers in health, developmental, and economic outcomes. The largest public/private municipal investment to date, YMI became a symbol and model for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and helped to catalyze other cities to take on the issue of addressing the disparities facing young Black and Latino males in education, criminal justice, and health systems.  A city known as much for its diversity as its harsh stop and frisk policies and economic disparities facing Black and Latino communities, YMI and the growing efforts to foster support for Black men and boys garnered New York a score of 73 out of 100 points. The city is also home to a number of institutions and public/private partnerships that existed and set the foundation and possibility for YMI to exist. The Eagle Academy Foundation, the Winning Strategies on Black men and boys, and the CUNY Black Male Initiative are just a few examples of the best practice and models that has affirmed New York City’s promise to ensure improved life outcomes for Black men and boys.

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CBMA to Co-Host Third Annual "MLK Now"

For the third year, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement will co-host the annual "MLK Now" event, held at Riverside Church in Harlem, New York on January 15th (MLK Day) from 2:00-6:00 p.m. 
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Meet the Bronx Educator Who Uses Hip-Hop to Teach Science

In the third video of the "Black Male Educators Speak" series, we featured Bronx native Edmund Adjapong, Ph.D., an assistant professor of education at Seton Hall University and former middle school science teacher who is using Hip-Hop to engage students in STEM.
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CBMA and Education Post Launch "Black Male Educators Speak"

As part of October's "Black Male Re-Imagined Month," CBMA, in partnership with Education Post, has launched Black Male Educators Speak, a new video series focusing on the stories of four Black male teachers in four different cities and exploring the innovative teaching methods they use to engage Black students.
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Celebrating Black Male Fashion & Style

On Thursday, June 1st at the Brooklyn Museum, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Aperture Foundation celebrated Black men’s style as a form of personal politics with a night of fashion, film, and
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The BMA Paradox of Promise & Peril

2015 has been a profoundly paradoxical year mixed with ample doses of both progression and painful reflection for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. From our spin-off from the Open