The Truth About America and Black Americans

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1.5 Million Missing Black Men, NY Times reports

1.5 Million Missing Black Men

For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men. The remaining men – 1.5 million of them – are, in a sense, missing.
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In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

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The U.S. has Amnesia when it comes to Black History and how it affects the Black community today

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 What really caused some of the unfortunate realities in Black America that exist today starting at 1865 and finishing at 2015+?

  • (group 1) mass poverty, mass incarceration, distrust of the system, blaming the system
  • (group 2) distrust of police, criming to survive and it’s by product of black on black crime then followed by gangsta rap then followed by the mass adoption of prison culture and negative street behaviors.

Since too many people in our society hate for African Americans to use slavery as an excuse since it was 150+ years ago, I want start with the passed down mental nor economic effects of slavery first.

I am going to start this conversation immediately after slavery in 1865 and bring you to present day 2015+.  The “Black Code Laws” created the most severe injustices against African Americans up to present day. In 1866, the “Black Code Laws” were created to replace the lost from slavery and the “Slave Code Laws”. What are “Black Code Laws” since they were not important enough to place in American history books and how long did they last? Continue reading

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Heartbreaking Cases Where Land Was Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

In his 2007 documentary Banished, filmmaker Marco Williams examined four examples of primarily white communities violently rising up to force their African-American neighbors to flee town. This became one of the techniques used to sabotage Black land ownership, a devastating trend in the 19th and 20th centuries that robbed Blacks of millions in generational wealth.

In 2001, results from an 18-month investigation of Black land loss in America were published by The Associated Press. It turned up 107 of these land takings, 57 of which were violent, the other cases involved trickery and legal manipulations. Here are eight of these heartbreaking stories.

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Black Males, Believe in Yourself and Connect to Your Future

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Criming While White and Living While Black

Criming While White will blow your mind especially if you are a Black Male. You have to watch the tweets of White Americans admitting to crimes they got away with no arrest. I spent this weekend gathering example after example and I decided to put it in a video. ‪#‎CrimingWhileWhite‬ and‪#‎LivingWhileBlack‬ is a much watch and read. Search Twitter for your yourself or watch the video

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Brilliant is the New Black – great resource for young black men

Lead text written by Dr. Brian A. Burt (#15)

This article comes as a follow-up to the “Sexy Black Female Scientists” article published on June 14, 2014. That article highlighting Black women in STEM fields ranging from Biophysics to Medicine was desperately needed to offer alternative views of scientists with black and brown skin tones. Some reactions from that bold article sparked the response, “Where are the Black men in science”? This question comes at the amalgamation of scholars dispelling the myths of Black men and boys as delinquents, highlighting the experiences of Black men as high-achievers (see for example work by Dr. Fred Bonner; Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt; Dr. Shaun Harper; Dr. Ivory Toldson), and initiatives, like President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper,” aimed at empowering, encouraging, assisting young Black boys.

Black males, like their Black female counterparts, face unique challenges that require specific attention. One such challenge is seeing positive images from a wide variety of men who look like them. This is especially true today when young boys are bombarded with images from popular culture that continue to assassinate the Black male image (not to mention actual threats of violence to the lives of young boys and men).

Naturally, it was decided that a list of Black male scientists should be developed that highlights an alternative possibility for Black men, which is academic achievement in STEM. This list serves as evidence of examples of men who have overcome many challenges in their respective scientific fields and endeavors. Like the women featured in the “Sexy Black Female Scientists” article, this compilation of talented men defying the odds in academia will help to (re)define what it looks like and what it means to be young, gifted, Black, and interested in science for generations of Black men to come. Let’s change the narrative.’

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Similar to the initial article, all of the gentlemen featured in this article are people that I actually know or have at most one degree of separation. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, however, a small example to show the media that our Black men are not the thugs that the media so often chooses to portray. Without further ado, ( in no particular order , despite the fact that there are numbers🙂 here are 105 Black male scientists who are helping to change the narrative.


Institution: B.N. Shape
Education: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University. B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Dozie’s graduate research at Purdue focused on Neuroprostheses and Tissue Engineering. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Dec. 2010, Dozie worked for three years as a Product Development Engineer for Cook Biotech, which develops biologic tissue grafts using extracellular matrix technology. While working at Cook, Dozie also pursued his passions for entrepreneurship and health & fitness. He became a freelance writer, publishing articles for, the Southern Indiana Fitness Source, and his blog, He also started a fitness lifestyle clothing brand called B.N. Shape, which promotes the pursuit and maintenance of a healthy, fit community while encouraging the individuals who thrive within it. BN Shape has grown to over 100,000 worldwide followers through social media, and has sold products to 35 countries. He now runs B.N. Shape full-time while evaluating new business opportunities within STEM fields.

Fun Fact: Dozie has also been a music producer since 2006, specializing in hip hop, R&B, and pop music.
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Postdoctoral Fellow

Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Education: Ph.D. in Genetics from University of Chicago.

Avery is following his dreams – he uses his love of genetics and gene therapy to develop immunotherapies that treat cancer. In his field, patient T cells are genetically modified with a “sword and shield” that strengthens their ability to find, target, and kill cancer cells. He is an inventor on one US patent and two pending patents of chimeric antigen receptors and expression vectors for gene therapy. Several of Avery’s latest projects are in pre-clinical development and are aimed for Phase I clinical trials in 2015. He is a 2014 UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellow and intends to pursue an academic faculty position where he continues to invent and develop gene therapies to treat human disease. He will always be an advocate of opening doors in scientific research for underrepresented minorities.

Fun Fact: Avery was the first African-American male to graduate from the University of Chicago with a degree in Genetics, loves to run, play tennis, and sing.
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Senior Research Scientist

Institution: Shape Security
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University. B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Nwokedi is living a dream. If ten years ago, you told him he would be the first African-American to get a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the first Department of Computer Science in the country–he would not have believed you. If five years ago, you told him that he would be briefing high-ranking government officials on matters of national security as a member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory–he would not have believed you. If one year ago, you told him that in 2014, he would join a Silicon Valley startup to develop techniques to fight robots and cyborgs–he definitely would not have believed you. Having now done all these things, surely he’s suspended his disbelief? Nope, he still can’t believe it.

Fun Fact: Nwokedi is a *huge* fan of black light yoga. He thanks Boston for introducing him to this “otherworldly” experience.
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