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The Black Male Archives

The Black Male Archives' podcast exists to show the many characters, professions, and perspectives of Black Men across the world and to curate our journey and Promote a positive narrative! Visit our website at TheBlackMaleArchives.com

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Stateway's Garden Stories
Mar 7 2022
43 mins
Stateway's Garden Stories
In this episode, we talk with Author Jasmon Drain. Please see an excerpt from Penguin Random House Before being torn down in 2007, the Stateway Gardens public housing projects on Chicago’s South Side were ridden with deprivation and crime. But for some, like Tracy, the shy, intelligent young boy at the center of this enthralling collection of linked stories, they are simply home. Set in the mid-1980s and taking readers up to the point of the destruction of the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects—a set of buildings similar in design to Stateway Gardens to the south—this collection gives an intimate look at the hopes, dreams, failures, and fortunes of a group of people growing up with the deck always stacked against them. Through Jasmon Drain’s sensitive and often playful prose, we see another side of what we have come to know as “the projects.”  Stateway’s Garden is a coming-of-age story told in short stories, through the lens of a childhood made rough by the crush of poverty and violence, with the crack epidemic a looming specter ahead. And yet, through the experiences and ambitions of Tracy and other young characters, Drain reveals a vibrant community that creates its own ecosystem, all set in a series of massive, seemingly soulless concrete buildings. Not shying away from the darkness of life for his characters, Drain shows the full complexity of their human experiences. Exquisitely detailed and novelistic in scope, this collection of stories will linger in your mind long after you have turned the final page.
Mar 7 2022
43 mins
Transformational Executive Coach Don CarterThe Black Man CanBlack Boy FlyDare To Be King
In 1999, David Miller received the prestigious Open Society Foundation’s Community Fellowship Award to research and design a curriculum to engage young, Black males. The fellowship, founded by George Soros (affluent philanthropist), was created to promote social entrepreneurship and community change. The Dare to Be King curriculum was published in 2003 as an innovative project focusing on teaching and training in the area of Black, urban life and survival skills.In 2014, the curriculum was revised to enhance efforts working with boys of color around life/survival skill development.As a result of the fellowship, Mr. Miller co-founded the Urban Leadership Institute (ULI), a consulting firm specializing in youth development. ULI leveraged the success of the Dare to Be King curriculum in 2003 to build a nationally recognized firm respected among community-based organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations.For 11 years, ULI developed an impressive list of partners (grassroots, philanthropic, state, and federal) focused on working with urban youth.In 2014, Miller and his team created Dare to Be King Project, LLC to create greater energy and support to advance organizations and practices focused on impacting boys of color.The Dare to Be King Project, LLC provides an array of services and products (books, curricular material, and workshops) intentionally targeted toward boys of color.*Our latest edition of the Dare to Be King curriculum was launched on February 10, 2014. It offers 52 weeks of life and survival skills for young males.
Feb 3 2022
25 mins
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