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Saving Black Boys

DaJae Coleman, died 9/22/2012 In Jesmyn Ward’s bittersweet new memoir, Men We Reaped, she speaks eloquently of the pain of losing 5 young men she loved, including her brother, to drugs and violence. This is a maddeningly familiar scenario for many in the African American community: losses as varied as Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and,…

Tybalt on Ridge (originally published August 3, 2010 )

Leslie Calvin has been on my mind lately. The Evanston 19 year old was shot dead on July 4th, and the newspaper coverage and reaction to his murder have sparked an uncomfortable community conversation about young black men, violence, and community responsibility. Was Calvin a “notorious” gangster who terrorized a neighborhood, or was he a…