These days the “Twitterverse” is inescapable and who can believe that just a decade ago the term “tweet” was still associated with birds. But lucky for us all, the universe created by the microblogging site can be broken down into smaller worlds, hence the concept of “Black Twitter.” Well, this week, let’s break it down even further into what I’d like to call the “Brothersphere,” which is just a way of looking at thought leadership among African-American males, particularly those who focus on achievement or progressive concepts. Consequently, here are 10 on Twitter that I thought gives us a good entry in to this small, but growing world of social media discussion among Black men.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans wants you to know the story of Leonard Galmon who is on his way to Yale after rising from some precarious circumstances in his New Orleans neighborhood.
White House Af-Am Ed (@AfAmEducation) June 18, 2014
Larry E. Thomas, CEO of Thomas Mentorship Academy in North Carolina, feels grassroots community programs should be better funded.
Community programs that r on the ground & making the biggest impact with youth r always left out when it comes 2 funding. #MyBrothersKeeper—
Larry E. Thomas (@RevMentor) May 04, 2014
Educational speaker and author Baruti K. Kafele is giving instructions to school leaders on how to empower Black males in the school system.
Principal Kafele Speaks to School Leaders on Empowering Black Male Learners for Success – youtube.com/watch?v=t_H5hK…—
Baruti K. Kafele (@PrincipalKafele) April 09, 2014
Ta-Nehisi Coates (pictured), whose article, “The Case for Reparations,” for The Atlantic has elicited heated debate over the topic looks three decades in to the future.
Much more likely we'll have pundits in 2045, wondering what's wrong with black people given that mass incarceration ended "a long time ago."—
Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) June 18, 2014
SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison points out that health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is fairly inexpensive for most Americans.
Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) June 19, 2014
Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous challenges us to live for freedom today.
In the 60s we asked "Are you willing to die for Freedom?" Today we must ask, "Are you willing to live for it?" huffingtonpost.com/benjamin-todd-… …—
Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) June 19, 2014
Dorian Burton, Harvard University education scholar and co-founder of TandemEd, a Harvard educational innovation lab focused on urban communities, touts the possibilities of turnaround for Black boys. (And check out his essay on what America’s greatest lie really is.)
Black communities, CAN turn Black boys into strong Black men. That is not an aspiration, that is a fact!!! #besignificant—
Dorian Burton (@Dorian_Burton) May 25, 2014
Actor and vocalist Tyrese Gibson, whose Facebook videos have been making viral web rounds, is keeping the inspiration hammer swinging.
In this life I am fully committed to walking IN the direction of joy!!—
Vision Implementer (@Tyrese) June 16, 2014
Here’s Columbia University professor Chris Emdin, who is showing students how to combine science and hip-hop, talking about giving teachers the right tools.
Inspiring Christopher Emdin on TED talks speaking on "Teach teachers how to create magic". Enjoy youtube.com/watch?v=H3ddtb…—
Royal Kingdom Tutors (@RoyalKingdomTut) June 19, 2014
And finally, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, a supporter of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education is offering a Flipbook on how to implement the learning philosophy.
Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow) May 23, 2014