Chris Wilson is a force for economic opportunity in Baltimore despite being sentenced to life in prison. As a 17-year-old, Chris Wilson was sentenced to life for murder. Today, he’s a full-time scholarship student (with plans to attend Harvard), director of workforce development and owner of two social enterprises that employ marginalized local residents. He runs a community business school for local “below market” entrepreneurs and a “low tech” incubator for brick-and-mortar businesses that...
Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and young adults at high schools and universities across the nation. He is the Detroit Local Engagement Manager for BMe (Black Male Engagement. He is the founder of The Atonement Project which he teaches at The University of Michigan, and founder of the Live In Peace Digital and Literary Arts Project, He is also a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He has...
Prisoners Deserve a Second Chance: Yusef 'Bunchy' Shakur
Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur (born Joseph Ruffin) is an activist, author, and businessman in Detroit. A co-founder of the Zone 8 gang, he was in prison starting at age 19. By his release, he had changed his name and become a community-focused activist. He is the author of the memoir "The Window 2 My Soul," and opened the Urban Network Bookstore in 2009.
Elizabeth Alexander Poetry Reading at The White House
In celebration of National Poetry Month, American poet, Elizabeth Alexander delivers a a brief excerpt from her newly-released memoir “The Light of the World” during a poetry reading at The White House. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. With the support of the President’s Council on Arts and Humanities, forty students from local-area schools will participate in a poetry workshop.
Senior Editor Genetta Adams, Associate Editor Danielle Belton, Senior Writer Kirsten West Savali and Social Media Editor Kimberly Wilson discuss the charges brought by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby against the six police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death.
It’s been 50 years since voting-rights protesters on a bloody bridge in Alabama declared that black lives matter. As the unceasing struggle for justice continues, we take a look at The Selma-to-Montgomery March by numbers.
Daveed Diggs Proves Why He's the Fastest Rapper on Broadway
Daveed Diggs holds the record for fastest rapper on Broadway, but he shows Jimmy he can rap even faster than he does as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).