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I Got A Story To Tell

It is a commonly accepted truth in real estate that location is everything.  However, for many students living in the urban core that widely accepted truth can serve as a barrier to them maximizing their full potential.  Far too often … Continue reading

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I AM Not a CAUSE

Lately I have found myself feeling some kind of way regarding this national movement that sees Black men and boys in some sort of perpetual victimhood state that requires saving.  I firmly believe that my ability to be employed, not … Continue reading

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“Change” and not the Kind in Your Pocket

In preparation for an upcoming talk I reflected upon some of the greatest challenges impacting communities like the one I work with.  While the challenges are many ranging from systemic poverty, to structural racism, access to affordable healthcare to violence … Continue reading

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Cash Rules Everything Around Me

Let me be the first to say pardon me if I don’t get all hot and bothered if the NBA bans an 80 year old white man from sitting in the VIP (courtside seats) and forcing him to make upwards … Continue reading

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Progressive Black Men Speech

As it has been stated I am Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen a product of Jacksonville’s Northside and I say that because I take pride in letting people know what we often times take for granted and that is that in … Continue reading

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I AM a Man

Every now and again something can stick in my spiritual craw so much so that I find it hard to let go.  Lately the conversations around “Black Males” represent one such case.  I think its not simply because I AM … Continue reading

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Rebellion Music

In preparation for an upcoming lecture and reflecting upon the recent Grammy Awards the person who invited me ask me what happen to the consciousness of hip hop music.  Although, that one particular question was part of a larger dialog … Continue reading

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Boots for Boot Straps

Recently the New Town Success Zone celebrated its inaugural high school completion class and while that may not sound like such a big deal to some in the grand scheme of things it’s a HUGE accomplishment for a number of … Continue reading

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Serve, Service and Serving And the Action in Between

In a recent presentation I went in pretty hard on the audience regarding the stamina it takes to do the work of community change.  Far too often we expect struggling communities to pull themselves up by their bootstraps when there … Continue reading

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Parents, Students and Manufactured Apathy

As a candidate for political office one of my greatest challenges was the level of political apathy shown by many voters, particularly those in urban areas.  The commonly held idea that “those” folks gonna do what they gonna do, so … Continue reading

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