The Game I Played Growing Up in Philly

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Reminiscing on the good ol’ days reminded me to always find time to play.

Warm Words and Strong Arms: How to Hold the Sensitive Child

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Some people are just sensitive. The barrier between them and the world is particularly thin, and it allows a lot more ‘stuff’ in.

Living by the Hobo Code

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Wil Elrick offers a brief history of hobos and an honor code that would serve us well today.

What Do You Believe to Be True About Black Men?


BMe Community Founder Trabian Shorters wants a different dialogue about our future together.

Scaling Detroit: A Story of Collaboration

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Dennis Talbert builds bright spots in Brightmoor.

Race Relations, Conversations, and the Crap That Needs to Stop

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The world is not just black and white, there’s a myriad of pretty colors making up society. Let’s end the war between races and work to save the only race that matters; the human race.

My Mentor Didn’t Just Change My Behavior, He Changed How I Think

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BMe Leader Anton Moore praises his sixth grade teacher for helping him achieve in school and succeed in life.

I Rejected The Idea of a Mentor, Now I am One


BMe Leader Lewis Colson, now 66, wasn’t thrilled about having a mentor as a young man. As his life went on, he realized mentoring was a necessity.

Mentors Needed: Super Heroes Need Not Apply

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Kenneth Braswell asserts: “You don’t need to be a Superhero to mentor children.”

I Just Realized My First Boss was My First Mentor

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It wasn’t until I started telling my mentee the things my boss told me, that I realized how influential my first employer was.

One Man Reflects on the Role Mentoring Had on His Life

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They didn’t call it mentoring back when Bruce “Pop-Pop” Johnson, III, was growing up, but that didn’t stop him from benefiting from the culture that was created.

Brutal Honesty: How Being Tormented Made Me a Mentor

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All Joshua Rivers wanted was validation from a male elder. What he got was that and whole lot more.

How A Young Father’s Death Made me a Mentor


Although he didn’t plan to become a parent while still in college, Andre Dandridge took on the responsibility and years later has serviced more than 20,000 young fathers through his interactive educational website,

Blessed with a Brother From Another Mother

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In my life I’ve been assigned many titles: little brother, business man, actor, drummer, off-putting comedian, even boss; but mentor has never been one of them, until now.

Living the Good Life: Doing Good for Goodness Sake

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Being a do-gooder has it benefits—despite what you may think—and the most rewarding of them all is that priceless feeling in your heart.

West Philly Raptivist Organizes Community’s Voice


Philadelphia Hip-hop artist ARSIN says the best way to “Share Philly” is to share power.