Black Men Inspire: 40 Prominent African Americans Share Their Views On Living, Leading And Succeeding



Van Jones joined Roland Martin Thursday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the new book, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” The book edited by former NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous, is a collection of personal as well as intimate essays from 40 prominent African American men who share their stories of success.

Jones, a contributor to the book, spoke with Martin via Skype about how important it is to have African American males speaking form their vantage point about living, leading and succeeding.

Jones, an American environmental advocate, civil rights activist and president of Rebuild The Dream told Martin, the book is an “important  breakthrough.”

“It is an opportunity for somebody if you aren’t African American male or know one and your wondering how am I going to get from A to B to C to get to my dreams — is it even possible,” said Jones.

“These are very intimate essays and stories that really get you under the hood of the car, of the engine, of the hope, of the dreams of the challenges that we go through trying to get where we are.”

“Overcoming is kind of what we do,” said Jones. “For 400 years that is what we’ve had to do.”

He added, “I think the genius of Black folk is to make a way out of no way and to find faith in circumstances and situations that a lot of people would give up hope on.”


In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and ultimately how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country.

Reach includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Talib Kweli, alongside influential community organizers, businessmen, religious leaders, philanthropists, and educators. These remarkable individuals are living proof that black men are as committed as ever to ensuring a better world for themselves and for others.

Powerful and indispensable to our ongoing cultural dialogue, Reach explodes myths about black men by providing rare, candid, and deeply personal insights into their lives. It’s a blueprint for better community engagement. It’s an essential resource for communities everywhere.

Listen to Martin and Van Jones discuss the ground breaking book, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding” in the audio clip below.

Be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.

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  1. The media is not going to tell the truth about white men in America but this is factual: There’s no shortage of crime statistics confirming this. A 2001-2015 “Homegrown Extremism” analysis of by the New America Foundation parsed the “ethnicity, age, gender and citizenship” of people who killed or violently attacked others, whether they were motivated by jihadist philosophies or other “right wing, left wing or idiosyncratic beliefs.” Of 448 extremists counted, white men who were U.S. citizens outnumbered every other demographic by wide margins.The killing in Chappel Hill North Carolina …his alleged killing of three young Muslims underscores a trend that mainstream U.S. media avoids: that the face of violent extremism in America since 9/11 is predominantly white. Muslims in America, while not exempt from crime, simply do not compare.Go here:

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