Raymond Jetson Urges Black Elders To Mentor

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By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue Raymond Jetson’s passion, which led him to be a 2020 Influencer in Aging, is motivating older Black men to mentor Black youth and young adults. The pandemic’s brutal impacts on the African American community have only intensified Jetson’s efforts. “It exacerbated the inequities that we reflect on periodically every time there’s a …

Baton Rouge receives $5 million award to fund Plank Road Masterplan

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Source: WBRZ By: WBRZ Staff BATON ROUGE – Build Baton Rouge, the redevelopment authority of East Baton Rouge Parish, will be using funds from a $5 million award to fund the Plank Road Masterplan’s initiative to eliminate blight, grow small businesses, and preserve housing affordability in North Baton Rouge. The capital city earned the money after winning …

Raymond Jetson: Change is coming, driven by our young activists

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By Raymond Jetson for The Advocate Eight minutes and 46 seconds. Rarely has so much transpired in so little time. None of the actors in this tragedy could begin to comprehend the impact of the moment. Not the police officer pressing his knee into something that could not have been human to him. Not the black …

Cox Communications, ExxonMobil join forces to provide $30,000 for student technology

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By WBRZ Staff BATON ROUGE- Cox Communications and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge are joining forces with several non-profit organizations to provide technology to support students learning from home in East Baton Rouge Parish. The companies announced Tuesday that they are providing $15,000, for a total of $30,000, in grant funding to The Walls Project, which collaborated …

Gov. Edwards announces funds for the Health Equity Task Force

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April 10, 2020 at 4:30 PM CDT – Updated April 24 at 6:39 PM  BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of the Health Equity Task Force Friday, April 10 during his daily COVID-19 media briefing. The task force will look at how health inequities are affecting communities that are …

OPINION: A Call to Older Black Men: It’s Time to Fight for Youth

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By Raymond A. Jetson for Next Avenue Just a few weeks ago, 24 African-American teenage boys from a local high school in my Baton Rouge, La. community were recommended for suspension. Their crime: participating in a “fight club.” They were not involved in street fights, nor was there any intent to harm anyone. They were simply …

Barbershops’ Hair & Health provides easy health monitoring for African-American men

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BY PAM BORDELON for The Advocate “It’s the African-American male’s country club — the original man cave.” That’s how the Rev. Raymond Jetson, founder of the nonprofit MetroMorphosis, describes the barbershop, that place where men of color hang out even when they don’t necessarily need a trim. It’s where he turned to launch Hair & Health, a program …

The Village Does Not Exist In Isolation | Op-Ed

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by Donney Rose May 2, 2019 Just over three weeks ago the Urban Congress on African American Males, an initiative of MetroMorphosis, hosted its annual General Convening. The convening’s theme, #TheVillageRenewed, permeated the course of the day as guest speakers and delegates of the Congress articulated at great length the value of restoration/renewal of African …