Reframing the Story of Black Males in the Media: A Philanthropic Call to Action

With the election of the first African American president, how can philanthropy encourage media to provide more accurate, nuanced portrayals of black men and boys?

The Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Fenton Communications hosted this event featuring philanthropic leaders, media professionals, and community-based youth media advocates. Participants discuss how to foster partnerships to counter negative stereotypes about black males in the media.

Shawn Dove, Director of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, introduced the event.


  • Byron Hurt, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Writer and Activist
  • Erik Eckholm, Staff Writer, New York Times
  • Loren Harris, Executive Director, Black Male Donor Collaborative and Founder, Thinking Man Consulting
  • Jordan Coleman, Youth Filmmaker, Actor
  • Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
  • Sharon Toomer, Director of Communications and Membership, Association of Black Foundation Executives and Founder/Managing Editor,
  • Rev. Alfonso Wyatt, Vice President and Project Director of the Jericho Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project
  • Robert Pérez, Senior Vice President, Fenton Communications
  • Curtis Stephen, Journalist, Columnist, and Former Soros Justice Fellow (Moderator)


  • Deja K. Taylor
  • Jessica Disu, aka FM Supreme
Date: July 9, 2009
Time: 9:0011:00 a.m.

OSI-New York

Jordan Coleman, Jessica Disu, Shawn Dove, Erik Eckholm, Loren Harris, Byron Hurt, Robert Pérez, Rashad Robinson, Curtis Stephen, Deja K. Taylor, Sharon D. Toomer, and Alfonso Wyatt
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