Real Talk

Held annually at the West Central Sports Complex in Little Rock, Arkansas in conjunction with the City of Little Rock, Am I My Brother’s Keeper is a weekend of Non-Violence with a commitment to carry that same attitude and actions throughout the summer. With local and community involvement, the weekend includes advocacy for youth sports, dialogue with teens, #BacktheBlue, Community Fair and exhibits, award ceremonies, food and fun. During the inaugural event, we received 13K unique impressions during the life of the engagement, activated 526 engagement posts and over 50 citizens lived streamed the Award Ceremony. Likewise, we reached attendance goal of at least 150 attendees for the weekend; with close to 300 individuals attending the event. Received Proclamation from the City of Little Rock for National Children's Day. Awarded each winner Middle & High School team with a $500 cash award. Awarded giveaways to participants from our community & collaboration partners. Created social media infrastructure to support 5-year obligation for Am I My Brother's Keeper? Execute 30-day event marketing campaign including print, radio, billboards and social media.

In a deeply engaging and thoughtful Real Talk session focused on the multifaceted dimensions of culture, particularly as they relate to professional development, education, and news, the conversation illuminates the historical and contemporary challenges faced by our culture. This session, enriched with personal anecdotes, expert insights, and a wealth of data, offers a comprehensive exploration of the systemic barriers, societal perceptions, and the remarkable resilience and achievements within the community.

Transitioning to the realm of professional development, the Real Talk sheds light on the concept of the “glass ceiling” and the “concrete ceiling” that our culture often face in their careers. These metaphors illustrate the invisible barriers that limit career advancement, despite qualifications and achievements. The discussion examines the impact of racial bias in hiring practices, promotions, and the lack of representation in leadership positions across various industries. Moreover, it showcases the success stories of African American professionals who have navigated these challenges, offering strategies for mentorship, networking, and personal branding that have proven effective in breaking through these barriers.

In terms of news and media representation, the conversation tackles the stereotypes and biases that persistently shape the portrayal of African Americans. It critiques the often narrow and negative framing of communities in mainstream media, which contributes to a distorted public perception and reinforces racial stereotypes. However, the dialogue also celebrates the rise of  journalists, media owners, and content creators who are redefining narratives and providing nuanced, diverse perspectives on life, culture, and issues.

The Real Talk emphasizes the importance of community engagement and advocacy in addressing these systemic issues. It highlights the role of grassroots organizations, educational initiatives, and policy advocacy in driving change and improving opportunities in education and professional development. The conversation encourages active participation in civic life, emphasizing that meaningful progress requires collective effort and sustained engagement.

Throughout the session, the power of storytelling is evident. Personal stories of resilience, success, and challenge from the speakers and audience members alike weave a rich tapestry that brings the discussion to life. These narratives serve not only to illuminate the issues at hand but also to inspire action and hope for the future.