Mayor Bloomberg Announces Competition For Young Black and Latino Boys

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Young Men’s Initiative Director Jahmani Hylton and Ashoka Changemakers President Diana Wellshave launched “My Voice, Our City: What Will You Do?,” an online competition encouraging black and Latino young men to offer ideas that could help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in New York City.

“The Young Men’s Initiative was created to reduce the disparities holding back too many young black and Latino men,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By working together, we can help more young men take control of their lives and futures.”

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I am the editor-in-chief of, an online publication about the young black experience. I started the site in 2005 with the purpose of providing a positive media experience for young black men who were bombarded with negative images of self and culture in media. I wanted this to be an inspirational and educational magazine/website that taught young men to be responsible and successful in all aspects of life, while simultaneously highlighting lesser known stories of success among our people.