PROJECT H.U.S.H.

Homicide, Unemployment, Suicide, HIV/AIDS

and other disparities facing men of color.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

BREAKING THE SILENCE

It only takes one person to shine a light on what’s being kept in the dark, but a community to TURN ON THE FLOODLIGHTS. Here is my attempt to shine that light.

David Stuckey, in his blog “Before I am no longer, Young, Gifted and Black” (a great blog by the way), wrote something that struck a chord. He said that basically there are some great writers out in the world; writing great, if not, spectacular work. But are they really saying anything of importance? So, with $40.00 to purchase royalty-free images and two days of designing the left flyer, project H-U-S-H was born; an acronym for:

Homicide       Unemployment       Suicide       HIV/AIDS

Since 2009, I’ve been promoting issues affecting young boys and men of color, and have even incorporated those issues into my work; such as my recent novel Black Coffee, which touches on how issues can impact lives and future relationships if not resolved or properly addressed. Hopefully, more voices like Sixx King (homicide) and Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr. (Mental Health/Suicide) and many others will be heard as we attempt to shine a light on what’s kept in the dark.

TURNING THE FLOODLIGHTS ON 

HOMICIDE

Homicide has consistently been the No. 1 killer of Black men between the ages of 15 and 34.

UNEMPLOYMENT

For the past six decades, the black male unemployment rate has been 2x higher than that of white males.

SUICIDE

Suicide, according to CDC statistics, is the number three cause of death among Black males aged 15 – 24.

HIV/AIDS

Blacks represent approximately 14% of the U.S. population but, account for over 40% of new HIV infections.

EDUCATION

The 2012-2013 national graduation rate was 59% for back males, 65% for Latino males, 80% for white males.  

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QUICK FACT ON BLACK HOMICIDE

According to The Atlantic article “A Matter of Black Lives,” more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America since 1980.

To put 260,000 deaths into perspective (using 2014 U.S. Census Bureau Black Population Estimates); the loss is equivalent to wiping away the “total” Black population of the state of Delaware (black population estimate of 223,770) or the 10 lowest black populated states combined (Hawaii, Alaska, New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, Vermont and Montana).  

BREAK THE SILENCE!

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Voices quiet. Voices muted. Voices unheard. Silence perpetuates injustice, evil, and all that is wrong in the world. The will of good will never rise from the depths of life’s cauldron until the voices of just and reason are heard and prevail.

As an artist, I have to let my voice speak through the words of this article which asks, "Is #DonaldTrump Dangerous?": richardleonbyrd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Is-Trump-Dangerous.pdf

Voices quiet. Voices muted. Voices unheard. Silence perpetuates injustice, evil, and all that is wrong in the world. The will of good will never rise from the depths of life’s cauldron until the voices of just and reason are heard and prevail. 

As an artist, I have to let my voice speak through the words of this article which asks, Is #DonaldTrump Dangerous?: http://richardleonbyrd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Is-Trump-Dangerous.pdf

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I can say I am not oblivious, in denial nor do I not care, however I fully support President Trump. He is fulfilling his commitment he made running for President. He is final enforcing the laws on the books. Also the shrinks that wrote the book violated ethics and rules of being shrinks. I am not ashamed of supporting our President who is making America Great Again

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HOW ABOUT TRUMP I could have been mistaken whatever it was BUT TRUMP DELIBRETLY PUTS OUT FAKE STATEMENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY ! I HAVEN’T HEARD APEEP FROM REPUBLICANS ABOUT THAT !!!!!!!!

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Deliberate political character assassination and promoting personal animosity on any person is against all human values and no one deserves to be maligned such as what you are doing here. Put yourself in the person’s shoes to understand what you are doing. Do unto others what you want others do unto you.

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Carl M. Siciliano I saw another post of yours recently which stood out because of incorrect information and a complete lack of context for the things you wrote. Seems this is your go to style. How about you up your game so it is even worth reading your post.

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Just when person says give him a chance he comes with.another lie or a very offensive derogatory statement on nationalities or color of skin. Would you trust This? Js

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Alas, his supporters are oblivious, in denial, or don’t care😥

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Carl M. Siciliano is a bot. Look at his page.

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Doing a great job.
Despite the lying news media

4 weeks ago

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Drumpf is the biggest threat to our country, certainly in the last 80 years. He’s a fascist and is surrounding himself with warmongers and profiteers. I only hope we can recover. May take decades.

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If the Republicans would stop counting their money long enough to listen maybe something could get done

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Of course he is dangerous, VERY!

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Disgrace to the US😡

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Hell yes, he is, when you have a person who don’t understand the dynamics of how a government is run on national and international levels, then yes he a danger to the country.

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Yes he is very dangerous

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THIS IS PHOTO INFO IS CORRECT they had offered there evaluation in person if aagreed upon !!!

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Money lol?

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Thanks ,you do not have to listen to me aho OK OK please

1 month ago

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Yes he is and I’m screaming as loud as I can

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Ok ,true every thing off ,where you all have to not listening ,

4 weeks ago

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What a joke

1 month ago   ·  1

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Yeah, BS. Psychiatric ethics have this little thing called doctor patient privilege. Which means A, if they are his doctors, they are BREAKING their ethics. They would face being disbarred. If they aren’t his doctors, then they have not done any form of thorough testing at all. Psychology isn’t something you can do without numerous sessions. Its like you post this crap and don’t expect psychology students to ever see it and notice the b.s. Shame on you.

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This Rebecca Moore #quote (in reference to the Jonestown, Guyana tragedy) pretty well sums up our current, national, state of affairs.

This Rebecca Moore #quote (in reference to the Jonestown, Guyana tragedy) pretty well sums up our current, national, state of affairs.

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Are they pretending though?

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Christmas Video 2016
Coming out of my writing stint to wish everyone a merry #Christmas and happy #NewYear.

Whatever your traditions are for #thanksgiving, I hope it’s a day that brings happiness and joy to you and yours.

Whatever your traditions are for #thanksgiving, I hope its a day that brings happiness and joy to you and yours.