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Trabian Shorters is co-editor with Benjamin Jealous of the bestselling book “Reach – 40 Black Men Speaking on Living, Leading and Succeeding” ( He also is a social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in diverse fields including national service, technology, nonprofit, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

BMe Community builds a better future based upon authentic stories about black men, their cities, and the causes we all care about. It was formed by black fathers, coaches, businessmen and others of all races and genders who believe that we should value all people, recognize black men as assets, reject outdated stereotypes and work together in asset-oriented ways to build a more caring and prosperous society.

More than 100 Black men who head community organizations, called “BMe Leaders,” have agreed to promote a vision of America’s future based upon valuing all members of the human family, recognizing Black men as assets, rejecting narratives that denigrate people, and working together in asset-oriented ways to strengthen communities.

Black men are willing to lead. Are you willing to build more caring and prosperous communities?

This interview was originally recorded on August 19, 2015.