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Portrayal and Perception: Two Audits of News Media Reporting on African American Men and Boys

November 1, 2011

The Heinz Endowments' African American Men and Boys Task Force conducted an audit of media reporting on black men and boys in Pittsburgh. Based on content analysis of newspapers and evening newscasts, in addition to a survey and video interviews, the findings highlight a media scene that underrepresents African-Americans males, especially in terms of their positive achievements.

Crime and Justice; Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities

Cultural Responsiveness, Racial Identity and Academic Success: A Review of Literature

June 29, 2009

Commissioned by the Heinz Endowments, this paper reviews the literature on "culturally responsive pedagogy" and the arts. Academic success among African Americans is correlated with education that incorporates racial identity and socialization and a focus on resiliency and culturally relevant concepts. The arts are an ideal venue for such educational programs.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

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