Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
NEW ORLEANS – What’s Your Revolution Consulting recently announced that Charles S. Corprew, III, Ph.D., its founder and CEO, has been selected as a Black Enterprise magazine (BE) Modern Man for 2018. He is one of 100 African-American men from across the United States nominated and selected. The BE Modern Man 100 Men of Distinction will be honored at the 2nd Annual Black Men XCEL Summit, August 29 through September 2, 2018, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
“It is humbling to know that at some point somewhere in the world I touched someone’s life so much that they felt moved to nominate me for this great honor,” Dr. Corprew commented when asked what his selection meant to him. “I am grateful and honored for this recognition.”
In the profile, Dr. Corprew shared that his personal revolution is to bring attention to the root causes and effects of hypermasculinity on Black men and boys and to help them find the healthiest versions of themselves. This work serves as the cornerstone of his weekly radio show, “What’s Your Revolution? With Dr. Charles Corprew” with airs on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm Central Time on New Orleans-based WBOK 1230 AM, a Bakewell Media Company station. The show streams live at wbok1230am.com and is podcast at SoundCloud. His guests have included noted thought leaders including psychologists Dr. Jeff Gardere and Dr. Howard Stevenson; Stanford University’s Vice President for the Arts Dr. Harry Elam, Jr.; Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy; authors C. Erskine Brown and Sheryll Cashin; New Orleans City Councilmember Jason Rogers Williams and Jake Zweig, one of the first African-American Navy Seals.
In addition to hosting What’s Your Revolution?, Dr. Corprew is a highly sought-after speaker and facilitator doing work with organizations and municipalities around the issue of racial and gender equity and inclusive excellence. Dr. Corprew says, “I help teams understand that, ultimately, bringing about healing in spaces that have clearly been fractured due to racial inequities dating back generations requires intentional heart-work.” His client roster includes Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Media Arts Collaborative Schools, Lexington Catholic High School, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s NOLA for Life Program, and Spring Board to Opportunities.
Prior to starting his consultancy, Dr. Corprew was a fervent educator, spending 18 years teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. As a professor at Loyola University New Orleans, he devoted his time to teaching and researching the development of adolescents and emerging adults in diverse contexts; in particular, African American males. His publications can be found in Urban Education, The Journal of College Student Development, and The Journal of Men’s Studies. Charles is also widely cited in local and national media, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Baltimore Sun, The Jackson-Free Press, Inside Higher Education, The Good Men Project, and The Huffington Post. He received his doctoral degree in Psychological Science from Tulane University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Norfolk State University and Bachelor of Arts in History from James Madison University. Charles is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Fellow. He is also a member of the 2017 Startup Venture cohort for Propeller – A Force For Social Innovation.
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ABOUT WHAT’S YOUR REVOLUTION
WYRevolution is a consultancy, grounded in a systems thinking framework with an equity lens, that works with individuals and organizations to revolutionize outcomes for the people they serve. Our services encompass keynote addresses, professional development, facilitation, and program design and implementation,. Our revolution is helping to create equitable outcomes for all; cultivate culturally competent, culturally aware, and culturally relevant leaders and organizations. Visit www.wyrevolution.com to learn more and to secure our services.
ABOUT BE MODERN MAN
BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image, and accomplishments of today’s man of color. With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and agents of change—these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech, art, philanthropy, business, and beyond. The BE Modern Man is making a positive impact, his way, and has a story to tell.
Natalie Burke is the brilliant CEO of Commonhealth Action, a non-profit organization focused on promoting health equity across the nation. On the show, Natalie details what compels her to do this tremendous work. It is a great listen particularly for those looking to find answers about how to mitigate the forces of oppression and privilege in the workplace and in their lives.
A compelling look at Dr. Charles Corprew and his quest to fulfill his mission, answering the most thought provoking question of his life, “What’s Your Revolution?”
Last week, as the bright lights descended upon the crescent city, New Orleans for the uninitiated, the word “Equality” became the battle cry for athletes, actors, politicians, and regular folk. This would be @Nike’s stamp on #NBAAllStar weekend. As social media began to light up with veiled pictures of the aforementioned, underlined by the iconic swoosh and the word equality, I began to wonder what was all the fervor about, but in the moment, I realized that one of the most recognizable brands in the world was still conflating #equality and #equity. This was evident with their slogan, “The ball should bounce the same for everyone”. For the record, equality means that everyone is given the same tool to succeed, starting at the same point. Simply, it’s giving a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old size 10 shoes and a basketball and telling them to go shoot hoops on a 10ft goal. You tell me what’s wrong with that picture? Equity on the other hand supposes that each of us needs the right tools at the right time to thrive. Thus, in my previous analogy, the 3-year-old would have shoes that fit and the right size ball, assuming the 9-year-old wore a size 10 shoe. This would continue to foster his or her love for the game because the chance of success would be far greater when given the right tools instead of the same tools as everyone else.
I applaud @Nike for using its financial and political currency to continue a national conversation that needs to be kept in the forefront of the frontal lobes of every person around the world, but I hope that @Nike did not chose the easy way out because #equity does not have the word credibility as #equality. In today’s world, starting at the same point does not guarantee the ability to thrive, particularly in world full of inequities. Yes, the ball should bounce the same for everyone, but at each stage of life, the ball may need to look and feel different in order to craft the necessary scenarios for success. I hope as @Nike, @Reebok, @Adidas, @UnderArmour, or any other major organization looks to hone their messages on diversity, equity, and inclusion, they chose the revolutionary approach instead of the one that fits easily into their marketing strategy.
What’s Your Revolution?
Most graduation speakers give students a simple blueprint to take into the world as they embark on their professional journey. Too often the words uttered by these speakers dissipate with the euphoria of graduation and the stress of new challenges. However, as I sat listening to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman during Tulane’s graduation ceremony in 2011, I realized he was not disseminating a parsimonious outline of how to be successful; he was giving me the trappings of my life’s work. Throughout his speech he wove the revolutions inspired by the “Arab Spring” into how we (Americans) in this era of economic uncertainty and insecurity could create and sustain our own personal revolutions. There is a line in the speech that continues to inspire me as a person, as a leader, and as a mentor. He stated, “How do we dig inside ourselves for that something extra that will distinguish us in this increasingly flat, competitive world…Everybody’s got something extra to offer, you just have to discover yours. You have to find your revolution.” It is the last line that propels me everyday. Too often, revolution is seen as something nefarious, but in the work I do and the interactions I have, it is the greatest synonym of change. Thus, I am constantly asking, What’s Your Revolution?, and in that moment I hope people critically think about how their personal revolution can change the world.
Founder and President – Dr. Charles S. Corprew, III.