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Kevin Powell, renowned author and culture critic, addresses Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York Black History Month event

Gathering under the theme, “It Takes A Village,” The Bigs United African American affinity group (BUAA) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City hosted a themed panel discussion event, on Feb. 26 at the Alvin Ailey Theater. BUAA assembled a panel of thought leaders and activists to discuss how institutions, industries and influencers factor into a child’s success in life.

Featuring keynote remarks from Kevin Powell, prolific scholar and one of America’s foremost voices on politics, culture and Hip-Hop, the event’s focus was on the level of involvement the black community has in the raising of black youth and how that role plays into their development.

The goal of the event was to establish collaborative and actionable ways the black community, with its youth at the center, can begin to impact change and empower the next generation.

More than 100 people attended the event, which included a cocktail reception. Most significant, BUAA signed up a potential 53(!) new mentors. By any measure, “It Takes A Village” was a smashing success! 

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