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Neil Degrass Tyson Like You’ve Never Seen Him


Who Knew Science Was So Sexy? Thanks for the photo


Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, irreverent tweeter, vanquisher of Pluto, frequent Stephen Colbert foil — is America’s “It” Nerd.

A lot of people have held that title before, acting as evangelists for science and discovery. Ben Franklin. Our buddy George Washington Carver. Stephen Jay Gould. Carl Sagan. Tyson’s the latest standard-bearer, and two weeks ago he presided over an hourlong meditation on the birth and scope of the universe that was being broadcast on several networks at once.

“[The Big Bang] is as far back as we can see in time,” he intoned on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He paused for effect. “For now.”

Cosmos is an update of the beloved 1980 PBS series of the same name hosted by Sagan. The new edition is full of allusions to the old one. “We are made of star stuff,” Tyson says in the first episode, repeating one of Sagan’s most famous lines. A lot has been made of the fact that decades ago, Sagan — once the “It” Nerd himself — tried unsuccessfully to recruit the teenage Tyson to Cornell University.

Tyson’s ascension to America’s foremost nerd is a testament to his undeniable charisma and ability to make complicated ideas accessible to laypeople. But some of that’s by default, because, really, who else might even be in contention for it? (Bill Nye, perhaps?)

But Tyson’s current stature is unlikely for another reason: He’s a black astrophysicist, as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.

“There are very, very few African-American astrophysics PhDs,” Tyson told Alcalde, an alumni magazine for the University of Texas, Austin, where he studied for a time during graduate school. “That’s for a reason. I was doing something people of my skin color were not supposed to do. So people who believed in me, like Sagan, were important.”

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Morehouse Men All Wet and Ready For the World


…this picture symbolizes the journey that so many black men endure everyday of their lives as they face countless obstacles yet continue to pursue success with unwavering determination.” – Kia Speaks

This picture of Morehouse College graduates drenched in rain yesterday has surprisingly caused quite a stir. Many are saying this is indicative of Morehouse not having the money or “common decency” to implement a rain plan. If you see that when you look at this picture, I’m going to politely take the liberty of calling you a cynic. To me this picture symbolizes the journey that so many black men endure everyday of their lives as they face countless obstacles yet continue to pursue success with unwavering determination. It is cynical to ignore the fortitude and thirst for knowledge in these men’s eyes for an opportunity to “throw shade” at Morehouse College. Rain can’t stop the House. And life’s obstacles won’t stop these men.

Post courtesy of  Kia Speaks, Spelman College alum. She is public speaker, social media professional, and writer.  Kia has been published in a number of publications including, Black Health Magazine (where she also served as the founding editorial manager), OTC Beauty MagazineCrystal MagazineAUC Magazine and Bias Magazine. This is her first post for

Congrats to all The Handsome Black Men graduating from any and all college in 2013. We are so proud of you. Amen


Apply For a Scholarship From Jay-Z – Deadline May 31, 2013

Shawn and Gloria Carter

You read right: Jay-Z has finally stepped over the mogul threshold into scholarship fund land. Established in partnership with his mother, Gloria Carter, The Shawn Carter Foundation stands to provide a unique opportunity for “under-served students” with a strong desire to earn their degree – those who may otherwise find themselves ineligible for more traditional scholarships – to enter college for the first time. With key application questions like “What are your plans to give back to the community?”  once they graduate and GPA requirements of 2.0, it is clear that this fund is extending itself to the underdog.

Formerly incarcerated students, single mothers, GED holders, and those who have attended “alternative schools” are explicitly called to action on the foundations Who We Are page. Students up to the age of 25 may apply.

Though the foundation sent 188 first-time college students to class in 2012, some flack has been given to this effort citing that its $2500 maximum payout  is “not enough to pay for classes,” one Facebook grumbler grunted. But the argument can be made that $2500 is plenty of cash for a full time course load, books included, at most two year and community colleges across America. At that, any college education is better than none, especially one that offers certain types of students a chance to prove themselves academically at a higher level which could ultimately raise their likelihood of acquiring many other scholarship and grant opportunities that can be accrued once the leap is made from a successful two-year institution into a 4 year university. I appreciate the start a fund like this provides. Especially since so few others are doing so.

The foundation also hosts annual HBCU bus tours, mentorship programs, holiday toy drives and relief efforts. The deadline for this years scholarship application is May 31, 2013. You can find out more about and apply for the scholarship on the website at


Hassan Sheik Mohamud on Time’s 100 Most Influential List

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

A War-Torn State’s Figure of Hope

Emerging from the presidential contest of September 2012, Somalia’s Hassan Sheik Mohamud is discarding destructive clan-based politics in favor of anticorruption measures and national reconciliation as well as embracing vital security-sector and economic reforms.

A 17,000-strong African Union force finally helped to restore security in Somalia, but there should be no illusions about the challenges that come with governing a nation torn apart by two decades of civil war.

Almost 20 years of rebuilding in Rwanda has taught us that there is no definitive manual for leading nations through and beyond debilitating conflict. President Mohamud is faced with the difficult task of balancing much needed international assistance with asserting Somalia’s right to govern itself.

The leader of Somalia’s first constitutional government in 20 years, President Mohamud symbolizes an increasingly confident Africa that is shedding its long history of strife and moving toward greater stability and prosperity.

article written by President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Time Magazine

See the full list of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World here

Other THBM’s who made the list:

Barak Obama


Joaquim Barbosa

LeBron James

Mario Balottelli


Frank Ocean


Elliott Hulse

Elliott Hulse

Become the strongest version of yourself. And then inspire others. – Elliott Hulse

The Elliott Hulse most of the world is familiar with is the extreme, hyper masculine brand of male that hurls boulders – yes, MASSIVE rocks – and hauls MACK trucks with bare hands as his preferred mode of daily weight training. He drives an equally intimidating, gas guzzling SUV between home and work – a literal Strength Camp he built from the bottom up – from which he hails the war-cry to the World of becoming the “strongest version” of oneself. And, as one of – if not – THE most charismatic and authentic mens lifestyle and strength gurus on YouTube, has made it his mission to hold the hands (and the balls) of hundreds of thousands of people as they discover this “strongest self” for themselves, teaching – leading – by being.

Poetic and unapologetic, Elliott puts his intense, eccentric, full-bodied self on display every single day in his from the heart, at times, uncomfortably candid videos offering monster-size doses of advice and expertise on body building, bioenergetic physiology, love, religion and spirituality, even, and other growing pains. The Elliott I got to see both on and off record some weeks ago further adds to the already complex dynamic encased in this boulder of a Handsome Black Man. Not only was he all the words used above but also patient, endearing, and a ton of FUN! All this while pulling double-duty as he manned his four young children – all alone for an entire weekend – while said wife and business manager was out of town on a personal trip. Now, that takes balls.

I care to admit owing him quite a measure of credit for the illumination of my own courage, self trust, and accountability gained from my daily patronage though still can’t help but ponder how one could fit so perfectly into the classic definition of what a man is and still be chiseling away at a brand new one? This is the complexity of today’s Handsome Black Man. And I can’t wait for you to meet him.

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Him: Elliott Hulse, 34, husband, father, YouTube star, business owner, philosopher, poet, body builder, Strong Man champion, warrior/mentor.

On Manhood:

“The more ‘female’ I become, the more ‘male’ I become. I don’t think there is any plant on earth that represents the phallic symbol better than the bamboo – one long dick coming out of the ground. The bamboo can be 7 to 10 feet tall. But [it] doesn’t grow that tall for 7 years. If you keep it in a little jar it’s not going to grow, but in the wild, you know what it’s doing? It’s growing an elaborate root system. It’s going down, being envaginated.  It’s being feminine. Earth is associated with femaleness. You call your woman your earth. You go into it. That plant that grows as tall as it does does not do so until it goes as deep as it can. So, the more feminine, the more masculine.” Watch the video of Elliott’s full answer here.

On Struggle:

“It’s breaking eggs so that you can create an omelet. It’s growth. It’s uncomfortable. Growth is uncomfortable. Embrace it. ” Watch the video of Elliott’s full answer here.


“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley

Watch Elliott’s incredible advice for young black men here.


Barak Obama On Time’s 100 Most Influential List


A Leader Who Delivers

article written by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 

Time Magazine

“Crowds jammed the streets of Rangoon. Children waved American flags. Parents craned to see something long thought impossible: the President of the United States had come to Burma with a message of hope, freedom and opportunity. This was American leadership at its best.

“When Barack Obama was first elected, the world saw the realization of the American Dream. Today, they see a leader who delivers — whether it’s ending the war in Iraq, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran or reasserting our role as a Pacific power and building a world with more partners and fewer enemies. At home, the economy is growing, unemployment is falling, and home prices are rising.

“Now, President Obama is working to create broader prosperity at home and become more competitive abroad by investing in our people, modernizing our infrastructure, building a new energy future and managing our long-term fiscal challenges. That’s the course for a better future.”

See the full list of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World here.

Other THBM’s who made the list:


Hassan Sheik Mohamud

Joaquim Barbosa

LeBron James

Mario Balottelli


Frank Ocean