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This 10-year-old Invented a Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

By on Feb 3, 2017 | 0 comments

It happens every summer, and it’s tragic. In fact, 39 children die every year from being left in a car–either accidentally or on purpose–and it’s always heartbreaking. But one 10-year-old #BrownBoyGenius is looking to change things. After hearing about yet another hot car death not far from his home, Bishop Curry V decided to do something. He designed a device called “Oasis” that attaches to a car seat and would blow cool air onto the child if it detects they’re still in the car. The invention is in the planning phase, but Bishop is eager to turn it into a reality. “It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives,” the 10-year-old told a local NBC station. It’s not just a dream, either. Bishop’s dad is an engineer with Toyota and the pair recently traveled to Michigan to give a presentation about the device at a auto conference. They also have a provisional patent for the creation. Kudos Bishop! You’re going to change lives! Related Post In Praise of Jaden Smith & Young Men Who Refu... Stand With Ahmed By Encouraging Your BrownBoyGeniu... This Teen Runs a Six-Figure Business & Landed... Clap For Him: This Teen Was Accepted to All 8 Ivy...

Here’s Why We Need to Support Boys With Natural Hair: 7th Grader Told to Cut Locs or Face School Discipline

By on Mar 8, 2016 | 2 comments

By all accounts, Isaiah Freeman is an exceptional student. The 13-year-old attends a private school in Virginia, gets good grades, plays sports, and wants to be a geologist when he grows up. So when Isaiah’s principal told the teen he had to cut his locs or get a referral to the office every single day, his parents were perplexed. You see, Isaiah’s been growing his locs since the third grade, and the entire time he’s been attending West End Christian School. But now that his hair has gotten longer, it’s a problem. School officials say the proposed discipline actions aren’t personal, but argue Isaiah’s locs violate the rules. “The rule in our handbook states that hair length is to be no longer than the middle of the neck, halfway below the ears, and not below the eyebrows,” the school’s principal Amy Griggs said. “Even from the beginning of the school year, Isaiah’s hair has become considerably longer,” she told the NY Daily News. “This has never been about his hairstyle, only the length.” Isaiah’s dad thinks it’s about something different, a lack of awareness. “I think it’s a form of not being culturally aware, a form of stereotyping,” Shawn Freeman said. To adhere to the rules on length, Isaiah’s been pulling his hair back into neat bun, but even that hasn’t made a difference. “They won’t give me a legitimate reason why this is an issue now,” his father said. Shawn says rather than cut his son’s hair, he’s looking for a new school for the bright young teen, who Principal Griggs admits is “exemplary.” While we often hear about girls of color being picked on or singled out because of their hair, we rarely talk about boys (I wrote about it here). But here’s the thing, boys need their natural hair affirmed too, especially if they choose to wear it in any other style besides keeping it cut low. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of books or resources that talk about the beauty of boys’ hair, which leads to policies, like the one at Isaiah’s school, that treat their hair like it’s an after thought or something that can and should be easily changed. Has your #BrownBoyGenius experienced hair issues at school? How did you handle it?  Related Post #VestorVote? EVERY Parent of a Brown Boy Needs to ... Michigan’s Top Swimmer, Tabahn Afrik, Breaks Rec... The Skin They’re In: How Does Your Brown Boy... Here Are 3 Books We’re Loving Right...

This 12-year-old Turns Scraps Into Robotic Toys

By on Jan 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Like so many other kids, Jasuel Rivera loves to play with gadgets. Unfortunately, Jasuel’s grandmother isn’t unable to buy him any of the latest toys, so the 12-year-old took matters into his own hands and made his own. Instead of complaining that he didn’t have the newest toys, Jasuel read a ton of books and searched the Internet to learn how to make his own gadgets from leftover items he found around his neighborhood in San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic. Jasuel uses cardboard boxes, glass jars, syringes, and just about anything he can get his hands on to make cars, trucks, and robots. “I didn’t have money to buy one, but I saw one like this on the Internet, so I made my own,” Jasuel told a local news crew. “I liked it, so I kept on doing it.” Jasuel is super interested in math and engineering, and hopes hopes to design real cars and trucks when he gets older. His main goal? Land a great job so he can buy a new house for his grandmother. We love it! Check out Jasuel’s interview with Zona5 to learn more about his awesome talent.  Related Post 3 Reasons to Participate in #MuseumWeek Here’s Why Teaching Boys Not to Hit Girls Is Onl... In Praise of Jaden Smith & Young Men Who Refu... How Cute! This 3-year-old DJ Just Won South...

In Praise of Jaden Smith & Young Men Who Refuse to Get Trapped in ‘the Man Box’

By on Jan 5, 2016 | 1 comment

Jaden Smith doesn’t care about fashion rules. After all, the 17-year-old wore a white Batman costume to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s elaborate wedding, and he’s been spotted around town in a dress on more than one occasion. Now, Jaden’s the face of Louis Vuitton’s Spring ’16 womenswear line. Of course, everybody wasn’t feeling the move. The biggest criticism I’ve seen so far is that Jaden’s inclusion in the ad campaign is nothing more than a ploy to emasculate young Black men and boys, because “dressing like a girl” is just wrong in their eyes. But why? Never mind the fact that fashion trends are super fluid, but why do we care when men and boys engage in things that are typically associated with girls? Often times our society polices boys’ toy choices (no dolls!), their favorite colors (no pink!), and the sports or hobbies they choose to engage in. We socialize boys to act tough, to mask their emotions, to “be hard,” not to “act gay,” but when the only emotion many young men and boys rely upon most is anger, we get worried. In his TED Talk on “the man box,” Tony Porter talks about the danger in caging men and boys in rigid definitions of masculinity. I come to also look at this as this fear that we have as men, this fear that just has us paralyzed, holding us hostage to this man box. I can remember speaking to a 12-year-old boy, a football player, and I asked him, I said, “How would you feel if, in front of all the players, your coach told you you were playing like a girl?” Now I expected him to say something like, I’d be sad; I’d be mad; I’d be angry, or something like that. No, the boy said to me — the boy said to me, “It would destroy me.” And I said to myself, “God, if it would destroy him to be called a girl, what are we then teaching him about girls?” The problem, according to Porter, is that by keeping boys in “the man box,” we teach them to “have less value in women, to view them as property and the objects of men,” while also robbing them of being able to have a full spectrum of emotions. While so many young men his age conform to traditional, hyper-masculine roles, Jaden doesn’t seem to be into it. He dresses however he wants, waxes poetic on Twitter about science and homeschooling, and feels completely comfortable doing his own thing. I wish there were more young Black boys who enjoyed the same amount of freedom. Fles. A photo posted by Jaden Smith (@christiaingrey) on Sep 2, 2015 at 8:11pm PDT   Though some make fun of his quirkiness, his commitment to fully being himself is admirable, and it’s absolutely dope. Cheers to Jaden and all the young Black boys who dare to be themselves! Related Post This 10-year-old Invented a Device to Prevent Hot ... This 12-Year-Old COLLEGE SOPHOMORE Says Studying E... This College Student Makes Six-Figures & is t... This Brilliant 11-Year-Old Ferguson Resident Is...

How Cute! This 3-year-old DJ Just Won South Africa’s Got Talent

By on Nov 9, 2015 | 0 comments

DJ Arch Junior is super cute and he’s also super talented. The three-year-old just took home the top prize on South Africa’s Got Talent, but it’s not because of his chubby cheeks. DJ Arch Junior is an actual and factual DJ who’s been rocking the turntables since he was one–ONE!  Arch originally built his rep on Youtube, now he’s winning over TV audiences across South Africa. We love it! Take a look at his winning performance below.  Related Post #VestorVote? EVERY Parent of a Brown Boy Needs to ... Clap For Him: This Teen Was Accepted to All 8 Ivy ... This Teen Built a Million-Dollar Tech Company, But... This Teen Runs a Six-Figure Business &...