Barack Obama and Steph Curry Remind Young Men of Color, “You Matter” 

Contributed by Amber Cooper

Earlier this year marked the fifth anniversary of Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK). 

Stephen Curry, an ambassador for MBK, joined Obama in Oakland, Calif. to offer advice and encouragement to the young men. According to The Hill, Curry spoke on issues affecting young men and boys of color in the U.S., that included conversations around masculinity, self-confidence and law enforcement. 

The MBK focuses on creating opportunities in the community for boys and young men of color where they are both welcomed and included. They stand by the belief “that every young person deserves the opportunity to achieve their dreams, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status” according to their website. 

Obama and Curry are telling the young men, “You matter.” Curry highlights the role his parents played in his life and the support they offered him.

President Obama continues the conversation saying, “If you are really confident about your financial situation, you’re probably not going to be wearing an 8-pound chain around your neck” and “If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking.” The message was all about being the most authentic individual you can be, while staying true to yourself and your beliefs. 

Trayvon’s Martin mother, Sybrina Fulton, singer John Legend, and Rep. Lucy McBath are other prominent leaders that made an appearance at the event.