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Fundraiser: Ratcliffe Elementary School

We don’t want to take away from your summer fun, but BLACK MEN READ is partnering with Ratcliffe Elementary School for our annual school supply drive and we’d love for you to be a part of giving back to our community! Anyone can participate by donating 1 of 3 ways:

1. Purchase items via Ratcliffe’s Amazon Wish List – https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/30V4Y66W9P9ZC/

2. Drop off purchased items at Fairfield Library (1401 N Laburnum Ave, Henrico, VA 23223) starting Monday, July 20th. Please read the supply list attached in the comments.

3. Donate to our Back to School Fundraiser through Paypal: paypal.me/blackmenread. We thank you in advance for your donations and partnering with us to help Ratcliffe Elementary students and teachers! Please share this with as many people as possible.

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Author Fair Interest Meeting Wrap

Attention Authors: We are super excited to host our first Black Men Read Author Fair on August 4-5, 2020.  This virtual event will feature some of the most prolific Black writers and when successful, will connect their work with an interested reader. 

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SATURDAY: Netflix Watch Party (CANDYMAN), Homemade Cinnamon Rolls and Honey Mint Whiskey Mojito

The third installment of our Netflix Watch Parties is almost here!  Candyman is an oldie but goodie horror movie that we know will be so much fun for all! As a reminder, our Netflix Watch Parties serve as fundraisers to benefit the Henrico Educational Foundation (henricogives.org). The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) is a non-profit foundation that provides grants and resources to Henrico County Public School students and teachers to fill the gap between taxpayer funding and what is required to produce innovation and achievement in our schools and communities. This Foundation is specifically targeting aid to families affected by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

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SATURDAY: Netflix Watch Party (UNCORKED), Braised Short Ribs and Gentleman’s Agreement

We had so much fun with our last Netflix Watch Party (School Daze) we know this next one will be even more fun! Our Netflix Watch Parties serve as fundraisers to benefit the Henrico Educational Foundation (henricogives.org). The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) is a non-profit foundation that provides grants and resources to Henrico County Public School students and teachers to fill the gap between taxpayer funding and what is required to produce innovation and achievement in our schools and communities. This Foundation is specifically targeting aid to families affected by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

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TONIGHT: Netflix Watch Party (School Daze), Banana Pudding and Jungle Juice

Tonight is the first of our Netflix Watch Parties as fundraisers to benefit the Henrico Educational Foundation (henricogives.org). The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) is a non-profit foundation that provides grants and resources to Henrico County Public School students and teachers to fill the gap between taxpayer funding and what is required to produce innovation and achievement in our schools and communities. This Foundation is specifically targeting aid to families affected by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

THE MAIN COURSE

To raise funds and to have a little fun in the process we are hosting a Netflix Watch Party for the next three Saturdays. We are so excited to watch “School Daze”.

School Daze is a 1988 American musical comedy-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Based in part on Spike Lee’s experiences as a Morehouse student in the Atlanta University Center during the 1970s, it is a story about members of a fraternity and sorority clashing with some of their classmates at a historically black college during homecoming weekend.


DESSERT AND A COCKTAIL

Banana Pudding and Jungle Juice

We also have a wonderful suggestion for food and an adult beverage to accompany the movie. Why not make this delicious BANANA PUDDING (we won’t spoil the banana reference for those who haven’t seen the movie) and wash down your popcorn with a glass of JUNGLE JUICE! Both recipes are below.

We can’t wait to watch the movie tonight and hope you will join in. If you haven’t paid for your ticket, you can still donate by following these instructions:
1. Participants donate $5/per watch party they want to attend using CashApp ($blackmenread) or Paypal (paypal.me/blackmenread).
2. Please put your email and the movie you want to attend in the note.
3. Prior to the party we will send you the URL to join the party!!

Note: Participants must have access to a Netflix account. The Netflix Party app works through the Google Chrome browser on a desktop or laptop only.


BANANA PUDDING RECIPE

Ingredients:
5-6 bananas (slight green, not fully ripe), sliced not too thick/not too thin
Jello instant banana pudding – small box
Jello instant french vanilla pudding – small box
Creamy Cool whip (2) – thawed
Philadelphia cream cheese block – 8 oz (soften – best to leave it out on the counter for at least 4-6 hours)
1-14 oz can of condensed milk
1-3 Cups of milk*
1 box of Nilla Wafer cookies (if you are using a bigger dish or just like extra cookies you might need another box)

Directions:

  1. Line the bottom of your dish with Nilla Wafers
  2. On top of the Nilla Wafers place a slice of banana
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy**. Add the condensed milk and beat until it incorporated. Add the pudding and at least 1 cup of milk. Continue to add additional milk until it gets to soft set consistency (not to liquidity and not to firm). (I used about 3 cups when I made it)
  4. Use a rubber spatula to fold in on container of cool whip into the pudding mixture.
  5. Pour some of pudding mixture over the banana layer.
  6. Continue to repeat the vanilla wafer, banana slice, and pudding layering until you run out. I like to end with pudding on top. (Depending on dish size, width, and length, you should get 2-3 layers)
  7. Garnish the top with a few crushed Nilla Wafers
  8. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving, so the pudding can set up.
  9. Before serving, top the pudding with the other container of cool whip.

*The pudding box directions said do not use soy milk b/c it will not set up. I used 2% milk.
**If the cream cheese is not soft enough, you will not get it to the creaminess that it needs to be. You will end up with little chunks of cream cheese throughout.


JUNGLE JUICE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 6 oz rum
  • 12oz orange juice
  • 6 oz lemonade
  • 9 oz fruit punch

Shake. Serve over ice.

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Individual Donor Levels (2020)

We are proud to announce a new way for individual donors to financially support our mission. The Individual Pledge Program allows individuals to pledge to financially support Black Men Read at a level starting as low as $100. Donors commit to complete their pledge throughout the year either through manual payments or by automatic recurring payments to a credit or debit card.

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President’s Address (2019)

For the first annual President’s Dinner our president, Demetrius Frazier, presented highlights from 2019 and charged all in attendance to continue to work towards our mission.

To view the summary slides from this event please select the graphic below.

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New Volunteer Staff Position: Creative Director

Black Men Read is currently looking for a super talented and hard working individual to join our staff as a CREATIVE DIRECTOR.  This position will be integral to sharing our message and impact in an engaging and inspiring way.  Are you that person?  Consider joining our team today!

Below you will find a written job description detailing the responsibilities and requirements. If interested, please click the button below to apply.

If interested, please send your resume and samples of your work to contact@blackmenreadnow.com to apply.

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Book List: “imagine” (Jan. 2019) | Black Men Read

2019 is here and we can’t wait to get reading some great literature!  We love books that help us to explore the previously unimagined, to move us out of our reading comfort zone and into the far reaches of a creative author’s imagination.

This month’s family book list is titled “imagine”.  In this book list we provide books that seek to bust up literary norms and embrace new possibilities.  This list has every thing from witches in the big city to undead killers in the Civil War era.  This list is fun for the whole family as it has a book for any reading level.

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Black Men Read is officially a Non-Profit!!

We are so excited to announce that we have officially gained 501(c)(3) classification and are a tax exempt charitable organization.  Additionally, all individual contributions are eligible for federal tax exemption.  Please consult your tax professional for details.

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