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CLOSE was created in April of 2010 with the sole mission of actively promoting a positive black male image. As a young black male myself, I became furious with the collective assault on the black male image each and every day. In an age where various forms of media have painted the image of the black male to be monolithic, which has a huge impact on how the world sees black men and ultimately how we see ourselves, will assist in defying and eradicating stereotypes, as well as fight a mindset that has young black men believing that they cannot achieve their hopes and dreams.

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