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Trabian Shorters is a social entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in diverse fields including national service, technology, nonprofit, and philanthropy. An expert on using asset framing to address social problems, Shorters is best known for applying it to black male issues. In winter 2011, he launched BMe Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building caring and prosperous communities inspired by black men, while serving as Vice President at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Shorters is editor of Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding (Atria Books), a timely and important collection of personal essays. Reach includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Talib Kweli, alongside influential community organizers, businessmen, religious leaders, philanthropists, and educators. These remarkable individuals are living proof that black men are as committed as ever to ensuring a better world for themselves and for others. Reach explodes myths about black men by providing candid insights into their lives. It’s a blueprint for better community engagement. It’s an essential resource for communities everywhere.