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Sylvester Brown, Jr.

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Sylvester Brown, Jr. is an award-winning journalist, former publisher of Take Five Magazine and metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After leaving the Post in 2009, he began working as a researcher, consultant and contributor with SmileyBooks and other established and burgeoning writers.

Sylvester served on the research and editing team with former advertising executive, Tom Burrell on his book Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority. Sylvester has worked with numerous authors including Tavis Smiley on the E-Book "Too Important to Fail," which accompanied the September 2011 PBS special of the same name.

In January 2011, Sylvester established When we Dream Together Inc., a nonprofit aimed at revitalizing long-ignored urban areas. Many of his writings revolve around creating "independent systems within the established system" for black survival. He maintains that this is the only real solution in addressing long-ingrained and historical challenges African Americans face. Sylvester also explores black leadership (or lack thereof) and the racial and political paradigms that hamper real progress under America's first black president.

Sylvester has been a guest on the "O'Reilly Factor," "Al Franken Show," "The Tavis Smiley Show" and "The Michael Eric Dyson" radio programs. In 2005 ABC's "Nightline" reported on Sylvester's forum featuring Dr. Bill Cosby.

His writings and nonprofit activities can be found at or

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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 5, 2013
Symbolism over Substance: Reflections on the 21st Century March on Washington The commemoration of the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" was a moving, honorable event, but was it symbolism without substance? This commentary asserts that we witnessed a "21st Century event with 20th Century messages."
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2012
Tomorrow's Tomorrows Despite the billions spent to sway our vote, voters must be reminded that tomorrow will determine our future tomorrows.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2012
Addressing The Unspoken Side Of Sequestration Groups in St. Louis, MO speak to the local ramification of the national sequestration budget cuts
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 5, 2012
You, me, us, we and "things that matter" With no significant discussion of "the poor" during the first televised presidential debate, justice-seekers must make the issue a national priority
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Not my America: Reflections on the GOP National Convention Reflecting on the 2012 GOP National Convention, an African-American journalist rejects the version of "America" it presented.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 3, 2012
Rags to Riches and Riches-to-Rags A St. Louis journalist and former newspaper columnist describes the new riches he's found in a high-crime neighborhood after his fall from grace
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Celebrity Chef Fires up Youth in Juvenile Detention Center Celebrity chef and author, Jeff Henderson, volunteers time at juvenile detention center to fire up youth with a cooking demonstration and no-holds-barred conversation about bad choices and second chances.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 12, 2012
Reverse Integration: It's Time to Come Back Home Civil rights laws in the 1960s made it illegal to discriminate against blacks. In the era of integration blacks gained access to employment with white corporations and the right to live in white neighborhoods and send their children to suburban schools. In this article, Brown maintains that wholesale abandonment of black communities was a hefty price. He ends with an idea aimed at bringing hearts and passions back home.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A Global Day of Reckoning Timing of the April 17th "Global Day of Action on Military Spending" couldn't be better. With politicians ignoring the will of people, stubbornly refusing to cut more from the military budget and clamoring for war with Iran, a time of reckoning is desperately needed. The global day of action is the perfect time to bring attention to the real costs of war and the desperate need to protect our planet and defend humanity.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2012
We wear the hood but "hood remains unchanged A long time "print & ink" journalist celebrates the power of activism influenced by social media. With national response to the shooting of a 17-year-old Florida youth as an example, the writer ponders the downside of protests personified by symbolism and the ramifications of a generation conditioned to quick-fix solutions.