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Men told to defy gloomy statistics at Empowerment Summit

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CARSON — African American men were told to ignore the stereotypes and defy the statistics during the 2017 Empowerment Summit at Cal State Dominguez Hills Sept. 23.

In the keynote address, Hollywood producer and motivational speaker DeVon Franklin told the men in attendance: “Don’t buy into the media’s hype about black men. So many times people want to put us down. Defy those statistics.”

Franklin’s talk was labeled “Manning Up.” He urged men to resist being

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