I certainly see how Black men can get caught up in the cycle. Of course there are several Black men who are doing what they need to do, who are in the right positions, and who are really pushing us forward. But then again I do recognize that there are a lot of African-American males who maybe aren’t doing as much. Maybe they feel as they though they can’t.
Create a network and connect with individuals in the field. Your grades are important, but making your presence felt is the most crucial factor. And add as much experience as possible to whatever education you access.
Is it challenging? Yes. But it's not impossible. Just like anything else in life, if you really want to accomplish a task, you have to work for it. And I have the willpower to start something and not quit.