New Orleans, LA (PressExposure) August 31, 2011 -- Clarence Nero lost three brothers to violence in New Orleans and CNN weighs in with an exclusive interview on how he is dealing with the tragedy and lost. Nero opens up about the pain of losing three brothers to violence and talks about how he's trying to turn the tragedies into something positive. "I am just glad that CNN and Essence have come together to deal with this serious issue," Nero said. "The killing of black men is a major problem in the city of New Orleans and something has to be done about it."
Nero recently founded the Bayou Soul Writers and Reader's Conference in New Orleans during pre-Essence Music Festival. The conference's goal is to promote reading and literacy to high school students. Nero started an essay contest in his brother's Sean Simmon's name who was recently murdered in the city. The essay runs in conjunction with the conference and the first place winner took home a $20,000 college scholarship sponsored through Neighbors Foundation.
"If I can send a student to college in my brother's name," Nero said. "Then I know his life was not in vain. I want everyone to remember all of my brothers and this event will make their lives relevant and always remind people of the senseless violence that takes place in the city of New Orleans everyday."
Nero plans to make the conference an annual event in hopes of empowering the youth his city for years to come. He has recently partnered with Saving Our Daughters Book Series to promote reading and literacy in his community. Saving Our Daughters brings together celebrities from the Tyler Perry Studios like Janet Jackson, Tiffany Evans and Boris Kojoe who write empowering stories for youth. Students in New Orleans will have to read the series and write essays to possibly win a college scholarship.