Social Issues

Are Black Women Too Masculine Today?

Are Black Women Too Masculine Today?

It's a mess out here today! However, it's a mess with a PURPOSE and honestly, needed. Today, more and more black men are beginning to stand up to black women and shouting from the rooftops:  NO MORE!!! From Kevin Samuels to the "Manosphere", black men are starting to wake up to how our communities, more so in the United States, is centered around pleasing and serving the black woman at the detriment of these communities. That doesn't sound so bad until you understand what "pleasing" and "serving" mean to black women today.  Pleasing: Telling black women they can do no...

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Is Kevin Samuels Good for Black People In America?

Is Kevin Samuels Good for Black People In America?

He's needed medicine to a sickness that has taken a foothold on our communities since the late 70's and the modern black woman today, who's taken full advantage of the confusion up until now, are fighting back to hold onto power that white society have given them over black men (media, destructive imaging of black men, etc). Image consultant Kevin Samuels has gotten a lot of "critique" for his relationship advice ever since his You’re Average at Best video hit social media a while back. Almost overnight, men and women responded to the display with mixed feelings as women on social condemned him...

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Hard Questions for Black Men in 2021

Hard Questions for Black Men in 2021

When my colleague, Marcus, asked me to address my feelings regarding George Floyd’s murder, I had two major reactions to this request. My initial reaction was me taking a deep breath. For those few seconds of breathing and reflecting, breathing and reflecting. “Yes,” I said breathing and reflecting, I thanked God for allowing me, a thirty-three-year-old Black person, who some would consider educated, loving, successful, and a voice to still have the ability to breathe unlike George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks. My second reaction was repeating a line Grammy Award winner Andre 3000 said on recording artist Rick Ross’s...

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Challenges Black Men Face Today

Challenges Black Men Face Today

To be male, poor, and either African-American or Native-American is to confront, on a daily basis, a deeply held racism that exists in every social institution,” writes our Brookings colleague Camille Busette. “No other demographic group has fared as badly, so persistently and for so long.” To meet this “appalling crisis,” Camille calls for nothing less than “a New Deal for Black men.”Creating this New Deal is one of the core priorities of the Race, Prosperity and Inclusion Initiative, directed by Camille, but also of the new Boys and Men Project launched today out of the Center on Children and Families. The...

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How Black People Can Practice Self Care Today

How Black People Can Practice Self Care Today

From: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Written by: Elizabeth Wellington The horrific deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd didn’t make me cry. I’m past tears. I’m hollow. I’m afraid to leave my apartment because of a deadly virus. The twin demons of violence and racism are plundering through my city. My heart is afraid. My soul is angry. I feel hopeless. I hide my emotions so not to offend people — especially white people. These are new emotions. “Black people are experiencing unprecedented trauma,” said Ebony White, an assistant clinical professor of counseling and family therapy at Drexel University,...

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Why Policies WILL NOT Change In America

Why Policies WILL NOT Change In America

By: Lorenzo L. Sellers, Founder Racism is a problem and practice of those in power. Change out those in power, remove racism from the top. It's amazing and also extremely discouraging to see that even here in 2021, the black community is still dealing with white people who still seek to do us harm. Policies and laws are still slanted to favor the livelihood, safety, and power of white people before it would ever benefit black people or anyone else of color en masse. What's even more tiring is that we honestly expect those same white people to help us change...

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