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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How I See Black Men...

Barack Obama is now President.  What does this mean for the next generation of Black men?

Today, I would like to take the time to interject some thoughts about the meaning of what this means, as relates to Black males: as a Black woman, I will state it hear and anywhere--BROTHERS, YOU ARE SO NECESSARY.  Barack has inspired not just Black people here in America, but him being a Black man, gives hope to people of African descent all over the world. From Africa, Europe and through the West Indies and parts of Latin America, the name Barack Obama is being echoed through the streets. It's just powerful what this man being so close to becoming the President of the most powerful and wealthiest nation on earth, is not only a miracle, but given that he is elected; it will be a game changer.

How are Black men preparing themselves? What are you saying to your sons? Your grandsons? Brothers, nephews, friends?

In 1995, many people thought that The Million Man March was a failure. Frankly, no one saw the follow-up and a lot of people asked: What happened? The image that the world has had of black males has been negative, but with Barack--a new image is emerging and that will affect generations of Black men forever.

I see greatness in Black men--I always have. Back in 2000, one day, on another website, I had a premonition and decided to put up a thread, with the heading: A BLACK MAN WILL BE PRESIDENT! Would you like to know what the reaction was? Laughter. No one could even respond with anything positive. Such was the reaction of Black people at that time, who for many, had been raised for so long to thing so little of themselves; it was just unthinkable.

Well, so much for small thinkers, right?

I'm excited for all Black men right now. I want to see you all become greater, smarter and having more audacity, as Barack, to actually believe that YOU CAN become the President of The United States one day.

At this time, I will let the cat out of the bag: I'm near completion of my first book, entitled: A Journey Into The Mind of A Black Woman: In Search of Black Men With Purpose. This book was inspired not only by our history as African people, but it is a book of my vision and down to earth conversation of issues that men like yourselves talk about and also, I give a female interpretation of those issues in frank form.

I'm eager to secure the representation of a literary agent and I'm most confident of getting published.

A toast to you, Black MEN of America, this one is for you.

My pride is rockin' right now!

I'd love to hear from all of the Black men who reads this. What's on your minds? How do you feel right now? How do you vision the future and what are you telling your sons?

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