Bishop Eddie Long, the Black Church and Pedophilia

News that Bishop Eddie Long died yesterday inspired one of the most bitterly divided timelines that I have seen from many of my Black Facebook friends. Some, the majority from the anecdotal evidence I observed, invoked the “only God can judge” mantra and preached forgiveness of his sins. Others, the minority but a very passionate […]

Boy Bands and Brotherhood

StreetCred. That rite of passage every young man seeks.  Some find it in membership in fraternities (All the NUPES say YO!). Others find it in sports, gangs and other affiliations. However, let’s think back to the 80’s and 90’s when the Boy Bands were significant for many young men.  You remember them- New Kids On The […]

Can America Only Take One Socially Conscious Athlete?

The trending topic for the last couple of day is Colin Kaepernick. He refused to stand for the national anthem in a preseason game this past weekend. That was followed by a statement from the 49’ers quarterback: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses […]

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Who’s the Man?

Well, it’s back to school time! Children are excited when back to school commercials air on television. New clothes, new binders, pencils, pens, rulers and friends they may have not seen for two months. Parents are excited also. The kids get out of the house. Woohoo! Now after a few days, the euphoria wears off and […]

Men in Fear of Mortality and the Women Who Care for Them

This year we have lost a number of celebrities, Phife Dawg, 45; David Bowie, 69; Maurice White, 74; Prince, 57; Kimbo Slice, 42; and Muhammad Ali, 78. The life expectancy in the United States is 78.7 years and only one person listed barely reached the national average. Actually, men bring down the curve when it […]

Roots: How the Peculiar Institution of American Slavery Still Haunts Us

Black Men, Let’s Talk About Rape

This week, my undergraduate alma mater, Morehouse College, made news not for its prestigious history of producing leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee or current Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, or for adding to its lead among HBCU’s in producing Rhodes Scholars. No, the news featured yet another allegation of […]