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Helping Our Young Black Men-Part 3

Helping Our Young Black Men-Part 3

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I had the opportunity to meet a young black male over the weekend while I was in California at the 168 Hour Film Festival .  His name was LaMar and he was 15 years old.  What struck me immediately was that when his grandmother introduced us to one another, he looked me straight in the eyes, gave me a firm handshake and called me ‘Sir’.  "Did he just call me, Sir?"  When he did these things, I immediately thought to myself, "Now this young man has been given some real training."

A Positive Attitude…

Kevin Powell and Black Men in America

LAST NIGHT (Friday January 16th) I had the opportunity to hear Kevin Powell give a message on the topic, "Black Men in America: What Obama Means to Us."  Mr. Powell was the Keynote Speaker for a quarterly men’s gathering which took place at the Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle.  Let me tell you… it was one powerful presentation!  When he speaks, his humility, passion and intellect commands your attention.

For those of you who may not know, Kevin Powell is a multi-talented individual, working successfully in numerous areas revolving around Activism, Journalism, Business, Cultural Awareness, History, Politics and Entertainment.  He’s also the author of several books, the latest being The Black Male handbook .

His speech impacted the men who were present and gave us a lot to consider.  I thought about it all night and even went to sleep with it on my mind.  When I woke up, my next action was clear – I had to write.