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The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Lifeby Kevin Powell
Synopses & Reviews
Author and activist Kevin Powell and contributors Lasana Omar Hotep, Jeff Johnson, Byron Hurt, Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Ryan Mack, Kendrick B. Nathaniel, and Dr. Andre L. Brown tap into the social and political climate rising in the African American community with this collection of essays for Black males on surviving, living, and winning.
The Black Male Handbook answers a collective hunger for new direction, fresh solutions to old problems, and a different kind of conversation—man-to-man and with Black male voices, all of the hip hop generation. The book tackles issues related to political, practical, cultural, and spiritual matters, and ending violence against women and girls.
The book also features an appendix filled with useful readings, advice, and resources. The Black Male Handbook is a blueprint for those aspiring to thrive against the odds in America today.
This is a must-have book, not only for Black male readers, but the women who befriend, parent, partner, and love them.
Powell, widely considered one of America's most important voices, brings together a powerful chorus of black men to address the most burning issues facing black males today--young and old.
One of America’s most important voices in the early years of the twenty-first century presents a powerful chorus of Black men to address the most burning issues facing Black males today.
About the Author
Kevin Powell is a writer, educator, and political activist. He’s written The Black Male Handbook, the essay collections Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America and Someday We’ll All Be Free, and the poetry volume, No Sleep Till Brooklyn. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Ebony, Esquire, Essence, and Vibe, where he served as a senior writer, interviewing and profiling, among many others, Colin Powell and the late Tupac Shakur. An ardent activist, Powell also plays a key role in the Black male development arena, having produced the past few years a 10-city State of Black Men Tour, numerous Black male think tank sessions, and Black and Male in America, a 3-day national conference (BlackMaleInAmerica.org). He was a 2008 and 2010 Democratic candidate for the United States of Congress in Brooklyn, New York.
Table of Contents
Foreword Hill Harper xi
Editor's Note Kevin Powell xvii
1. Creating A Spiritual Foundation Lasana Omar Hotep 1
2. Developing Political Awareness Jeff Johnson 25
3. Redefining Black Manhood Byron Hurt 39
4. Starting A Plan for Economic Empowerment Ryan Mack 73
5. Taking Care of Your Physical Health Kendrick B. Nathaniel 115
6. Moving Toward Mental Wellness Andraé L. Brown, Ph.D. 135
7. Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Kevin Powell 165
8. I Am A Man William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D. 181
Who's Who in The Black Male Handbook 191
Nine Things You Can Do to Improve Yourself and Help Others 201
Recommended Readings 205
Recommended Films and Documentaries 209
Recommended Music CDs 213
Recommended Safe Spaces for Black Males 217
Tips for Black Males When Stopped by the Police 223
How To Take Care of and Present Yourself as a Black Male 229
Hygiene Tips for Black Males 229
Dress and Style Tips for Black Males 231
Etiquette Tips for Black Males 233
Grooming Tips for Black Males 236
Job Interview Tips for Black Males 238
Link to More Resources for Black Males 241
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