Our Community

Looking for Daddy

ImageOur community father is missing in action.

For many young Black boys in previous generations who were growing up without fathers, there were Black fathers in the neighborhoods who were unafraid to tell them what they needed to be doing and standing up to them when they were acting like damned fools. They, along with teachers and coaches, could discipline children without fear of reprisal from a permissive society gone mad.

Our community father was not only in the community and in the schools, but his presence was felt in many fatherless homes.

There were community fathers represented in the politicians, activists, religious icons and average working men who stood as shining examples for all to see and embrace.

If we say that our fathers are not in the homes, then where is our community father today?

Man Up!

ImageOne of the most frustrating things to deal with as a Black man is listening to Black women talk about what a "real man" is supposed to be or do. 
Typically, when those discussions come up, they begin with "If you were a REAL man..." and are in reference to things that the women want from the men, based purely on desire, not on anything real. And, those discussions are never based on anything that comes from men or discussions with men. 
In fact, a group of us jokingly search for the "Book of Real Man" that these women must have read. 

iZania and The African American Voice -- Making a Difference

ImageThe objective of The African American Voice and its panelists is to provide the research industry with the highest quality opinions possible. Together we will provide a voice to a largely underrepresented group of Americans.

Become a member of our African American Panel, shape consumer research with your opinions and get compensated for it.

Reflections on Black Group Will & Identity in the 21st Century

ImageThe issue of the character of African-American group will and identity here in the early years of the 21st century has recently received major attention through two research studies produced by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the related Pew Research Center, located in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The two new Pew studies are of fundamental importance to African-Americans, so I thought I'd write an essay for BlackCommentator.com containing evaluative reflections on some implications of the Pew studies for African-Americans today.

Get Ready For Kwanzaa 2007


DAY SEVEN -- Imani ~ Faith - To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

The Pew Study: Black Pathology or the Legitimization of Mainstream Colorblindness?

Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D.
It's been a few weeks since the Pew Research Center released its "social and demographic trends report" on Blacks' perception of black progress. More interesting than the usual feedback on the pathology of "doom and gloom" rooted in black socio-economic reality, is the virtual silence about the study's multi-racial analysis of the state of black decline. Whether that decline is perceived or real (and it is more real than perception), the study is just not a survey of Blacks' assessment on the State of Black America and the growing intra-race gaps between the poor and middle class. It's also a study on the hidden attitudes about the state of Black America that turn a blind eye to historical disparities.

He who defines you, controls you - Nov. 2007

ImageThe Pew Research Center reported, "African Americans see a widening gulf between the values of middle class and poor blacks, and nearly four-in-ten say that because of the diversity within their community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race." Black people can now play out this doomsday scenario with a clear conscience and without remorse for the dismal future we are creating for our children. Now that Pew has done its research and revealed that Black people are so fragmented by "class," is there any reason for us to continue to espouse collective and cooperative anything among our people?

You have heard the saying, "He who defines you controls you."  Well, Black folks have now been defined for what may well be the final time, because if we accept the "spinning" of the Pew report, it will be the death-knell that many have longed to hear since free Black labor went out of style.