Last week, Bill Cosby made some pretty jarring remarks about the state of the African-American male, advising Spelman’s graduating class to “pick up the pace and lead because the men are not there.”
As regular readers of The Lo Zone know, I’m pretty positive and supportive when it comes to black men. I’m not blind to the state of our affairs on the cultural front, but I also don’t operate from a position of hopelessness with a “half-empty” mentality. I grew up surrounded by strong, present black males. My uncles, my brother, friends, teachers. And I had a father who adored me, even though he was quite strict and we often bumped heads over the silliest of things.
I was his “Skuffcat“—a nickname he gave me from birth and called me until his dying day, some seven years ago. I will always be my Daddy’s Skuffcat. I will always fight like a soldier for my black men.
…sent me the following video that speaks in positive powerful tones about strong black men who are present in their children’s lives, even though, ironically, they are incarcerated. Monique, who found a loving, educated, strong black man of her own when she moved to Atlanta, wanted to help beat the drums for the positive. We march on for our brothers. No matter how bleak things may seem, now is not the time to declare that black women abandon ship. All is far from lost in the battle to uplift, uphold and encourage the righteous legacy of the black man.
[Monique, girl, I couldn’t mention you without putting up your South Park likeness. Gotta give the readers a visual, you know. Thanks for sending me this video. It also gave me a good excuse to put my dad’s pic up again. Hey guys…if for some reason the video doesn’t come on within about eight seconds of you clicking the “play” button, just refresh your screen and try it again.]