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Lazy, immature, reckless, promiscuous, commitment-phobes—just a few of the many complaints made about today’s young, black “men.”

The absence of fathers in the black community has skewed the idea of manhood and what it entails. Our boys are indoctrinated by misogynist rap lyrics, half-naked video models and dope boys flaunting wads of money they won’t have a few years down the line. And of course, corporations have no problem continuing to fund a hypersexualized culture that values brawn over brains.

Parents have their work cut out for them, mothers especially. Single or married, we generally spend the most time with our children; and, as a result, much of their behavior is a reflection of our approach to parenting. Little black boys are held to different standards and it’s our responsibility not only to prepare them for life’s hurdles but teach them how to persevere also.

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