Dr. Boyce Watkins George Kilpatrick Talk about Black Wealth, Debt Ceiling


In this interview (below), Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with George Kilpatrick, host of “New Inspiration for the Nation,” about current events within the African American community.  They discuss the recent debt ceiling, racism in the workplace, black unemployment, whether college athletes should be paid and more.   You can listen to the interview by CLICKING […]

Can a Woman Raise a Boy to be a Man? Most Men Don’t Think So


A new survey at YourBlackWorld.com reveals that black men and women have different perceptions on what it takes to turn a boy into a man.  The survey finds that while most black men do not believe that a woman can raise a boy to be a man without male intervention, nearly half of all black […]

Dr. Boyce: Racist Reporting Turns Law-Abiding Four Year Old Into a Thug


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action After a recent drive-by shooting involving two teens in Chicago, a CBS affiliate (WBBM) decided to engage in some good old fashioned racist black male stereotyping.  The station interviewed a four year-old boy to ask him what he thought about the violence in the neighborhood, and […]

Survey: African Americans Divided Over Cornel West, Obama Debate


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In a recent survey by YourBlackWorld.com, it was found that African Americans are divided over the comments of Princeton University professor Cornel West, who has critiqued the Obama Administration in the media over the past several weeks.  A mild majority of those who gave a definite answer (44.6%; only 87.2% said […]

NAACP Sponsor Wells Fargo Target of Justice Department Probe for Discriminatory Lending


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. The United States Justice Department is preparing to launch an investigation against Wells Fargo, a company that serves as the largest home mortgage lender in the country.  The company is being accused of taking advantage of minority consumers by selling them loans that were overpriced and more likely to lead to […]

Dr. Boyce: Mary J. Blige’s Abuse Story is Far Too Common


by Dr. Boyce Watkins I recently read an article about the amazing singer, Mary J. Blige, and how molestation at an early age played a role in some of her poor choices later in life.  After confronting the demons of drug and alcohol addiction, Mary J. stands as arguably the most inspirational songbird in America, […]

Dr. Boyce: Racial Wealth Gap Largest It’s Been in 25 Years

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action A new study presented some disturbing, yet expected news about the sad state of economic affairs within the African American community. According to the study, the wealth gap between white and black Americans has become the widest that it’s been in the last 25 years. As it stands, […]

President Obama, the Debt Ceiling and Greedy Republicans: Why the People Can’t Win


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In early 2001, America’s economic future was rosy: Our government was sitting on a massive budget surplus, and the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the next 10 years would carry our nation down the path of seemingly endless prosperity. This was a good time for President George W. Bush to push […]

Tiger Woods’ Caddie is the Latest Person Seeking to Destroy Him


by Dr. Boyce Watkins It appears that Tiger Woods’ wife is not the only person who has a bone to pick with him.  Tiger’s former caddy, Steve Williams, is planning to write a tell-all book about his life with Woods, and some expect that it’s not going to be pretty.  After serving by Tiger’s side […]

Dr. Boyce: Let’s Include Black Women in Meetings with the President


I recently wrote about the scheduled meeting today between President Barack Obama and the presidents of the NAACP and Urban League. Marc Morial and Ben Jealous got together with the president in a situation that is eerily similar to the meeting the three had with Rev. Al Sharpton not so long ago. Any meeting which serves […]

Dr. Boyce: President Obama Set to Meet with Marc Morial and Ben Jealous, But Why?


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I received an email today from the White House stating that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with NAACP President Ben Jealous and Urban League President Marc Morial.   President Obama’s schedule (which can be seen here) shows that the meeting will be roughly 25 minutes, giving these three important […]

Dr. Boyce: Getting Out of Your Own Personal Prison


I just spoke to my friend Ryan Mack about our “Never Going Back” initiative to attack the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism in America. During the conversation, I had a revelation: Most of us are just a step away from being incarcerated, or have yet to understand what it truly means to be free. Sure, […]

Disturbing Study: Black Men Get Better Healthcare, Protection in Prison than Out


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. Many of us have seen the dismal statistics for black males in America.  African American men are at the bottom of the barrel in nearly every category of life, including healthcare, education, incarceration, and unemployment.  Many of us raise our black boys with little to no understanding of how many of […]

Dr. Boyce: Yes, The Music We Listen to Does Affect Our Thinking (Video)


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. When I spoke on the problems with mass promotion of violent and misogynist hip-hop music through BET and other media, the response from the public was interesting.  On one hand, there were those who’d been waiting for someone to speak openly about the problems with BET giving awards to artists like […]

Dr. Boyce: How Sports Teaches Black Men to Marginalize Themselves


by Dr. Boyce Watkins I was driving out of Atlanta the other day, speaking to my baby sister.  She listens to me ramble, and that’s why I love her.  Our topic for the day was black men and sports.  I mentioned how I turned on ESPN in my hotel room (all 10 million channels) and saw […]

Should Essence Magazine Have a White Male Managing Editor?


by Dr. Boyce Watkins Essence Magazine has made the interesting and controversial decision to hire a white male as its managing editor.  I cocked my head to the side when I heard about the move by Editor-in-Chief Constance White to let Michael Bullerdick, a white male, run the day-to-day operations of a magazine which prides […]

Why CNN, HLN and MSNBC Won’t Have a Black Prime Time Anchor for a While


by Dr. Boyce Watkins I recently noticed that the NAACP joined the call of other civil rights public figures (I’m not sure how I feel about the word “leaders”) in asking CNN and other networks to open the door for African American representation in nightly prime time news slots.  I was happy to see them […]

Beware of Politicians and Media Seeking to Control Your Thinking

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Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action I saw a headline today involving Pastor Jeremiah Wright.  The headline stated the following: “Jeremiah Wright’s Church Denomination Banishes ‘God the Father’ for Gay Inclusion.”  The headline was interesting in that it almost seemed to imply that Jeremiah Wright had made the decision himself. What was most peculiar […]

Dr. Boyce: Dallas Cowboys Star Roy Williams Gets Ring Back From Ex-Girlfriend – Hmmmm


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. Dallas Cowboys star Roy Williams got the world’s attention when he sent a $75,000 engagement ring and videotaped proposal to former Miss Texas, Brooke Daniels.  Daniels had been Williams’ girlfriend for a year, but she turned down the player’s engagement request.   She did, however, decide to keep the ring. A […]

Man Jailed, Loses Car, Job By Trying to Cash Legitimate Check at Chase


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. You wouldn’t think that one of your worst nightmares would start with trying to cash a check for thousands of dollars.  But this is what happened to 28-year old Ikenna Njoku, who found that simply trying to cash a legitimate check would put him in jail for four days and cause […]

Dr. Boyce, Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Perry, Marc Lamont Hill Sign on For New Film


Dr. Boyce Watkins, along with other leading black male scholars have all agreed to take part in “Hoodwinked,” a documentary about the state of the black male in America. According to the filmmaker, James “Janks” Morton, describes the film in the following way:   Hoodwinked will be an exploration of the most recent data being […]