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, 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 […]

10 Tips On How to be a Better Husband


by Craig Playstead, Thyblackman.com Everyone worries too much about bills, getting the kids off to school, and  why the dog keeps peeing on the carpet. It’s time to light that fire again and remind her of all the reasons why she married you to begin with. Here are 10 steps that will get you on […]

George James: How Men Can Make Critical Life Changes


We celebrate many people in the month of June, Men being one of them. We celebrate men through Father’s Day and by promoting men to pay attention to and improve their health. Physical health is extremely important, but so is one’s emotional and mental health. For some men, paying attention to and improving their overall […]

Tiger Woods Is Now Endorsing Japanese Muscle Rub

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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Word has it that Tiger Woods has not been up to par on the golf course as of late. Maybe it is because he needed to oil his aging joints with the Japanese muscle rub he will be advertising. TheAssociated Press reports that “Tiger Woods has been hired as a […]

Oscar Grant’s Mom Set to Receive $1.3 Million Dollars

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A transit agency in the San Francisco Bay area is set to pay $1.3 million to the mother of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old man who was shot and killed by a transit officer in 2009.  Grant was unarmed at the time, and the payment is in settlement of a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit […]

Why I’m Raising my Child to be a Nerd


You know the kind of dad who registers his son for soccer almost as soon as he takes his first step? That was me. You know that dad who yells so much on the sideline that he leaves the game a little hoarse? Yeah, that was me too. You know the dad who cheers when […]

Is Marriage for White People Only?


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World The full title of this feisty book is Is Marriage for White People? How the African-American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone. Interracial relationships and marriages are an emotional roller coaster for the entire world. Bring it up in conversation and errbody and they mama start getting fidgety. So, we can only imagine what the […]

Anthony Quinones: The Three Demons Black Men Must Overcome in the Workforce


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), since December 2010, the overall unemployment rate has fallen from 9.4% to 9.1%. However, the unemployment rate for Black men 20 years of age and older has risen from 16.5% to 17.5% during the same period. Traditionally, this is by far the highest rate among the demographics […]

Is Depression Pushing Tiki Barber Back Into Football?


Brook Griffin, Your Black World. Former NFL great Tiki Barber says that struggling off the field after retiring from football led to a battle with depression.  He also says that he needs football more it needs him.  Barber is set to share his sentiments in an HBO special airing this week. Barber is now 36 […]

Study Gives More Details about Black Male Academic Progress


Elliot Millner, Your Black World. A recent study by the College Board sheds more light on the massive divide in education achievement between minority males and minority women and white men. The study, entitled “The Educational Experience of Young Men: A Review of Research, Pathways, and Progress”, provides a lot of statistics that we have […]

Larry Watkins: Lessons I’ve Learned from Fatherhood

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by Larry Watkins, Compassion on the Move A few days ago I had the opportunity to take my father fishing in western Kentucky. My father is 85 years old. As I watched my father, I realized how much I admired this man. I saw a man who had honored his commitments throughout his life, especially […]

George Kilpatrick: What I Learned During The Birth of my Premature Son


by George Kilpatrick, A Proud African American Father My son is now 17 years old.  Wow how time flies.  I remember the day he was born.  My wife and I had just gotten back from Toronto.  She was seven months pregnant. Something happened though on the way home.   Her water broke. And now we were […]

Dr. Byron Price: How the Dysfunctional Educational System Feeds Mass Incarceration


by Dr. Byron Price, Your Black World. Graham Boyd (2001) asserted the “war on drugs” is the New Jim Crow.  He used this metaphor to illustrate the erosion of rights African Americans are subjected to under this pernicious campaign.  Moreover, many of the same rights fought for during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the […]

Dr. Boyce: Red Bull’s Shameful Exploitation of Black Male Incarceration Through Basketball

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I receive a lot of interesting information through my Facebook page.  Each day, I get stories about police brutality, underhanded behavior by politicians, extraordinary achievements in the black community and nearly everything else.  This morning, I received an email that simply sent me into a rage. In one of the most sickening displays of corporate […]

HIV 30-Yr Anniversary: A Family’s Story of Infection and Survival


On June 5, 1981, the virus that would become known as HIV was mentioned for the first time in a medical publication. As we approach that anniversary, CNNHealth takes a look at 30 years of the epidemic that changed the world, through the eyes of people who have lived it. (CNN) — Tonya Rasberry dialed […]

12-Year Old Boy May Set National Chess Record

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Your Black World reports. James Black Jr. is not your typical 12-year old boy.  The Brooklyn resident is trying to become the youngest American Chess Grandmaster in the history of the United States. Leading his chess team at Intermediate School 318 to the national championship in both the K-8 and K-9 divisions last April, Black […]

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Richelle Carey Discuss Black Men in America


In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Richelle Carey on HLN discuss the state of the black male in America.   Click here to watch the video.        

Dr. Boyce: Why Black Men Continue to Suffer, and Why It Must End Now


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. I recently read a report stating that black male joblessness is the highest its been in 40 years.  In addition to being the least likely to have gainful employment, we are also the ones who are most likely to end up in prison and without an education.  These […]

Percentage of Employed Black Men Is Lowest It’s Been in 40 Years


IN MEMPHIS — His week had begun with a graduation ceremony, a standing ovation and a walk across the stage to meet the president of the United States. Kenneth Roberson was a top-ranked student at the high school President Obama had selected as the country’s most “inspiring,” and the president had extended his hand and […]

Was Judge Mathis Too Harsh on the Deadbeat Dad? Probably Not


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. Many of you saw the episode in which Judge Greg Mathis publicly undressed a deadbeat dad in the courtroom.  The man was a rapper called “The Gingerbread Man,” whose rap lyrics say, “Catch me if you can.”   He had nine children, with five mothers and another on […]