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


A new survey at 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: 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, […]

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: 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: JP Morgan Nows Owns a Chunk of Ebony/Jet – The Death of Black-Owned Media


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. One of the last holdouts in the onslaught of major corporations seeking to take over the black-owned media space was the Johnson Publishing Company, which runs Ebony and Jet Magazines.  As Essence Magazine, BET and other outlets found themselves running into the arms of a financial white knight, the Johnson family […]

Survey: 86% of African Americans Think Casey Anthony Would be Guilty if She Were Black


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In a recent Your Black World survey, readers were asked to ascertain the racial implications of the case of Casey Anthony, a mother who was recently exonerated in the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee.   After the surprising not guilty verdict, people across the nation were wondering if […]

Dr. Boyce: Why You Should (or Should Not) Go Planking


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I found myself in what some would call “an SMH moment” (Shaking My Head) when my daughter exposed me to the growing trend of “planking”: laying out with your body still and arms to the side in some of the oddest positions imaginable.  The goal is to compete with your friends […]

Charing Ball: Dr. Boyce Watkins is Unfair in His Characterization of Lil Wayne and BET


Last night, I watched Madea Goes to Jail on Netflix. The movie, which I’m pretty sure is based on the play I saw years ago, was long, sappy, boring and roll my eyes worthy.  However, whenever Madea or Uncle Brown were on the screen, I was dying laughing.  I’m not sure of what that means […]

Dr. Boyce Video: Not Letting the Power of Money Control You


by Dr. Boyce Watkins As a Finance Professor, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and learning the power of money.  I began studying money in college because I never had very much growing up.  My parents worked hard to provide a good living and experienced social mobility through time, but we were definitely […]

Dr. Boyce: Why Black People Have Little Right or Reason to Celebrate Independence Day


When I think about the fourth of July, my mind is motionless.  I don’t get happy, sad, angry or thoughtful.  As a 40-year old man, I can’t even get excited about the fireworks anymore.  The holiday means as much to me as the birthday of my biological father who abandoned me at birth.  In fact, […]

Dr. Boyce: Why is Shaunie O’neal a Spokesperson for Black Females in Media?


In a CNN article that appears designed to promote her upcoming appearance as an “empowerment speaker” at the Essence Music Festival, Shaunie O’neal, executive producer of the hit show, “Basketball Wives,” was given the solemn task of analyzing the complex issue of black female portrayals in American media.  Choosing Shaunie to represent the disappointing images […]

Dr. Boyce & Towanna: The Psychological Impact that Hip-Hop Has on Our Kids (Video)


In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Dr. Towanna Freeman about the impact that negative hip-hop music can have on young women. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO      

Dr. Boyce: Al Sharpton and Cornel West Faceoff Once Again


The National Newspaper Association took advantage of what some expected to be a major prize fight between Cornel West and Rev. Al Sharpton.  The group referred to their gathering at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association as “The Showdown,” letting the world know that they expected Sharpton and West to draw blood, […]

Study: Doctors Denying Specialty Care for Low-Income Children


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. The University of Pennsylvania conducted a study with callers posing as mothers seeking to obtain pediatric specialty care for their children.  It was found that two-thirds of all children on public insurance were refused by doctors, while only 11 percent of children with private insurance were refused. The […]

Dr. Boyce: BET Has Officially Become the New and Improved KKK


Click to see a video with Dr. Boyce Watkins explaining his position on BET in more detail I just spent the week in New Orleans, the powerbase for one of the most talented, powerful and destructive forces in the history of music: Lil Wayne.  I’ve admittedly bopped my head to the tunes of Lil Wayne […]

Dr. Boyce: The Lessons of Kwame Kilpatrick


The Michigan parole board agreed on Friday to release former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison.  Kilpatrick had spent more than a year behind bars after violating the terms of his probation.  He is set to be out no earlier than July 24, according to a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections. The decision […]

Dr. Boyce: Why I am Ditching Lil Wayne Completely


I love hip-hop.  I want to support it.  I try to understand those who are a few years behind me and support their efforts to become empowered and thoughtful individuals.  But after hearing the lyrics from a Lil Wayne song (an artist who’d already pushed me to the edge), I had to take a moment […]