Dr. Boyce: The Destructive Gap Between Rich and Poor Keeps Growing

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A recent article discussed the life of Kenneth J. Douglas, former CEO of Dean Foods. In the 1970s, Dean made the equivalent of $1 million dollars per year, and lived a nice lifestyle. He had a four bedroom home, joined a country club and had a Cadillac given to him by the company. Life was good, but somewhat normal. This was […]

25% of African Americans Have Lost Home in Last Three Years


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. Most African Americans are aware that the black community has been hit by the recent economic downturn in ways that dramatically surpass the impact of those in other communities.  In a recent Your Black World Survey, we sought out to assess the extent of the damage being done […]

Dr. Boyce: Black Fatherhood is……


By Dr. Boyce Watkins I am not the best father in the world – I’ve always tried very hard, but I’ve failed more times than I care to admit.  I am also sure that I wouldn’t be a very good husband, since I’ve never come close to convincing anyone to walk down the aisle with […]

Dr. Boyce: Southern Baptists Choose Black Leader, Good For Them


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World The meeting of the Southern Baptists this week in Phoenix revealed an interesting surprise.  In an effort to increase minority representation in its ranks, the group has elected an African American pastor to become First Vice President.  This is the first time in the group’s history that this […]

Dr. Boyce: LeBron James Is Guilty of Being an Arrogant Negro


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. My mind is still unable to wrap itself around how LeBron James went from being considered to be a great athlete and conscientious athletic ambassador to becoming one of the most hated athletes in all of sport.  I hear people talk about LeBron like he’s the devil or […]

Dr. Boyce and Terrie Williams Discuss Depression in the Black Community


I had the opportunity to speak with Terrie Williams, author of the book, “Black Pain.” I have a tremendous amount of respect for Terrie, whose book has changed the lives of countless numbers of people across America. I’ve had black women come up and tell me out of the blue how they loved her book and […]

Racism? Fox Host Says Obama Has been Inviting “Hoods” to the White “Hizzouse,” “Hizzy”


by Dr. Boyce Watkins Eric Bolling, host of “Follow the Money” on the Fox Business Network appears to have a love for racist attacks on President Barack Obama.  Last month, Bolling threw race onto the table by stating that President Obama was off “chugging 40s” while in Europe.  This month, he has taken things a […]

Dr. Boyce: Apparently, Murdering a Black Man is Simply a Misdemeanor


As the son of a police officer, I’ve learned to keep balance in my perspective of police brutality.  I know that not every police officer devalues the lives of African Americans, and many officers seek to do the right thing.  In fact, good police officers are incredibly important in the war on police brutality, for […]

Dr. Boyce: Roland Martin, Boris Kodjoe Twitter Fight Speaks Volumes on the Black Church


Political analyst and journalist Roland Martin loves to fight.  I’ve fought with him over text message, e-mail, phone, television and in person. He’s good at fighting too, and I’ve noticed that his ability to deliver solid points has elevated since I first met him during a joint CNN appearance in 2006.   It is for this […]

Dr. Boyce: Yes, Cory Booker Will Probably be a Senator


I’ve never met Cory Booker, the promising young politician who is currently serving as the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. But I’d have to say that I admire him. I don’t admire Booker because I agree with his politics or even consider him to be a man of impeccable integrity. Rather, I admire him because […]

Dr. Boyce: Lupe Fiaco’s Words were Harsh, but at Least a Black Man is Taking a Stand


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. The rapper Lupe Fiasco is not your average hip-hop artist.  He doesn’t buy into the buffoonery that has come to define the industry that makes itself into one of the hottest minstrel shows in America.  He’s thoughtful, empowered and everything that rappers and black men are taught not […]

Black CEO is “Panic Stricken” by Low Number of Qualified Applicants


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. Ursula Burns (pictured), the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company, developed a reputation for speaking her mind and not holding back.  Burns recently spoke with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien about the fact that families and our schools have failed in preparing them to compete: “We broke down in family and the expectations […]

Dr. Boyce: Ja Rule Prepares for Prison, So Why Is He Thinking about His Album?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. I noticed that the rapper Ja Rule is headed to prison this week to begin a two-year sentence on a weapons charge.  Being caught with a gun in New York is no joke, especially when you’re black.  The NYPD stops and searches black males at alarming rates, and […]

Dr. Boyce: Black Unemployment Is Ground Hog Day All Over Again


by Dr. Boyce Watkins In the 1993 film, “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray finds himself living the same day over and over again. He keeps wondering when he’s going to wake up and find that his life has moved forward, or that some progress has been made. To his surprise, he sees that nearly every remark, […]

Dr. Boyce – Black Unemployment Rises Yet Again: Yes, We Are in a State of Emergency


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its unemployment data for the month of May. The unemployment rate for the African American community went up from 16.1 percent to 16.2 percent.  Black males, who already had the highest unemployment rate of any ethnic/gender category, saw their joblessness […]

Surviving Dating: Does Religion Keep You From Enjoying Sex? (Video)


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. A new study released by the University of Kansas argues that religious people have less-fulfilling sex lives, in large part because of the guilt associated with their sexual behavior.  Atheists, on the other hand, seem to have the fewest issues.   Surveying 14,500 people, researchers found that those […]

What Would Make a Mother Want to Kill Her Child?


Most of us were shocked to see the video of the mother caught on camera trying to kill her baby.  Stressed out and frustrated that the father of the child would not help in the child-rearing process, the mother is seen on video smothering the baby to the point that it had to be resuscitated […]

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 […]

Dr. Jennifer Caudle: Physician, Musician and Miss Iowa 1999


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. Dr. Jennifer Caudle is the woman that you want your daughter to become.  The child of two teachers (one being a high school principal), Dr. Caudle reflects the discipline and educational excellence that represents the very best of what the black community has to offer. I wrote about […]

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 […]