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LITERARY BLACK

8.16.2006

In the literary world, FOX News analyst Juan Williams, who I sat near at a Nats game last week, is getting a lot of pub for his new book, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It. I hear from some it's a fresh even-handed look at what's wrong in Black America and what should be done. I hear from some it's the same old 'black folks are so messed up' speech with no solutions. They are saying he's doing the same thing that Bill Cosby was doing, but I doubt that. Juan has his pulse on the news and I'd much prefer someone like him making these points than an entertainer. I haven't read it yet, but Juan seems like a smart guy. To stand up to those neo-cons on FOX as much as he does, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. It's on my list.

Oh yeah, and speaking of Cosby. He wrote a response to Michael Eric Dyson's latest criticism of him at The WAPO. I smell a steel cage match. Poynter Online: Bill Cosby


In BOOKWORLD, the WAPO does a review of Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete by William C. Rhoden. I saw him on The Colbert Report and I wasn't impressed. He says sports is like slavery. I hope in the book he does some miraculous job of explaining how a free, rich, spoiled, entitled, worshipped athlete is the same as a plantation slave who is forced to work, beaten, has to watch his wife be raped and his children sold to the highest bidder. WAPO: Golden Shackles

In the magazine world, we have BLACK BOY MAGAZINE: Building, inspiring and Motivating You To Greatness. Whatever happened to telling a baby to just have fun and be happy? Although the cover is cute and it's refreshing to see a black baby on a magazine cover for once, can you really create an entire magazine on one type of child? What about BLACK BABY or BLACK CHILD or CHILD OF COLOR? I don't give this magazine a long shelf life, especially considering the cover model is the co-publisher :), but I appreciate the effort.
mediabistro.com: Finally...A Magazine For Black Boys!
Jossip: Black Boys Eat Cookies Just Like White Kids
Black Boy Magazine

Have you heard about those sites that women can go to and warn other women about bad men? It's a "Don't Date This Guy" kind of thing. Well they have one now for men who are not taking care of their kids. SorryAssBabyDaddies.com is a real site and it calls out good for nothing pieces of s*#* who don't take care of their kids. The home page is really harsh, but hey I have no sympathy for men who don't take care of the kids. Just to be fair, I think there should be a SorryAssBabyMommas.com, but let's face it. Most of the mommas are taking care of the kids, so they will always win that war. SorryAssBabyDaddies.com

On the subject of black fathers, we dig on the bad ones and we should. Men who don't do right by their kids deserve to be shamed, but what about the men who do take care of their kids? No, they don't deserve kudos because you don't get kudos for doing the least of what's expected of you. Only a race with such low expectations of itself would consider a man who takes care of his kids exceptional. However, for those good fathers doing right, like the National Fatherhood Initiative's tagline - "Fathers Change the World One Child at a Time," we have your back. Here are some good books on black fathers doing it right and why we love them.
Black Fathers: A Call for Healing: Books: Kristin Clark Taylor

The Pursuit of Happyness: Chris Gardner
The Shirt off His Back: Parry Ebonysatin Brown
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