MAN UP Toolkit: Keys To Inspire and Empower African-American Men
There's nothing that can compare to a father's love. Too often we focus on the men who aren't playing a pivotal role in the lives of their children. Let's instead celebrate the father's who go above and beyond. The providers. The nurturers. The men who are loving and supportive. The father's who are a guiding force and actively setting an example of black fatherhood. We salute those fathers. The MAN UP Toolkit is a bundle for all men who are raising strong black boys and girls.
Uncommon Manhood: Secrets to What It Means to Be a Man by Tony Dungy (BOOK)
Too often we define a man’s success by what he has rather than who he is. But Super Bowl–winning coach and bestselling author Tony Dungy knows there’s a better way. His deluxe gift book Uncommon Manhood will help you to celebrate the men in your life who have character, integrity, and courage. Men with both confidence and humility. Men who know the value of family and faith. Men who are truly uncommon. Adapted from Tony Dungy’s New York Times bestseller Uncommon, this book is the perfect gift for dads, sports fans, young men, and anyone ready to embark on a life of uncommon significance.Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Price: $16.00
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment (Audiobook) by Boyce Watkins
Black men are capable of greatness beyond our wildest imaginations. But it is because of this greatness that they remain oppressed by the powers that be, convinced to embrace their own self-destruction, given pathways to either the prison or the morgue at a very early age. We have failed many of our boys by not teaching them the things they need to know in order to grow into adequate husbands, fathers, citizens and leaders. The destruction of a community starts with destroying the family. To destroy the family, you can often start by getting rid of the male. Far too often, millions of black men are marginalized and terminated before they ever have a chance to learn how great they can be.
In “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment,” Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks candidly about the things that every black man must know in order to be a successful, liberated, empowered and responsible human being. He teaches black men to be leaders rather than followers, and prepares them for the obstacles they are going to face in an historically racist society.
Occupy Your Children: A Parent's Guide to Avoiding Educational Landmines and Guiding Your Kids to the Top by Boyce Watkins (Audiobook)
Millions of parents are stuck with the difficult challenge of trying to figure out how to help their children navigate through an underfunded, inadequate educational system. As a result of numerous systematic failures of the federal government, millions of children are having their futures aborted at a very early age. Dr. Boyce Watkins has gathered a collection of intelligent, conscientious, knowledgeable and empowered educators to give parents the secrets to ensuring that their children are educated to the best of their ability. Learn the tools being used by successful parents and educators who've supplemented the offerings of public and private education to help their children grow into extraordinary and productive members of society.
This audio product features in-depth conversations with four people who understand the educational system and how to overcome its limitations:
- Dr. Mary Stoddard: A mother of five with both a PhD and law degree. Dr. Stoddard came from a large and struggling family to raise her children to be straight-A students with advanced degrees.
- Dr. Worokya Duncan: A Duke University educated PhD with extensive experience working with middle school children.
- Dr. Tyra Seldon: An English PhD with a specialty in urban youth education. Dr. Seldon has designed curricula for students of all backgrounds and has a special love and affinity for students of color.
- Dr. Christopher Emdin: A tenured Columbia University professor who is one of the most widely-respected urban educators in the country.
- Dr. Boyce Watkins: A Finance PhD who is also one of the most respected black scholars in the world. He was also the only African American in the country to earn a PhD in Finance in the year 2002.
It Takes a Village to Raise the Bar by Boyce Watkins (Paperback)
After touring across the nation with his "A New Paradigm for Black America" community forum, Dr. Boyce Watkins shares advice on how to re-build Black America's village, which has been destroyed by mass incarceration, and raise Black children to be builders instead of beggars.
Commercialized Hip-Hop: The Gospel of Self-Destruction by Boyce Watkins (Audiobook) Price: $9.99
In a style that only he can deliver, Dr. Boyce Watkins explains the seven tenants of black male self-destruction that are being promoted through commercialized hip-hop. Dr. Watkins’ lecture presents an amazing display of simple, yet thoughtful analysis that leans on his 20 years of teaching at American business schools to explain why unregulated capitalism and public irresponsibility has not only ruined hip-hop, but has created a deadly set of toxins for young men and women who are raised to be fed like cattle into the prison industrial complex. The truth is that they want your son to die, and his death is far more convenient if he contributes to his own destruction. In the words of Dr. Watkins, “When you kill and control the mind, you don’t have to control the body. At that point, the person will simply choose to throw himself off a cliff.”
Dr. Watkins loves hip-hop and he loves black people. He also appreciates and studies the musical talents of many of the artists he critiques. That is why he feels that it’s urgent to start telling the truth about what’s happening to young black kids and start demanding that artists and corporations take responsibility for the lifestyles being promoted through destructive music on the radio. The time for making excuses is over, because our children are important too and it is up to us to protect them.
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