Colorlines has launched “Life Cycles of Inequity: A Series on Black Men.”  The series is described as  a monthly discussion including infographics, essays and video, “content focused on a life stage or event that for black men in the United States is uniquely confined by broad, societal inequities.”

André Robert Lee directed the first video in the series which features eight Oakland teens discussing their experiences with discrimination and unfair judgement they experience in school. The series will progress throughout the remainder of the year touching on a range of themes, from fatherhood to the incarceration of black men, to mortality rates and job opportunity.

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  • Michelle

    Just (well, some) random thoughts that popped in my head as I read comments…
    -Wondering what type of reaction did the writers and owners of Clutch have, when they read comments (similar to these messages) on articles that are focus on black men/boys (like this one)?
    -If the creators of Clutch decides to throw a function, I have a hunch that only Dede, Yesha, Britni, Kristen and a few lurkers will be guests. I think the ones who have the rep as being the “rabble rousers” won’t show up.
    -I hope some of these commentators are not in the position of educating Black children. It’s bad enough that I believe certain commentators hate black people so much that they would take delight if they could commit infanticide against black babies.
    -I find it… Intriguing that the “anti-black men” commentators are on the same phukked up coin

    • Michelle

      …as the “anti-black women” commentators and no one notices.

    • joe

      You have consistently written some of the most insightful, intelligent and constructive comments on this site. Thank you.

  • gull2861

    simple question to the women here who seem to show such venom towards black males. Do you take any responsibility towards selecting the type of black males you may have encountered that shaped your negative views? or do you think all black males are negative? meaning you had no options of choosing a more positive one?

    • kiki80

      I know this wasn’t aimed at me, but I personally would like to see this question put to rest once and for all.

      We need to face the fact that today’s American black male culture is largely negative and (self) destructive. It was not always this way, but it definitely is now.

      So yes, a black woman has to look for an extreme exception to find a somewhat positive black man. Even black women married to good black men will tell you that their man is not the norm.

      Most black men were raised in single parent homes, and as such do not have a blueprint for being a husband and father. Even the ones who are successful in other ways, usually have babymamas and other severe relationship issues or are unable to commit. When they do, it’s to a younger woman after they’ve left scores of damaged women in their wake.

    • gull2861

      ok. but are you saying there isnt a choice for black women looking for a decent black man? that there just arent any available?
      for the record, i dont believe most black men are self destructive or have baby mammas.

  • deniseHux

    I’ve seen a lot of these black male talking projects. Hank Willis Thomas just did one a few months ago, and while I think they are good, any talking is good, I think black women should be included. We’ve all be effected by the white patriarchy. I feel black men, over years of systematic oppression have had their views of masculity screwed. In society they are praised for their sexual prowess, their bodies, not their brains. While I love black men I can still see their weakness in the ways theyve been effected and yes that makes me hate them. I hate their inability to deny the system.
    Even my father, a very successful black man, who I love more than life, even said “You’ve never had to worry like other black girls, you have good hair.” I sighed, I can’t get into it with my father.

    I can also see my own weakness in how ive been brainwashed and I hate that and it that makes me work on myself and my friends around me. I think criticizing the weaknesses of the black community is the only way we are going to grow, and to grow we have to listen to each other.

    • kiki80

      So true. Black women have all been brainwashed to submit to life on the bottom rung. As individuals we need to throw off the shackles no matter who tries to place them on us.

  • yoshi3329

    So are black girls gonna get a documentary anytime soon? I see we’re gonna have to make it ourselves.