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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Black Men in the Age of President Obama

photo by John Nowak/CNN
A year after the election of America’s first African American president, CNN delves into President Barack Obama’s impact on African American men in a week-long multi-platform partnership with ESSENCE Magazine. On air and online, CNN will feature discussions on family, education, and healthcare to gauge how and/or if President Obama has impacted this community since the November election, either by actions taken as the commander-in-chief or as a symbol of possibility. For their November issue, ESSENCE Magazine reached out to a few iconic men to share their reflections about how it feels to be Black and male during this moment, in the age of President Obama, when everything is possible, but nothing is guaranteed.
photo by John Nowak/CNN
In the CNN Newsroom, Don Lemon moderated a roundtable discussion that aired on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1 and was conducted at historic Morehouse College. CNN education contributor Dr. Steve Perry, Bishop Eddie Long, author and entrepreneur Farrah Gray, Tyree Simmons (aka DJ Drama) and Morehouse senior Tyrone McGowan revealed their insights into what has changed, if anything, in their lives, families, workplaces and communities in the year since the 2008 presidential election.Tony Harris highlights his interview with radio host Steve Harvey, who wrote a first-person essay “When A Man Loves A Woman” for ESSENCE Magazine, airing on Friday, Nov. 6 starting in the 11 a.m. (ET) hour.HLN presents a week-long series of interviews beginning Nov. 2 during the 4 p.m. (ET) hour. Richelle Carey sits down with actor and author Hill Harper on relationships; Harvard University professor and author Dr. Alvin Poussaint on education; and Syracuse University professor Dr. Boyce Watkins on finance; to name just a handful of the featured interviews.CNN, HLN and ESSENCE Magazine take an unprecedented look at President Obama’s impact on black men in America. President Obama has urged black men to take responsibility for their lives and families and he’s called on all Americans to volunteer to help restore their communities. To learn more follow the link. Has President Obama inspired Americans to take action? What are the challenges still facing black men in America? Audience members are encouraged to share their thoughts in the discussion through iReport, the network’s user-generated online news community.

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Anonymous said...

I do hope the pix of Michelle was photo shopped because if it wasn't, we have a first lady who looks as though she belongs to one of the Supremes....or maybe in the days of Lena Horne. This does not become her stature.

eccentric said...

After watching the panel about the Black Men in the Age of President Obama, I've failed to realize is why so many people are using Pres Obama as a crutch to their lame excuses. There is no reason for any man not to be a "good" father to their kids; they didn't ask to be here.

So I assume DJ Drama was a deadbeat, a shithead father? He neglected his kids and treated their mother like trash? So what now? You now throw them a check and still treat their mother like trash?

It's sad that men are wanting props and giving props to Obama for doing something that they're suppose to do as men. I lost all respect for this dude and some of the people on the panel. I feel offended and insulted as a struggling single father.

I take it that more African Americas are going to start getting married, instead of just creating baby mothers? If so, why did it take Obama to do this? Obama inspired Farrah Gray to all the sudden wanting to be married and have kids? Like really, are you serious? Mind you , this was a man that didn't want to get married and procreate to continue his legacy. What did he want before?

But all the sudden, people are having life changing moments due to a man that sitting in DC in which no one can get within his vision.

Dr. Perry was the only one who had a sense of self- reliance on that panel. Being that I've set an example as an African-American father, shouldn't my picture be right up there next to Barack's? Where the logic behind that?

Amazing how a grown man being a role model to another grown man. I thought role models are people you know, and have had a personal effect on your life.

People we need to wake up. Stand up and take accountability for your actions. Be what Allah has blessed us to be.

Anonymous said...

A new book is out about President Obama's father, written by his half brother with the same last name. Supposedly, the father, beat both the brother and Barack's mother. This could be true from other books that I have read about the family and their relationships.

I've Read Your Views, Now Here's Mine said...

Did CNN attend this protest? I haven't seen it yet if they have. Can you let me know when you will?

African Americans march against Obama
From correspondents in Washington
Agence France-Presse
November 08, 2009 11:22am
DECRYING Barack Obama as "white power in black face", hundreds of African Americans marched on the White House today to protest policies of the first black US president, and demand that he bring US troops home.
More than 200 people gathered for the first public demonstration by African Americans against the Obama administration since his historic inauguration in January, and slammed the president for continuing what they described as Washington's "imperialist" agenda around the world.

"We recognise that Barack Hussein Obama is white power in black face," civil rights activist Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black is Back coalition which arranged the protest, called into a megaphone as the group marched outside the mansion's gates.

"He is a tool of our imperialist enemies and we demand our freedom. And we demand that Obama withdraw all the troops from Afghanistan right now."

Protesters also called for Mr Obama to order troops out of Iraq and to scrap Africom, the controversial year-old United States Africa Command, and demanded "hands off" Venezuela and ends to the Cuba embargo and the Zimbabwe blockade.

Several demonstrators held up placards bearing messages such as "US out of Afghanistan" and "Stop US war against Iraq".

Charles Baron, a New York city councilman and former member of the Black Panthers, a Black Power movement in the mid-1960s and 70s, attacked the president for turning a cold shoulder to the plight of African Americans.

"We're not satisfied with him, and ... this hope and change rap has not been a reality for black people," Mr Baron said.

"We are glad that Barack Obama broke up the white male monopoly on the White House, but we were not looking for a change in the occupant of the White House from white to black, we were looking for change in foreign policies and domestic policies," he said.

"To have a black person exploiting me just like a white person, that's no easier pain."

The group also called for the release of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of killing a white police officer and sentenced to death.

The US Supreme Court upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction in April and rejected his bid for a new trial.

Black Americans voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Obama in last year's election, when he defeated Republican Senator John McCain.

About 13 per cent of US citizens are African Americans.