BY NICK CHILES
The plight of young black boys has always been of special interest to me. Having raised one black boy into manhood and written numerous articles about the topic over the years, not to mention several books that spend substantial time delving into the issues that affect young boys—such as “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge,” which I wrote with NBA veteran Etan Thomas and which came out this past June—I have been paying close attention to any efforts to study black boys and also to direct resources at their problems.
That’s why I’m so giddy about the work my good friend Shawn Dove has been doing at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, an initiative started in 2008 by billionaire George Soros and the Open Society Institute to funnel crucial resources to programs around the country that are toiling on behalf of black boys. This is a huge week for Shawn and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement because they are intimately involved with two vital—and hopeful!—reports on black boys that have just been released. Read more…
This week, we’re celebrating the release of “Fatherhood: Rising To the Ultimate Challenge,”
the new book by NBA veteran Etan Thomas, written with MyBrownBaby contributor Nick Chiles, and we thought it only fitting that, as we sing the book’s praises, we show you how amazing it is. We have to be honest: it was no easy task to choose only one essay to excerpt from this work, which brings together a chorus of voices—pro athletes like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tony Hawk, Yao Ming and Kevin Durant, activists like Roland Martin, Kevin Powell and Ed Gordon, and artists like Talib Kweli, Ice Cube, Lamman Rucker and Chuck D—to weigh in on the importance of being a father, having a father and learning how to be great, even when your father is not around. The stories are inspiring and deeply personal and do an incredible job of sending the message that by standing up and taking an active role as fathers, men find more joy in their lives and pass on to the next generation a legacy of love, wisdom, responsibility and strength. Of course, while we’re sharing an excerpt today, we invite you to find out for yourself how beautiful, special and powerful “Fatherhood” is by purchasing a copy for yourself and someone you love. Buy “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge” here. Read more…