well i'm here to say..."where they do that at?". cause as i look at my friends. i don't see that image. out of all of my close friends i can't think of one of them that didn't graduate college, let alone highschool. all my friends have jobs. in fact all of my close friends have great jobs. none of them have been on maury. we're in the..."wife em' up" or "wrap it up" club. none have been incarcerated. none have ever sold drugs. all of them love and respect their mothers, sisters, friends, women of all colors..and even moreso black women. so again...who are all these stereotypes based on?
- i was out with my son the other night & one of my friends. and we we're out at a restaurant by a club my boy owns. i said owns. not only does he own a club, he owns a home. he's probably thrown a million parties in your city. i'm not bragging on him, just saying. he's a young guy (i know some of yall think 32 is old...but it's really not). he graduated from Clark. he worked his way up. this is a guy i grew up with.
- my friend who got me involved in all these recreational leagues, is a teacher. he teaches math at the same highschool we went to. he coaches these kids. mentors them. yea he'll go out and get drunk with us on saturday night, but sunday he's doing lesson plans and is at school 6am in the morning. he went to Morehouse. this is a guy i grew up with.
- my "little brother" (though the big brother program) i mentored when i was fresh out of college. called me up and wanted to introduce me to his girlfriend. he called me up the other day and told me he's engaged (no she's NOT pregnant lol). he's about to graduate college and is headed to medical school..and he wants her to come with him. this is a guy who i watched grow up.
- my cousin who was born one month after me. my best friend since his birth. i grew up with, went to morehouse with, pledged with, graduated with, went on got his masters at UGA. and is one of my official football rivals (since i went to Ga Tech). he writes for magazines, papers, he's also a dancer. you've probably seen him in a million videos, on a million tours, a few movies. is probably one of the most intellectual people i know. is the real "huey freeman" (boondocks). the godfather of my son. this is a guy i grew up with.
- the other half of my professional duo. like me he went to school before he got into music, he graduated from the university of central florida. he can play any instrument that can make a sound. he can listen to any melody and play it back to you instantly. this dude...has made me a lot of money (lol...i mean i've made him a lot too, i'm saying) that's the ying to my yang. all the things i won't say, he says. all the things i won't do, he'll do. together we've done some amazing shit. he's also the godfather to my son.
what i'm getting at is this. these are real black men. these are the men that everyone are saying aren't out there. maybe some have untraditional jobs. but none chased an impossible dream. we all did what we needed to do to get where we are. and when i sit around my friends. and i have my son around my friends. i'm proud to have him around black men who are successful. black men who are educated. black men who are respectful. black men who are good men. my son will have that foundation, of being around positive black men. your friends ARE a reflection of you. the reason why i've managed to be a man whose stayed out of trouble. never smoked a cigarette, blunt, or tried drugs. the reason i've stayed off the block. the reason i've stayed out of jail. was because i was always surrounded by positive people. my friends have all "made it" in whatever sense of the word, because we have managed to escape the negative stereotype of what a black man is.
next time someone says "all black men....*insert negative comment*..tell them:
not all black men.
[october challenge: day #2]