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Monday Motivations: Encouraging Boys, Men and Mentors

I was going through my old CD collection (yes I still hold on to them ūüôā ) and started to listen to some songs and mixed CD’s I had made. I came across “Khalil” by Boys II Men, an interlude between the ¬†tracks “Jezzebel” and “Trying Times” from the album “II.” It was a dedication to their late road manager & mentor Khalil Roundtree . It made me think of all the positive and negative influences I had when I was growing up. I’m thankful for both because it gave me the ability to see what happened when I made good choices and when I didn’t.¬†I had many mentors who shared their wisdom and taught me to look beyond the obvious when¬†dealing with people and¬†in making decisions in my life. So I want to thank all those men who brought me along and gave me the tools I needed to become a productive part of society.

There are so many self-sacrificing people out there who are leading the charge quietly in their families and  communities to encourage and mentor our young men. Fathers, uncles, brothers, coaches, ministers, mothers, sisters, wives, etc. We appreciate your work. We are grateful. Thank you.

Who has mentored or inspired you and how? Share and write in the comments below.

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Monday Motivations: The Blessings of Fatherhood

Being a father is one of the most wonderfully revealing experiences a man can go through. It is a test of your character. It refines you, makes you aware of your own mortality. Your own father finally seems wise. You’re ¬†empathetic towards his struggle to provide, protect and guide you. Whatever differences you may have had with him can now seem small and insignificant. If you’ve ever experienced “father hunger,” or didn’t have him around, it motivates you to be better, transform yourself ¬†into someone that connects more, listens more and learn more. If you have boys, you understand the need to be just as tender with them as you would be with your girls; ¬†bonding will not be just about playing catch, but about instilling life skills to make them better men. When you talk with your young daughter, you are mindful that your actions will define how she views potential suitors. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of responsibility. It should give you pause as well. It should make you appreciate ¬†the importance of being present, fully engaged in their emotional, mental and spiritual lives. Fathers, we have such an important role to play in the lives of our boy and girls: nurturer, protector and provider.

Let’s not get too caught up in the material providing that we neglect the balance of ¬†being a nurturer, a place for our children to feel safe in revealing all parts of their personality. They need affection, acceptance, attention and approval. If we do this the rewards come, not when they meet some financial, educational or philanthropic success. The rewards come when you realize that they’ve become a better parent than you and then the ¬†real fun begins…¬†grandparenting.

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Transformations: “Men Ain’t Boy’s”

Release Date 4/1/2011
At a time when African American men are often depicted poorly throughout mainstream media Tyler New Media breaks that trend with Men Ain’t Boys. The film offers a thought provoking look at issues such as stereotypes surrounding manhood, the results of effective fatherhood and the requirements for maintaining lasting love, relationships and marriages. Men Ain’t Boys provides a blueprint for men, women and children to learn how real men live and how real men love.


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Transformations: Men and Violence

Transformations: ‚ÄúTough Guise‚ÄĚ Promo for an interesting, insightful, and perhaps important documentary on male violence.

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