The Black Male Handbook
A Blueprint for Life
By Kevin Powell
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781416592242, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
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The Black Male Handbook is a collection of essays for Black males on surviving, living, and winning. Kevin Powell taps into the social and political climate rising in the Black community, particularly as it relates to Black males. This is a must-have book, not only for Black male readers, but the women who befriend, parent, partner, and love them.
The Black Male Handbook answers a collective hunger for new direction, fresh solutions to old problems, and a different kind of conversation—man-to-man and with Black male voices, all of the hiphop generation. The book tackles issues related to political, practical, cultural, and spiritual matters, and ending violence against women and girls.
The book also features an appendix filled with useful readings, advice, and resources. The Black Male Handbook is a blueprint for those aspiring to thrive against the odds in America today.
Kevin Powell is a writer, educator, and political activist. He is the author of eight books, including the essay collections Who’s Gonna Take The Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America and Someday We’ll All Be Free, and the poetry volume, No Sleep Till Brooklyn. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Ebony, Esquire, Essence, and Vibe, where he served as a senior writer, interviewing and profiling, among many others, Colin Powell, and the late Tupac Shakur. He has been a part of numerous think tanks, studies, seminars, symposiums created with the purpose of discussing the challenges Black males face. He is a 2008 Democratic candidate for the United States Congress in Brooklyn, New York.