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Visions for Black Men by Na'Im Ackbar - A review June 29, 2005 11:10 AM

GeoReview: Dr. Na’im Akbar, Visions For Black Men Reviewed By Courtney Williams (http://www.geoclan.com/arts/bookshelf/visions.htm) Visions for Black Men, was written by Dr. Na’im Akbar in 1991 to create a sense of self determination for black men worldwide. Dr. Akbar is a professor of psychology and a research assistant at the University of Florida. The book discusses in depth the necessity for black men to rise up and become leaders for their families, communities, and other black men in general. Throughout both ancient and modern history black men have been strong despite the hardships that they have endured. Nevertheless there remain many issues that are still a burden to black men. Dr. Akbar’s insight on these issues can help black men understand the reality of the status quo and further motivate them to be active men who can serve as race models. Within the chapters Dr. Akbar distinguishes the difference between being simply a male and becoming a man. In our society there are many physically grown men that are immature and do not fulfill their responsibilities as men. For instance, if a man has children and he does not provide them with emotional and financial support, then he is not a man. According to Dr. Akbar, he is simply a male. It does not take much effort for a man to impregnate a woman, however it does take effort to support a child and to be a provider for a family. At the male stage one is incapable of doing things independently. Men who are unable to provide for themselves and depend relentlessly on others illustrate a man at the male stage. As the stage of maleness is surpassed the experience of being a boy or toddler comes into effect. The subsequent level following the boy stage is manhood. It was expressed that an individual transcends into manhood as a male becomes conscious or aware of themselves and their environment. Within a given environment there are guidelines for living, such as abiding by the laws that govern the land. As people become aware of themselves, they began to understand that there are responsibilities that have to be taken care of. Just because an individual has responsibilities doesn’t mean they are considered men yet. A male becomes a man when they begin to fulfill their responsibilities, which are often concurrent and diverse in nature. Black men that Dr. Akbar referred to as leaders and advocates of change included Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Booker T. Washington, Martin L. King, Paul Roberson, and Cheikh Anta Diop. These men all campaigned for positive social, political, and economic progression during the 20th century; respectively they possessed different schools of thought, although each was widely accepted. Collectively these prominent black men had a heavy impact on the African American community because men took heed to the ideals and used them to build. The ideals were used to build a sense of community, and strong families that valued hard work ethic and morality. Currently some black men are still in need of guidance. These individuals need structure in their lives, so that they can also contribute to building what was demolished which is brotherhood, and respect at certain levels. Overall Dr. Akbar did a thorough job as he provided the foundations that a black man should build his vision on. The stages of life that lead to manhood described the different characteristics of men. It is essential to understand these things so that one does not proclaim to be a man while he is at the male stage. As these stages are reviewed and understood overtime people will gradually rise to the challenge of becoming proud black men. On the Geoscale, Visions For Black Men gets 4 out of 5 globes. These globes are awarded for the significance of the material, and the awareness that will manifest within its readers.  [ send green star]
 
The Development of Visions for Blackmen In America June 30, 2005 12:50 PM

The wisdom is to be found within the vision for the future of BlackMen being ablity to realize their positive vision in reality! The Mind Development of implimenting the Vision is Important to estables a state of being afeeling of accomplishments that effect the impact on the families of Humanity! To be recongized has a Major Contributior to the development of a Society! Wisdom2See hhtp://www.TalkBlackLiveRadio.com My Vision of Black Men Is to be Able To Control Their Own SIgns , Sounds , & Symbols directly develop that vision into tangentable realities! Creating Protective Assets whether its intellectual,spiritual,economical,or phisically attributes is to Serve the Creator !  [ send green star]
 
Brother Dawud!!! June 30, 2005 7:29 PM

How's it going man?!?!?! Good to see you've come to the group. :) GCB  [ send green star]
 
With A Tilte Strong Manhood June 30, 2005 9:26 PM

Brother With A Title Strong Black Manhood I Can't Help Be In The House And Throw In My Support for A Topic That Is Well Needed ! Men are in need of the vechile to strengthen & the encourage mens reasoning to over come obstacles in their path! Wisdom2See Listen In to www.TalkBlackLiveRadio.com I you like free nation-wide callin your comments  [ send green star]
 
circumstance... July 01, 2005 2:47 AM

Greetings all. the review by Prof AckBar is interesting as well as spot-on, however im inclined to disagree with the bit that says if a man doesnt provide for his family either fincially or emotionally, then he is just a male.If applied to the south african context, that would mean more than three quaters of the black male population are just "males" and not "men". this is based on the fact that most of these men i refer to are employed in work patterns that keeps them away from their families for most of year, fathers dont see their sons and daughters grow, they are seldom there, does that mean they are not men or does it mean that they are victim to circumstance? these men still provide for their families finacially, however emotional needs are sacrificed. in situations where you have single parents, do boys who grow up under women not become "men" as envisaged by prof AcKbar? I pose this question because in a discussion about masculinity and what it mean to be male, a friend pointed out that it is not possible for a boy to learn how to be a man from a woman.so then how is it that we want to define what a "man" is, what makes me, as a strong, caring compassionate, responsible, loving,God-fearing black male, the man that i am? is it not some of the above-mentioned qualities as well as others including contributing to the greater upliftment of my own as well as society? peace to all.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
It is Easy To Condemn the Image of The Role of the Black Man July 01, 2005 8:13 AM

When the cirumstances are socially -human enginnered conditions which speak to a leadership that refuse to acknowledge that these condition exist . Its is now a inherited environmental condition the is fostered for society that black men are birth in which is a white suprmacey control over the laws of the land that reinforces the economic conditiions for the Labor Unions which few black men benefited to the corporation today outsourceing Jobs OvereSeas to the Politic aspects of the impoverist Mexican population relating to the New Trade Laws call CAFTA ! The battles for Jobs with whites ,mexicans , & black men must be address and not formulated by the very entity that help create the divison of MEN! With the black community going to the same so-called negro leadership which help create these problems because of seeing politics has the solutions the black communites condition! They where half right but the educational conditioning would not allow them to think outside the Box in relationship to addressing the economic circumstances of the people thru creating or demanding effective economic policies. We NOW SEE the Peace to be continue........................................... Wisdom2See Listen In Or Call In www.TalkBlackLiveRadio.com  [ send green star]
 
Peace, Bro. Buganni July 01, 2005 3:21 PM

To piggy back from what Bro. Dawud said, the issues of the African continent are mainy socially engineered ones that are the result of colonialism and neo-colonialism. While this is very important to observe and white supremacy cannot and must not be exonerated for wrongdoings it has made no effort to correct, we must also unshackle the chains that are causing us to aid our social engineers. Part of manhood is also understanding his position in the community. A united community is a strong one and the African diaspora all over the world is disunified. The way we quarrel with one another, be it Alphas blackballing Q's from a job, Crips killing Bloods because of colors and turf (which they don't own), or Hausa's fighting Yorubas is arguably boyish behavior and is counterproductive to the independence of any body occupied by members of the African diaspora. GCB  [ send green star]
 
Business In Ghana & Duel -Citizenship February 05, 2006 9:12 AM

Interested In Doing Business In Ghana & Duel - Citizenship For those of you who are interested in starting a business in Ghana and for those in the U.S. who would like to obtain Dual Citizenship. See the listed cites. Peace & Power and Guidance from the Ancestors. http://www.unido.org/doc/11094 http://www.gipc.org.gh http://www.richw.org/dualcit/faq.html  [ send green star]
 
anonymous  September 13, 2006 9:15 PM

Long time fellas  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
DOOOOOOOOOB!!!!! September 13, 2006 9:36 PM

Yeah man, we really should talk more here... I guess that's kinda my job to spark things up in here, eh? Balogun  [ send green star]
 
I commend the hard work !!!!! December 22, 2007 2:26 PM

I commend you for rising the issue and your hard work you do in behalf of the black community to educate us !Bro Wisdom2See This post was modified from its original form on 22 Dec, 14:27  [ send green star]
 
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