Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Celebrating "Tyrone"

The foul-mouthed MC, the selfish athlete, the irresponsible baby daddy. Negative images of black masculinity are ingrained into pop culture and constantly reinforced by the media.

Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Y. Moore try to debunk some of those myths in their book, Deconstructing Tyrone, which I discuss in today's column.

If you're like me, you know more Everyday Tyrones then the aforementioned stereotypes. If that's the case, click here to celebrate Tyrone, the kind of black men we know and love.


Blogger Jeff S. said...

I think that you make some excellent points about the many unheralded hard working men that are a part of our communities. However, I beg to differ about the expected impact of the movie versus that of "the rap game, professional sports or street culture." I believe that until our parents and the media promote the importance of education, hard work and family (over the quick buck, being cool and carrying a chip on one's shoulder), we're going to continue the status quo in the inner city. Indeed, a first step would be just to have the dignity to stop using the n-word.

I work in Washington, DC and the diversity of the community here proves the worth of solid values but when I'm home in Philly on weekends I just don't see it there.

Jeff S.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Black Male Appreciation said...

Today's edition of the Black Male Appreciation blog ( ) features a link to Annette's article because BMA is already "celebrating Tyrone." However, we need more input from others who also know about positive Black males and the contributions they're making to their families, communities, and every other area of life.

2:32 PM  
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