A report released recently by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage and Family Research revealed that the U.S. marriage rate is currently at 31.1, that means there are 31 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women. However, in 1920, the national marriage rate was 92.3.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:40
Recently I have had to deal with a few deaths in my family and also the death of a truly dear friend.
These events have rocked my world somewhat and have made me take a look at my life more closely. I started thinking about my own dreams and ambitions. Have I done all the things that I set out to do? Have I achieved those goals that I set for myself so many years ago?
Fostering a positive self-concept in Black children
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:52
Steve Johnson, creator of the Fearless Five
Self-concept and the Black community It is a well-known fact that children within the black community are bombarded early in life with images that define 'beauty', 'intelligence' or 'success' which run counter to the images they view in their own mirrors. This effectively devalues their self-concept at a critical stage. There exists a lack of appreciation for differing definitions of 'beauty', 'intelligence' or 'success' in major societal institutions with the media outlets of television, radio and print having the most influence.
In my last article, I discussed healing for the black family. This week I would like to discuss healing from the male's perspective or healing for the masculine soul. Most men are born whole. They come into the world full of wonder and potential. Their souls and spirits are one, and they are at peace internally and externally. The male ego is very fragile, and it is connected to a man's masculinity through his emotions. It is protected by his thick skin. When the man is healthy and whole, his emotions are in check and his desires are under control.
During Black History Month, I want to continue my discussion about relationships. The black family is under attack, and the emotional battle between men and women of all races is at an all time high. To counter this, we need information that will help bring emotional healing and resolution. Knowledge is power, and power is needed for sustained changed. Here are a few things to consider as we work to help facilitate emotional healing for the black family.
This is the second article in which I go back to the original intent of this column, which is relationship building.
Two years ago, I set out to share insights from my book, "Men Are Dirt." The book is based on thoughts about men from a man's perspective. During this week of Valentine's Day, use this article as the catalyst for a healthy dialogue about your relationship. For those of you who are married, this article is based on chapter 6 of my book, and it is dedicated to you.