What Advice Would You Give To Young Boys of Color?


A hearty thank you to all the people who came out to participate in the casting call for this documentary at the Bluford Drew Jemison Academy in Baltimore on December 20th, 2008, especially the people who heard about this event through Black Men In America.com.

The producers of the award winning documentary “What Black Men Think”  (www.whatblackmenthink.com) and award winning educator and co-Founder of the PRAISE Academy for Boys, LaMarr Darnell Shields wanted “REAL Men with REAL stories” and that’s exactly what you gave them.

As grown men we recognize that boy and young men need and want advice on all kinds of issues, for all kinds of problems, questions, and concerns.  Often, they don’t know who or how to ask, and it seems to them that most self-help books are written for girls–until now.

A book titled “101 Things Every Boy of Color Needs to Know,” will be published soon. Stay tuned to this site for more information.

To see the trailer for the film, search http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Gdlzeahgw on YouTube.com and visit the web site www.boystomen.com.

For more information visit the Men To Boys web site/blog.

9 Responses to “What Advice Would You Give To Young Boys of Color?”

  1. My adivice…

    * Figure out where you want to be one, five, and ten years from now. Next, pick a role model and see what elements of their life and style work for you.
    * Have a good sense of humor–well liked people get ahead more often than not.
    * Avoid anything to excess…alcohol, smoking, etc.
    * Educate yourself. Lean to love reading.
    * Learn to defend yourself, not to hurt others, but to have the courage to stand up for what you beleive because you can.

  2. Be a leader, not a follower.
    Put God in your life.
    Purchase the T.D. Jakes book titled “Before you do” it’s awesome and a recommended read for young brothers and sistas.

    Stay away from gangs, drugs and save your love for that special young lady that you marry. Don’t shop when you are hungry. Take your time and think all of your moves through. Work hard and save while you are young and energetic so that when you get older you can retire early and really enjoy life. Treat everyone you meet with respect and dignity, but be especially kind to the elderly.

    Good Luck young brothers!!!!

  3. Virgil L Elkins Jr Says:

    -You don’t have to be an entertainer to be a hero
    -Don’t be ashamed that your interest are different from the common tennager.
    -Have respect for yourself and others.
    -Do good in school so that you may attend school where you want to go and not were you have to go.
    -Think before you speak or react
    -Choose your battles wisely
    -be careful and mindful of your surroundings especially your peers
    -Set your goals, and always have a plan

  4. Virgil L Elkins Jr Says:

    And most definitely Keep GOD right next to you!!! Don’t fight that feeling telling you to do right.

  5. Udee okpok Says:

    i will like to send my little advice to all young black kid. You can be whatever you want in this great nation, just stay in school, don’t give up. thank you

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