Swagga, Macho and The Streets – What Makes a Black Male a Man?

| 03/03/2012 | Comments (1)

Black scholars, therapists and sociologists writing on the current state of Black male/female relationships tend to agree that they are  problematic. However, what they do not agree on are the root causes of the problems between Black men and women. Some believe that Black men and their focus on dominating, controlling and disrespecting Black women is the problem.

Others contend that Black women contribute disproportionately to Black male/female conflict by making poor choices in mates, not letting a man be a man, and by being too independent to sustain a relationship.

It’s time to examine the ways in which men and women are socialized not only enter, but to navigate relationships with the opposite sex and each other. What are the ways socialization affects how Black men and women perform specific gender scripts and maintain sex role stereotypes in romantic relationships?

How does the sex role socialization of Black males and how their internalized sex role definitions shape their behavior, their interactions with Black women and their expectations of how a Black woman should perform in a relationship? From the language used to address Black women, to the lack of commitment to marriage and children, how much does  macho behavior (swag) define what Black men believe constitutes manhood?

One of our special guests tonight will be film director Garry Boast, who most recently produced the documentary Too Much Doubt, the first in the series Corruption: Politics of Crime. It is the story of Troy Anthony Davis, a 42 year old Black man who was put to death by the state of Georgia for his alleged role in the murder of officer MacPhail. Garry is in the process of establishing a non-profit to help with producing programs of substance, while mentoring young teens at the same time. His goal is to teach teens the basics of television production and strengthen their educational goals,  career goals and long-term aspirations.

Are Black men born the way they are, or is the adoption of aggressive macho behavior learned from the streets? Are black men socialized not to love Black women? These and many more questions answered during the March 11th broadcast “Swagger, Macho and The Streets – What Makes a Black Male a Man?”

Call 347-327-9215 to participate in the lively discussion!

 

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  1. zipporah says:

    to me,,,,,swagga’ is kinda FEMININE====this could be one of hte reasons many BW are being the ‘man’ in the relationship and ‘holding it down’  going to school full time and working=Marilyn Monroe had ‘swag’= it had came from the pimp” culture of the 1970s–i remember what kids call swag today used to be the PIMP WALKin the 70s and the  c/rap culture of the 1980s to me

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