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By Jam Donaldson

Many black men—from invoice Cosby to Michael Eric Dyson—have spoken out approximately African American society. yet the place are the voices of the ladies, in particular the younger, humorous, witty, sarcastic ones?            Meet Jam Donaldson, a provocateur of the main enjoyable style. humorous, unhappy, indignant, and refreshingly sincere, Conversate isn't really a note bargains nutrition for notion, encouraging humans to enhance their lives in addition to the tradition total. Weaving her personal warring viewpoints into the dialogue, Donaldson offers not just comedian aid yet a window into the complicated, contradictory views latest inside of each member of the black neighborhood.

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If Barack Obama, who has the potential to be one of the greatest presidents of this nation, had a white wife, is there any doubt he would have been defeated early on in the race? While you may not agree with every aspect of a person’s life, he or she may also have ideas you support or that are beneficial to your community. Everything isn’t this or that. Sometime it’s both; sometimes it’s neither. Are we to believe that black conservatives don’t care about black people? Or that all black Democrats are working tirelessly for the betterment of the community?

As adults we must teach them how to survive in this world. They must learn that there is a difference between how you speak on the corner and how you speak in an interview or in a classroom or in the workplace. My parents corrected me nonstop. It is up to us to give young people everything they need to be successful. Sometimes that means listening and correcting and enforcing to them that the corporate world may not be appreciative of their colorful vernacular. In a world where we are judged by employers in the first five minutes, we must give our children the tools to succeed.

There are so many young people like my neighbor out there. People who have been exposed to opportunity, whose parents cared and pushed and tried. Some of those very kids are voluntarily chucking education, succumbing to the will of the streets, and embracing the lure of parties and bullshit. And if these kids blow off opportunity, what hope is there for those who face the challenges of poverty, crime, and uninvolved parents? ” My neighbor is a great kid, and it hurts my soul whenever I see potential squandered.

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