We are pleased to introduce MANIFEST: Black Men Tackle Identity, Struggle and Power, an exclusive EBONY.com multimedia series that takes an in depth look at the lives of Black men and boys. Through discussion and exploration around nine major topics (fatherhood, art, health, relationships/sexuality, spirituality, incarceration, activism, employment and education), we are shining a light on not merely the challenges, but also the important nuances and undeniable triumphs of being Black and male in America.
While EBONY has a long and proud history of telling stories of Black life across the globe, we felt that these times in particular demand we go a level deeper to ensure that brothers are being seen and heard in more honest, healthy and loving ways.
With MANIFEST our goal is to ignite the spark of a more complete—certainly more human—media narrative about Black men and boys. In an effort to counter what often feels like a assault on the Black male image—and psyche too—we are telling stories; rich and redeeming stories. We are drawing light and special attention to the remarkably complex reality of Black men in America in the time of Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin and all in between.
Each Monday, EBONY.com highlights stories by and about brothers that are meant to enlighten and inspire you. In addition, we offer frank conversations and profiles of Black men who just may open up the way you see the world.
Check our what we have to date (this list will update regularly):
- Kenneth Braswell and the White House Bring Fatherhood to the Barbershop
- Kevin Powell on Being a Father
- From Fatherless to Fatherhood
- From Fatherless to Fatherhood Director Kobie Brown Speaks
- MANIFEST Discussion Series, Part 1: Manhood and Fatherhood
- Super Dads: WWE's David Otunga and David Jr.
- Super Dad: Master P
- Super Dad: Laurence Thomaz
- Super Dad: Marvin Sapp
- Super Dad: Michael Jai White
- Filling in the Blanks: A Story of Nonbiological Fathers
- [INTERVIEW] Kenneth Braswell Uses Local Barbershops to Change the Buzz About Fatherhood
- [PARENTING]'My Teen Son is Girl Crazy…How Do I Slow His Roll?'
- On Raising Daughters
- Eric Benet: Soul Survivor
- Lupe Fiasco Talks Freedom
- Anthony Davis and the Legacy of Chicago Hoops
- Say "Yes, Chef" to Marcus Samuelsson
- Jagged Edge's Richard Wingo is the 'Life of the Party'
- Ray Chew Makes Musical Magic
- EDDIE LEVERT: "I Still Have It"
- Soul Man Revived: Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe
- BLACK MUSIC MONTH: Legends Speak
- BLACK MUSIC MONTH: New Jacks Swinging
- Marcus Miller's 'Renaissance'
- Give the Drummer Some! Jack DeJohnette Keeps Banging
- Depression: One Black Man's Story
- Is Acting Like "a Man" Bringing Brothers Down?
- NFL Star Lavernaues Coles on Black Boys and Sexual Abuse
- Protecting Our Sons
- Doug E. Fresh Uses Hip-Hop to Get Kids Healthy
- KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:Get Tested Today
- He's Nuts! Black Men Better Get Serious About Prostate Cancer
- RAZOR SHARP: Expert Tips for Men's Shaving, Skincare
- HIS BEST SKIN: Top Celebrity Men Share Ultimate Products
- Dating While Blogging
- Brothers Talk Love and Marriage
- Independence Day: Frank Ocean Gets Real
- Why Frank Ocean's Coming Out is More Significant Than Anderson Cooper's
- [COLUMN] The Lovers Rocque: Just the Two of Us
- [EXCLUSIVE] Wade Davis, Jr: Former NFL Player Turned LGBT Advocate
- A Man of Honesty
- MANIFEST Discussion Series, Part 2: Women and Relationships
- The Last Taboo: LGBT in Hip-Hop
- FOR GENTLEMEN ONLY: How to Make a Sophisticated Drink for a Special Lady
- 5 Stages of Black Manhood
- Rapper Lecrae Takes Hip Hop Fans to Church
- TRAVELING MAN
- MANIFEST REFLECTIONS: A Great Day in Harlem
- Open Society Fellowship Seeks to Improve the Lives of Black Men and Boys
- Rapper Jabari 'Naledge' Evans Uses Hip Hop to Inspire Chicago's Youth
- Idris Elba Gets Post-Racial
- How to Keep the Memory of Slain Friends Alive
- Abdul Akwal and the Injustice of the Death Penalty
- The Legacy of Rodney King
- Rodney King's Legacy: Destroying the Myth of Post-Racial America
- White Redemption 2.0: Barack, Trayvon and Lessons from 1877
- PANTHER BABY: Jamal Joseph Talks Revolution
- NAACP Protests New York's Controversial 'Stop and Frisk' Policy
Michael Clayton: The NFL’s Unlikeliest MVP
- End Summer Learning Loss
- BEYOND STEREOTYPES: Media Literacy Program Helps Black Males Challenge the Media
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