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Studies in
Black Male Female

This in from The CV Drum
“The monthly news beat and photo
album of African-American
communities in America

Drumbeat 1:  "Dr. Julia Hare’s
latest book
The Sexual and Political Anorexia
of the Black Woman: The Pain Guts
and Glory of the Black Woman
First Edition 2008
Black Think Tank Books
San Francisco


Drumbeat 2: "No disrespect to
stellar research synthesizers
withletters behind their names like
Cornel West, Ph.D., and Skip Gates,
Ph.D., reports the
Drum, "but my
money is also with those researchers
who can also “make it plain” for the
masses, in addition to “talking shop”
in the academy.  This skill is also
what made giants like Carter G.
Woodson, Dr. Carlton Goodlett and
Flo Kennedy,J.D. stand out and be
loved in many African com munities.
Dr.Julia Hare is from that mold.Rather
than pull from a few press releases.
That came across my desk in recent
months about Dr.Hare’s book, I am
briefly focusing exclusively on why
this book should be a must read for
those interested In transdisciplinary
and African-centered scholarship,
which are about re-empowering the
women warriors in our communities
(which also means re-empowering
the entire community)."
"Transdisciplinarity is about the
understanding of the present world,
which cannot be accomplished
in the framework of traditional
disciplinary research. Plain and
simple, add this excellent book to
your personal or professional
library." --
CV Drum
A Conversation  
with the Father
of Black History

Carter G. Woodson

Once upon a time, in the late nineteenth
century, there lived a black boy in the
cornfields of Virginia. He was the son of
former slaves in a poor family of nine
children with little hope for advancement
until his father heard they were building a
high school in Huntington, West Virginia and
moved his family there. And so it was that at
the age of twenty, with hardly any formal
education, Carter G. Woodson became a
belated student at the Frederick Douglass
High School.  

Proving to be a quick study, Carter G.
Woodsib had graduated from high school by
the time he was twenty-two, but weary of
working in the coal mines where he felt
despised by whites and looked down on by
blacks, he bravely entered a liberal Christian
college in Kentucky named Berea, the first
college in the South to admit students of
every race and both genders on an equal
basis, while charging no tuition from that day
to this. Today Carter G. Woodson is one of
the college’s most revered alumni.  In fact,
one of us (Dr. Julia Hare) has keynoted
Berea’s Annual Carter G. Woodson

Interestingly, Woodson attended Berea at
first for only two years (until it closed its
doors to blacks). He then enrolled at the
University of Chicago but returned to Berea
when it reopened its doors to blacks. Then,
armed with a bachelor’s degree in literature,
he taught for a United States government
sponsored program of education in the
Philippines before returning for graduate
study at the University of Chicago, which
would not recognize his degree at Berea,
forcing him to get another bachelor’s degree
before the master’s at the University of
Chicago.  Not to be outdone by Berea, the
University of Chicago includes Carter G.
Woodson (as well as Nathan Hare) on its
official website as among approximately 150
“Notable Alumni” living and dead. After
leaving Chicago, Carter G. Woodson went
on to become the second black person to
receive a Ph.D. in history at Harvard. W.E.B.
Dubois, with whom Woodson would later
collaborate informally in the building of Crisis
magazine, had been the first to do so.
By then Carter G. Woodson had arrived at
the categorical recognition that something
was missing in the education of black people
at every level in American society. He saw
vividly both the visible and hidden
consequences of what he regarded as the
tragic fact that “the role of his own people in
American history and in the history of other
cultures was either being ignored or
misrepresented.” According to
Woodson “recognized and acted upon the
importance of a people having an
awareness and knowledge of their
contributions to humanity,” and set out
immediately on a mission and what would
become the making of the legacy known to
us today as “Black History Month.”
We are privileged indeed to converse with
Prof. Woodson. across the generations of
our oppression in America, on the occasion
of Black History Month.

Nathan and Julia Hare: Prof. Woodson,
what a pleasure and a privilege it is to have
a few words with you. Your invention of
“Black History Week” remains one of the
most influential and cherished
accomplishments of our people in America,
and we are happy to inform you that it is now
“Black History Month.” We’ve never actually
met you before, but we studied your writings
in high school. One of your books was the
text for a course in “Negro History” at the
Toussaint L’Ouverture High School in Slick,
Oklahoma in the days of Jim Crow
segregation, and your good works and wise
words were often on the tongues of teachers
at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High
School, now a predominantly white magnet
school called “Washington” (as if in George
Washington, because the white kids didn’t
want to go to a school named after Booker
T.). So you can see, Dr. Woodson, that the
struggle continues. We have read that you
wanted black history taught in our schools
and communities every day. Why were you
so concerned about black history and what
drove you on to give it such an important
and irrevocable place in American society
and the world? Why is black history so

Prof. Woodson: If a race has no history, if it
has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a
negligible factor in the thought of the world
and it stands in danger of being

The Hares: Could you teach on that for a
moment Dr. Woodson?


By Nathan and Julia Hare,
"A Conversation with the Father of Black History,  (a
front page feature continued on page 2, reprinted
from the SUN REPORTER , Volume 65, Number 8,
February 25, 2010, pp. 1-2.
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Black Studies
What's New?

Something Old
Something New

Seventeen lonely years after its
original publication, what appears to
be an emerging Black Think Tank
underground classic
Miseducation of the Black Child) is
a "bestseller" by Essence
magazine, along with such as "
Willie Lynch Letters
" by William Lynch
and Kashif Malik Hassan-el, "
From My Father"
by Barack Obama,
The Mis-Education of the Negro by
the late great
Carter G. Woodson.

Touted in the coveted paperback
nonfiction category,
The Miseducation
of the Black Child competed
books initially published in hardback
to make the rounds of mainstream
libraries and media reviewers before
morphing into paperback on
Great White Way
." By contrast The
Miseducation of the Black Child
straight out of The Black Think Tank,
based on living lessons learned by
individuals who have taught in the
public schools of the District of
Columbia, Chicago and San
Francisco, fueled by  clinical
observation as well as academic and
informal interaction with late 1960s
college student activists, community
and street intellectuals at Howard
University as well as the
battlegrounds of the strike for black
studies at San Francisco State,
creatively applied to overhauling the
public schools and educating every
black man, woman and child.

How this amazing orator is
setting the black world on fire

By Janelle Oswaid
Reprinted from

DR. Julia Hare is widely regarded as
one of the most dynamic motivational
speakers today. She educates and
energizes audiences across the world with
her bold talks on love, marriage and the
black community. She is national executive
director of The Black Think Tank, a
consulting firm she en founded with her
husband, Dr. Nathan Hare, in 1979.
Both psychologists, they have been
married for 50 years and have co-authored
six books, among them The Endangered
Black Family, Bringing the Black Boy to
Manhood: The Passage, The Miseducation
of the Black Child, and Crisis in Black
Sexual Politics. Her most recent book is
How to Find and Keep a BMW (Black Man
Working). Dubbed as ‘Lady Malcolm X' with
a determination reminiscent of Garvey and
a touch of the eloquence of Dr Martin
Luther King, Dr. Hare speaks frankly with
The Voice about common issues affecting
the black race today.

THE VIEW:  You set up the Black Think
Tank to tackle the problems that were
plaguing the black community. When did
you realize that the black family was in

JH In the 1970s, the Government decided
to take discipline out of the hands of black
parents and threatened to take our
children away if we continued to discipline
our kids is the traditional way that we
knew best
The Government did not want as to scold
our bids aged three and one, but they
were happy to murder our kids when they
were 16.
Another tactic the Government did was
remove traditional discipline from schools
so when black kids began to play up they
were placed in special needs classes,
which were nothing but balding cells until
they were aid enough to go to stale
prisons. The authorities also placed one so-
called unruly kids into psychiatric units and
kept them drugged when they could not
control them.
TV How can black parents nave their kids
from falling thin the system?
JH:: Black parents mast go back to their
traditional ways in raising their families
and stop listening to white people. A tiger
would not allow an elephant to raise its
young, just like a monkey would not allow
a snake to raise its young. The only people
who can help black families are black
TV: You married the man you fell in love
with as a teenager; what is the semen to
JH: Too many couples fall out over silly
behavior and pride always mines before a
toll! If you can't work things out there is
nothing wrong in seeking help. Couples
need to know what they put first and
where their priorities lie. Many still want to
live the same life as if they were single,
however, the family must always come first
because the family is one of the greatest
entities that will hold black people and our
struggle together. Marriage is supposed to
be a lifetime commitment and the more
stable marriages are the more stable black
families will be.
IV: What are same of the biggest mistakes
men make in their partnerships?
JH: I know there may he various
circumstances that make a person unable
to get a job but many black men don't
want to work and came up with endless
excuses after another to justify why they
can't get a J.O.B!.
I strongly believe that if you can't get a
job, but have a level of intelligence there is
nothing stopping a black man from
creating a job for himself.  Another mistake
is that many black men consider
themselves as a messiah who has been
put on earth to service the over abundant
supply of women, And since black women
are not into male sharing and don't want
to practice polygamy, numerous black
males go around sowing their oats
because they do not want to practice one
on one relationships..
Black men also like to tell black women
that if they can't work tight or take care of
their needs they will go and find a white
TV: Infidelity divides couples, and a
betrayal is difficult to forgive. Why do men
JH: If we were to look at the animal
kingdom you will notice that after a male
impregnates a female he wanders off and
goes to the next female group. Although
this is not an excuse, you can draw
similarities between man and animal.
However, in the kingdom of men, I do
believe the wandering eye has been
passed on to generation after generation.
When man absolutely ruled back is the
days of Africa or England, polygamy was
practiced and this behavior is still very
much a part of men today.
Men also cheat because women
encourage their bad behavior. Some
women are happy to have an affair with a
guy as long as they are not caught, which
is why men will commit
Another additive is that many black
parents encourage their sons to
experiment with lots of girls when they am
growing up and don't realize that they are
training their sons to become womanizers
later on in life.
TV: What are some of the biggest
mistakes women make in their
JH::Them are numerous successful black
women who are unhappy because they
want a black man to match their status
and don't want a blue collar worker.
A popular man flu sung by many black
women: 'I want a negative HIV and a
positive cash flow." This is so wrong!
Women should be looking to work with
their black brothas more so they can grow
and build a positive cash flow together.
Another trap numerous black women fall
into is that while they are young they are
not interested or attracted to the Booker T
Washington type over in the corner -- the
nerd who is smart and focused. Instead
they want the best dancer, best rapper
and the best footballer.
I keep telling black women that they can
train any man they want, including the
nerd. Because all men have been trained
in some form of way, so stop going for the
guy who lives fast while they are young
because they will the fast when they are
Often the nerd that black women overlook
become high flyers in charge of big
corporations and now wouldn't look at
black women because they were bypassed
in the beginning. As a result, when black
women get older, from the 'high choir to
the wheel chair', they become desperate
and begin to take whatever man comes
their way.
TV; Black women always say that they
want a man with a J,O,B. How does a
woman find a BMW (black man working)?

JH: Black women don't choose their
partners like they would choose a car, job
or house,
When choosing a car you would not
purchase the first vehicle that you come
across just like you would not place a
down payment on a property before
researching the neighborhood. Black
women need to do the same research
when they are looking for a man.
If women are looking for a lawyer they
need to go to places where they will find
potential lawyers. If they are looking for a
CEO or MD they should place themselves
within environments where they will come
across such characters. Women must
adventure into the right places in order to
find the man they want because white
women have been doing this for years --
white women are not interested in
football, yet they have footballers as their
TV: Explain the concept of black leaders
verses leading black?
JH: In the past we had true black leaders
such as Malcolm X who taught us that we
could do anything we want to by any
means necessary, We also had Martin
Luther King and Marcus Gurney hot now
we have nothing but trading blacks who
are just puppets on a string.
Black traders are chosen by the people
they are serving and stay in the
background monitoring the social
parameters. They are not in love with the
cameras and they are constantly finding
new ways on help their race while leading
blacks are the opposite.
Leading blacks are chosen by the media
and sell out their black communities. They
work for the whites and the big
corporations, so while they are getting
paid the rest of the black population is
getting played!
In America, the main TV stations are CBS,
ABC and NBC. I call CBS -- Caucasians
Broadcasting System, ABC -- All
Broadcasting Caucasians and -- NBC  
Nothing Broadcasting but Caucasians and I’
m sure you have an equivalent in the UK
which is why black communities don't have
any true representation and haw nothing
to show and the some Aunt Jemima
relationship is recycled.
TV; There's a constant compliant that black
bids have poor role models How can black
parents select good rote models for their

JH: Rote models for black kids should be
taken from the home and not the
television. Role models should be people
that kids should know and identity with.
Celebrities aren't true role models hot
people playing atoll, which is why
celebrities set bad examples for our kids.
A role model should be someone that a
child can talk to, touch, see and visit, A
child should not have one role model, but
several in various fields    -- the more the
merrier because they are the people who
are going to guide them into what they
want to become in the future.
If kids want to read about a celebrity
that's fine, but it they want to learn they
must follow role models within their family
circle, which is why the black family 'a so
TV; How can black people help one
another to progress in life?
JH: Black people always declare that they
do not have enough numbers to stand up
and make a difference. It does not lake a
majority of people to get something
started or to turn things around; however
it does take a significant minority, Only a
handful of people wrote the Declaration of
Independence (America) and only a
handful of people are running the
Government and the world.
Black people need to first start with the
unity of purpose: we don't have to be
united in everything but in the bigger goal,
which is to uplift our race.
Black people need to stop hating on one
another; because the crabs-in-the- barrel
syndrome still exists. When we see one
black person thriving, instead of helping
them, we are the crabs that insist on
pulling them down, not recognizing that
there is room for more than one person or
just a few people.
When we see black people in positions of
power we begin to question them and ask
it they are black enough --  like Barrack
Obama, but

you never hear other communities
question their representative to say if they
are whim, Chinese, Latin or even female
enough. This ignorant behavior must stop
if we are going to improve as a race.
Black people need to decide on one of two
things! We can be the thermometer or the
thermostat. The thermometer measures
the temperature and the thermostat sets
the temperature, We need to start setting
the temperature on black education, black
employment black mule/female
relationships, black incarceration and
anything that affects our community.




Dr. Julia Hare

iTS LITTLE wonder that Dr. Julia Hare has
created so many supporters in America.
Her debates at universities and
convention centres are nothing short of
Not since Malcolm X and Martin Luther
King have we seen someone whose
oratory skills and potent message have so
stirred black America.

The things she has to say about the black
family, relationships and the role of black
men, have struck a chord with not just
African Americans but also many across
the world.
Thanks to internet sites like Youtube,

Dr. Hare's powerful and at times amusing
comments on modern black life, have
reached out to people everywhere. In
Britain many 'in the know' are starting to
talk about her. It's therefore exciting that
The Voice is the first UK publication to do
a major feature on this amazing orator.
Her comments about the differences
between 'black leaders' and 'leading
blacks' absolutely strikes the nail on the
head. The ability of Dr. Hare to so
captivate audiences says much about her
skills as an orator, but it says more about
a desperate need for strong leaders.
Both in Britain and the united States black
communities are lacking one important
factor, strong leadership. Our potential
leaders are little more than self-serving
careerist politicians, or are focused on
making money and getting as far away
from black people as possible.
The likes of Martin Luther King have been
replaced by media appointed 'leading
blacks' who have got to their positions of
influence by pretending to the
establishment that they have the ear of
black people. The reality, of course, is that
they are far removed from the concerns of
ordinary black folk and they aren't in the
least bit bothered about that fact.
Maintaining the patronage of their
paymasters is all they are concerned
about. A lack of ledership is one thing, but
what is so despicable about 'leading
blacks' is they create the illusion to others
that leadership exists.
If ever there ws a time wen people
needed real leaders and not false
prophets, this is it.

Reprinted from
Largest circulated black newspaper in the
United Kingdom
Oct. 15-21, 2007, p. 14.
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