When I was eight years old, I met a woman, who uttered one sentence to me that I never forgot. She said, "You are as pretty as a speckled pup, and you hae such beautiful bee-stung lips." That special moment stayed with me all my life because her simple words -- said with sincerity, graciousness, and kindness -- made me begin to see myself differently.
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My mother was a single black mother for a while, and we benefited dramatically when my father came into the household when I was three years old. Having my father there made it easier to pay the bills, and he provided a degree of stability that played a significant role in my development toward manhood. In fact, I can't imagine what life would have been like had he not been present in our lives.
In the conversation with Tameka Mallory and Alexis Stodghill (below), I got an interesting sense of the dating and motherhood experience of black women. I think that these conversations are important, since we should try to take a second to understand what our mothers go through. At the same time, we can all put a critical eye on ourselves to determine if there is a way for both men and women to improve our collective plight. (Note, Ms. Mallory is a single black mother who was raised in a two-parent home. Ms. Stodghill is not a mom, but discusses being raised by a single mother.)
The video is below, enjoy!
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Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and the author of the new book, "Black American Money." To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.