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Black men rule the universe. Too bad they haven’t leveraged their innate leadership skills to realize it.

LeBron James Rules the Universe

Last week, in the wake of LeBron James’ landmark announcement of his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat, I did a segment on the Monique Caradine Show entitled “Black Men Rule the Universe.”   It was a bold title that was inspired by an article of a similar title I read on Salon.com.  Believe me, it garnered a lot of hesitant reactions when I first teased it but by the end of the show, I think I effectively conveyed the message. Basically, my point was this: given the fact that Black men in general (and black culture as a whole) have such a huge global impact that it’s time they finally start to first REALIZE their power, then start to leverage it to change their image and the world.

During the conversation, I cited several examples of Black men who have enormous power and influence.  First of all, LeBron proved his influence when he had people around the world hanging on his every word waiting to see where he would take his athletic talent.  Needless to say, President Barack Obama is the MOST powerful man in the world.

Then there are those lesser known people like Chicago’s Tim King.  For years he has worked in education with a commitment to provide quality educational opportunities to disadvantaged youth.  Currently, he is the founder and principle of Urban Prep.  It’s a small, all boys charter school in Chicago’s Englewood community.  Englewood is notorious for it’s legacy of crime and poverty.  Yet, Tim King has managed to establish a top-notch public school against big odds which recently graduated 107 African American boys–all of which have been accepted to a 4-year college or university…did you get that???  100% of the young men who graduated from Urban Prep will go to college this fall.  Now THAT’s influence.

King’s example got me to talking about leadership and the importance of teaching leadership to our children each and everyday.  I cited a book I’ve read a couple of times on the issue.  It’s a quick read, it’s cheap kids and adults alike can learn the basics of leadership by reading this awesome book.

The bottom line is, black men don’t really rule the universe, but they could if they wanted to.  They have everything it takes to do so: presence, swagger, intellect, talent and everything in between.  Add leadership skills to that mix and you’ve got a recipe for global transformation that could change our world for the better…but that’s just my humble opinion.  Thoughts?



One Response to “Black men rule the universe. Too bad they haven’t leveraged their innate leadership skills to realize it.”

  1. I stopped identifying myself as Black a while ago ( I even turn in my census forms written in as “Human Race” ), but I’m thankful you raised the issue of leadership.

    Growing up listening to Malcolm, Martin and the rest, I thought we were all supposed to become these types of leaders as adults.

    Then in the 90′s all of my contemporaries started referring to this mindset as “that black power s**t” as they turned down the Public Enemy and turned up the Tupac.

    But Obama helped confirm my vision for future leadership when he kept the Cornell’s and Jesse’s at arms length and ran his campaign as a man and shook off the whole Black Man facade. It worked out pretty well for him. Besides, Black is pretty obvious, you don’t have to wear it on your T-Shirt.

    My cousins and I recently started a youth football program just to get an idea what it takes to inspire the youth now days. It’s a challenge, but we intend to stay the course.

    Thanks for raising this issue Monique. Keep on pushing.

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