The Black Male Handbook

A Blueprint for Life

The Black Male Handbook

Author and activist Kevin Powell and contributors Lasana Omar Hotep, Jeff Johnson, Byron Hurt, Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Ryan Mack, Kendrick B. Nathaniel, and Dr. Andre L. Brown tap into the social and political climate rising in the African American community with this collection of essays for Black males on surviving, living, and winning.

The Black Male Handbook answers a collective hunger for new direction, fresh solutions to old problems, and a different kind of conversation—man-to-man and with Black male voices, all of the hip hop generation. The book tackles issues related to political, practical, cultural, and spiritual matters, and ending violence against women and girls.

The book also features an appendix filled with useful readings, advice, and resources. The Black Male Handbook is a blueprint for those aspiring to thrive against the odds in America today.

This is a must-have book, not only for Black male readers, but the women who befriend, parent, partner, and love them.
  • Atria Books | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416592242 | 
  • September 2008

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Meet Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell shares why he chose to write a book for Black males on important life issues from political to practical.

About the Author

Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell is a writer, educator, and political activist. He’s written The Black Male Handbook, the essay collections Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America and Someday We’ll All Be Free, and the poetry volume, No Sleep Till Brooklyn. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Ebony, Esquire, Essence, and Vibe, where he served as a senior writer, interviewing and profiling, among many others, Colin Powell and the late Tupac Shakur. An ardent activist, Powell also plays a key role in the Black male development arena, having produced the past few years a 10-city State of Black Men Tour, numerous Black male think tank sessions, and Black and Male in America, a 3-day national conference (BlackMaleInAmerica.org). He was a 2008 and 2010 Democratic candidate for the United States of Congress in Brooklyn, New York.

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