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 9781439134962 | 
  • September 2008


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
Photograph © Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell is the author of eleven books. An acclaimed poet, journalist, essayist, and public speaker, he has written cover stories for Esquire, Rolling Stone, Ebony, and Vibe, and penned essays and blogs for The Washington Post, CNN,, The Guardian, Ms, and The Huffington Post. Powell is president of BK Nation, an organization focused on civil and human rights, education, and leadership development for young people. A noted anti-violence advocate, Powell works globally to end violence against women and girls. A native of Jersey City, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.