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“Why, Black Men, Why?”

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There seems to be ominous plot  to not only effeminize the black man, but to get rid of his masculinity altogether. It seems like the media, the music industry and Hollywood is steadily promoting the gender-less, integrated black man, who doesn’t mind “fitting in” just to be socially accepted. This should sound familiar to the African-American public because this is precisely (in a way) what happened to black people after the Civil Rights movement. We wanted to be socially acceptable. Now we have a plethora of black entertainers (some who I’ve admired growing up) are simply falling into the go along to get along crowd. For the record, I have no disdain, dislike or hatred towards gay people at all. I could go on to tell you that I have gay relatives (just like most people) however, I’m a Christian so you should know very well what my position is in regards to the lifestyle. See, I’m not really directing my frustration towards gay people at all. My issue lies with the gender confusion that our society (as a whole)is perpetuating; especially involving African-American men.

As many people are aware, this whole ‘effeminate’ culture on the mainstream level started several years ago when black men were adopting a European, Metro-sexual look. It began with the rebirth of the “rock-star”  image, started by rappers such as Lil’ Wayne. It was a throwback clothing wise to what the American rock-stars were doing in the 70’s and 80’s-minus the female hair styles, of course. Then it took a turn into a different direction when black men (and women) started to embrace the ever-so-docile, “nerd” look. Not saying being smart and educated is bad, however, last time I checked the nerd look wasn’t to fly in the 80’s and 90’s. It is what it is; however, we now have a new day that has dawned upon the African-American community. Forget Robin Hood, now black men are not only in tights, but skirts and dresses.

In Hollywood, several black entertainers have ‘dressed’ themselves up as women for years. Actor-Comedian Flip Wilson was one of the originators of dressing in comedic drag, which lead to several other black entertainers such as Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx  to follow suit. Writer-Director and Actor, Tyler Perry has amassed millions of dollars from his Madea character in which he himself portrays and dresses like a woman. It seems like Hollywood doesn’t mind giving out these roles to black actors, and black men certainly don’t mind making or acting in them. Yet I will give them a proverbial pass because hey, even I was entertained by Sheneneh, back in the day. My issue is nowadays you have black men participating in effeminate behavior while claiming to be masculine men. Entertainers such as Kanye West, Pharrell and most recently, Omar Epps, who on his latest appearance on ABC’s The View, had the skirt and skinny jeans flowing. Say it isn’t so Q.

The effeminization of the African-American male is no longer a myth or something to speculate upon. It has become a full-blown reality. I’m not trying to be rude, but what has happened to the masculine African-American male? When did it become ‘socially correct’ for black men to have some sort of unisex outlook in regards to his clothes and overall appearance? Black women, has this become the standard of the 2014 African-American male? I’ve heard of us men getting in touch with our feminine side; however, I wasn’t aware we had to act like one to do it.

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