Renaissance Black Men

I don't know what it is... I am just really loving men right now... maybe its the fact that we are on the brink of Father's day, or maybe because we are just in the midst of so much greatness when it comes to black men. Barack Obama wins the Democratic Nomination!!! Never in my lifetime did I think that we could have the possibility of having an African American president. I thought maybe my kids would live to see it but just couldn't fathom it happening in my lifetime. It's funny because I never really thought of my generation as having anything to contribute to the history books. What are we really known for that has a substantial impact on history besides having Denzel and Halle be the first African American to win Best Actor and Actress; we hadn't really had anything that elevated us as a people, and now because of Barack and Michelle we do. This right here says it all... a change is really about to come, when we are giving pounds on a podium instead of a hand shake or hug, I am extremely excited about the things that are to come and I have never been a fan or excited about anything dealing with politics.Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Laurence Fishburn on Broadway in a one man show called Thurgood. Amazing performance on his part. Its really hard to keep an audience engaged for 90 minutes and you're the only person on stage. Quite frankly it boggles me that a person can remember that much of material but I guess that's why he makes millions acting and I am sitting here blogging about it for free. Anyway, his performance was both witty and endearing. He even showed a bit of his real personality and called someone out that walked in 30 minutes after the show started which was hilarious. If you happen to be in NY and want to see a great broadway show for cheap do consider this. For more info you can go HERE.Then this morning I had the pleasure of hearing Russell Simmons speak at a Digital Advertising conference. He is so extremely smart, and yet so down to earth. He laughed and he preached, and even presented ideas directly on the spot which shows you how much he is on the grind and constantly thinking of ways to elevate the culture of Hip Hop. One thing that he said that really resonated to me was that "a good leader is a servant first." It's funny how in life everyone wants to be the boss, or their own boss, and I have always been one of them. Knowing that I wouldn't be working for the man forever, and then I have so many young entrepreneurs around me that are making things happen and that drives me even more. Although that statement made me realize the way I have handled certain situations in my past. Things that I may have considered ass-kissing at the time (something I refused to do) may have just been a point in my life that I was suppose to be the servant. So for the young professionals out there, don't be afraid to be the servant first.


I really do. I know I may give them crap at times here on RBW but I really do love you... more than any other kind of man. The wonderful ones that I have in my life make me better. The ones who are well off that I see raising thousands of dollars for foundations and the bettering of our community. I love you! The ones that are raising their children and in their lives, the ones who are in the Big Brothers programs and volunteering at the recreation centers. The ones who coach the local pop warner leagues with no pay. The ones whose blogs influence a crazy chick like me on the daily. I love you all!


Tha L June 5, 2008 at 8:22 PM


The F$%K it List June 5, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Obama and Michelle make me SO DAMN proud. I do think our generation has left a mark in the history books but more on the entertainment side of it. Though Hip Hop as a culture is historical, Its a part of EVERYTHING whether good or bad. But now our kids can learn about the a man who changed the world in the culture that was the majority. Truly inspiring. But folks have to keep up the momentum!

I want to see Thurgood so bad! I just keep running into free days and sold out tickets. But I love Laurence on broadway,and in shakespeare plays. I just adore him and he is so slept on.

I am trying to like Russell again, I definitely respect him as a business man but I don't like some of the things I have heard him say in defense of Hip Hop, and after that tour with DeBeers. I was a bit done with him. I do love that he practices yoga and that quote is a definite sign of that. I'll try again

-Q. June 5, 2008 at 9:32 PM

..and black men love you back boo. -Q.

Mel June 5, 2008 at 9:44 PM

Loving the post.

Next time I walk up to someone I'ma give them a fist pound. Tell me why CNN did a whole news clip about it, trying to turn it into something bad? Smh... Dang news.

And lol at what you said about YouTube. I wish.... I wish... lol

Lovebabz June 5, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Black to the future!

Nice job on the post EB, you captured my sentiments exactly!

Anonymous June 5, 2008 at 10:24 PM

I just love Barack and Michelle. I like how they are so touchy-feely. I saw that CNN segment. They aint ready! When he wins, we will be giving each other dap, fives on the black hand side, behind the back.

I LOVE black men. Don't want no other.

Mizrepresent June 5, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Oh yeah, i love Black Men.

I love how they capture the essence of strength, love, compassion.

I love their swagger, their voice, their endurance, their zest for life.

Yes, i love Black Men.

I love the way they walk, stand, talk, preach, sing, rap, dance, how every move leave us anticipating the next.

Gurl, i love Black Men.

And i love this post!

dejanae June 5, 2008 at 11:40 PM

im mad folk were actin like they never say a dap before

Aunt Jackie June 6, 2008 at 12:59 AM

I got a chance to see Thurgood with my family while I was last in the city and Larry did the damn thing!

This was a great post and I am glad to see you giving black men the honor and love they deserve.

i.can't.complain. June 6, 2008 at 1:38 AM

i heart black men too.

me and white chocolate are done.

i missed u eb.

i was so proud of sen. obama the other nite.

im still proud.

he gave the wife a fist pound.

that's hot !

that's love


PBW June 6, 2008 at 1:59 AM

I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at that photo of the Obama's. So sexy, cool!

Kandi Black June 6, 2008 at 2:49 AM

great post! sometimes its good to show some appreciation to our very own black men even tho they can be asses sometimes...still got love for em tho...

edmo June 6, 2008 at 5:08 AM

Glad to know i am under your radar Eb...
Black Men United!!!
Remember that...
Coz you will know!

(¯`·._.·[***Fresh&Fab***]·._.·´¯) June 6, 2008 at 5:48 AM

i feel you, i never though so too, i wish barrack the bestest of luck in the world, i know he would make us pround.

hw u been girl?

Tony OH June 6, 2008 at 6:46 AM

Well nice to meet you Eb...We Love you too!

"Now come on over to my place?" That's Teddy

Divine Blackness June 6, 2008 at 7:50 AM

I simply adoooore Black men. In every way possible. And Obama..moment of silence for seriously one of my favorite Black men.

MP June 6, 2008 at 8:33 AM

I love black men too!

She W0rd Hustlez June 6, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Pounds on the podium! lol I love that picture. We as a people are making history and I love it. I give so much credit to all the black men living above the stereotypes and giving the younger black men footprints to walk in.

Lina June 6, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Awww, sweetie, that was the most encouraging thing I have heard. More Black men need to read it. Oh, I love my dudes, and the ones trying to do something, and the ones thinking about trying to do something (cause they need love too). This is great, darling.

Eb the Celeb June 6, 2008 at 9:09 AM

@-q that feels good coming from you... I have had to wave "hi-hater" a lot the past week but its glad to see some of my black men in blog land still have love for me

@Mel - white people will always try to turn something so innocent into a circus... we already know that

@southern gal - I dont want no other either!

@mizrep - daaaaang.... why you had to be so poetic about it... your comment over hear sounding better than my

@aunt jackie - yes the show wa amazing...

@ -1- you do have to tell why you and white chocolate are done... and I missed you too... dont ever go away

@Edmo - YES i remember that... it was my joint because tevin campbell was in it and he used to be my boo back in the day... then I found out he was playing for the same

@F&F - I'm coolin... cant complain!

@Tony - on my way now

niki.mac June 6, 2008 at 12:40 PM

wow, laurence and russell in one week?? this is why i need to move out of NC, so I can live like you!! :)

1/3 of what I used to be June 6, 2008 at 1:34 PM

lol I love that pic of michele and obama!!!! I love black men too! They are some of the greatest people on earth when they are allowed to be just themselves.


Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T June 6, 2008 at 1:51 PM

thanks i hope u consider me as a RBM sister

Jadore.Tokeyo June 6, 2008 at 1:57 PM

that pic of obama and michelle is soo cute.

great post btw!
i loves me some black men too!!!

Chris June 6, 2008 at 3:23 PM

That was dope...I'm glad we are appreciated because it seems like we are always getting torn down because of the few losers in our bunch...I'm glad we have your love.

THE PRINCESS "CC" June 6, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Yes that was BEAUTIFUL!!!

I LOVE OUR MEN too, we are definitely BLESSED to have them, and I am still overwhelmed with the OBAMA families achievement, I was crying when I heard the NEWS!

Much love to ya, GREAT POST!

anonymousnupe June 6, 2008 at 4:03 PM

So, Eb, exactly how many black men do you love at the same time?

And Simmons didn't attribute the quote about being a servant first? Why black folks always stealing depth from the Bible and then wanna ack like they just spewed it themselves?

Have a good weekend, E. Miss you. I had more to say, but my black man boss keeps harping on this work thing.

Chris June 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM

I was SO going to say he stole that from the Bible too...

BTW I posted those Indian Tear commercials too...I don't know how I remember them when they came out in the 70's.

La June 6, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I got the chance to hear Russell speak once and was completely blown away by how articulate and intelligent he was. He is so quiet most of the time, but he really is quite a large character.

Melody.Darlene June 6, 2008 at 5:49 PM

im jealous u got to go to that conference! lol

Eb the Celeb June 6, 2008 at 6:25 PM

@nupe - I miss you too... and all your irate cynicism

one soulful negro. June 6, 2008 at 10:40 PM

as a black man its nothing like the love of a black woman. truly.
there nothing like the love of a black man.
there is nothing like black love.

& i am telling you when i saw barack and michelle pound each other i was cheesin' hard.


Ms. Behaving--> June 7, 2008 at 11:04 AM

It was a beautiful thing to see Barack and Michelle give each other some dap.


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