*TV One is making it happen with some great new programming.
The latest addition includes a documentary series created by renowned educator Dr. Steve Perry, “Save My Son.”
The heartfelt production sheds light on the African American experience, dealing with socio-economic issues and young men in the community.
It’s a compilation of tales of families who struggle to save their sons lost to terrible influences and the pull of the streets.
Viewers can expect a colorful in depth look into the lives of these young men, as the cameras follow them into their shadow lifestyle that threatens a prosperous future.
Each episode will include an intervention with Perry and a celebrity mentor will lend some healing words and points of learning.
“We have hit rock bottom. Our sons are dying of every disease, suffering from every academic, social and emotional trauma at rates that have never been recorded,” said Perry. “The only thing left to do is to fight like hell to save our sons.”
“Save My Son” premieres September 26 at 9 p.m. on TV One.
*Geraldo Rivera made some disparaging remarks after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin swept the nation.
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Basically he placed the blame on the victim because he was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
Or, as he told the world on “Fox & Friends,” Trayvon’s hoodie was “just as responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
But now he’s apologizing.
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,’” Rivera said in an email to POLITICO Tuesday, citing a piece in the National Review penned by Thomas Sowell.
He took responsibility of his words, realizing that his comments took away from the tragedy and relieved society of its duty.
He said “by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.”
*(via ColorLines.com) Until last week I had never heard of Cleveland, Texas, the small town where an 11-year-old Latina was gang raped, allegedly by 18 black males ages 14 to 27.
But since The Houston Chronicle told the victim’s story with compassion and a New York Times piece subtly blamed her; since various news outlets have essentially tried and convicted the suspects with a widely circulated mugshot collage; since Houston New Black Panther leader Quannell X sacrificed the victim in his zeal to raise questions about the police investigation; since Mujeres Unidas checked Quanell X; and since white supremacist Web sites are partying about this tragedy like it’s 1799, tiny Cleveland, has become a major example of how not to deal with rape in our communities.
My Takeaway, For What It’s Worth:
My next post will offer expert measured insights on how black men can help one another recognize and interrupt rape culture. For now, my suggested ground rules for people who believe they’re protecting black men and boys but actually enabling toxic sexual behavior:
* Adults should never participate in group sex with children. They shouldn’t be watching, taping or photographing it, either. Whether they’re arrested for it or not, they’ve committed sexual abuse.
* It should be inconceivable that a 14-year-old and a 27-year-old are sexually involved with the same girl. That is physically and emotionally dangerous for the girl; risky for the boy and criminal for the man.
* Men and boys should not have sex of any kind in a squalid, vermin-filled trailer abandoned since Hurricane Ike. If they do so, their families should be deeply concerned.
* Even if a girl says she’s 17-the legal age of consent in Texas-and seems sexually experienced; even if she seems open to making a video or down for a ‘train;’ even if her parents are oblivious and she seems vulnerable, raping her or watching it happen is a crime. No one deserves to be gang raped. No. One. Ever. If you find yourself trying to parse that one out, something is very wrong with you.
Read MORE of this report by Abika Solomon at ColorLines.com.
*Reports have just surfaced showing that African American boys in America are being kicked out of school “at double and triple the rates of their white male peers.”
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