The Devil Made Me Do It

On this final day of Black History month I choose to stay true to my nature as a contrarian and not highlight a popular figure torn from the pages of black history text books. Instead, my choice is a very personal one. As a very young boy, around age 5, my family would gather around…

A Different Beat

With my purple Beats by Dre draped over my ears, mind and body quiescent, I bid farewell to the last remaining days of Black History Month.  A silent celebration of old school R&B and funk tunes shuffling on my phone.  But I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder and my focus is soon interrupted with thoughts…

In Full Panic Mode at 49

As of this writing, I am a full 457 days away from turning 50 and, if you can’t tell by this advanced obsession, it is not sitting well with me. I never thought I would be the type to over-contemplate the aging process. After all, I consider myself a man of science. I understand aging…

How Am I Doing?

Self assessment is not new to us. We are asked to do it every year in the workplace. We turn to our bathroom scales when we want to measure weight loss goals.  Bank statements reveal how well we reach our financial goals. But what about our performance as a parent? A spouse? What performance indicators…

Ghetto Toys and Other Signs That You Grew Up in 70’s Urban America

  I use the word “ghetto” loosely.  Growing up in Section 8 housing in Cherry Hill, a neighborhood in Baltimore, MD, was vastly different in the 1970’s than it is today. While times were hard, it was still a relatively safe place to rip and run the streets without fear of fatality. Standard summer gear…

Can A Brother Get Some Love…On Valentine’s Day

Is there any dispute that Valentine’s day is a holiday for women?  Let’s mark the one year anniversary of Man Up by exploring whether or not room exist for men to be honored on the love holiday. If it’s a matter of dollars and cents, the scale tilts toward women.  In 2013, men spent twice…