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Man Inside : Rethinking Black Masculinity
                       TRUTHSPEAK: "Feminist politics is a choice. When men make that choice, our
world is transformed.”- bell hooks
Black MAN INSIDE: Rethinking Black Masculinity
                            All This Week       
Black Man Inside: Conversations with Our

OUR COMMON GROUNDpresents a full week of special programming focusing
on issues relevant to the Black American male and Black male feminist thought.
"The Black Man Inside: Rethinking Black Masculinity". 

This week long special programming focusing and reflecting on Black men,
masculinity and their relationships to Black community values, addressing
challenges of much needed transformation and the demands to build healthy
relationships and community. The Black man inside is essential to our struggle
and protection.
"The Black Man
Inside: Rethinking Black Masculinity" series will feature
conversations with four Black men whose inquiry, struggle and transformation embody
a love for themselves and for our people. Janice Graham "In Conversation
in the language of TruthSpeak at OUR COMMON GROUND with:
BrotherScholar/Activists, Drs. Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University and David
Ikard, Florida State University~ Gary Lemons, University of South Florida: and
BrotherActivists, Major Neill Franklin, formerly of the City of Baltimore
Police Department and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and
Anti-Sexist Activist, Filmmaker, Byron Hurt  

Monday, May 18, 2009 

Mark Anthony Neal, author, cultural anthropologist and Professor,
African & African-American Studies, Duke University, New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity
He is
engaged in interdisciplinary scholarly work in the fields of African-American,
Cultural, and Gender Studies that draws upon the fields of literary theory,
urban sociology, social history, postmodern philosophy, Queer theory and most
notably popular culture. His broad project is to interrogate popular
culture--music, television, film, and literature--produced within the context
of Afro-diasporic expressive cultures. It is my belief that popular culture
represents an arena of knowledge that has a profound impact on societal and
cultural norms in the United Statesand globally, but one that has been largely underscrutinized as
a "serious" site of scholarly and theoretical study. It is also my
belief that commercial popular culture represents a distinct site of
ideological production, thus my own work aims to engage the ideological undercurrents
within commercial popular culture particularly within the context of race,
gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity.
Neal is currently on the faculty at DukeUniversityin the Department of Women’s Studies.
is the author of many significant  books, among them, ,What
the Music Said: Black Popular Musicand Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies:
Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003) and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005). Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the
Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2004). Neal is Professor of Black Popular
Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at DukeUniversity. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s News
and Notes with Farai Chideya Neal also contributes to several on-line media
outlets, including NewsOne.com. Neal’s blog “Critical Noir”
appears at VibeMagazine.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
David Ikard, Professor and Author, Breaking the Silence Toward a Black Male Feminist

Can black males offer useful insights on black women and
patriarchy? Many black feminists are doubtful. Their skepticism derives in part
from a history of explosive encounters with black men who blamed feminism for
stigmatizing black men and undermining racial solidarity and in part from a
perception that black male feminists are opportunists capitalizing on the
current popularity of black women's writing and criticism. In Breaking the Silence, David Ikard goes
boldly to the crux of this debate through a series of provocative readings of
key African American texts that demonstrate the possibility and value of a
viable black male feminist perspective.
Seeking to advance the
primary objectives of black feminism, Ikard explains a process by which
victimized groups invest in victim status to the point that they
unintentionally concede power to their victimizers and engage in patterns of
behavior that are perceived as revolutionary but actually reinforce the status
lays bare the nexus between victim status and complicity in oppression, Breaking the Silence charts a new direction for
conceptualizing black women's complex humanity and provides the foundations for
more expansive feminist approaches to resolving intraracial gender conflicts.
His new work-in-progress is To Be Real: Representing Black Humanity from Zora
Neale Hurston to Dave Chappelle, which he summarizes: "Borrowing from the
idea within Black feminist theory that all oppressions are interlocking, my
project will examine literary texts ... to demonstrate how de-centering race as
a marker of identity can empower traditionally oppressed and victimized
He is
an assistant professor of English at FloridaStateUniversitywhere he currently has a Ford Foundation postdoctoral research
Dr. Gary Lemons, Professor and Author, Black Male Outsider: A Memoir
Gary Lemons earned his Ph.D. in English and American literature
from New YorkUniversity. He is a Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies at the Universityof South Florida.  He served as director of Race,
Ethnicity, and Post Colonial Studies at EugeneLangCollegeat the NewSchoolUniversity, where he taught courses on antiracism, feminism, and
African-American literature.
He  held a Rockefeller Post-Doctoral
Fellowship at the Womanist Studies Center at the University of Georgia and two
National Endowment Fellowships for College Teachers, one at the Center for the
Study of Women and Men at the University of Southern California, the other at
Bennett College (one of two historically black women’s colleges in the
nation). He served as a Fellow for the NationalCenterfor Human Rights Education. At the Ford Foundation, he was also
a Colloquia Fellow on gender in African American Communities. In addition to a
number of articles related to gender progressive manhood and pro-feminist
pedagogy, his publications include Black Male Outsider a Memoir: Teaching as a
Pro-Feminist Man (the State University of New York Press, 2008) and
Pro-Woman(ist) Forefathers, Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois (forthcoming
from SUNY Press, 2009). Most recently he served as a colloquium participant in
the Future of Minority Studies Summer Institute’s panel on
“Progressive Masculinities: Men in Feminism” at CornellUniversity.. 

As a black male feminist professor, he envisioned the college classroom as a
dynamic learning space for creating interdisciplinary faculty-student
collaborations focused issues of social justice. In this space, together
teacher and student engage in mutually challenging intellectual work forged
across disciplinary boundaries. Thus, his teaching interests and scholarship
are interdisciplinary by design. At the same time, they emerge from a single
motivation—to transform the classroom into a location for theorizing and
practicing social change. This idea informs him how he teaches courses on
literature by women of color, African American literature, antiracist
feminist/womanist pedagogy, the history of black feminist thought, feminist
critiques of black masculinity, memoir writing for self-recovery; and gender,
race, and sexuality in popular culture.
 He is the founding director of the
Memoirs of Race Project; he has authored a number of essays on black feminism
and its implications for black men's views on manhood and masculinity. Lemons
has published a book on the pro-feminist writings of Frederick Douglass and
W.E.B. Du Bois. His book, Black Male Outsider: A
Memoir recalls what it means to teach as a Black male feminist.
Among his course offering is Issues in Feminism.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Byron Hurt, Anti-Sexist Activist and Filmmaker,
 I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in Americaand Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes
than a filmmaker, Byron Hurt is an anti-sexist activist who provides
cutting-edge male leadership, expert analysis, keynote addresses, and workshop
facilitation in the field of sexual and gender violence prevention and
education. Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Since 1993, he has been
using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people
think about race and gender. His first film, I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in Americais a 60-minute award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts
and feelings of African-American men and women from over fifteen cities across
the country. Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of
patriarchy, racism, and sexism in American culture.

As an activist, Byron has served as a long-time gender violence prevention
educator. The former NortheasternUniversityfootball quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors
in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and
domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics.
Hurt is also the former Associate Director of the first gender violence
prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

Because of his work, Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at
numerous professional conferences, and trained thousands of young men and women
on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music, and visual media.

As a writer, Byron has essays or interviews published in Michael Eric Dyson's
Know What I Mean: Reflections on Hip-Hop with Intro by Jay-Z, Outro by Nas; in
Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power, edited by Shira Tarrant; Sport
in Society: Equal Opportunity or Business as Usual? by Richard Lapchick; Be a
Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood,
edited by April R. Silver; and The Black Male Handbook, edited by Kevin Powell. 

HURT ON MASCULINITY  -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJ7byURkSg
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