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What a week! A viral video, two appearances of Hannity, two interviews with the BBC and a GREAT week of radio!

In cased you missed it, the lovely Eboni Williams (FOX News contributor) and The Beautiful Man (me), sat down with Hannity to talk Trump. Can Trump convince Americans of African Descent to ditch the Democrat Party?

That's going to be a tough row to hoe!

Check out the video below.

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Saturday, 20 August 2016 14:58

Dispelling media mythology worldwide!

Not many people can rise and shine so brilliantly, on such short notice, and do an interview on the world stage...

Then there is me... The Beautiful Man!

Where there is revisionist history, I will be there to set things straight! It's the BBC interview, folks!

In all seriousness, I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts nationally and on the world stage. What I love about radio is that you get more time to expound on your thoughts, respond to challenges, and shape your own narrative. Radio gives you time and flexibility that TV often cannot. In this interview, I got a chance to say everything that I wanted to say on Fox News highly-rated Sean Hannity show. Nothing against TV, it's just... I am a radio guy!

Now about the interview...

When you consider what years of progressive policies have done to the American family (particularly the black family), it should be easy to see that the Democrat Party is not your friend. You need look no further than the state of the black family.

Given that reality... What do Americans of African Descent (or any Americans for that matter) have to lose by ditching Democrat policies?

Listen to the BBC interview below.

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I have become my father. My sons are becoming my father's son. That is the way it is supposed to be...


But we don't live in an ideal world. We live in my old neighborhood, Sherman Park. You know – the one in Milwaukee that was on fire last weekend. It was set on fire after a black cop shot a black criminal.

That is what we are told.

What we are not told is our communities have been on fire long before the first match was struck in Ferguson. Across the country, our communities have been smoldering since the first father was sent away from the home by the brain trust behind the Great Society.

The Great Society started to slowly stoke the flames by turning the working poor into the idle poor – in order to receive government assistance. A family could only receive government assistance if there was a single mother. So "welfare" actually incentivized fathers to say, "well, see ya," so mom and kids could have a better life. Goodbye daddy, your family is better off without you. At least financially. Come around every once in a while, but make sure no one knows you're here.

And they the generations...dutifully.

Is it really that mysterious what has happened to entire generations of young men of African descent? No, it isn't.
What can a boy become when he has no father to emulate? Lost. What can a boy become when he has only criminals to admire? Drug dealers and scammers. What does a boy become when he can only watch a struggling single mother navigate poverty? Angry and rightly so.

Yes, it's true that there were fathers who stuck around and provided for their families – often with smaller paychecks than the government was handing out. I know, because my father was one of those hardworking fathers who refused to believe the broken promises of the not-so-great society.

I've always admired my father for the example he set for me and my sister. But his example was too often the exception to the rule.
Without fathers at home, so many of our inner-city neighborhoods began to crumble. For the many years I lived in Sherman Park, it was on the precipice. It did not crumble, but the foundations were wearing away, and there were visible cracks in a once-solid structure.

For generations before, Sherman Park was known as a true community – and in some pockets it still is – but as the number of aimless, hopeless and misguided young men increased, even the once-strong Sherman Park is having trouble standing.

I prefer for the federal government to stay out of family business. But if it has to intercede, it should do so in ways that keep families together. Instead it has served as an agent of destruction.

What would my father say if he were alive today? I look at my sons, and I thank God that I had his example to follow.

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He ran up to us and asked, "are you Jackson's daddy?"

I hesitantly responded, "yes son, I'm Jackson's daddy." I then looked at my wife as the excited child ran back toward the middle of the street yelling, "see, I told you Jackson had a father!"

Turning away from my wife to look at the group of little boys who were then looking at Jackson as if he were a shiny novelty item, I said, "'we have to move." To my surprise, she agreed without hesitation.

Not long after that, we moved into a neighborhood in which Jackson's parental arrangement was the norm. There were lots of fathers. Some families even had two daddies!

Now, don't get me wrong: no one has more respect for moms than I. No one has more admiration for those single moms out there who are sacrificing to make sure their kids can thrive.

But I am talking about dads. So was Orlando Patterson when he wrote in the New York Times on May 9, 2015 about all of the things that President Obama and the federal government could and must do in the wake of the Baltimore riots. After talking about the "chemical detoxification of ghetto neighborhoods" and the value of Head Start, he then concluded:

"And finally, there is one long-term fundamental change that can only come from within the black community: a reduction in the number of kids born to single, usually poor, women, which now stands at 72 percent. Its consequences are grim: greatly increased risk of prolonged poverty, child abuse, educational failure and youth delinquency and violence, especially among boys, whose main reason for joining gangs is to find a family and male roles models."

So wait a gosh darn minute! When I talk about dads, I am an Uncle Tom, I am self-loathing n-word to some. Orlando has been accused of being conservative – as if that is a crime. He is not of course a conservative or a criminal. The marginalization by hyperbolic accusation keeps too many Americans of African descent silent.

Aside from not being silenced, what do liberal Harvard Professor Orlando Patterson and the Beautiful Man (me) have in common? The color of our skin and, more importantly: common damn sense!

Common sense is not a color-based characteristic. It is in relying on our common sense that we – the left and the right – can find common ground. In a 2015 interview, Patterson pointed to a Bush administration program for strengthening inner-city black families that was a failure. "I'd rather leave it to the wisdom of the African American crowd if you like, ah, as to what solution is going to emerge," he said.

Patterson admitted, "I don't know what the solution is. In the same way that one didn't know what the Civil Rights solution was going to be until Martin Luther King and the southern Christian group and other groups developed it."

And they did – in their infinite wisdom – develop it. Are we black men incapable of doing the same? No. Will we allow those who do not want solutions... those who make money and achieve fame on the dysfunction... keep us silent?

Recently I posted a rant on Facebook that went viral. It went viral because people; both black and white, desperately want to discuss the apparent break down of our collective culture. Americans – both black and white and brown – solve problems. We don't sweep them under the rug. That is not our style.

Orlando recognized that "African Americans in the inner cities and out are among the most law abiding group of people in America. They're also the most God fearing and church going group of people in America." He goes on to say that 80 percent of African Americans "are the ones calling for police protection."

When the Dallas police were massacred by a crazed militant Black Panther, the black police chief invited youth from the inner-city to sign-up to be cops. Hmmm... isn't that is a solution from within?

The snippets of solutions are swirling around the ether almost as fast as young men are being murdered by each other on our inner-city streets. Dr. Patterson says, "Kids need a bedrock of stability of at least a couple of adults whoever they may be." Until a time when we can put our ideologies aside and meet on the common ground of common sense, daddies and the bedrock of stability they provide will a rarity.

I for one do not want my sons to be approached one day by a young child like the one who approached me those many years ago. I want for them to be standing with other parents of color in that same wonderful place; Milwaukee. I want their kids to play on those same streets that were on fire in Sherman Park last week, knowing that they are safe because daddies – lots of them – are there.

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I have become my father. My sons are becoming my father's son. That's the way it's supposed to be. Ideally. But we don't live in an ideal world. We live in my old neighborhood. The one that was on fire this weekend.

Published in National Conversation