The State of the Union in Thinking Millennial Black Men

The State of the Union in Thinking Millennial Black Men


Hi everyone and welcome to Black News TV Network Today’s interview is sponsored by Dominique Magazine at Dominicmag.com Helping black men with how to act upon knowledge received to continually evolve and other important thinking black men topics Check out Dominique Magazine at Dominiquemag.com for more information The title of today’s interview is The State of the Union in Thinking Millennial Black Men This is BJ And today I’m talking with thinking millennial black men expert Dominique Huff about the state of thinking black men today and the latest and the Latest happenings and impacting that’s impacting black men across the United States now welcome Dominique Huff So, how you doing today BJ thank you for having me Dominique Huff is a well-known expert on the subjects of thinking millennial black men and has graciously Consented to this interview to share extensive knowledge and experience So every black man can understand how to act upon knowledge received to continually evolve Dominique Huff, thank you again for agreeing to this interview. Oh, you’re more than welcome love to support a fellow journalist Absolutely. All right so let’s jump right in so you can share where things are right now and where you think they’re Heading when it comes to thinking millennial black men I know that a lot of black men want to know what you think about what’s going on and the Opportunities and challenges they face moving forward. I have a few general questions first about your background and experience in the field of thinking black men So the black men in our audience can understand who you are and where you’re coming from Then we’ll jump into your thoughts about the State of the Union when it comes to thinking black men So our audience can understand where we are and how to move forward Okay, tell us okay, could you tell us a little about yourself in terms of background education and experience with thinking millennial black men Most definitely. My name is Dominique Huff and I am a entrepreneur I’ve been an entrepreneur for 12 years Journalism Spans my entrepreneurship by about 8 years. So I’ve been in media for about 20 years It’s 1998 dated back to my junior high school So I definitely covered many different communities both say local news, did some arts and entertainment dabble a little bit in college sports Commentaries future writing you name it? I’ve done it I am the former owner of the now-defunct exceptional radio network exceptionalradio.com the co-founder with the late BJ Ellis At the BJ Ellis show and the BJ Ellis Show was a show that was a male centered black conservative talk show hosted by black man And he talked a lot about things of social issues and various local issues from the right side of the coin And we work together to create an exceptional radio network We start out black conservative talk, then we evolved to a more news talk entertainment station and then it was Lifestyles and news towards the end of its run for the five years that I ran Exceptional Radio But for our focus on my other media outlets, I have Home Rule News, which is a local publication for the West side of Atlanta That’s been around for 10 years now We have Dominique Magazine as mentioned earlier that was envisioned back in 2012, but then we got started in 2016 I used to host, actually, I still do it on hiatus a black man a talk show called Brother to Brother So where I bring black men of different walks of life together where we just talk about issues from our point of view But what makes that show so unique and it’s going to be re-branded by the way what we used to do was I used to bring on different guys from different views like You know whether you was a liberal or conservative You know a senior or millennial you grew up with the hood you who are rich You know gay straight You know your poor, rich, you know just getting black men sitting together hodgepodge Of this various black man sitting together and they found out that we had more in common than we had in differences So that little social experiment idea actually kind of worked and that’s how I kind of do things with Dominique Magazine So we’re we just put different topics out there beyond typical stuff we get it’s black men Which turns around how to be a player how to get a woman Why black women upset me today why the white man got his thumb on my neck, you know We got so much more to talk about than that. So that’s me in the background of course I’m uh, I do a lot of work in business and Community Development. I do business plans and marketing plans I am working on a Community Improvement District for the Greenbrock Mall area And I’ve also do a lot of advocacy for small business and entrepreneurs Nice definitely Ok So you’ve obviously been around the block when it comes to this topic and you have a lot of experience under your belt What major changes have you seen in the thinking of black men since you got started? when we first got started the issues that I’ve seen even back in the mid 2000s was more so political climate of where thinking black men were really that’s how thinking black people were shunned It’s like if you wasn’t part of the monolith you were clowns, you know How do you not think that we’re all outraged why you’re not outraged? It was more like ghetto the voices outside the caves and I had no place if you was kind of late what they called blurs now or What’s in other terms? They calling me though are people who this talk differently But as time went on I notice black women who think definitely have been more embraced and welcomed But black men who still think outside the cave. We were just kind of left through our own vices I’ve also noticed now that due to Intersectionality, which hurts black me and more than anything that black straight women a black gay men have formed this unholy alliance Sometimes they come out to straight black men like you may remember in 2017 Very smart sense. Aka, very smart brothers wrote the piece that straight me in order But are the black people that had no data no research No Analyst know anything was just some butt-hurt male black feminist who was feminine and in emasculated wrote this piece and of course every butt-hurt broad In America stood with him a clap with him But yet he’s saying butthurt broads are The first ones that say we need to do something about Tommy Sottemeyer or we to do something about us in media network We do something about these black guys on YouTube that are making all these videos bashing black women Let’s talk about that for a minute back in. ’07 What has now been called the YouTube black gender war phase one? That’s when you had a lot of black guys really speaking their piece because black men have never been given their platforms It’s up to the Internet and the smartphone It was always the select black guy that was always gonna get me a pastor You’d be a simp you’d be a player. You have to be an idiot You have to be a fool or somebody that always make everybody laugh If you did not fit or or a parrot for the Democrat Party If you did not fit into that then you did not get a platform So now thanks to what we’re doing things that what we hey what you’re doing with this why say we they said what I’m doing thanks to YouTube and other platforms black men who have been silent for so long are now speaking their peace and people don’t like it because for the longest black women and black gays have held the monopoly of the Square when it comes to the opinion and the perception of straight black men So what I’m seeing now is basically black men are finally reclaiming their image They’re finally reclaiming their narrative and you’re starting to see brothers from all over the spectrum or sitting down talking You know the barbershop conversation is now Facebook or on Twitter on blogs talk radio on YouTube where we can exchange news. We can kind of exchange ideas Have a thought exchange now. Is it happening at the rate I would like it happened to absolutely not but thanks to these platforms brothers are starting to to be more red pill conscious Deep thoughts right there now I was thinking just there was so much that you just dropped a bomb on the audience right there to think about And I’m sure many in the audience are thinking about the same things I want to do a little bit of a transition and Talk about the state of things right now in the world of thinking millennial black, men How would you characterize the State of the Union when it comes to thinking black men? Where are we right now? We’re in fair condition You know, I’m not going to be a politician. Say oh the state is strong we’re doing well That we are in certain categories but we have a lot of work we need to do because While I support movements like Nicole Michelle the enter beauty movement She’s doing a lot of work of trying to connect the black men and black women. So everybody get married to be black babies Why I support that the older Millennial’s like myself We’re kind of questioning that now yeah, we look like that I’ve been helping younger people But we’re not trying to go back down to all these women who live their best life and you’ve hurt a lot of people And all that. No, I’m not talking about you Those are socially awkward people but you’re a lot of women who embrace their liberation and they want to go through their own thing We’d like to go through their own thing. Now you’re walking around here, you know Overweight you got kids you’re frustrated and the same men who you thought were lame Who got the resource now all of a sudden you want him to help make you whole again with these bastard babies? That’s the first problem and the thing I love about it more black men are saying no to step daddy hood Back in the day black men had no problem being stepdad but now a lot of guy said what am I getting out of this and all these kids are says you ain’t my daddy the Woman’s co-signing and the kid daddy still want to hang around. So that’s the thing that a lot of guys I don’t want that. If I I’m gonna have a kid. I want my own child I want a child that my child. My first child is her first child now The other issues were dealing with is while black men are married ate higher rates than black women but divorce at lower rates of black women. The black marriage rate down We went from being the most married group of people to the least married group of people and we kind of beat black women I think by what? Ten percent of our letter that my numbers are correct based off the data but I need to fact check it myself if that’s the case With that what they’re you know A lot of brothers are asking What is the benefit of marriage so and I tell a lot of guys who are anti-marriage but they approve generational wealth Well how are you going to do generational wealth out of marriage. Where’s the kids you had to create a new generation? That’s going to inherit everything that you’re building and yeah, some guys that doesn’t want to be bothered with that they will leave Midtown and I have nothing but the utmost respect for The true Midtown guys the guys that say hey, I don’t want to be married I don’t want to have kids but hey, I’m gonna still have sex. I’m gonna still go out, but I’m not gonna commit that’s true Midtown not these guys that are bitter and frustrated as a child support because cute women have turned them down and now all of a sudden you Midtown – that’s not Midtown The other issues that we deal with is we really have got to get serious about forming a brother When I say we got to get serious about forming a brother, we got to start learning how to trust each other again and I get it a lot of the black men now in my generation the generation behind me a Lot of these black men grew up without men in the house or the men who were around where Simps losers womanizers a effeminate emasculated, you know female validated where they’ve never seen strong assertive masculine leadership that we’re now we are framing that As toxic masculinity so we had that started after ourselves What does black masculinity look like according to us as black men? Neither corner where black woman wanted to be? Not according What white people want it to be not according to what society wants it to be but what does it look like for black men and that’s a conversation we want to have in the house And we can’t have that kind of conversation But we can’t have this conversation mentor since all those other groups of men as I mentioned, but thinking productive men But sit down after I sell what does that look like? We got to also work on our health I’m real big on black men 35 to older fellows hear me loud go get your prostate checked Too many of us a time to prostate cancer and black men we have to start five years earlier than the average men because of our lifestyle and diet and other factors we need to know the Status of our blood pressure, we need to know the status of our teeth, you know, a lot of people have not had their teeth checked out, you know Our hearts and lungs and all that type of stuff. We also need to work on our credit We need to also begin to address though. Are we work on our passion? We really living the life that we want to live So I think we got a lot of progress But I think now black men have got to start being self-reliant first We got to go back to building stuff for ourselves We have to go back to having the platforms that we need and I think you know the next decade or two Will begin to see the fruits of the labor of the stuff that we are planting now, this is a very abbreviated Answer to a question. I was writing a whole hour to break down a lot and have my data and stuff with me So I hope I did the best I could Well, absolutely I think we were definitely wants you back on the show to bring that analysis because there’s a lot of deep thinking here and Hopefully the audience is listening in because you’re getting a glimpse into Just the little bits you are able to share with us and and based off of those challenges that you hit there were so many they’re characterized with through the family and how men will either be married or stay single and still be able to have that platform they need For help and and bringing everybody together Where are the big opportunities in thinking black men that many black men might be missing? Black men you got to get into Tech. That’s the first thing Tech is the real big thing Like we’re starting to see a lot more black one of the technicians black guys that are getting your check as far as developing apps Developing computer programs different types of phases. We’re becoming a technological generation I remember watching the Jetsons what they call like the old timers called the Jetsons Reboot, they came on in ’80 but it wasn’t the Jetsons that they saw back in the ’60 Lot of that stuff today is becoming reality where you’re pressing buttons and things happen except pressing a large machine You’re pressing your telephone We didn’t get more into the sciences engineering and mathematics But those of us who are going to college pick a major that has the long-standing Longevity, you know, we have a ton of social science majors, but really look at that major that you know is going to be in high demand They are really a little bit black men become Schoolteachers with these more brothers join the police force these more brothers working for the Sheriff’s Office become a sheriff’s deputies We need more black men running for office, you know, we need to really start We also need to really get back into our rightful place in these Communities whether you live in a suburb or you live in a in a urban area whether you live in the country, you know We have to start making sure that we’re in the room and with real estate. You can’t forget about real estate I mean real estate is definitely hot. You know, you have a little money investors real estate Investing, you know your homeboys business food trucks or a good thing people gone always eat, you know you guys think about mobile business think about businesses that can really People Millennial’s want convenience you see Uber Lyft Door Dash Go where they’re all convenience based businesses So we think about what do people that wanted a convenient space you sort of dog walking business. You just start a clothes washing business There’s lots of things that we need to do it always encourage a brother either start a business or you don’t want to start a business start buying some stocks You know build your stock portfolio up have a couple of bonds. You always want to have your money working What what major events or developments do you see on the immediate future for people when it comes to thinking black men? What are the things and events or who are the people shaking things up right now. I Definitely think right now you got Jay Morrison shout out to him with the whole coastal real estate fund He’s definitely doing a lot to get these cats Trying to you know, invest in the real estate game in terms of know doing Investments. I also want to look at, Obsidian Media Network. He’s a YouTuber He does a lot of controversial topics in terms of his views of black women But I tell people the one thing I give a Obsidian Obsidian is all about pushing black male media If black men are tired of all the foolishness out here being said about us. We have to have our who media platforms not going to have our home. We have to support them I’m also looking at a couple other people like a lot of these young guys that are doing the real estate investing Fix and flips of houses. We also are looking at now Just a couple of things when you’re starting to see a lot more younger guys Try to do things that mobilize entrepreneurship even with mentoring a lot of stuff going on here There’s too much to name, but that’s one of the things that we want to do with the magazine It’s really starting to put names with faces out there. So people know that we’re out here doing stuff Where do you get your thinking black men news like and and how you stay up to date without getting overloaded? These men are pioneers in the black Male Studies movement and black male studies is something that’s been worked on since the ’90 but it’s never taken off as Well as it should have but you have a lot of guys fight they could fight it I consider myself part of the black masculinity movement and the black masculinity movement is a movement where It’s kind of what I call the Harlem Renaissance for black men where we’re and analyzing our state of affairs We’re really looking at what’s going on. We look at Mainstream media with a different lens. I have a nose for news so I look at you know based off my data I look at things where majority black people They have a large black population and start look at what’s happening over there and look at the different source, like black news.com I also look at This different YouTube channels are out there. I’m also to see what comes up Where do you see black men wasting a lot of time and thinking or the lack thereof? I see black men wasting a lot time, excuse my French Arguing with a bunch of black *@#$%! that hate them I See so many guys on social media. Are you trying to appease coddle Fragile black female egos. To where you got these bitter scared black women and for the record? I’m not saying all black women like that, but we but sisters and even fellas, you know, there’s a contingent that’s out there That’s very loud That’s something a lot of people don’t want to face. The music won’t just say I’ll be the first to admit for equal time There’s a contingent of bitter but hurt men out there as well Stop arguing with these bitter women A lot of guys argue with them because they think the woman cute they still want to lay down with them I think chilli men are out here sipping they’re out here pandering black men got the stock value in themselves by Pussy points by how many women they can sleep will about how many women they can date? they get back to Looking at building wealth looking at being in leadership looking at having thought-provoking conversation We really are wasting this too much time chasing women. In fact, I think Black men need to have a penis strike, you know We just fall back from the women let the women do their thing and we need to get ourselves together We have to figure out where we’re looking at our state of affairs in the next couple of years so leave these women alone if you don’t have your affairs together Get off the hole. I want her to date my potential Because there’s three types of potential who Dameco Chambers are like stones that deals a lot with black men’s issue shout to him Only time a black man over the age of 30 is pushing potential You need to have something and actually to be a man with a plan you can’t just sit there and say well baby you get with me You know, I’ll try to get my food truck. I’m trying to get my rap career off the ground I’m trying to do my clothing line. I’m trying to start a business and I wanna go cut grass or go fix houses But you don’t have none of that stuff in place It’s hard out here for brothers in terms of getting resource and support But at least if you want to say you want to fix houses you want to flip houses Do you have skip-tracing software? Do you are you studying as real estate trends? Are you getting involved in real estate Meetups? Are you getting real estate mentorship? Are you learning how to wholesale at first? Are you becoming a real estate license professional? I know what is the plan under all the stuff is in your head? You can’t use all these big words and all this whole company and stuff and instead people are taking seriously because once a man becomes in the position that leading his price the world is he is Every other group of media know the power of being able to name your price We think that you know some black men are doing some phase and they’re accusing black women of you’re trying to shame and control and Thrust yourself. On the people who are just not interested so, I mean that’s negotiating from a place of weakness and if you don’t have You know certain things that hurt you you get to be able to horse-trade. You can’t say things like you want to be the man the house you want to be the king of the castle, but you have no castle or Your making a woman pay 50/50. Now. You want a woman to pay 50/50. That’s cool Just recognize that she has an equal say in that because you need her money to make the castle work But if your the one covering at least 70-80% of the castle and she’s paying her 20 percent her money toward other things Then pretty much you’re in charge you have to ask yourself what type of relationship do you want to have and a lot of these guys they want a Patriarchy, but they want to put up the patriarchy money Just like I say a lot of these women they want patriarchal benefits But they don’t want to do the patriarchal work that comes to get those benefits. So I think There’s too much time wasted arguing back and forth with women. There’s too much time bickering about white people There’s too much time being wasted on complaining and whining You have endless excuses especially if you will play the white man for everything then you mad when these sisters say that give this is so pretty like something little Grievous’s not all over there some – legit Well, you playing the white man, you can’t get mad with something know what I’ll go get me a white because he got all power I’d like to ask is there anything else I haven’t asked you about the State of the Union for thinking black men that you think is important and want to share I think the biggest thing is we have to start asking our self who are we as individuals and who are we as a collective? We have to not be afraid of mental health. We have not be afraid of investing in ourselves We have to not be afraid to dress appropriately. I mean, yeah, I don’t get down with this whole like there’s this initiative here That respectability foolishness comes around where black men are walking around and suits thinking Oh, that’s gonna stop the cops from killing me. That’s what made these bitter women respect me I got four suits in my closet I’m not going to wear a suit to Burger King So I can get some respect I think we’re just doing too much symbolism, and that’s not the way to go I think a black man and I feel like these young boys your shoe collection needs to be diverse For example, you know you should have hard bottoms you should have sneakers. You should have some boots. You should have some some loafers No sandals, and then like some actual real sandals like those like these flip-flops And it’s that way it goes with different outfits You know your you should have this all Jesus and have some slacks You should have some suits some shorts some khakis. You know, your wardrobe. Most of your shirts need to have collars on there. They said be over fast t-shirt So these are phase that we have to start thinking up No, I’m not significant respectability standpoint, but she can’t be 40 years old dress like Uniting right That definitely makes sense a lot of things try to keep people in them in the middle Stay in the middle with that is definitely some helpful points How would you sum up everything we discussed today in a final and a few final thoughts and any advice to all of our listeners I would say I think we’re We’re in a good place that where we’re really Waking up and I think the internet and the power of social media is the power technology to where we’re sitting down getting connected we’re no longer disjointed that you know your little longer stuff with the guys that knuckle heads down the street you can now have Relationships on thinking black men across the country or across the world. There’s a lot of guys in the UK that are going through some things I’m not talk to what a regular basis days of social media They sent me to the magazine. I found them through some Facebook group we have to start thinking now Not only about our situations as a collective for our personal situations. Every Black man needs to have a one-year plan a three-year plea a five-year plan a ten-year plan If you’re over the age of 40, you should have a Will Yeah, and that will it be updated either look at now start making investments you look at now start really making sure Your credit is right? If a five hundred dollar emergency came up most people can’t meet that Don’t be afraid to have the credit card Oh silly of us are so scared of credit Oh, I don’t want credit won’t credit bad But guess what? That’s OPM Just because you have a credit card doesn’t mean you go out there just swipe it all day now if you do that cuz I know a lot of guys that really Keep their credit on point. They will swipe that credit card for everything then turn around and pay the bill in full Alright, so those are some hats that we need to do and I tell folks Just be yourself. Look at some things that you want to do for yourself So I think you know all is not lost now is the time where I think now’s the time. We’re really at a huddle because Millennial’s guess We got a lot of work to do or else the generations behind us will be bashed us at me – the civil rights generation So we got to put our money where our mouth is we get to put our efforts where our thoughts are at I’m sure all the black men and our audience learned a lot of new Information about the state of thinking black men today and how it impacts them directly and indirectly So thank you very much for sharing your expertise and experiences with us I’m working or they State of black men document that I’m talking to a couple of the above mentioned scholars that I listed earlier in the broadcast kind of see what that’s gonna look like because I Dominiquemag.com Can succeed and learn about the latest happenings impacting black men across the United States and the United Kingdom soon to come Have a great day

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