I Make Twenty Next Month: The defination of black male sucess (Volume 1)
A thoughtful examination of the current state of affairs for young black men—and young men in general—living in America that is designed to diagnose issues they encounter and propose solutions. Real issues require real solutions. What is the role of the young man in modern society? And what is the role of the young black man whose circumstances differ dramatically from those of others? How is their world changing, and how can they adjust to create a successful life and world? These thought provoking questions and more are laid bare in LaVar Akins’s debut—a powerful, probing examination of the realities of life faced by young men of color and the choices they must make to change their lives for the better. The twenty-first century presents a unique set of challenges. Our world changes daily, information technology seems to evolve at the speed of light, and what we knew yesterday will no longer be true tomorrow. But within this ever-changing world, there still remain unresolved issues, one of which is the evolution of the role of black men living in America today. For them, it is the choices they must make now that can define and change their lives for the better tomorrow—all they need do is ask themselves the right questions. Designed to incite discussion and change, author LaVar Akins’ debut has the easygoing nature of a barbershop chat or a conversation over lunch, but beneath that accessible, seemingly casual exterior are thought provoking solutions that serve as a guide for all young African American men. Examining their role and their place within not only their own lives but within the greater society as well, the changing role of men and specifically men of color is dissected with a thoughtful, probing conscience. Akins dives into relevant topics to provide solutions and a plan for young men to pursue their dreams with respect, positivity, and success. The questions, issues, and solutions author Akins goes on to articulate are nothing short of revelatory, and yet he “never leaves the backyard.” As our world continues to evolve and become more sophisticated and complicated every day, his simple yet profound debut is a powerful, probing examination that lays bare the realities of life faced by young men of color as well as the role of all men in society. It is the choices they must make that can define and change their lives for the better—all they need do is ask themselves the right questions. Akins properly diagnoses what ails black men of all ages as a group and as a culture, giving them practical advice based on popular culture in a language and laid-back voice that is accessible, non-confrontational, and easily absorbed. Once the issues are fully outlined, he provides solutions to these problems and provides a plan for young men to pursue their dreams. His easygoing style combines seamlessly with relatable topics that foster debate and offer great opportunity for change. Throughout, his focus remains resolute: how to improve the lives of his fellow men and have a positive impact on the world around them. The perfect guide for parents raising sons, Akins’s book is a loving, relevant, and purposeful meditation on the changing role of young men—specifically young black young men—in American society today. Delivered in the tone of a conversation in the barbershop or one had over lunch, his approach is casual, belying the seriousness of the material. A heartfelt, compassionate discussion to foster open communication, I Make Twenty Next Month: The Definition of Black Male Success is a must-read for twenty-first century parents, men, and young men alike.