This group is for brothers who seek to expand their horizons through reading, as well as the reflections that come along with it. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography, Political, Sci-Fi, Sports - we cover all bases to encourage dynamic discussions. Each month, we'll collectively vote on a shortlist of books of a specific genre or topic and meet once a month to discuss, reflect, and learn. Keep in mind, you don't have to be a "super reader" to be a part of this Meetup. If you show up to meetups, you have a say in book selection, location selection, etc.
In this group, we learn from one another, we challenge each other and work to understand different perspectives. Culturally, it is not just about reading a bunch of books, it’s also about taking knowledge and putting action to it in our every day lives.
Demographically, the general perspective towards black men worldwide has not been one of intellectualism, favoring limited avenues of exposure to who we are and what we represent. This group's existence defies stereotypes by creating a dynamic where we create the narrative and give back to our community while doing so. Thus, in 2019 we are kicking off our Black Men Read Scholarship fund and many more initiatives.
200 years ago, white people told black folks, “‘I suggest you pick the cotton if you don’t like getting whipped.” Today, it’s “comply with police orders if you don’t want to get shot.” Now comedian/activist D. L. Hughley–one the Original Kings of Comedy–confronts and remixes white people’s “advice” in this “hilarious examination of the current state of race relations in the United States” (Publishers Weekly).
In America, a black man is three times more likely to be killed in encounters with police than a white guy. If only he had complied with the cop, he might be alive today, pundits say in the aftermath of the latest shooting of an unarmed black man. Or, Maybe he shouldn’t have worn that hoodie … or, moved more slowly … not been out so late … Wait, why are black people allowed to drive, anyway?
This isn’t a new phenomenon. White people have been giving “advice” to black folks for as long as anyone can remember, telling them how to pick cotton, where to sit on a bus, what neighborhood to live in, when they can vote, and how to wear our pants. Despite centuries of whites’ advice, it seems black people still aren’t listening, and the results are tragic.
Now, at last, activist, comedian, and New York Times bestselling author D. L. Hughley offers How Not to Get Shot, an illustrated how-to guide for black people, full of insight from white people, translated by one of the funniest black dudes on the planet. In these pages you will learn how to act, dress, speak, walk, and drive in the safest manner possible. You also will finally understand the white mind. It is a book that can save lives. Or at least laugh through the pain.