saving our sons

Powerless Black Mothers: Protecting Our Sons From Stereotypes, Danger Feels Impossible

This mom is raising three Black sons who love loud music and hoodies. And she's scared to death she won't be able to protect them from the tyranny of stereotypes.

– Apr 15, 2014

Cuz He’s Black: When African American Boys Ready Themselves For a War We Can’t Prepare Them For

Really, I have no words to add to what poet Javon Johnson says in this, his poem, “Cuz He’s Black.” All the emotion, all the...

– Aug 30, 2013

In a Fog of Trayvon Rage and Sadness, Saying Goodbye to My Son

By NICK CHILES As the pain of the George Zimmerman verdict settled in yesterday, the sting of the words “not guilty” slowly starting to recede,...

– Jul 15, 2013

Saving Our Sons: The Cliffnotes Version of My Ebony Series on Black Boys

By NICK CHILES When I decided to become a journalist about three decades ago as a junior at Yale, I envisioned myself stomping across the...

– Jun 20, 2013

A MyBrownBaby Salute to Ebony Magazine for the Cover Story, ‘Saving Our Sons’

By NICK CHILES I have been writing about black males for most of the past two decades, but I’ve never been as excited about a...

– Apr 18, 2013