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Minority Male Success Initiative

This guide details resources available at CCCC to facilitate student success for men of color.


On Fathers and Sons and Love: This video interrogates masculinity and the ways masculinity is challenged and changed by fatherhood. It explores the lives of four generations of men and includes a discussion of the Harvard Grant Study. The Grant study is the longest running study on human development to date. A recent report on the Grant study (The Triumphs of Experience-Vaillant) proposes that love and warmth are critical to the lives of men and successful lifelong development.

TEDTalks: Sangu Delle—There's No Shame In Taking Care Of Your Mental HealthWhen stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak—it makes us human."

Latin Beat: Latino Culture in the United States: Drawing on interviews with more than fifty major personalities from a broad cross-section of disciplines, this tour de force both analyzes and celebrates the growing influence of Latino culture in the U.S. Featured guests include artist Andrés Serrano, poet Pedro Pietri, composer Luis Dias, dancer Paloma Herrera, actor Guillermo Díaz, fashion designer Willey Esco, photographer Mariluz Gordillo, radio host Paco de Radio Mega, TV producer Gamelier de Jesus, Newsweek editor Verónica Chambers, and Washington Post journalist Jaime Manrique, who share their personal and professional experiences of being of Latino descent in America today. (Mostly Spanish with English subtitles, 120 minutes)

Race: The Power of an Illusion: The division of the world’s peoples into distinct groups labeled by colors has become so widely accepted that many would dismiss as farfetched any suggestion of its falsity. Yet geneticists have discovered that 85% of all genetic variants can be found within any local population, regardless of whether it’s a population of Poles, Hmong, or Fulani. This three-part series debunks the misconception that “race” is a physiologically accurate way to categorize human beings, looking through the lenses of science, history, and social institutions at how and why the myth developed. 3-part series, 56 minutes each.

Real Men: Is The Real Man a Fantasy?: Being a real man used to be about courage, grit, and determination. But in a metrosexual age of empathy and softness the story is getting blurred. Is the 'real man' a fantasy we should be pleased to see relegated to history along with Marlboro ads, or are these qualities that women still want and society needs? Jamie Whyte asks radical feminist Julie Bindel, Labour MP Diane Abbott, Erotic Review founder Rowan Pelling and Prospect's Digital Editor Serena Kutchinsky to question the fantasy of masculinity. In association with Prospect.

TEDTalks: Kimberlé Crenshaw: The Urgency of Intersectionality: Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.