Real Talk with Real Men: FOR WOMEN ONLY

 

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of sitting on the distinguished panel for “Real Talk with Real Men: FOR WOMEN ONLY” on Morgan State University’s campus.  The forum took place on Thursday, October 13th, and was sponsored by BET and the Alpha Gamma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  The format lent itself to an impassioned discussion between the sexes.  The all-male panel was asked poignant and thought-provoking questions by moderator Dr. Jeri Dyson and an all-female audience.

The panel, both star-studded and provocative,  included: Bishop Derek Triplett, Big Tigger, Darien Dennis, Raheem DeVaughn, Sammie, Tjuan, Khalil and Joe Clair. Given the size of the panel and the TREMENDOUS personalities involved (has anyone reading this ever tried to moderate a panel with a really funny comic aboard?), Dr. Dyson did a tremendous job reigning us all in while still letting us “flow.”   And she did all that while managing to keep us on topic!  To say that the panel provided “real talk” with provocative and even controversial ideas would be an understatement.  This forum was for mature audiences only!

Speaking of the audience, they were both attentive and engaging.  They REALLY wanted to know how men think, how we engage in relationships, and why “we” have such a hard time showing respect to our ladies.  The panel was not shy in sharing it’s opinion, and thankfully, we didn’t all agree on each point.  Our disagreements made for some colorful conversation!  For my part, I couldn’t keep the old educator in me from showing up, and I made a point of framing our relationships and much of  the conversation  in a historical context.

A huge kudos goes out to Vikki Kennedy Johnson, BET’s Manager of Public Affairs for the forum series “Rap It Up.”  She coordinated the event and her organizational skills were clearly evident, as it all went off without a hitch.  Thank you Vikki for inviting me!

I also want to say thank you to Dr. Dyson, to  the panel for allowing me to share their space, and last but not least, THANK YOU to the audience!  They were all fantastic.

Watch out for pics and video clips to be posted to this website shortly!  You’ll be sure to catch the “flavor” of the discussion!  If you were part of this event, what would YOU have to say?

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2 Responses to "Real Talk with Real Men: FOR WOMEN ONLY"

  • Eugena Holman says:

    HEY NKOSI FAMILY!

    I had the pleasure of hearing Steve and the other panelists comment and answer questions at that forum AND THEY DEFINITELY KEPT IT REAL. Although I arrived late (traveling from NYC that day was an act of sheer determination), I learned much about what I needed to know about myself and the men in my past and the man in my present.

    THE BEST MESSAGE THE BROTHERS DELIVERED TO THE WOMEN WAS SIMPLY FOR US TO LOVE OURSELVES ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT WE ARE ENOUGH!!! I was so moved by that spirit, it is with me as I go through my own trial with WHO I AM AS A WOMEN IN TODAY’S WORLD. Men want and NEED for women to be STRONG WITHIN THEMSELVES. THEY APPRECIATE THAT! (at least REAL MEN do! )

    I know this event had to be recorded for posterity, I hope that they would be able to make it available to the members of the panel just in case they wanted to share it with a lady that traveled all the way from NYC just to miss most of it. LOL

    KUDOS TO YOU STEVE… THE MALE POPULATION IS BLESSED TO HAVE YOU PART OF IT.

  • steveberlack says:

    Thanks Eugena! It really was a pleasure seeing you and your husband on campus! I’m grateful that you took positive and encouraging messages from the forum. That was certainly the intent.

    Peace and blessings.

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