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Black Love & Is It the Village or The Hut ... Maybe Both?

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Join Angela Thomas & Rodney Smith as we discuss: “Black Love & Is It the Village or The Hut ... Maybe Both?”


Welcome to Our Own Voices Live! This is the 2nd Saturday of February, Happy Black History Month!

 All year Facebook, many Black publications and web sites have focused on Black Love, Black male/female relationships, Black women and why more Black women aren’t married.

 For those that believe in marriage the marriage rates for all Americans is low and for African American’s it‘s even lower at about 28% and steadily heading downward.

70% of Black households are headed by single parents, usually women.  Most of these households are below the poverty line.  We also see that teens are increasingly getting into trouble.  Even the army won’t accept but 20% of all 18-24 year olds due to things such as domestic violence, drug use, felonies, obesity, drop outs and poor academic performance in general.

An alarming number of Black males are in jail, roughly 60% of the over 2.5 million inmates are blacks,1 in 4 college blacks are males, 11% of black men date/marry outside their cultural group along with 8% of Black women

Have Black people given up on traditional marriage to each other and in general and how does this affect Black people and America?


A popular refrain is, “it takes a village.” 

I love the term and concept but I want to know, “what about the hut?”  

Have we begun to focus so much on others taking care of our children that we are advocating some of our responsibility to other (the village) without doing our part to raise our own children properly?  In other words is it becoming a cop out?