Interesting trends on the horizion

Posted: July 2, 2008 in Commentary

Seniors need love too!

Recently my wife and I sat down and watched a program on one of the BET channels that regularly features the works of aspiring filmmakers. This particular show featured a documentary produced by a woman in her mid/late 30’s who addressed the whole issue of the difficulties for Black women to find a potential husband. While this is a topic many of us have addressed in some form or fashion, what really struck me was the fact that in about 10-15 years (which will be here before we know it), many of these women who were featured in her documentary (30-40 somethings) will be just entering into their 50’s–possibly still unmarried and in many cases, childless.

For the past couple of years or so, mainstream media has been taking notice of the fact that Black women have been leading men both on college campuses and in the world of entrepreneurship. While this has been cause for many historical reasons to celebrate, I just wonder sometimes what the overall impact will be on this crop of women who spent a lifetime building a career, but no one really to share it with. This was just one of the unanswered questions raised in the documentary.

Foster kids: They do grow up you know

Do a simple Google search on Black kids in foster care in this country and you will easily discover that our children make up a significant percentage of the system. Now we can argue over the reasons why that number is so high, but the fact of the matter is that much of the future of the Black community is in is being shaped and raised by government.

As a person who has worked in the non-profit sector for a number of years helping children, I can attest to the difficulties many non-profits are having across the country getting Black men involved in helping to alleviate this problem (yes there are Black men out there that are involved, but unfortunately the size of this problem has put these few solders at a disadvantage when looking at the ratios). What is the Black community going to look like in the years ahead when a entire generation of parentless Black children reach adulthood?

Things worth thinking about.

  1. nista206 says:

    I’m pretty concerned about both of these situations…. I’m 26 & single, & though I try to be optimistic, there is the possibility that I will turn into one of those 30-something women that are successful but single…..

    Ironically, I’ve already decided that if I don’t get married, I’m going to adopt children; preferably here & not across the damn world like these celebs are doing now.

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