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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, November 4, 2010
This review is from: The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships (Paperback)
It's hard to find a good relationship book with good sound advice. But I really enjoyed this book and I learned a few things. But I have to be honest......When I was half-way through the book, my opinion was completely different than what it is now. I was starting to think this was just another Black relationship book telling Black women how horrible they were at relationships. A lot of these Black relationship books like to tell us how we're boring, mean or have attitudes. And I was starting to feel like this book was heading in that direction. Because honestly I felt like most of the chapters were written for women. There was maybe one sentence or one paragraph written for men in each chapter. But something told me to keep reading and stick it out. So I did. And Hill totally changed my opinion of the book with his chapter titled, "Man Up." Finally, a chapter that addressed the real issues in the Black community. The Black men.
*NEWSFLASH LADIES* It's not us. To all the Black women reading this review, do not let society make you feel incopentent or lost. I know plenty of mean, boring, crazy white women that have husbands. Don't let these books (Not talking about "The Conversation" book) tell you that something is wrong with YOU. It's not YOU. The real issue is the lack of Black men and the destruction of the Black female/male relationship.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2012 7:15:42 PM PDT
Power Trip says:
Butta25,

I respectfully disagree with you. As a 38 year old African American woman, I realize that we have contributed to the destruction of the Black female/male relationship. This is not a situation that men created on their own. We must be responsible for our own actions and choices. I know that we as Black women don't want to be told that we are always angry and have negative attitudes, but often times it is true. We tend to have our defenses up all of the time, always ready to challenge any attack. The problem is, we are not always under attack. We also act based upon assumptions and not facts.

I have also noticed that a lot of Black women who are single mothers raising boys tend to treat their sons as pseudo-boyfriends. That is why we end up with Black men who revere their mothers, but no other Black women.

There are issues on both sides that must be addressed. It is immature to point the finger at men and blame them for all of our community's problems. Like Dr. Phil says, we can't address what we don't acknowledge. I acknowledge that I have some issues that have hindered past romantic relationships with men, and even friendships with women. I hope that at some point you are able to acknowledge the areas where you need to improve so that you can help others do the same.
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