Geoffrey Canada explores, through passionately observed storytelling, what we are truly telling our boys about manhood. He lays out the little-understood and intertwined history of drugs and marketing to inner-city boys, a history that has led to consumption levels of forties and blunts that are excessive beyond excuse. Canada takes a hard look at the issues of too-early sex and, through a pointed story of his own sexual education on the streets, reminds us that the combination of the same old urges with new cultural forces and mores has resulted in a volatile sexual terrain for boys. He writes indelibly of the young boy he once was, one desperately needing a father's love, and of the crucial issues--fatherhood, mentors, self-esteem, faith, healing, and more--that must be negotiated as boys reach up for manhood. A moving and revelatory report by a dedicated father and gifted child advocate.
Geoffrey Canada is president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone in New York City, which President Barack Obama called an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children. Canada has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people of 2011 for his work in child advocacy. He is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun.