As a society we are bombarded with faceless and stereotyped images of African-American men: as athletes, entertainers, criminals and victims. Yet black men's own words have been left out of the debate about themselves. Through the voices of some of today's most prominent African-American writers, this text explores the intimate territory beyond the myths about brutalizing and the brutalized black men in a white world. It reveals the contemporary African-American from the vantage point of his own life. The text is a celebration and interrogation of black maleness, survival and spirit.