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EMERGING ADRIAN N. CARTER
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Leadership is the bridge that helps connect the gap between a problem and a solution. In this manuscript, the author presents The Ellison Model, “a conceptual framework that focuses on relationships with a holistic alternative method of delivering programs and services from a context of inclusive community building.” The Ellison Model has five foci: inclusion, multicultural appreciation, mentorship, conflict resolution, and relationship building. These foci build leaders and teams that will solve problems in the least destructive way possible. The Ellison Model’s insistence on inclusion and embrace of multiculturalism makes it the perfect model for leadership in the 21st century.

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What do men want when it comes to love, marriage, and family? While the answer to this question is often skewed to something more dubious, they want the same things as women. Men want to feel loved, cherished, and supported to name a few. However, the social construct of gender roles is overwhelmingly incongruent and saturated with relationship-ending conflict brought on by mounting expectations to meet unattainable standards. Many men struggle in relationships as they are challenged to meet the standards of a world that has already prescribed what manhood and masculinity ought to be.

 

This book aims to undo many of the misleading concepts used to historically prop up patriarchal beliefs by addressing the roles of religion, economics, politics, socialization, and the intrapersonal development of men and women. These social constructs play an important role in hampering the emotional and spiritual growth of men as husbands, fathers, and leaders. Using snapshots from my personal story of marriage, divorce, and fatherhood, this book is a heart-to-heart discussion about loving, leading, conflict resolution, and uprooting the miseducation of men and masculinity to help you prepare to get married and make it last.

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In this open letter to Black men and women, we take the focus off the proverbial "white man" and talk about what we can control. I have a simple belief: when you control what you can, you are preparing what you cannot control to eventually be in your control. Doing so begins with a courageous conversation about the intra- personal and interpersonal commitment Black men and women need to undergo to protect and improve the family nucleus and overcome the fragility toward being accountable.

Unaccountability is a plague against the human will. Black people cannot continue to be unaccountable for their contribution to the dissolution of our Black communities. Otherwise, you point blame elsewhere and remain profoundly stagnant and spiritually and economically impoverished as a people. We must do better where we can.

Please understand, if you do not self-identify as a Black person, be advised this book is not intended for you. You can put it down. However, if you decide to continue reading, understand no part of this book is intended for non-Black people to weaponize against Black people. Instead, be reflective of systemic racism and the exhaustive list of injustices that have contributed to the plight of Black people throughout the United States of America and the world at large.