Frederick Joseph on Patriarchy Blues

Frederick Joseph joins the Reckon Interview to discuss his new bestseller “Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood.” You may know Frederick as the force behind the Black Panther project, the effort that raised over one million dollars to help young Black children see Black Panther in theaters. He led a similar effort for young girls to see Captain Marvel. He raised funds to help people pay their rent during the early days of the pandemic shutdown. He’s poured a lot into the community.
His first book The Black Friend has become one of those books about race that’s getting banned in school districts across the country. Frederick’s not afraid to confront big issues. And he’s not afraid to confront his own demons either.
Patriarchy Blues is filled with essays that breakdown his ideas on what it means to be a man in America. The false binaries that we choose to accept between masculine and feminine traits. And the ways in which we’re all liberated if embrace womanist philosophies to move past some of these tropes. We’re all human beings who should get to experience the full depths of our humanity including chances to cry, laugh, get angry, get hurt, show love, show pain, sing and dance.
There’s something in this conversation for everyone. So I hope you’ll give it a listen and then pick up a copy of Patriarchy Blues.

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