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Dahkil Hausif & Son, Dahsir. Photo: Alexandra Cespedes

When I moved to Brooklyn from Chicago in 2001 I only knew a hand full of people and honestly, only planned to be here a couple years (yeh, right). Eight years later, I’m blessed to say that I’m surrounded by what I consider to be the best this city has to offer. My cipher is intelligent, inspiring, progressive and might I add, beautiful! I’m always inspired by my friends and today, I’m proud to say that I’ve been moved by a blog post I read on www.cdtbk.com by filmmaker, editor, and father, Dahkil Hausif.

Artwork: Alexandra Cespedes of Cespedes Studios

Appropriately titled “#FAIL,” this post touches on a topic that many women are still trying to understand, and may not be ready to properly address: the lack of men in our community. And no, he’s not referring to the extremely tired discussion about the disproportionate ratio of men vs. women in the Black community. He’s talking about the shortage of real “men.” Following is an excerpt:

“The realm of social networking is quite interesting at times. At times. Most of the time it’s filled with people’s thoughts and ideas about all sorts of random things: what you were eating for lunch, vacation pictures, interpersonal conversations that have evolved from passing notes in school – to the telephone at home after school – to cell phones outside of home – to texting – and now passing notes on either twitter or Face Book. Again, at times, you come across something quite interesting.

So amidst the clutter I saw this message from my brother Netic via Twitter:

I apologize to every Woman in the world. My heart Cries! We have left you a world with far too little Warriors, and even fewer Men. #sorry  – @NeticRebel

Seems like a very random thing to announce to the world (or at least the world that follows Netic), but then he followed it up with a twit explaining the reason for his disdain. But by then I had already seen several people post a link to the source of his troubles…”

To read Dahkil’s entire post on the Coup d’etat Brooklyn blog, please click here. I promise you won’t regret it. Have an amazing weekend and be inspired!

As a New York City beauty PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

Kamari says:

Renae, I just have to say thank you so much for doing what you do! Posts like these are inspiring, enlightening and truly remind all of us about why we are here–we have a purpose and you bring light to that!

Carmen says:

Thanks for introducing me to another quality blog!

Michi Chassagne says:

I read his post the other day and it really touched my heart. i accept the appeal. We MUST stay involved with the youth and community. Our boys and girls need to know we care. A nurturing spirit goes a long way.

Sherie says:

Thanks for sharing, In Her Shoes!

Rachel says:

It’s great to know that the women in our community aren’t the only ones hurting from this situation. More men like Dahkil and Netic need to stand up and speak out on this and all of the other senseless acts that we see and hear about daily.

Rachel says:

Beautiful!

Candace says:

Thanks so much for featuring this. The blog is called “In Her Shoes” yet you’re not limited to just discussing issues from a woman’s point of view. I appreciate and respect Dahkil’s wisdom and will also add his blog to my list of daily reads.

Bless!