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Over the years, she has gone from being a punchline to a glamorous, independent icon.
Artists like Beyonce Knowles champion "Single Ladies," and movies like "Something New" make the case for successful, single women maintaining high standards. But in reality, one group of women has found it harder to leverage professional success into the model personal life. Over the past few decades, black women in America have made historic strides academically and professionally.
According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, at least 60 percent of black students who get awarded college degrees are women. Black women make up 71 percent of black graduate students. According to a recent Yale study, 42 percent of African-American women have yet to be married, compared to only 23 percent of white women. There's also a gap in s. The U. Census counted 1.
But is the successful, single black woman a matter of statistics, or are there other more controversial factors at hand? The piece sparked an outpouring of praise and criticism.
Some viewers praised "Nightline" for covering an overlooked issue, while others found the topic offensive. She says she needs a man. I would love to have a man in my life to help me raise my son. Reid, who keeps her age under lock and key, still hopes that she can find a black man to partner up with. I really think that black men and black women need to actually discuss this, and get past all the anger that exists between us.
Both Shepherd and Reid argued that statistics, unfaithful partners, intimidation and stereotypes play a large role in why there are more single black women. Harper said that black women and men need to learn how to communicate. The risk, he said, was "destroying the black family. Izrael is author of "The Denzel Principal," a controversial book that says black women are searching for a prototypical man who only exists in their imaginations. Because they are looking for this ideal that couldn't possibly exist.
The debate took place at the Porter Sanford Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, a hotbed of black culture, style and professionalism.
I understand manhood inside and out. I'm not," said Shepherd, prior to the debate.
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