Summary Of Hill Harper's Stereotypes

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Maybe all that taping of CSI: NY caused Hill Harper to miss the popular memo de stereotype: Young black men don't read. So devoting 173 pages of words to them probably isn't the smartest idea. Then again, actors aren't exactly known for smarts are they?

Odds are, you'll remember Harper from his role as the blonde-haired Black boy who's trying to come up in 1999's In Too Deep starring LL Cool J and Omar Epps. But that was a movie, fiction. In real life--in fact, Hill Harper's smart. He's smart enough to understand that maybe the reason too many young black men aren't minding books is because there aren't too many books written with them in mind. And while it takes no degree from Harvard to Sherlock that one-one of Harper's one, two, three Ivy-league degrees hails from that university.
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STDs, however, well, let's just say Harper's raw with his experiences in this book he candidly answers what he says, "are all the questions I have been asked numerous times by young men." Despite much of the actor's advice reading like common sense adages, it's written with such a positive tone that one won't mind advice like "Use school. Don't let school use you." From, girls, drugs, sex, the importance of education, consumerism, being-raised by a single parent, choices, money matters, dealing with other people, and everyday struggles Letters permeates with relevance for young brothers on the come up of

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