The current state of the union for Black men is clearly a scary time. We are being gunned down in the streets and when we raise our hads to protest our thoughts and fears are being minimized. We are looked at as less than human. Our culture is looked at as being monolithic. America does not recognize that our lives are no different than theirs yet we are constantly dehumanized. This anthology of stories was created to present us as intelligent men with life challenges similar to every other man. You don't hear about black men that suffer from PTSD, mental health challenges, career obstacles. The stories that we have shared put a human face on the black male. These stories can help others that may have experienced similar obstacles and have others develop a more personal look at the human side of being a black man. We are sharing these thoughts because our stories have true value and need to be heard.