My friend in my head, life coach/author/speaker Shanel Cooper-Sykes was on a panel last night entitled, “Why Black Men Don’t Get Married.” It was hosted by Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant of The Empowerment Temple in Baltimore and streamed live.
Bryant was the moderator who preached a short message before opening the floor for questions from the panel. The panel consisted of five women, all of whom were ministers and/or authors (not sure why no men were on the panel). Below I share some tidbits of advice from the panel based on random questions from the audience.
Note: These quotes are not all-inclusive, and I’ve interjected a few notes. Unfortunately I did not catch the names of all the panelists, so in fairness, I will not credit anyone at this time.
Men are not getting married because women are not requiring it. We are giving a man everything of ourselves and not requiring anything in return. [Daree's note: not requiring does not mean the same thing as not asking.] Stop shacking. Make requirements and put them on a list.