"What does being a Black man in America in 2011 mean? It means understanding who you really are. Not the media’s image. Not the thug life image. Not what others call you. It means understanding that you are exactly where God wanted you to be placed. It means understanding that your ancestors smile on you daily if you are living the good and righteous life, being authentically you. It means knowing that its not what others call you, its what you answer to. It means being American African so you can connect with the Senegalese African, the Jamaican African, the Chicago African, the Mississippi African, the ATL African, the West Oakland African, the East Oakland African…"- Baba Gregory Hodge, lawyer & educator. Father & West Oakland African.