A Good Black Man

by Memphis Vaughan, Jr.

You say you can't find a good black man
And how life's unfair and mean
How many times have I heard that?
Let me break it down to you my queen

How many brothas have you overlooked
With your "strong black woman" attitude?
How many black men have you rebuffed
By being indifferent and rude?

How many sensitive and caring men
Have you labeled as being "so boring?"
How many hard-working black men
Will you just keep on ignoring?

Hey, my strong black sistas
It's okay to have confidence and pride
But don't mistreat that new guy
Because your last man lied

Be cautious and leave the past behind
Give that latest guy a fresh new start
With kindness, honesty, humor and trust
That's the only way to a real man's heart

Be mindful of the playa's game
When he woos you with his Lex
While you're busy falling in love
He may only be thinking sex

Remember he knows how to run his game
Don't be fooled by the smoothness and charm
Just give that good brotha a chance
He'll be straight, no games, no harm

When the playa has sexed and played you
And moved on to his next prey
That reliable Nubian brotha
Will be there for you each day

That quiet, overlooked guy
May secretly be longing for you
Still waters run deep they often say
That brotha will always be true

If you just give him that opening
He, too, can wine and dine you
Some things you may have to teach him
But, you might learn something, too

To all my strong black sistas,
be sexy, be smart, be strong,
Forget the games and attitudes
With that you can't go wrong

A Good Black Man by Memphis Vaughan, Jr.

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