Barack Obama and Steph Curry Talk Manhood at MBK Rising!
At the launch of his foundation’s MBK Rising! in Oakland on Tuesday, former President Barack Obama talked about obstacles he had to overcome during his childhood. Obama praised single mothers, including his own. He advised the boys to look for a mentor and find opportunities to guide others. He was joined by Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry. "What we do on the court and the joy that comes out of that is second to none,'' Curry said, adding, "because nothing great is done by yourself.'' Obama made the audience -- and Curry -- laugh when asked a question about being a man. He said that being a man is about being a good person and being someone who is responsible, reliable, hard-working, and compassionate. Being a man, he said, is not about life as portrayed in some rap or hip-hop music. "If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don't have to have eight women around you twerking,'' Obama said to applause. "'Cause I've got one woman who I'm very happy with. And she's a strong woman.'' Obama and Curry spoke candidly for more than an hour about wide-ranging topics such as the importance of male role models, school discipline, policing Black communities, self-confidence, music, and manhood. The initiative was a call for communities to close the opportunity gaps for African American, Latino, and Native American boys and men. The My Brother's Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation. More here.