Reclaiming The Image Of Black Men

Good Black Men are indeed all around us. We pass them on the streets, in the malls, and the halls at work. Most we can’t see because we don’t know what a good man really looks like. He usually isn’t flashy enough or rich enough to turn our heads. He might not wear a suit or push a Lexus. He might not have a body like Tyson with a Denzel face. But, as you mature, you realize it’s better to find someone who’s got your back rather than someone who turns your head.

A good man doesn’t agree wholeheartedly with everything you say. He doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear and do the opposite. He doesn’t declare how sensitive, sweet, caring, sincere, etc. he is (he won’t have to because it shows). He has his own opinions and yours may clash, but he doesn’t have to degrade you to prove he’s right. He even admits at times to being wrong, especially if you are willing to do the same.

A good man is not going to meet every item on your checklist. He is human with frailties and faults mixed in with all of his wonderful, strong attributes. He needs your love and respect. He needs to feel that you don’t live to catch him doing something wrong so you can declare, “Aha! I knew you were a dog!”

A good man isn’t insecure about his woman having great achievements. In fact, he is her number one supporter and becomes disappointed with her when she begins to lose herself, especially for the sake of not hurting his feelings, or only wanting to make him happy. His happiness comes with seeing her excel in her dreams and accomplishing her goals. For as she excels and is exalted, a good woman will bring her good man right along with her.

A good man doesn’t necessarily give you a huge birthday or Valentine’s gift. He shows his love in the ways that are comfortable to him. Don’t judge him by TV standards. No one is really living a fairy tale. You’ll miss out on your own fairy tale by buying into the myth that our men are no good. It’s just not true.

A good black man is a man of his word. He says what he means and means what he says. His word is his bond. He never leaves you wondering if he is going to call or show up – he is dependable. A good black man has a love and a heart for God. As his relationship and love with and for God grows so will his relationship and love with and for you grow… Our beautiful black men we salute you, appreciate you and thank you for who you are and all you’ve done.

Pass this along to some of the Good Black Men you know and a few women that need to read it … So that they can recognize a good black man.



 A Sr./Mr. Black Sacramento contestant must be:

  • A natural born male
  • Never convicted of a felony
  • Between the ages of 18 to 40 (Mr.) and 41 to 60 (Sr.)
  • A resident of the Sacramento Region.
  • Of good character, physical fitness, intelligence and confidence.

  A JR. Black Sacramento contestant must be:

  • A natural born male
  • Never convicted of a felony
  • Between the ages of 13 to 17
  • Never married and no children
  • A resident of the  Sacramento Region.
  • Must be attending or returning to school during the academic year in which the contest occurs.

  Areas Of Competition

Each contestant for Mr. and  Jr. Black Sacramento must compete in the following segments:

       Mr. Black Sacramento

  • Interview                                                                                                                               30 points
  • Beachwear/Physique (Jr. Black Sacramento will not compete in the segment)       10  points
  • Talent                                                                                                                                    20  points
  • Community Involvement                                                                                                   20  points
  • Formalwear                                                                                                                          20  points

Bonus points:   Community support                                                                                         25 points 

                                                                                                                                          Total :   125 points
 Community Support will be measured by any combination of the selling of advertisements, calendar, patrons for the program book and/or of tickets to the contest. Any contestant receiving $450 in community support will receive and extra 25 bonus points.


      Jr. Black Sacramento

  1.   Interview                                30 points
  2.   Talent                                     20 points
  3.   Formalwear                           20 points
  4.   Community Involvement    20 points
  5.    Written Essay                       10 points
  6.  Community Support              25 points        
  7.                                   Total :    125 points


Prizes include but are not limited to:

  • $500.00 cash prize for Sr./ Mr. Black Sacramento and $250.00 scholarship award to Jr. Black Sacramento
  • Formalwear prizes
  • Trophies


As a contestant, your responsibilities include the following:

  • In order to be qualified for the final competition each contestant will be responsible for selling a total of 10 tickets to family and friends.
  • Preparing for the areas of competition, including obtaining wardrobe/costuming for: Formal wear, swim wear and talent.

Contestants are encourage to seek local sponsorship (local businesses, family and friends) to defray some of their cost.

The winner of Mr. and Jr. Black Sacramento will serve as the competition ambassador for a period of one year, presenting great promotional opportunities.

To become a potential contestant you must register for auditions. Auditions will be held April  18th at Sojourner Truth Museum from 6pm to 8pm #126 , 2251 Florin Rd.

Audition Registration fee: $10.00 (checks or money orders should be paid to Sojourner Truth Museum. Address 2251 Florin Rd, #126. Sacramento, Ca. 95822

In addition to a registration fee of $10.00 each Jr. Black Sacramento contestant will be required to attach a one-page typed essay discussing the topic provided with their audition application.  Essays will be judged on organization,relevancy and development of theme.

The topic for this year is “How do you define success as a black man in America".