featuring the work of Nordette Adams

The following poem on this video below is NOT the poem "All About Black Men." However, the poem "Misery" does address an ongoing problem in America in general and one impacting some segments of the black community in particular.


If a search engine sent you to this page, then it's possible that you were seeking poetry in praise of black men, poetry about the struggle of black men and boys, or possibly some kind of erotica. Some people even arrive here because they seek racist material with which to accuse black men of something evil.

A search engine would send you to this page whether you seek positive material or negative material because the poem "All About Black Men" by Nordette Adams has elements related to such topics—not material to be used against black men but it mentions the kinds of rhetoric some people use to demean black men—however, for a number of reasons the poem is no longer online. It contains adult language and is difficult for some people to comprehend. In addition, it is not a poem for the prudish because it uses and is based in part on actual keywords the poet observed people using in 2005 and 2006 to find erotic material or racist material about African-American men on the Internet when they arrived at her page of positive poetry about black men called "Kings and Kindreds." As a result, the poem "All About Black Men" contains sexual words and political concepts.

Coincidentally, the poem also includes a line about Barack Obama, even though he had not yet announced his intent to run for the presidency when the poem was written. "All About Black Men" mentions him as a positive role model who should draw more attention than the degrading black male stereotypes associated with negative key words.

To protect younger readers from casually accessing the text and also to prevent people from misusing the text, the poet had decided all readers need to jump through a hoop before proceeding, and for a time she gave out a password to people who wanted to read the poem. She has since then decided to restrict all access to the poem. Sorry.