"New Black Masculinities."

Dr. Johnson is the creator of two blogs: the first is "New Black Masculinities." He is the developer of the concept of Black Masculinism, and uses the site to delineate its meaning through reflections on current events.

"Black Gnosticism, Media, and Reflections on Contemporary Blackness" 

The second blog is the Black Gnostic blog entitled, "Black Gnosticism, Media, and Reflections on Contemporary Blackness" contains ruminations on Black esoteric/metaphysical modes of knowing, consciousness, retained African knowledge systems, and the

divinity of the self.


Below are a shortlist of posts on both blogs listed chronologically. Feel free to comment on the blog site!



“My Thoughts On Surviving R. Kelly” OR “What If R. Kelly Were A Black Woman?” 

Posted on January 6, 2019

“Black Men’s Big Concussion: Gross Capitalism, Sports Entertainment, and Sub-Prime Corruption – Part 2” A Black Masculinist Film Review of ‘The Big Short’

Posted on January 14, 2016


I watched both films back to back, and left the theater more resolved about helping people have compassion for men.

“A Message to Isolated Black Men”

Posted on December 14, 2015


“Let me tell you something. A man ain’t a goddamn ax. Chopping, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day. Things get to him. Things he can’t chop down because they’re inside.” – Toni Morrison, Beloved

“Black Men’s Big Concussion: Gross Capitalism, Sports Entertainment, and Sub-Prime Corruption – Part 1” A Black Masculinist Film Review of ‘Concussion’

Posted on January 11, 2016


An economy based on socialized losses and privatized gains must rely on the distraction of gladiatorial games to keep mass dissent at bay.

“Are Black Alpha Males Still Needed?: Socialization, Emasculation, and Media in the Contemporary Era”

Posted on November 23, 2015


They’ve been targeted for erasure for a variety of reasons, most especially because Black alpha males are considered a threat…

"A Quick Reflection on Social Class and Dating in the Black Community…"

Posted on October 20, 2015


I frequently read these articles (see below) that are targeted toward sisters to point out their struggles, but seldom see them written for black males. Whether to explain how widespread and systemic black male oppression is (or the telling difference in why our sister’s oppression is so different that they do not recognize ours); or to explain why even when you do have a graduate degree and a comparable job, you might still make less (and take longer) to reach financial parity with many sisters–only to STILL have her treat you like the social pariah who lives with his mother…

"The Ballot or the Bullet: Defining the Scope of Black Male Participation and Hyper-Vulnerability in the New Radical Activism"

Posted on September 19, 2015


Today’s wave of radical activism was ultimately inspired by anti-Black male racism and Black male youth death, namely, Trayvon Martin, but the reality that brash confrontations with law enforcement could further expose already-vulnerable Black males further is not centered in the movement, and I find it concerning to say the least. And no, I don’t believe that Black women somehow aren’t risking their lives and their family’s welfare by standing up in pronounced numbers, but I do think our risk differs—and the data bears that out. 

“Black Male Privilege in One Hand and Bull$#! in the Other, Which One Fills Up First?: Challenging the Myth of Black Male Privilege”

Posted: September 5, 2015 


In recent years, assumptions of Black Male Privilege have permeated discussions about identity, power, and oppression in Black gender discourses. Hell, in my feminist classes throughout graduate school, the concept was all the rage, as was a healthy skepticism of empirical data. Data was “skewed,” “unreliable,” and “subject to manipulation,” but as much as it can be true that every pundit can spin data to suit their argument, I found out the hard way that so, too, is it true that ideology can be just as misguided and manipulated.

“A Quick Statement About

Progressive Black Masculinity”

Posted: August 17, 2015


As defined by feminists, progressive masculinity generally refers to a practice that challenges systems of gendered, androcentric, patriarchal domination. Yet progressive masculinity as defined by Black Masculinists suggest that dominating others need not be a central feature of masculinity. In fact, it often has not been, historically, for shifting demographic populations of differently configured Black men...

"Racial-Sexism, Gendered-Colorism, Desensitization, and Black Masculinity:

Why Black Males Need to Identify Racial-Sexism Against Them”

Posted: July 20, 2015 


I decided to write this piece because on an almost daily basis, I see Black males endure sexism, but because there is little vocabulary on what sexism looks like for them, it goes ignored. In fact, most people have no sense that it impacts Black males at all. More to the point, Black males…

Dr. T. Hasan Johnson & Black Masculinity in the 21st Century

Posted: November 14, 2014


Lecture given on November 13, 2014 at Fresno State… 


Stories about Black men wanted!

Posted: November 11, 2014



I'm writing a book on Black men and masculinity, and I'd like your input. As some of you know, I'm a widower. I noticed after my wife died how much more difficult things became--but in a unique kind of way... People started to treat me more and more…

What the Hell is a Black Male Feminist, Anyway? An Online Debate…

Posted: September 22, 2014


If you missed the debate on Janice Graham's Our Common Ground last night, then you missed a historic moment. Drs. Tommy J. Curry and David E. Ikard debated the concept of Black Male Feminism and assessed its potential, validity, and moral fortitude. More to the point, they discussed feminism's… 

“From Amadou Diallo to Mike Brown: Challenging the Institutionalized Profitization of Black Male Hatred in Law Enforcement, Media, and Extremist Black Feminism” 

Posted: August 16, 2014


This shit is hard to write. Even as I read about the apparent suicide of one of my favorite actors and comedians, Robin Williams, I could only picture the recent killing of Mike Brown of Ferguson, MO. Robin Williams’ death impacted me because he was such a vibrant part of our media life for…


“Was Stephen A. Smith Right?:
The Domestic Abuse of Men” 

Posted: July 30, 2014


*New post-script at the very bottom. Stephen A. Smith's (pictured left in the video above) recent comments about women provoking their own domestic abuse in relationships represents men's inability to talk about gender. In essence, men have not developed a relationship with gender discourses… 

“13 Lenses from My Meditation” 

Posted: June 28, 2014


These came to me in a recent meditation. They are like lenses you can use to see certain things more clearly. 1) Investment clarifies... If you want to clarify the nature of your relationship to something, it will undoubtedly require an investment of your… 

“Dissecting Elliot Rodgers: Gendered Death, Racial Confusion, and Entitlement” 

Posted: May 31, 2014 


“Men do not naturally, not love. They learn not to…” Matt Bomer as Felix Turner, The Normal Heart

Entitlement and Gender Discourse Inclusion
I wasn’t going to write about Santa Barbara because I can’t always keep up in this blog with world events, but when I saw that people were still discussing it I figured I’d respond. More than that, I really had some things to say that I’m not hearing discussed. But before I get started, I should say why I’m writing this article...

“Committing Privilege Suicide: Nigeria’s Missing Girls and Incinerated Boys [A Black Masculinist Reading of Terrorism in Nigeria]” 

Posted: May 10, 2014 


There’s been much ado lately about the missing 276 young women in Nigeria, and rightly so. The issues and challenges of girls and women are difficult in many contexts, but most especially in regions where imperialism and religious fundamentalism cross swords. In Nigeria, the rise of Boko Haram since 2009 (whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language) as a terrorizing Islamic-Nationalist force...

Disney and Black Masculinities?

Posted: April 19, 2014 


Ok. I have no idea if this is one of those fake webpages where they make up stuff that isn’t true, but I thought it warranted a statement nonetheless…

“Broken African Libraries and the Colonization of Creative Knowledge”

[Warning! Adult graphic material!] 

Posted: March 23, 2014


I recently lectured in class about African enslavement and decided to include the Arab Slave Trade in Africa. I thought it important to address the role of African knowledge in the development of Europe, and the African relationship with Arabs was a useful jumping off point. Essentially, you can… 

“Black Manhood and The Best Man Holiday” 

(A Black Masculinist Film Review)

Posted: November 20, 2013 


I will admit that I am happy to see a spate of Black films that provide a more pronounced display of progressiveness for Black men. It’s refreshing. I recognize that much of it has to do with how President Obama’s demeanor and measured confidence has fascinated a country that didn’t think that Black men possessed such capacity. Interest in Obama raises class and media-influenced  issues around what is “real” Black masculinity (Byron Hurt deals with this brilliantly in the video below):

“Progressive Black Masculinity

and Solomon Northup” 

Posted: November 10, 2013


Scholar Athena Mutua wrote a book entitled Progressive Black Masculinities in 2006. The “new” in the title, and in this blog, might be a bit misleading. The new refers to its contrast with previously heralded masculinities, yet it does not mean that there haven’t been progressive men in the past. Mostly, the shift in our preference for a less domineering style of masculinity has been in response to advances in technologies and activism. 

“Heavy D – Progressive Black Masculinity Options” 

Posted: November 4, 2013


Last week I watched the beginning of the new season of TV One’s Unsung, starring rapper Heavy D. I was happy to watch it, and glad to learn more about this brother that I’ve always felt a kinship with but didn’t know why…

“Dadisi Sanyika & American Horror Story: Coven” 

Posted: November 3, 2013


My students have gotten me into watching American Horror Story: Coven this season. Although it's only in the third or so episode, I must admit it's intriguing. It's entertaining...and it deals with the occult. Okay, to be honest, it sensationalizes the occult. One thing I like is Angela Basset's… 

“The History Channel’s “The Bible”… (sigh) Charleton Heston on Easter all over again?” 

Posted: April 1, 2013


Ok. I, as with many of you, watched Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments and the Easter tradition of Jesus of Nazareth every year from my childhood on. I even watched it after I began reading books like The Autobiography of Malcolm X as reported to Alex Haley and Chancellor's Williams'… 

“Gnostic ‘Being’ and Omniscience”

Posted: August 16, 2011 


I have not written for this blog in quite a while. My wife Desiree Lowe-Johnson passed away in 2009 and I have been…in meditation ever since. I have come to understand some things as a result, but offer no absolutes or edicts for any to follow. I can, however, share some observations…some revelations I’ve had.