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Currently starring in CSI: NY, Hill Harper has appeared in numerous prime- time television shows and feature films, including Beloved and He Got Game. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He was recently named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

Your book, The Conversation, addresses the tumultuous relationships between men and women in the African American community. What do you feel is the community’s biggest problem regarding the lack of long-lasting relationships?

I think our biggest problem is lack of real, honest communication between Black men and Black women. A lot of men talk amongst men, and a lot of women speak amongst women. I believe that in order to solve the issues, we have to start speaking to each other.

Why should people read your book? What do you feel you have to offer others as a single, unmarried man?

Part of the book is me reflecting on my own journey and asking if I am actually a part of the problem as a single man. It’s a self-exploration that broadens as I interview others. The Conversation will hopefully touch on issues that will move people to want to strengthen communication and look to each other for solutions. I think a lot of relationship books are written from the standpoint of “Here are the rules: if you do this, or follow this rule you can get a man....(etc.)” But they ignore answering the fundamental questions: “What are the roots of the problem? And what is really going on between Black men and Black women?”

How do you see the African-American community changing over the next few years in terms of relationships?

Only 30% of African-American children are being raised in two-parent households. Once we put a stop to this climb on the increase in single-parent households, we can see relationships changing. At least we know we’re attempting a partnership and that’s the beginning.

The more conversations, the more friendships and lasting relationships can result.

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