Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) August 21, 2006 -- The new online community website [http://www.umojamix-blackpeoplemeet.com] is the first to bring Black men and women together for the sole purpose of improving gender relations within the Black community. In an effort to bring understanding to why only 40% of Black adults marry, UmojaMix proudly presents the eBook, Withholding the Ring - Professional Black Men Explain the Marriage Delay. Over a period of two years, 50 professional Black men were interviewed to help bring light to why educated, successful Black adults are following the same low marriage rate trends as lower income and under-educated segments of the Black community. The author, Debbie Wright, held a series of roundtable discussions where the men revealed their fears, concerns, hopes and dreams regarding their relationships with Black women. A range of men from major cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Miami and Houston let down their guard to let women into the truth about their marriage shy ways.
What makes Withholding the Ring so unique is that it is Black men speaking for themselves, in their own words, on issues of race, sex, religion and other factors that affect their intimate relationships with women. The men are explicit and open about why they choose to remain single for so long. However, the majority of these men expressed a desire to marry and offer advice on how more Black couples could get to 'The Ring'.
âI now have greater awareness of how my behavior has affected women I've been involved with, and after these discussions I am committing myself to changeâ. BERNARD SCHIMDT --ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANT
âThe UmojaMix website and the Withholding the Ring Ebook are important and informative resources for anyone seeking how to form better, lasting relationships. This is exactly what we need.â CASSANDRA BELLABE --PROFESSOR - BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The creator of UmojaMix and author of Withholding the Ring is available for telephone interview. Please contact her at 310-447-4923 to schedule a time that is convenient. A video session of the first Withholding the Ring roundtable discussion will soon be available online at [http://www.umojamix-blackpeoplemeet.com]. Review copies of the eBook are available upon request.
Withholding the Ring is not just for women. There were several roundtable discussion groups that brought the men and women together to iron out their grievances and work together to build stronger relationships. This ebook appeals to both single Black men and women that want to bridge the gender communication gap and form loving relationships that result in marriage.