Time To Stop Lactating

Time To Stop Lactating

Stop taking care of grown men. It only enables them to not face their adulthood and take care of their responsibilities.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

Goodbye to the ‘Hood

Goodbye to the ‘Hood

We stand at the headwaters of a momentous time in our nation’s history. But not all African-Americans are availing themselves of this modern-day New Deal. Many still identify much too strongly with the long-standing constrictions of the past.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

Moving Away From The ‘Hood: Quick, Fast, And In A Hurry!

Moving Away From The ‘Hood: Quick, Fast, And In A Hurry!

Are you still waiting for some program or some leader to come down your street, knock on your door, and lift you out of your circumstances? Are you still waiting for (Hoping for; Praying for) Reparations, so you can “finally get on your feet?” HA! Guess what? IT AIN’T HAPPENING!

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

A Colorblind American Dream

A Colorblind American Dream

We are no longer a monolith of thwarted and unattained dreams. Many advancers do not believe that marching is the most effective avenue to change. They neither feel the need to march nor care to watch the marchers limp by. For them, economic, political, and social advancement have been realized, and civil rights have become (rightfully so) a secondary or tertiary concern.The promise of upward mobility has dis-placed the obliqueness of civil rights. With good schools, jobs, homes, and futures attainable, getting into corporate boardrooms and desirable neighborhoods have, for many, supplanted marches, sit-ins, and rhetoric.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

The New Notion of Black Individuality

The New Notion of Black Individuality

The notion that mammoth distinctions exist among black people is probably a point of confusion for many people. Black individuality is a relatively new notion, and at odds with traditional and popular thought related to the history of black Americans in this nation. The term itself grates dissonantly with long-held held beliefs about the nature and priorities of black people. Until very recently, all of us—even black persons—had become accustomed to the perception of black Americans as one relatively invariant group.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

The Codependence of the Black Collective

The Codependence of the Black Collective

American history is replete with periods (e.g., slavery, Jim Crow, separate but equal) that contributed to thwart the progress of its black citizens. This fact is undeniable and not remotely debatable. What is debatable, however, is how particular black citizens and particular black families responded to these periods. The responses made (then and now) characterize and demarcate the line between black advancers and black delayers.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

Overachievers Are Not "Black Enough" for the Black Community

Overachievers Are Not "Black Enough" for the Black Community

Children are not born with racist and separatist ideas. They learn them, from role models steeped in past separatism and past racism. Accordingly, chil­dren do not live in a world characterized by the same racism and separatism of our past. No longer are differences between people highlighted in children’s minds and reinforced through state and federal law. Children, black or other­wise, exist in a world that is not the same as a generation or two ago. Of course, strongholds of racism and separatism still exist. But I believe these strongholds are exceedingly few in reality, and predominate only in our retroactive minds.



Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

The Ghosts of Civil Right's Past

The Ghosts of Civil Right's Past

Where do I fit in? How am I supposed to be? To whom do I look for answers? Generation after generation, such fundamental questions of being human are faced by adolescents. The answers that they arrive at go far in affecting their eventual self-concept and identity. Tragically, for most black children born in the United States, race has historically commandeered the lion’s share of their answers.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

Humans in a Box Labeled "Black"

Humans in a Box Labeled "Black"

Our blackness, my blackness, their blackness, and your blackness trap us by color. Be black, think black, buy black, and stay black—all of these trap us in thought and deed. We are relegated to a box labeled “black.” We become and are forced to be colors—not humans with individual souls but objects con­stricted by the overinclusiveness of color.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.

One Big Dysfunctional Family

One Big Dysfunctional Family

Without question, the most critical and pressing issue facing a black family today is our need to become individuals—to release ourselves from our racial yokes marks the end of our centuries-long journey toward freedom.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.