I understand that Dr. Cosby has gotten some 'grief" from the African-American community for his frankness in this book.Well, I really cannot see why. This is not just a manifesto about rearing black youth, but about bringing up young people to be responsible, law-abiding citizens in the face of media (music, films, etc.) that glorify violence and misogyny.Dr. Cosby's premises about personal responsibility and the importance of making good choices should be taught to all parents, and enforced with all young people. I think we would find the world a much better place if kids are taught the importance of a first job -- yes, even flipping burgers, which some teens today consider "beneath them" despite having no work experience.This book holds up the mirror of reality and I guess some people do not like what they see. Perhaps they should give the book another read?