In today’s society, there is a preconceived notion surrounding the definition behind a male and a man. Many of us have a hard time differentiating the two believing they are the same. However, Emmy Award-nominated actor Dondré Whitfield challenges this sentiment in his latest release, Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World. The book takes a deep dive into the complexities, nuances, and cultural ideas surrounding manhood.
“Men are healthy and productive servant-leaders who bring positive change to their communities. Males are self-serving and stuck in negative cycles that we hear and read about daily,” he explained.
The inspiration behind this playbook stemmed from many hard-earned lessons, including past relationships within himself, others, and his father. A complex father and son dynamic always in limbo due to Dondré’s father’s inconsistent presence throughout his entire life. Looking back, Dondré realizes and often emphasizes that “You do not have to be fathered by your biological, but you do have to be fathered. Every MAN needs a MAN.”