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Is Barack Obama The New Black Role Model?

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Is Barack Obama The New Black Role Model?

Is Barack Obama The New Black Role Model?

Is Barack Obama The New Black Role Model?

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Whether they like it or not, athletes, actors and musicians are often role models for kids. Now, it's possible some young black men will look up to President Barack Obama instead. But will his Ivy League resume resonate as much as the backgrounds of ball players and rappers?

Guests:

Marjorie Valbrun, author of "The New Black Manhood," published on TheRoot.com

Byron Hurt, writer and director of Barack and Curtis

Kenneth Carroll, site director for Heads Up, an academic enrichment and mentoring program at Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C.