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?
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.