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The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men

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"Sisters decry the shortage of good men and say there is no way she is settling for less than a good Black man. Not just a good one, but the BEST one: Denzel Washington. She, of course, has no idea what that means, what she wants or what a good Black man truly looks like." –from The Denzel Principle

The Denzel Principle is the belief that the perfect man—in the form of Denz
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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this was some funny cynical stuff. its what i expected from jimi izrael. i was pleased. not at the sentiment of the book, but i like his prose. his disillusionment with dating black women screams from the time you reach page one. and its little wonder considering how bad he was/is at choosing them. i appreciate him discussing the origins of his views which like his commentary of EVERYTHING else reminds me of the professor from pymgallion.

i do enjoy his social critic; especially these gems about
Jul 01, 2010 Shanae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
Jimi Izrael is, unfortunately, a scorned man who found a publisher with St. Martin's Press. Unfortunately, Izrael puts out a bunch of problems he finds with Black women, who he says bash Black men with inaccurate sweeping generalizations. Here are some of his:

"Black women don't do our women the way they do us."

"People talk shit, but numbers don't lie. According to smart white folks who know, two-thirds of all black marriages end in divorce, creating whole neighborhoods of single-parent families,
I didn't like it - blames mostly the woman for almost all of the relationship problems. The only 'advice' that might be worthwhile was "don't try to make your man into your own personal Denzel."
Keith Reed
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It must suck being Jimi Izrael. All the man wanted to do was offer his take on relationships between black men and women. The problem is that his work on relationships has been a third rail for a while. To have read it is to know that Izrael operates his pen with the subtlety of a billy club to the back of the head. I’m a firm believer in the idiom that it’s not what you say but how you say it. How Izrael says it is blunt, profane and sometimes outr
Lawrence Tuck
This book was alright. Interesting points of view about a great many things. Expected more of a “documentary” or “interview” type of feel to the book, but most of it seemed to be the author’s opinion, or drew upon his OWN experience/opinion as to what a woman needs/looks for in a man. Again, not quite what I expected. Felt like I did when I read “Act like a lady, think like a man”, that the things he’s speaking of don’t apply to me…….
Tahasti Hopper
this book is one i think most single women need to read to understand that if you have a list of must-haves for your potential mate, you could be making yourself unavailable to actually finding your soul mate.
Mujahid Aziz
Nice book very opinionated style of writing had a bit of game mostly from a man stand point for a female reader...Had some interesting label for type of guys & female to lookout for on the dating scene at the end of the book.
Did not like the writing style, stopped after chapter 2. Maybe I will pick it up and read it again, one day.
Sep 23, 2011 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of funny, sort of sad. I like his voice and they way he writes but I can't say I agree with any if his theories. I'm glad I'm happily married to a good black man.
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