Manchild is a photo-montage surrounding a single subject and the entities he holds dearly. This idea stems from the notion that young Black males undergo an omission of child hood and are likely considered adults before that said childhood is up. The Peter Pan Syndrome, or PPS, which describes men as childlike in their relationships, their abilities to handle responsibilities, accountability, and their pursuit of pleasure. Could this be attributed to how some single Black mothers are forced to raise their sons under racially charged circumstances? Women understand womanhood but for manhood, the journey may not be so clear. One has to wonder, does this give a pass for Black mothers to coddle their sons through life—loving them as boys but not raising them to be men?

Lola Ogbara Copyright 2012
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