While women lead the way for the #MeToo and Times Up movement, Emmy-nominated actor, author, and father Dondre Whitfield is using his platform to push men to become better men.
“Acting is my passion, but activation is my purpose,” Whitfield shared. “I’m trying to activate manhood. We have to really take these kinds of moments seriously in cultivating our communities and our families.”
Whitfield created The Manhood Tour, a global movement committed to awakening the consciousness of men. Objectives include giving them the keys to effective and impactful leadership and teaching them how to tap into their talents and live them to the highest degree. Since he’s traveled around the world under his movement speaking to youth and men encouraging them to overcome distractions and “be a man.”
His new book, Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World will inform men how to become not only a provider but a man that serves his family and community with love.
Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World defines the difference between a male and a man: males look to be served while men chose to be of service. Whitfield takes it upon himself to uncover the ways of which he views manhood and hopes to transform it from chaotic to calm. Digging into his past and present to give a heartfelt guide to becoming a male worthy of “man status.”
“I tell people often, every man that you meet is a male, but not every male that you meet is a man. And the problem is that many of us don’t know the difference,” he stated. Whitfield opens up sharing he spent most of his life without a father figure and assumed his manhood once he reached the age of 18, which society often deems to be the age of adulthood. “Not having my father around to teach me and me bumping my head up against the brick wall trying to matriculate into my manhood was the first thing that activated me to write this book.”
In addition, the #MeToo and Times Up movement inspired him to create an ally, a manhood movement that would grow males into men who positively affect society. “Living in these times and having a 15-year-old daughter of my own. Being the son to a great mother and being a husband to a dynamic wife, I realized that we need to make manhood movement because someone has to raise up a son that my daughter is going to be partnered with one day,” Whitfield affirming, “Somebody has to take on the responsibility doing that.”
In just five months, Whitfield wrote up the blueprint to manhood based on his life experiences including his failures and successes. “Being a man is not about you being perfect because there’s no such thing as a perfect human being. So being a man still makes me human,” he expressed. “For me, every single day is about me being in the pursuit of my manhood. Me, being in the pursuit of my purpose. I don’t have to be perfect, but I have to pursue my purpose perfectly which is being diligent every single day.”
Sure of his purpose, Whitfield voiced, “My prayer is that this book serves as the manhood playbook that our brothers need in order to matriculate into their manhood. That it gives our sisters the instruction that they finally need in order to be able to readily identify the difference between a male and a man.”
As a man of his word, Whitfield is charged and excited to share with the world his story and his purpose through Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World.
Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World by Dondre Whitfield can be purchased on Amazon and ordered online via all major bookstores.