BY ALLEN A. BUCHANAN, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — Underneath the surface of Sir Brock’s latest performance creation “Journey To Greatness” is the story of a gifted, multi-talented artist’s life from uncertainty to self-acclamation.
The opening of the show hits hard at one of the most troubling dilemmas confronting many African-American family households today, the absence of the father.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from 2012, nearly 73 percent of African-American births are out of wedlock and at least 67 percent live in single-family households. However, the fatherless household is not just an African-American family problem; it is an American family problem.
The Center for Disease Control reported the following statistics that shows a drastic increase in single parent (mostly female) run households since 1960. During that time, single-parent households were at 11 percent in the United States.
Racial or ethnic group and the percent of children in single-parent families:
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 17 percent
- Non-Hispanic whites 25 percent
- Hispanics 42 percent
- American Indian and Native Alaskans 53 percent
- Non-Hispanic blacks 67 percent