Farewell Until Next Time

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you have enjoyed reading these letters of encouragement and challenge as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

When my little brother got married some years ago, I shared some things with him for his consideration regarding the married life, etc., as all older brothers do, I am sure. After I finished, I quickly told him, using his nickname that his college mates gave him, and told him, “Now, don’t try to use the things I’m telling you the same way I am using them. You have to put your ‘Tonio’ on it.” By this I meant, due to the fact that even though we are brothers, we are still two different people, our wives are two different women—my wife was born and raised in Jamaica, your wife was born and raised in America, so you can’t just take what I say and just run with it verbatim, you have to put your “Tonio” on it. In other words, you got to “eat the chicken and leave the bones”, and apply things or not apply things in a way that is good for you and your wife.

Y.B.M., put your “Tonio” on all that I have shared with you in this book, and in Letters to Young Black Men as well.

As we look forward to my next and final book in this trilogy of letters to you entitled, Even Mo’Letters to Young Black Men, we will discuss the following important topics:

1. Character
2. Leadership
3. Finances & Business

And a whole lot more.

Until then,

Pray! Think! Do!


This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men: More Advice & Encouragement for a Difficult Journey. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.