Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male. 

Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most powerful spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a nightclub. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez’s eyes inexplicably welled up with tears. Everyone at the scene jumped back, as if showing vulnerability was the craziest thing that Gómez could possibly have done.

Like many men in our society, Gómez grew up believing that he should be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects, and close off his emotional self. It wasn’t until he discovered acting that he began to realize the true cost of squelching one’s emotions—and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught.

Plummeting graduation and employment rates and dire teen suicide statistics show that young males in our society are at a crisis point. Gómez seeks to reverse these alarming trends by sharing lessons about life, love, and vulnerability. Man Up galvanizes men—but also mothers, girlfriends, wives, and sisters—to rethink the way all men interact with women, deal with violence, handle fear, and express emotion.

Gómez urges men of all ages to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man.

“Man Up” is available now through AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks A MillionIndiebound, Penguin and iTunes!

 

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The Apollo Theater, last night.

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To stand a few feet from Gloria Steinem and perform a poem for a packed Apollo Theater - last night was one of those moments I needed to pinch myself. What an incredible launch event for UN Women‘s#Beijing20.

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“Freedom Summer” premiere at the Schomburg in Harlem

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Great to see my buddy Byron Hurt.  Looking forward to his new film.

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Teaching Positive Masculinity (The Atlantic)

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I’m so honored to be mentioned by Natascha Yogachandra in this brilliant piece she wrote for The Atlantic about ways men are modeling healthy masculinity in their communities.  You can read the full article HERE

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a magical night in Brooklyn

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What an honor to finally perform at BAM in BK.

I’ve rocked the The Apollo, Joe’s Pub, Town Hall on Broadway, the Nuyorican…but this stage might be the most beautiful of them all.

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Best BBQ in the world

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A lifetime of searching…and I found it: Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.

I arrived just before 7am and was the first person in line.  I only had to wait a little over 4 hours for the best BBQ of my life.

Worth. Every. Second.

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