Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

December 5, 2014

What About the Boys? Raising Macho Thugs or Wimpy Metrosexuals?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 12:28 PM

That question – “What about the boys” – is becoming more and more as an issue today. Boys drop out of school, are diagnosed as emotionally disturbed, and commit suicide four times more often than girls; they get into fights twice as often; they murder ten times more frequently and are 15 times more likely to be the victims of a violent crime.

It’s time to have a serious discussion of the roots causes of what’s wrong with boys. Our youth – especially young boys – have little today in initiating them into manhood.

Men are made – not born.

Gang membership or scoring high in Grand Theft Auto is not a rite of passage. Todays ‘rites’, as they may be called, lack any semblance of core values – values needed to guide boyhood into manhood.

And then there’s James Delingpole informing us “our culture has lost the ability to channel the boisterousness of young men” We are faced with this choice for boys – macho thug or wimpy metrosexual.

I examine these core values fictionally in my new novel MURRAN.

MURRAN is a realistic, down and gritty novel that projects a positive message for today’s youth. It is the story of a young African-American boy named Trey coming of age in the 1980s, and his rite of passage to manhood. Trey is a member of a ‘crew’ in Brooklyn and is enticed into helping a violent street gang. He is eventually framed for murder and flees with Mr. Jackson, his African high school teacher, to his Maasai village in Kenya. While in Africa, Trey goes through the Maasai warrior’s rite of passage and returns to America to confront the gang leader that framed him. In the process Trey learns what a true African warrior is and carries those Maasai values back to his ‘tribe’ in Brooklyn.

View the webpage and sample chapters at

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