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Why are so many black kids born out of wedlock?

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wedlockReported by Liku Zelleke

A staggering 72% of African American children are born to single moms. This shocking fact is the subject of a new documentary entitled “72%“, from Moguldom Studios, which sheds light on what is today being called the “baby mama” epidemic.

It has long been known that that effects of being brought up in a broken home is a factor that hugely affects a child’s future, as can be understood from the words of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a social scientist and former senator from New York. He said, “From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos.”

The new documentary, which has already won acclaim as well as the Audience Buzz Award at the Black Woman Film Festival in June, tries to delve into the history of black families, right from the times of slavery up to today’s broken homes where mothers find themselves taking care of families with child support and welfare checks.

A news release for “72%” mentions that the African-American community hasn’t quite grasped the direness of the situation and didn’t take kindly to criticism from the likes of Don Lemon, Rush Limbaugh, reporter Ben Carson or even Black community figureheads like Bill Cosby and President Barack Obama.

The release also states that “72%provides a raw and analytical view of the media’s portrayal of this phenomenon in regards to African-American households. Single black mothers chime in to tell their stories from their vantage point. Cameras follow one single mother of three as she changes hats from full-time employee to full-time caretaker in order to provide and care for her children on her own. 72% leaves no rock left unturned as it seeks to expose this issue from all perspectives and compel viewers to reconstruct the African American family from the ground up.”

You can get your copy of “72%” by clicking here.