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20 Things Black Men Should Know How to Do





We got a lot of flack for that ’25 Things Every Black Woman Should Be Able to Cook’ over here at SBM, even though we’re no strangers to controversy and backlash. We figured we keep the playing field even and drop 20 Things Black Men Should Know How to Do:


I just learned how to paint correctly a few months ago, it saves plenty of time and money. Full, long strokes baby.

Sweep and Mop

First we sweep, then we mop.

Cook at least 25 dishes

Really it’s 365 days in the year, you should at least be able to cook 25 different things. How about starting here.

Fix leaking pipes

Inside and outside of the bedroom *wink wink*, but seriously learn how to stop leaks.

Know his way partly around a circuit box and/or breaker

For when the power goes out.

Be able to hook up some shit

Fathers, uncles and brothers should be able to hook up your cable, internet, surround sound or whatever you have.

Do Laundry

Please stop throwing your dirty drawers every where bruh and separate your colors, blacks, and whites. Iron clothes.

Change Oil and Brakes

You could, but with all the specials shops run. Why the f*ck would you?

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Be Able to Change a Flat

Who wants to wait on triple AAA all the time?

Cut your own hair

When in a jam, you should be able to give yourself a fresh shape up and save $25.

Move furniture in and out

One of the most difficult things about moving is having to be aware of how to tilt, turn, and lean those big pieces of furniture through doorways. It’s something you have to learn.

Hang up shit

But correctly though, nobody wants paintings and portraits falling on them.

Take out the garbage

This should be simple, every time you leave out. Some garbage should be leaving with.

Cut grass and shovel snow

Clear the path bro! Clear the path!

Unclog a toilet or sink

Take a wire hanger and get your girls weave  or naturalista curls outta of the sink. Buy a plunger to keep everything running smoothly in the bathroom.

Light Carpentry

Put on counter-tops, change doors, or lay down and grout tiles.

Put sh*t  together

 Ikea beds, book shelves, tv stands, just general sh*t.

Be able to light the fire for the BBQ

Every man brags about BBQ’ing but the hardest part is just lighting the damn fire.

Wash dishes

Stop leaving food residue on your dishes. Let ’em soak, get your scrub action right. No food residue left behind.

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Build a House

Should you be able to build a house? Hell to the no. However you should be able to build a home and be able to protect the well-being of the people and things you have around you.

Good day, SBMers. If I missed anything throw it in the comment section and let’s get this discussion started.

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  1. I am not one to assign duties based on gender; my father taught me how to
    do most of the above and more. However, you missed some things that women are stereotypically expected to know that men can benefit from learning as well.

    How to change a diaper

    How to properly dress and coordinate outfits for children for all seasons

    How to do your daughter or nieces’ hair (ex. Ponytail, bun, braid etc.)

    How to take care of a sick child/family member

    How to sew a button back on to a shirt (saves you time and money)

    Social and Business Etiquette. ex. how to properly respond to a wedding invitation and pick out a gift

    Sidenote: Doing laundry, hanging things up, and ironing clothes all mean the same thing to me

        1. Sewing and doing their daughter or nieces’ hair. They could use other resources for that. I am speaking from my experience. My father was a single parent and raised me.

        2. I agree that men can use other resources to mend their
          clothing and do their children’s hair. However, I still think that knowing how to do them is beneficial to them. Outsourcing can become pricey.

        3. My brother-in-law can handle these additions. LOL! He would put ponytails in my niece’s hair, and I’m talking about a head full of them twisted with bows. I could have done better but the fact that he did it, was awesome!

          He was in the military and sewing a button was a necessity in a pinch.

        4. Don’t get me wrong my dad did try to put a hot comb through my hair and he did put my hair in ponytails once but at age 10 I wasn’t having it, lol. It didn’t feel right. But friends and family chipped in to do my hair and I even went to salon. My father was in the military but he is not the type of man you would catch with a sewing needle. He is too cool for that. Lol

        5. My niece had my sister, but even when she was small my sister was learning too. My brother-in-law did a better job. LOL! My sister got better. When push came to shove as she got older in a pinch by 10 she made her own ponytail. Wild, big afro puff that wasn’t combed through.

    1. Cosign on dressing children!! Letting her dad dress my daughter is always a recipe for disaster!!! If I hear “but she looks fine!” one more time she might be out searching for a new daddy. LOL

      1. LOL! I let it go…. I rarely corrected my ex but would make a point in the evening to laugh at his choices. My daughter started choosing for herself. LOL!

  2. If you are an Adult in your Own Home and Not Cohabitating, Much of what’s on this list should be done on a Regular Basis for Both Sexes.

    I also like the overall list- good stuff

    1. I agree! My mom did a lot of this stuff around our house. She didn’t wait for my dad to do it and she wanted me to be the same. I never really cared too much about it until I got my own place and it became my responsibility. My man would fix anything that needs fixing, but I now understand the importance of knowing the basics especially if you live alone. Thurthfully though, I would rather it be done for me 🙂

    2. That’s a great point! Some of these things come with developing into an adult, especially one living on their own.

      I agree that it’s a solid overall list too.

  3. I’m not a big car person but I got the basics down.

    Side note a few weeks back a couple needed a jump the girl got out and talked to me dude sat in the passenger, I feel like by law she could’ve left with me off GP

  4. 1 of MANY things a man should know how to do: TIE A TIE, I worked PT briefly at K&G Men’s store in the suit department. I was amazed at how many guys, young old and in between that would come in and ask you to ‘tie my tie for me and make it loose so I can slip it on and off” WTF???? Thats just a male-right-of-passage but now that I think of it, my own dad did not teach me and he wore one every day to his job. I learned it from GQ magazine…fast forward to me at K&G, I would sometimes have 2 or 3 guys lined up in front of the mirror teaching them to do a basic knot on a tie.

    THIS IS SOMETHING EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW. PERIOD. There are several things men should know how to do, some were listed….others are pointless.

    1. I think women should know how to do this as well. Chances are, any man we date will need to wear a tie at some point, and it would be nice to do it for him sometimes the same way he’ll pitch in to fix our weave when its messed up **for some reason** or wash our hair (depending on the man, but he better lol). In the same vein, women should also know how to do the things on this list. I still remember when our toilet was broken for weeks and my dad fixed it in less than 5 min by simply replacing the flush valve seal, smh

        1. Haha, my brother taught me how to tie a tie years ago. As far as the weave, I’m just talking about brushing it back in place or getting strands out of my face if I don’t have a mirror. Making sure my wig isn’t crooked when I walk out. I prefer wigs to sew ins, so not re-gluing tracks and all that stuff. My ex-guy also claimed I was afraid of my hair (coily/thick/mid length), so he offered to start washing my hair for me. That was a good deal, but we broke up so never got to take him up on that.

        2. Girl, I was drawing all types of conclusions of how your man was fixing your weave…LOL! Thanks for the clarity. It’s always nice to have someone wash your hair. It’s so relaxing.

          Don’t be afraid of your hair! I think that was his subtle way of hinting he preferred your hair.

        3. Lol, he was no hairdresser. And when he said I was afraid of my hair, it was probably because I took hours to wash and detangle it and couldn’t be bothered with it most of the time. Besides those few weeks and winter protective styling, I wear my natural hair pretty often, so my hair is what he knew. Heck, I was asking him for hair advice lol, like “how often do you treat your hair? you use grease right?” 🙂

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  7. The-number-1-thing-and-pretty-much-only-thing-that-Black-men-should-learn-to-do:

    Learn to deeply love themselves and their culture: Who Black men were, who they are in the present, and where they are going.

    So many issues in our community could be helped by this.


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