Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper Gotham Books, May 2006 $20, ISBN 1-592-40200-3
Harper is on the Hollywood fast track, starring in the hit CBS series CSI: NY and was recently named one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive."
Harper is also a mentor on a mission to guide and encourage young black men on the road to adulthood.
Inspired by the classic Letters to a Young Poet, German poet Rainer Maria Rilke's early 20th-century correspondence with a pupil, this book collects the letters and emails that Harper and a high-school student (dubbed "Young Brotha") exchanged over a year. For black male teens today, defining manhood has become increasingly difficult. Still, Harper infuses his words with a healthy dose of optimism as well as...