Dating black community

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I am 25-years-old, engaged and will be married next year.

I never put alot of focus on finding a man, but instead focused on making myself a better human being.

At 31, attorney Robyn Thorpe isn't sure she's ready to be married yet.

But since she knows she wants to be married someday, she makes it her business to put herself in a places where she can meet black men. ET, Thorpe discussed her dating experiences as recounted by Post reporter Krissah Williams in "Singled Out ," the latest installment of the "Being a Black Man" series.

However, for every 100 single black women, there are only 70 single black men, according to recent Census figures that do not count the prison population or men living in group homes. You can also hear Thorpe, Williams and author Natalie Hopkinson discuss dating on Washington Post Radio.

Thorpe, who grew up in Allentown, Pa., and attended Penn State University and North Carolina Central University School of Law, is a panelist for a Washington, D. Transcript follows: ____________________ Suburban Virginia: Why does the typical black male father kids, then bolt from their responsibilities?

I think that many black women think they have "got it going on" because they have the degrees and the nice job.

Unfortunately, those accolades do not provide one with the self-esteem, morals and character necessary to be a healthy and attractive partner.

However, I often hear black women commenting that there aren't any "good" black men out there and often wonder if these women are as "good" as they think they are.

Also determine if the qualities you are looking for in a woman are not qualities that you should be developing in yourself.

If you have it, you will not need it from another person.

I allowed life to take its course and didn't set superficial standards that my future mate needed to meet in order for me to date him. Robyn Thorpe: You have a great perspective and just share it with your single friends. C.: What is so wrong with a man not being "into fat women"? Is it not true that you can tell a lot about someone based on external characteristics such as posture, speech/diction, tidiness, and body fat?

Robyn Thorpe: The poem was suppose to be in praise of all Black women and then it had a disclaimer, just the small ones.

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