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Black Fathers

Why I'm Absolutely An Angry Black Woman

Dominique Matti | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

Because I am not seen as a woman. Because they don't care about my pain. Because they don't believe in my pain. Because they forgive themselves without atoning. Because I'm not free. Because I want more. Because I deserve better.

The Black Dad That You Don't Think Exists

Dominique Matti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

The black dad that you don't think exists is nurturing. He is soft. He is kind. Gentle. Thoughtful. Hardworking. Dedicated. Creative. Sleep-deprived. Caring. Devoted. Well-informed. Present. The black dad that you don't think exists does. And he is not an anomaly.

#BlackMenLove: Top 5 Documented Reasons to Love Black Men

BMe Community | Posted 09.23.2015 | Black Voices
BMe Community

In today's society the majority of what's said about Black men isn't flattering and leaves out really important facts. I know, because as a Black man and BMe Community Manager in Philadelphia, I have pretty much heard them all.

#BlackMenLove: What My Black Father Taught Me about a Man's Love

BMe Community | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
BMe Community

Women learn a great deal from a man's love: The most courageous act is to think for yourself; real men are in control but never controlling; "What's yours is yours;" fewer things matter; and the heaviest thing to carry is regret.

I Was Never A Fatherless Child

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

I've never lacked fathers or father figures. What matters are those great father figures who loved us, taught us, cared for us, protected us, and helped shape us into the men and women we become.

An Open Letter to My Black Father

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.21.2015 | Black Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

What was best about you though was your constant, unrelenting evolution as a man. As a parent, you'd admit your own shortcomings and tell me to learn from your misdoings. Hence my need to to be authentic, true and self-accountable through any obstacle.

The True Beauty Of Black Fatherhood In 11 Photos

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.21.2015 | Black Voices

Too often, black fathers are either subjected to harmful stereotypes or held to unrealistically high expectations and aren’t offered the leisure of ...

My One Wish for Father's Day

Ebony Underwood | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ebony Underwood

In April 2015, the New York Times wrote that there are 1.5 million men missing in the Black community because of mass incarceration. My father is one of them.

Fatherhood From 3,000 Miles Away

Johnny Gill | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Johnny Gill

My son, Isaiah, lives in Washington, DC, and I live in Los Angeles. From the time Isaiah was 1 month old, he was bicoastal. During the early months and up until the time he started school, I would travel to and from Washington. It was the most incredible bonding time.

Some Kids Dream Of Being Rappers. I Dreamed Of Being A Father

Dr. Mark Echols | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Mark Echols

My dad was my hero. While many young boys dreamed of being policemen, firemen, lawyers, doctors, actors, basketball players or even rappers when they grew up, I had only one concrete goal: I wanted to grow up and have a family that I could take care of like my father did.

Brennan Williams

Mary Mary Singer On Black Fatherhood Myths: 'We Should Define Our Own Homes' | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

Gospel singer Erica Campbell and husband, Warryn Campbell have teamed up with Procter & Gamble on their “My Black is Beautiful” initiative, which ...

6 Dads On What Black Fatherhood Means In The Age Of #BlackLivesMatter

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices

Yesterday, news of the church shooting in Charleston which resulted in the death of nine people sent the black community reeling. The incident, now at...

Rewriting the Image of Black Fathers Via the NBA

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry are unofficial symbols for black fatherhood via the NBA, and they are repeatedly being attacked for bringin...

Dad Commemorates Black History Month With A Heartwarming Video About His Own Father

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents

In the latest installment of his "New Father Chronicles" video series, dad La Guardia Cross is observing Black History Month. Titled "His Father Left,...

We Asked To See Your Beautiful Black Fathers, And Here They Are

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Black Voices

The media's attack on the image of black fatherhood is nothing new. In response to reports about the myth surrounding black fatherhood, we wanted t...

Fathers, We Can Be Here For Each Other

Matt Prestbury | Posted 10.05.2014 | Good News
Matt Prestbury

No one can say that they don't have a blueprint. They can't say that there are no instructions for this. We work every day to provide the blueprint, to provide the instructions. And although none of us know all the answers, collectively we provide enough to help anyone become and remain successful as a parent.

Documentary Confronts The Black Community's Single-Parent 'Epidemic'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

There is one number that is always mentioned in the discussion of black children born out of wedlock: 72 percent. Estimations place the growing nu...

5 Lies We Should Stop Telling About Black Fatherhood

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 06.13.2014 | Black Voices

Oftentimes, when we discuss fatherhood we assume that African-American men aren't part of that conversation, largely because a number of studies and r...

New Documentary Explores Relationships Between Black Gay Men and Their Fathers

Yolo Akili | Posted 11.10.2013 | Black Voices
Yolo Akili

Created by Chase Simmons, Dear Dad: Letters From Same-Gender-Loving Sons shares the stories of eight black same-gender-loving men writing open letters to their fathers. I reached out to Simmons to learn more.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

LOOK: Where Are All The Great Black Dads? | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 06.14.2013 | Black Voices

For entrepreneur William K. Middlebrooks, the only difference between living an ordinary life and an extraordinary one is your willingness to do the e...

To Obama: Try a Little Tenderness

Francesca Royster | Posted 03.25.2013 | Black Voices
Francesca Royster

As a father and as a president, Obama has humanized and deepened the image of black men. In all of the unforeseen challenges ahead in this second term, domestic and foreign, I hope he continues to lead with his heart.

Our Favorite Black TV and Movie Dads

Michelle Marques | Posted 06.17.2012 | Black Voices

It's Father's Day, and it's time for all of us Daddy's girls and boys to celebrate the man that was partly responsible for our place in this world. ...

Decoding The Mysteries Of The Father-Daughter Bond

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.11.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

What has a new time of unfettered female achievement done to the centuries-honed relationship between fathers and daughters; particularly the balance of power?

The Unexpected Joys of Fatherhood

Eric Payne | Posted 12.24.2011 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

Upon learning of the inevitable arrival of a child into my life, I was faced with having to give up that which I considered priceless: my time. Now that I'm a father with some years on me, I can barely remember what I was doing with all the time I had as a single, kid-free man.

Making a Dad: Two Parts Old School, Two Parts New

Lamar Tyler | Posted 12.19.2011 | Black Voices
Lamar Tyler

Recently, while thinking of my own grandfather, I began to wonder, what if you could take the best parts of an old school dad and merge them with the best parts of a new school dad.