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Black Fathers

No, Most Black Kids Are Not Fatherless

Josh Levs | Posted 07.26.2016 | Black Voices
Josh Levs

Moving in the right direction begins with understanding the reality. Most black children are not fatherless. And most black dads are setting a great example.

Fatherhood: A Legacy of Love, Lessons and Life

Micah Stampley | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Micah Stampley

The fact that God gave me little lives to look after, nurture, cultivate and be a good steward over helps me to see how much He trusts my judgment and commitment to what He's given me to do on earth. I am humbled at the responsibility.

Love, Laughter And Jazz: A Father And Daughter's Musical Journey

Terri Lyne Carrington | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Terri Lyne Carrington

I choose to be in the present and cherish my time with them, honoring them in any way that I can. So today in celebration of Father's Day, I want to thank my Dad for all that he has done to make my life what it is.

Father By Mistake, Dad By Choice

Dominique N. Mack | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique N. Mack

Everyday Jamal is fighting to be a parent and live life in his own truth. And as a fatherless daughter I can't help but cheer him on.

Black Motherhood, Misogyny, and Memes

Terri Linton | Posted 06.07.2016 | Black Voices
Terri Linton

The growing trend amongst many of our black male celebrities is to publicly denigrate black women and mothers. Big Boi was the latest to take aim when he posted a meme drawing a comparison between the black mother from the 70s and the one of today.

How A Black Community Responds To A Father's Absence

Dominique N. Mack | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique N. Mack

The product of a teenage mother and absentee father you'd believe that Wallace's chances for success were slim. Combine those odds with being Black an...

The Ones We Leave In Egypt

Avraham Bronstein | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Avraham Bronstein

There are two rabbinic assessments of the state of the Israelites at the time of the Exodus.

The State of Black Fatherhood: Parenting Behind Bars

Dominique N. Mack | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique N. Mack

Too many children lose a parent not due to death but because of our system, past mistakes, the book of public opinion, and the financial restraints of imprisonment. Therefore, prison like a death sentence to the children they leave behind.

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 09.07.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 06.21.2016 | 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 06.19.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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...