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Black Fathers

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Good Dad, Good Man

Eric Payne | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

The days of "Do as I say and not as I do" are over. Today's kids, who are always-on, are tech-savvy and have 24/7 Internet access to information which they can use to dispute you.

A Painful (Yet Familiar) Ritual

Michael W. Waters | Posted 03.18.2012 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

My only son turned five years old last week. He is a handsome, articulate, energetic, intelligent, fun-loving and gentle young man. He is the apple of my eye! There's only one problem; he is Black.

How Marriage Equality Can Save the Black Family

Maya Rupert | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics
Maya Rupert

June is here. Cue the gloom and doom stories about the state of the black family, and the finger pointing as we figure out who to blame. Unfortunate...

When Fathers Fall Somewhere Between Awesome and Absentee

Jenée Desmond-Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jenée Desmond-Harris

Father's Day can be a dilemma when you have a complicated relationship with your dad.

Where Have All the Black Men Gone?

Michelle Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michelle Alexander

Here's a hint for all those still scratching their heads about those missing black fathers: Look in prison.