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Fatherless Sons

Fatherless Black Boys: Do You Really Care or Nah?

Kelsey Minor | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Not every fatherless black boy ends up running with the local street gang, committing crimes, and living up to no good. I want people to stop using that generalization. It's not fair and it's ignorant.

Why I've Forgiven My Father

Kyle McMahon | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Kyle McMahon

I began to think of my father as less of a ghost that haunted me and more as a flawed man that I wouldn't allow to hurt me any longer. It took time and patience, but I stuck with it. Then one day, I was actually able to say the words out loud and with nobody else around: 'I forgive you, father.'

Being 'Motherful' for Father's Day

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Ernest Owens

There is an overpopulation of families in our society that are obligated to acknowledge a holiday that doesn't exist in their households. And what is even worse is that much of what we hear and see during this time of year is society's self-imposed pity party that we never invited ourselves to.

Tyler Perry Is Now a Fatherless Son

Kyle McMahon | Posted 05.19.2014 | Celebrity
Kyle McMahon

Tyler Perry is no stranger to biological father issues. He has spoken candidly about the issues stemming from growing up with his abusive father, Emmitt. The horrendous emotional and physical abuse Perry suffered not only drew him to change his own name from Emmitt to Tyler, but had him on the brink of suicide at age 10. The only problem? Perry has just discovered that this man is not his biological father.

No, Women Are Not the Reason For Fatherless Children

Kyle McMahon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
Kyle McMahon

There is one reason and one reason only for a father choosing to abandon their child -- himself. A woman going to work doesn't make a man abandon his child. Conversely, A woman staying home instead of going to work doesn't make a man stay.

Son To Absent Father: 'We Actually Sat And Joked About You Having A Stroke'

OWN | Posted 12.17.2013 | OWN

For decades, Juba, Chon and Isaam have tried to mend their relationship with their often absent father, John Houston. Not only would John disappear fr...

A Son's Heartbreaking Question For His Absent Father

OWN | Posted 12.12.2013 | OWN

Even as a grown man, Isaam is still struggling with his childhood abandonment by his father. Isaam, who lives in Newark, NJ, says his father has been ...

Prisons and Social Enterprise: Getting Out and Staying Out

Tony Smith | Posted 11.27.2013 | New York
Tony Smith

August, 1972: The Vietnam War is raging. Stopped by two Marine MPs, I slowly drive past the 4-foot thick, concrete walls of the Portsmouth Naval Disc...

WATCH: What Every Absent Father Should Do To Reconnect With His Children

OWN | Posted 09.13.2013 | OWN

During a recent "Oprah's Lifeclass" taping in Dallas, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Oprah met a father and son in the audience who hadn't spoken in more than ...

WATCH: Heartwarming Update On Former NFL Star And His Son

OWN | Posted 09.11.2013 | OWN

Aveion Cason is a former NFL running back who spent nine seasons playing in the pros. He shared on a previous episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass" that he g...

WATCH: Bishop T.D. Jakes Explains What Every Fatherless Child Needs To Know

OWN | Posted 09.09.2013 | OWN

On an all-new episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," Bishop T.D. Jakes and Oprah continue the conversation on fatherless children -- the sons and daughters w...

WATCH: Why Boys Join Gangs (NOT For Protection)

OWN | Posted 07.22.2013 | OWN

As founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Dr. Steve Perry has worked with many low-income, minority children over the years. Whil...

The Art of Letting Go

Kyle McMahon | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle McMahon

I'm beginning to really love who I am. I can honestly say that I never felt that way before. In fact, it was impossible for me. You can't truly love yourself if you haven't forgiven those who have hurt you so badly.

WATCH: 8 Simple Things Good Dads Do

OWN | Posted 07.19.2013 | OWN

Oprah calls it an epidemic in this country that so many boys can be called "fatherless sons." Yet, whether a father had been physically absent for par...

WATCH: Why Some Kids Feel 'Fatherless' Even When Dad Is Around

OWN | Posted 07.12.2013 | OWN

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, one in three children live apart from their biological fathers in America. After airing a two-part sp...

WATCH: Former NFL Player Confronted By Son He Left Behind

OWN | Posted 07.05.2013 | OWN

Aveion Cason Sr. is a former NFL running back who spent nine seasons playing with the pros. Despite the rarity of his football success, Cason grew up ...

A New Outlook On Father's Day From A Fatherless Son

Kyle McMahon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Kyle McMahon

This year, I'm thinking about Father's Day differently than I ever have before. I've got a fresh outlook on Father's Day and what it means to me. Father's Day should be a time to celebrate fathers all over.

A Father's Day Interview With Art Alexakis of Everclear

Veronica De La Cruz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Veronica De La Cruz

Art Alexakis, front man for the band Everclear, was raised by a single mother in a Los Angeles housing project. His deadbeat father inspired him to write one of his most popular songs to date," Father of Mine."

A Father's Day Interview With Art Alexakis of Everclear

Veronica De La Cruz | Posted 08.16.2013 | Parents
Veronica De La Cruz

Art Alexakis, front man for the band Everclear, and I have partnered up this Father's Day to push for Responsible Fatherhood by asking you to sign the Stand Up, Man Up initiative.

WATCH: How Moms Inadvertently Sabotage Their Sons

OWN | Posted 05.15.2013 | OWN

Single moms raising sons are in the unique position of trying to be both mother and father to their boys. This is certainly the case for Tara, a singl...

WATCH: The Major Mistake Single Moms Make When Dealing With An Ex

OWN | Posted 05.10.2013 | OWN

In addition to the daily challenges that come with being an only parent, single moms have the added responsibility of working through an often-complic...

WATCH: Why Men Leave Their Children

OWN | Posted 05.10.2013 | OWN

For the one in three children growing up in homes without their biological fathers, there is one critical question they can't seem to silence: "Why di...

3 Things To Never Say To A Fatherless Son

OWN | Posted 05.06.2013 | OWN

By Wes Moore The author of The Other Wes Moore wants to call attention not to the things we should say to a young boy, but to the comments we shoul...

WATCH: The Painful Thing This Absentee Dad Must Do

OWN | Posted 05.06.2013 | OWN

One in three children live apart from their biological fathers in America -- and with statistics like that, it's not difficult to see why Oprah says t...

How Growing Up Without A Dad Affects A Man

Kyle McMahon | Posted 06.22.2013 | OWN
Kyle McMahon

I've held on to the fear of the unknown for all of my life, and I'm ready to let it go. I have to be okay with not knowing the whys, the hows and the whos. I have to come to terms with the fact that whether he comes back or not, I will be okay. I am worthy. That is what is I know. I am able to handle it.