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    Father or Sperm Donor – Which Are You?

    by: William Jackson, M.Ed.
    Father, Teacher, Daddy Blogger

    Chinua Achebe, “We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.” Fathers unless you have your house in order do not complain or ridicule your brother’s house. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb: Onye ji onye n'ani ji onwe ya: "He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.”

    “The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays” “Fathers, it is time to lift our children, our families, our culture, our communities from the mud of poverty, ignorance, death and destruction.” William Jackson – My Quest To Teach Fathers have a choice to be a blessing or a curse to their children, to lead them to a life of safety and growth or condemn them to potential death sentences of poverty, ignorance and no societal, economic and political voice.

    They (fathers) are supposed to be the foundation, the rock that their families can stand on during the storms of life and the challenges that they will face. The national deaths by violence of children, teens and young adults by their peers are a signal that parents are not doing their jobs and too many fathers are not parenting, fathering, guiding and mentoring. There is work to do in the community, too many fathers are counter productive and adding to the troubles their communities are facing. Fathers are influential in the social and educational directions of their children, they set the tones for social interaction, establishing the direction of their children and others around them.

    Fathers must teach developing social skills and humbleness that boys and girls developing into men and women will need. Children are modeling their father’s insecurities, negativities in mentality and social actions. The father is the model whether at home or not, looking at the communities of color and culture too many fathers are not involved or do not care. Social skills are not just necessary social requirements; they are the patterns of behaviors for survival that boys and girls of color and culture will need to know in order to grow in a society that is still struggling with boys and girls of diversity and color. The directions of life take many twists and turns for youth especially youth of color. This is NOT another hate the system or hate the government blog, nor is it a blog on what the educational system is not accomplishing.

    This blog addresses the responsibilities of “men in the village” to re-evaluate and re-prioritize their thinking and to be of service to their communities. The Nigerian author Chinua Achebe through his writings tries to teach men that positive emotions to their children are beneficial and “do not fear being thought weak as a man” because men show emotions, they should to establish a connection with their families. Men have a right that extends to the accountability and responsibility to be involved in their children’s educational growth and social development. How can men attend sporting events in support of their children, but cannot consistently volunteer, visit, mentor, support their children’s schools that are preparing them for life in this nation?

    Achebe shares, (fathers) “do not show any human emotions and sentiments so as not to be seen as weak,” are creating un-caring societies where children are forgetting the value of love, compassion, sympathy and honor. Men do not have to cry to show emotions, but should hug and kiss their children, just as African men have done for centuries.

    How many men can blame the State Attorney’s Office and law enforcement if they won’t “man up” handling their “business” and parental responsibilities in raising their children? Prisons are not Day Cares, Learning Centers, Enrichment Organizations; how many men visit their children that are incarcerated, how many men are proactive to teach their children that prison is the wrong direction to go.

    Fathers instead of speaking against schools need to volunteer in them, work with teachers and administrators to make sure all students are successful. Learning starts at home and fathers need to be responsible for this happening and continuing. What father would want their child to learn from the streets and face incarceration or even death from the hands of their brothers?

    Fathers need to be involved in a dialogue that teaches with love and wisdom, young fathers need help in understanding they are important in their child’s life-long development. An appropriate quote from Nigeria that the late Achebe shares, “People who do not seek their fellow human beings' help when in danger or difficulty are therefore animalistic.”

    Too many children are in need of mentors, guidance and direction that can come from men that see children as a future investment. Fathers cannot just be sperm donors. Spreading their seed without being held accountable and responsible. Children should be seen holding their fathers hands and involved in activities that build critical thinking skills, encourage problem solving abilities and promote higher order thinking that creates language development, increased vocabulary and appreciation for being intelligent.

    "People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck." Chinua Achebe African American communities are finding crime and death inching around their necks, they don’t want police involved so should do something positive about it to make a change in their communities. The term "Sperm Donor” is nothing to be proud of, it is a title of irresponsibility, immaturity, and weakness. Because of continuous generational tragedies of fathers running away from their responsibilities young people of color are thereby increasing their likelihood of entering correctional facilities, being placed in special education class and if daddy is not there who do kids model except who they see on the streets and television.

    To keep children of color and culture from entering into the “pipeline” involvement is needed not reaction. Fathers are an important part of this effort and once again fathers need to be excited about being a father. In the beginning man was created first so men must step up and be a part of their children’s lives before cemeteries and jail have more children, youth and young adults in them than schools.


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    A Spiritual Guide For Fathers Raising Children Part 1

    by: William Jackson
    Father, Mentor, Educator
    Northbound Church of Christ
    Jacksonville, Florida

    Men in the position of a father or father figure need a guide or “How To” book to help them navigate through life’s unexpected challenges when raising or mentoring children. Fatherhood requires wisdom, patience, a sense of humor, and a strong spirituality focused and rooted in God’s word.

    People are always willing to provide advice, but what kind of spiritual guidance is there for fathers? In a world of high tech, high speed, instant gratification and instant meals, men cannot provide instant maturity or life experiences to their children.

    What kind of guide understands the inherent responsibilities to fatherhood and importantly how to be a God fearing and praying man? When I say man this is not a reference to any color or culture, it is in reference to ALL men. There is one book that has stood the test of time itself, written by The Father who knows of all situations and circumstances, who looks past all our faults and shortcomings and provides wisdom and love.

    Understanding human beings, men have faults, challenges and commit sin. So to counter sin men have Grace and Mercy on their side, and are accountable for their behaviors. Fatherhood is a responsibility that should never be taken for granted, nor taken lightly, Proverbs 4:1 states, “Here ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding”. Proverbs 4:2 states, “I give you good doctrine for sake ye not my law.”

    The law of the father holds much weight in the stability and functionality of a family which influences a community and ultimately affects a city. God’s law is law, and God’s words are truth and wisdom. Fathers desire their children to live long and fruitful lives just as our heavenly father means for us that requires good teaching and modeling.

    Proverbs 4:10 states, “Hear, O my son and receive my sayings: and the years of thy life shall be many”. What true father would not want their children to have a long and happy life, there needs to be consistent commitment from the father to the son. The lack of this commitment is seen today as our young sons are dying needlessly. Understanding their place in the order and scheme of a family strengthens the family unit and binds the structure of individuals into a unit that is strong, and thus strengthens neighborhoods and communities.

    When there is no father in the home the mother has the duality of both parental responsibilities. She must be the disciplinarian, advisor, protector, breadwinner and all the duties and responsibilities thereof. If the father does not help, he gives up his rights to be called father because he is not involved in providing any good works.

    Proverbs 10:1 “The Proverbs of Solomon, a wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” Children should conduct their behavior respectfully and wisely, their actions will be determined by the modeling of the father that is present in their lives, if there is no father figure many women are beset with the challenges of raising Boys To Men. This is not an impossible task, but the unity and cooperation are gone. It is harder to raise children alone, this has can be done, but at what cost to individual humanity.

    If we view the big picture of school dropout rates and incarcerations in this nation how many do not have fathers nor father figures? In Matthew 7:9-12, how we treat and teach our sons or those that we model and mentor is how they may develop. There are too many men leading our young men the wrong way. They are providing our children with alcohol and tobacco (leading to physical dependencies), illicit drugs (creating psychological disintegration), and sex (creating a generation infected with HPV, HIV, HERPES, and unplanned/unwanted pregnancies). Even the misunderstanding of their sexuality. This type of generational homicide is leading more of our young men and young women to an existence of poverty and self-destruction.

    Quoting the past Honorable City Councilwoman from Jacksonville, Florida Glorious Johnson (R), “the church and the community must work together to address our crisis of death and destruction”. Many have prayed for change, what contributions besides prayer have they offered?

    In Matthew 6:5 it states, ”and when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward”.

    What reward will we all receive in the years to come if we remain divided and hypocrites in the Word of God and not get involved in our churches, in our communities and in our homes. Fathers have a written guide, we have a word of truth and power, all we need to do is follow it.

    Luke 2:49, “we all must be about our fathers business,” united in a common cause to save our children and not allow another possible generation to be lost.


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    For Your Fab Father

    - Father's Day is fast approaching, and Fab is here to make the difficult decision of what to give your dad a little more fun. Looking for a unique tie to step up his style game? Searching for the perfect tech gadget, or thinking of a funny mug set to brighten up his mornings? Whether you already have a gift in mind or have no idea where to start, you can count on Fab's curated selection of accessories, home, and tech to help show your dad your appreciation.

    About Fab: Fab is a vibrant design focused e-commerce platform where people, tastemakers and brands come together to buy and explore. Find everything you need for a brilliant, modern, well-designed life, from up-and-coming designers to iconic brands to the best in cutting-edge tech gadgets. -

     Fab Father


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    (May 18, 2016 | New York, NY) Pureland Pictures announced today that they will be debuting the critically praised DOC NYC hit DADDY DON'T GO, exclusively for a limited time, on Vimeo, starting this Father's Day, June 19th, 2016:

    In pre-order now, DADDY DON'T GO, follows the lives of four young fathers - Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar - as they struggle to navigate parenthood. For disadvantaged men, parenting is a daily decision. Executive produced by Omar Epps (RESURRECTION) and Malik Yoba (EMPIRE) and filmed over the course of two years by acclaimed filmmaker Emily Abt, DADDY DON'T GO illuminates the various socioeconomic pressures low-income fathers face and provides compelling portraits of men who persevere. Epic in scale but intimate in focus, the film shows viewers how men can still be present fathers despite having limited means and facing certain obstacles. By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the daily lives of its subjects, DADDY DON'TGO removes the negative lens through which underprivileged fathers are currently viewed and offers audiences a new image of the American family.

    “Our team is thrilled to be launching on Vimeo for the Father’s Day release of this timely film," Abt said. "DADDY DON'T GO pays homage to disadvantaged dads so it was crucial that our film be widely available and easily accessible. We want every dad in America to be able to see our film and Vimeo is making that possible."

    “Being the product of a fatherless household, DADDY DON’T GO delves into an issue that’s close to my heart,” said Omar Epps. “The media inundates us with the notion that men from impoverished areas are absent fathers but meanwhile there are millions of men fighting to be active in their children’s lives. This film chronicles the journeys of four such men and their respective battles to parent their children. It’s time men like Alex, Omar, Nelson and Roy have a platform to challenge the deadbeat dad stereotype.”

    "As a father of three children and a lifelong advocate for children, families and community building, this emotionally gripping and powerful film comes at the right time to continue a much needed conversation”, said Malik Yoba. “It also gives a voice to countless voiceless fathers who work hard everyday to hold it together and give their children a fulfilled life. Emily and the rest of the team have poured 4 years of blood, sweat and tears into this passion project and I'm honored to be a part of it."

    One of Variety's "Top 10 Directors to Watch", filmmaker Emily Abt has produced and directed documentaries for PBS, OWN, MTV, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. Her documentary features include TAKE IT FROM ME (2001 POV) and ALL OF US (Showtime's 2008 World AIDS Day film). Abt's first narrative feature, TOE TO TOE, premiered at Sundance 2009 and was released in 2010 by Strand Releasing. AUDREY'S RUN, Abt's most recent narrative feature which she wrote and will direct, is currently in development with Paula Patton (Duncan Jones' WARCRAFT), Mike Epps (RICHARD PRIOR: IS IT SOMETHING I SAID?) Jurnee Smollett (UNDERGROUND) Pablo Schreiber (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) starring. Abt's latest documentary DADDY DON'T GO had its world premiere at the 2015 DOC NYC.

    About Pureland Pictures
    PURELAND PICTURES is a Brooklyn-based production company founded in 2000 by award-winning filmmaker Emily Abt. Pureland feature documentaries have aired on networks such as Showtime, PBS and the Sundance Channel. Purland's first narrative feature TOE TO TOE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was later released theatrically by Strand. During its 16-year tenure, Pureland has built a strong reputation for taking on delicate subject matter with skill and diplomacy.


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    Fathers Day and A Fathers Accountability

    - by William Jackson
    My Quest To Teach -

    William Jackson

    Fathers are important to their children; they define the relationships their children will have in life. The world renowned scholar, and African American activist, Malcolm X, notes; any man can make a baby with a woman, but a father is responsible for the growth and development of HIS children. There will be many events this Fathers Day, but they must carry on after Sunday to encourage, engage and inspire Celebrating Fathers. No matter the background it is important for men of all ages, cultures and generations to be actively involved in their children’s lives

    William Jackson

    Relationship Building for Fathers
    Father’s Day many fathers are determined to show their children that they love them, support their educational, spiritual, social, mental and emotional growth and development. Traditionally men display affection in the way they / we do things for our children and families. It is not about giving money, buying expensive gifts and spoiling them, it is about sharing wisdom, modeling respect, building a foundation that is just, ethical and moral, teaching is more important than spending money.

    William Jackson

    Foundations of Love
    Children love their daddies, the love that is shared is a foundation for future relationships that will either blossom into healthy and stable interaction between boys and girls or become unhealthy and chaotic. A father’s relationship with their children is built on trust and communication (verbal and nonverbal), a trust that daddy will be there to provide, to shelter, to comfort and be strong in sickness and health. Daddies make a non-verbal vow just as a wedding vow to support their children so they can grow strong in mind and spirit.

    Just as there are wedding vows there are vows for fathers unspoken, emotionally far reaching. Too many fathers are not aware of the impact they have on their children’s future emotionally, psychologically and self-esteem development. Look at the boys that are angry, are their fathers active in their lives, look at the girls that are lonely and have low self-esteems, are their fathers nurturing and supportive? The foundations of relationships can be developed from involved and active fathers. No lies, no deceit, no cover-ups, just open and honest truth about love and expectations for what fathers should be doing. Fathers: history will judge you as a father by the behavior of your children and what their choices are in life. Many girls choose someone like their father for a potential boyfriend and husband, so what kind of father are you going to be, what kind of role model are you?

    Experts agree that a girl’s future relationships with men are often shaped by both her relationship with her father and her father’s relationship with the daughter’s mother. In simple terms, girls who see their mothers being treated disrespectfully sometimes come to tolerate that treatment from future boyfriends, husbands, even male colleagues. Boys will imitate their fathers in how they treat women, how they interact and how they express their feelings.

    William Jackson

    Trips of the Heart
    Fathers create chances when father and children go out together; go to the park, get ice cream, to the beach, to church, to for walks to talk. Don’t expect your children to develop a relationship with you, as a father you have to develop what type of relationship you want established. This is not always natural and takes work; it is well worth the effort in the coming years. There will be times when your children reflect and retake these “Trips of the Heart” that remind them of you, they (sons and daughters) need this attention consistently. The Bible gives the key to raising children in Proverbs 22:6. “Train a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it” so fathers must be involved and active. What way do you want your child to go and who do you want her / him to go with? Teach that they deserve and should show respect, teach to be confident, teach to be independent and self-reliant, but teach compassion, sympathy and empathy with wisdom.

    William Jackson
    Wm Jackson with his mentees at the Daddy Daughter Dance

    Responsibility and Accountability
    Fathers be responsible and accountable for your actions and take responsibility to help raise your daughter or son. In the home or not you helped create that child, if you are a step parent you have an added responsibility to show that non-biological fathers can be good fathers with patience, love and prayer, it is not easy, you fill a void, a need that transcends biology. Surrogate fathers and step fathers do serve a valuable role, you still are viewed as a “father figure” so that girl or boy may not say it, but they need to know you are there today, tomorrow and the next day. There will come a time when they will need your help in their life and will call on the “father” that they know

    William Jackson
    William Jackson and children…..

    Diversity of Fatherhood
    Many families have diverse backgrounds, it is not uncommon today to have Christian and Muslim families, Hispanic and Haitian, Mexican and Hispanic, Irish and Jamaican, Native American and Black, Jewish and non-Jewish, African American and other ethnic backgrounds either married or living in the same household. Each family growing as one and working to make a “blended family” united. Fathers create a light that shines on the goodness of the family. That light casts away the darkness of strife and struggle. Malcolm X “We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity,” fathers create and build unity in the family, in their communities and in the nation. Dads are like the threads to multicultural and multiethnic tapestry. Keeping the family connected even with cultural or religious challenges. Respecting ones differences and loving their individuality, united in love. The 21st century has blended cultures, heritages and races. It has transcended to creating a true rainbow coalition of humanity under diverse family units. Family will guide and build the respect, patience and understanding that is needed to make a diverse family strong. The father is the corner stone, the foundation of this love, the rock that weathers the storms of life.

    William Jackson

    A Fathers Educational Expectations
    Fathers teach your children they are smart, intelligent and creative, teach them that they are valuable and precious. Just because each child is different they should all have the same expectations for success and happiness. Success is not always making big sums of money, driving fancy cars or wearing expensive clothes. Success can also mean obtaining a good education to provide for self and family; not depending on the government, being able to do for your own. Education is the key to continue self-growth and cultural strength; the Bible in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Guard your children away from negativity; guided them to knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Malcolm X as it applies to the 21st century, “”Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Children will not stay children forever so fathers help prepare children for the boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, conference rooms, presidential rooms, mayoral rooms, senatorial rooms and surgical rooms. Fathers prepare your children for the future, emphasis education; talk about drugs, sex, relationships, respectful and accountable behaviors. Teach your children equally about peer pressure with alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs. Building a strong foundation now will lessen the rebellion many parents experience during teen years. Empower yourself with knowledge so that you will not be reactive to situations and proactive to life’s challenges.

    William Jackson
    Larry Henderson with Grandson…..

    The world creates distractions in parental relationships and fosters interferences with sex, drugs, violence, complacency and lowering of morals and values. Fathers must be diligent to keep the lines of communication open between themselves and their children. Children need and require a close relationship with their fathers, in some cases they do not know how to ask for it. Fathers your job is to show your child that they are great just the way they are and that you have high expectations for them. Fathers, pray for your children and anoint them with love, praise; speak power in their lives and protection. God hears father’s prayers, a father sometimes needs to be humble, quick to praise, slow to anger and consistently available to his children.


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    Gillette Honors Dads in New Raising an Olympian Short Film featuring Father & Son Olympic Ice Hockey Duo Ryan and Bob Suter

    - The journey of two-time Olympian Ryan Suter’s quest towards gold in Sochi is showcased in first-ever tribute to dads -

    BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) pays homage to moms for picking their kids back up after every fall in the latest installment of its “Thank You, Mom” campaign, Gillette, P&G’s leading male grooming brand, honors dads with the launch of its new Raising an Olympian short film titled “Keep Your Head Up.” It showcases the shared journey of Ryan Suter, defenseman with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL and 2010 Olympic Winter Games silver medalist, and his dad Bob Suter, Olympic gold medalist who made history with the iconic “Miracle on Ice” team during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid – where the U.S. team, made up of amateur players, defeated the world champion Soviet Union team.

    Gillette Honors Dads in New Raising an OlympianRyan Suter, left, Minnesota Wild defenseman and Gillette's U.S. athlete ambassador for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, participates in a ceremonial shave and send-off to Sochi with his father, 1980 Olympic Gold medalist Bob Suter on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. (Photo by Craig Lassig/Invision for Gillette/AP Images)

    Raising an Olympian brings to life the daily lessons all dads teach their sons and highlights how Ryan, through failures and successes, learned to always keep his head up and maintain a positive attitude. Also revealed are Bob’s efforts towards ensuring his son’s pursuit of being an Olympian stemmed from his own dreams, and not as a result of pressure to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

    “While P&G athletes and their dads have always honored the role moms play in helping their kids achieve their dreams, Gillette is delighted to pay special tribute to the dads that play an important role too,” said Hooman Shahidi, senior brand manager for Gillette North America. “We’re thrilled to welcome not only Ryan as our U.S. athlete ambassador for his commitment to excellence and precision on and off the ice, but also to honor his father, Bob, for the invaluable role he has played in Ryan’s life.”

    “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my dad,” said U.S. Olympic silver medalist Ryan Suter. “Besides always keeping my head up, my dad taught me that precision provides that competitive edge you need when it matters most. I’m thrilled to join the Gillette family of athletes and honored to be given the opportunity to thank my dad and dads everywhere for their unconditional support.”

    Ryan Suter joins Gillette because the precision hockey skills that have helped him reach the Olympics twice are not the only thing he inherited from his dad; Ryan also inherited sensitive skin. To honor the role Bob has played in Ryan’s life and to send Ryan off to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games clean-shaven and ready to go for gold, Gillette is hosting a ceremonial father and son “hometown” shave on February 5th in Minneapolis with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor – which provides unrivaled comfort even on sensitive skin like Ryan and his dad’s.

    Ryan and Bob Suter join other inspiring Gillette athlete ambassadors including Russian Olympic ice hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, Canadian Olympic ice hockey player John Tavares, and Dutch Olympic gold medalist speed skater Sven Kramer. Gillette is also a proud sponsor of Team USA ice hockey during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Ryan and Bob Suter’s Raising an Olympian short film can be viewed at

    About Gillette
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    - Director Kobie Brown’s Acclaimed Original Documentary “From Fatherless to Fatherhood” Premieres on Father’s Day, June 16 at 8 p.m. EDT • “The Bill Cosby Show” Marathon and Special “The Root 100” Celebrity Vignettes Also Featured -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Atlanta, GA – June 6, 2013 — This Father’s Day, ASPiRE will feature special programming that showcases a range of fathers and reflections on fatherhood. “Bill-A-Thon,” a marathon of classic “The Bill Cosby Show” episodes, at 4-8 p.m. EDT leads into the world television premiere of the critically-acclaimed, conversation-starting documentary From Fatherless To Fatherhood, which thoughtfully explores the impact of missing fathers in the African-American community. From Fatherless To Fatherhood airs on Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EDT, and Sunday, June 17 at 1 a.m. EDT.

    From Fatherless to Fatherhood
    In addition, Father’s Day on ASPiRE will be peppered with a range of compelling vignettes from the network’s original series “The Root 100,” which will feature film, television and music stars, including pastor Devon Franklin, activist Ben Jealous and actress Gabrielle Union, as they share personal stories about their fathers.

    “We have a great deal to celebrate in June,” said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. “ASPiRE turns a year old on June 27. Throughout this milestone month, we wanted to showcase what makes this network unique for modern African-American viewers looking for quality family entertainment. As part of this celebration, we are thrilled to bring filmmaker Kobie Brown’s groundbreaking documentary to audiences as the nation celebrates fatherhood. We hope that this film’s debut on ASPiRE stimulates and inspires conversation on this important topic.”

    Independent documentary film From Fatherless To Fatherhood explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to the absence of fathers in African-American community. Additionally, the film highlights Black men who are fostering quality relationships with their children, families and therefore, their communities. The film is rooted in the real lives of men, women and children and buttressed by the perspectives of multiple Grammy-Award winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, Dr. Steve Perry (CNN’s Education Contributor), Reverend DeForest B. Soaries (CNN’s “Black in America: Almighty Debt”) and Jeff Robinson (MBK Entertainment).

    Director Kobie Brown is excited about this partnership and platform with which to spread his message of the importance of fatherhood. "More often than not examples of high quality manhood, fatherhood and loving relationships are not illustrated, talked about or shown such that we can recognize them when we see them,” Brown says. “It is an honor to connect with Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the team at the ASPiRE to celebrate the importance of fatherhood and deliver a different kind of reality; one that has the ability to transform us all."

    A Google+ Hangout with Brown and hip-hop artist/music producer David Banner to discuss the film is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 at Noon EDT on Additional speakers and special guests will be announced. Please see or for more details.

    For additional information on the web series or the film From Fatherless To Fatherhood, please go to and follow the film on Facebook, Twitter @tofatherhood and Pinterest Click the following link to see a clip of Reverend DeForest B. Soaries discussing the meaning of fatherhood:

    Raised in East Orange, NJ, and educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Kobie Brown is a respected music industry executive. His passion for creativity, commitment to activism, and awareness of the pervasiveness and pain resulting from father absence inspired Brown to create From Fatherless to Fatherhood – a documentary that explores father absence in the Black community while showcasing men who are fostering quality relationships with their children, families, and therefore, their communities.

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in more than 15 million homes in 20 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC. through Comcast, Time Warner and FAVE TV. For more information, visit, and on Twitter @tvaspire.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
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    International Kidnapping Inspires

    - Parental Lessons
    Estranged Spouses Must Put Children First, Father Says; Offers Tips -

    In his wedding pictures taken during the 1980s, Steve Fenton is on top of the world. He’s a handsome American newlywed with a sly smirk on his face, about to drink a toast with his beauty queen wife in a traditional wedding in Xalapa, Mexico.

    Eight years later, the rising tension begins in this real-life, Hollywood-styled drama, detailed in his new book, Broken Treaty ( He became estranged from his wife Silvia, but allowed her to take their son, Stephen, 6, on a two-week trip to her native Mexico in December 1992. More than four, frantic weeks later, he found out Silvia had enrolled their son in a school there, quit her job in California and had no plans of coming back.

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    “I know a lot of mothers down here who have done this same thing with no problems,” she told him over the phone.

    Fenton also spoke with his son during that call, and could tell the boy was close to tears.

    “He wanted to come back home to his friends, his school and a model submarine project we were working on,” he says. “Silvia hung up the phone shortly thereafter.”

    He pursued the Hague Convention Treaty, an international accord signed by Mexico the previous year, to return his son. A year later, although adamantly assured by both Mexico and the U.S. State Department that his son would be returned to his birth country, Fenton saw that his only hope would be to leave diplomats to their own devices. He began quietly engineering a complex plan to bring his son home to California.

    Fenton grew his hair and a beard and donned sunglasses and a hat to disguise his appearance. He hired a pilot and others to help in the extraction of his son from southeastern Mexico. After spending tens of thousands of dollars and risking his life with no guarantee of success, he landed back on U.S. soil – with Stephen.

    But while the action movie portion of the story ends here, another saga – single-parenthood – would begin. He offers tips that, despite his unique circumstances, apply to all divorced parents.

     • It’s not about you. Although Fenton’s heroics to recover his son on foreign soil were life-changing, the mission’s purpose was to provide young Stephen with a better life. That meant giving his son the opportunity to continue his relationship with the mother who abducted him.

     • “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” That’s the second-to-last chapter title in Fenton’s book. Initially, he took his son to visit his mother at the border, where they two were separated by a tall chain-link fence. He asked authorities to reduce charges against her when she came back to the states, so that his son could continue to have a meaningful relationship with her. His reward – Silvia was perpetually taking Fenton to court for child custody and child support, though she was court-ordered to repay him $51,000 for the rescue mission.

     • Forgiveness is ultimately rewarded. Fenton’s second marriage broke up because of the stress on his family from his first wife’s actions. He was reprimanded by his lawyer for putting himself in a compromising situation. But the doting father got the affirmation he was looking for during a lunch with his then-22-year-old son. Stephen spelled out his gratitude for his father’s instincts and actions. “Fourteen years after brining my son home, he helped me understand that I could look ahead and realize that we’d both finally made it home,” Fenton says.

    About Steve Fenton
    Steve Fenton is a specialty building contractor. After his estranged wife spirited their son, an American, away to Xalapa, Mexico, the father decided he had to take action. With little to no help from the U.S. and Mexican governments after a year and a half, the determined father went on a clandestine recovery mission across the border. What ensued were life-changing events that have defined the lives of father and son. His book was written with some technical assistance from Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who would later become a national hero after safely landing U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.


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    An Anointing Message To Fathers for 2012 by William Jackson, M.Ed.

    Going into the new year Pastors, Bishops, Apostles, Priests and others of religious faiths should pray over all fathers. Now more than ever in history do we need spiritual guidance, wisdom and protection. I’m a father, educator and mentor, I want to inspire and motivate fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, fathers to be, divorced fathers and even absentee fathers, men who are  guardians: to be the best men their families, children, communities, and churches need. Difficult times and many challenges are around us; spiritually, economically, educationally, environmentally and politically.

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    As men we should be taking the lead in the direction to move to care for our loved ones, our communities and supporting our churches. Fathers have a historical responsibility and spiritual accountability to place our families above our personal needs. We cannot nor should not be selfish in our love for family, devotion to God, giving to community and mentoring to youth. These things as men we should pray and act on to improve ourselves.

    1. Fathers, should go to Jesus in prayer and pray with their children and families. Leading prayer as the leader of the household.

    2. Fathers, make mistakes, but own up to them and correct the mistakes they have made. Working not to repeat them and modeling responsibility.

    3. Fathers, discipline their children with love and not with physical violence, verbal degradation or emotional manipulation.

    4. Fathers, take their children/families to church and bible study to receive the Word of God and meditate on these words to empower, inspire and strengthen the family unit.

    5. Fathers, are not perfect and should not try to be perfect, ask God for wisdom, direction and discernment.

    6. Fathers, don't blame others for their weakness, but work to strengthen themselves in the Word of God through prayer and reading of scripture.

    7. Fathers, will not "follow the guys" when they are disrespecting women, this sets an inappropriate and dangerous model for their sons to follow.

    8. Fathers, don't block their children's anointing with ungodly actions and modeling that may be repeated by their children as they mature into adults.

    9. Fathers, ask for discernment to recognize the signs of trouble, chaos and confusion before they happen.

    10. Fathers, model respect for the spirit of the church and church representation.

    11. Fathers, lead grace/prayer at meal time and anoint their children with oil.

    12. Fathers, should be able to purchase their daughters personal items and be proud in doing so. Setting a standard of respect, pride and responsibility for the young lady he protects and loves.

    13. Fathers, promote education in the household. Reading should come before video games, television or play time.

    14. Fathers, talk to their children about drugs and sex before the street or television does.

    15. Fathers, do not whine about what "HIS" daddy did not do for him, but follow a model indicative of Godly men and accountability.

    16. Fathers, do not blame where he came from for his short-comings. He focuses on where he is going in a positive direction.

    17. Fathers, takes time to visit their children's school and talk to teachers about their children's progress, strengths, and challenges.

    18. Fathers, will happily sacrifice for their family, showing how God’s love sacrificed for all of us.

    19. Fathers, accept responsibility for their children's actions. Remembering that “the apple does not fall far from the tree.” Fathers recognize and work to stop generational curses so a new and positive direction is made for his children.

    20. Fathers, will visit their children and spend time with them even though he may not be present in the home. A true father takes responsibility for a life that they helped create and a true mother/woman allows the father to do this and puts her feelings aside to allow a father to be a father.

    21. Fathers, aren't afraid to show love to their children, children still need reinforcement that they are loved and respected by their father. Love cannot be bought, bartered, compromised, sold, exchanged. Love is a action word and actions speak louder than words.

    22. Fathers, spend time just being together with their children and doing things their children like and will remember doing.

    23. Fathers, teach your child to be responsible and accountable for their actions. Not to blame others for their actions or think they are owed anything. Respect is always earned.

    24. Fathers must teach and model respect to women for their sons and respect to men by their daughters. Sex must be taken seriously not as a game, violence is not acceptable by men or women. Fathers must lead in the understanding of this.

    25. Fathers must teach respect, honor, and fear of the Lord.

    A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom; and that it is by God's power that he is upheld and provided for, and that he needs God's wisdom to lead and guide him, and His might to enable him to do what he ought to do for Him. Edwards, Jonathan

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