Be a Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood

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One Became a Grandfather at Thirty-Six. Another came into the world as a result of a rape-when his mother was just thirteen. And one grew up watching his father on skid row, addicted to the "hip hop drug," crack. These and other true stories are from the hard but triumphant lives of Black men who came of age with the emergence of hip hop.

This groundbreaking anthology, Be a Father to Your Child, is a call to action by some of today's most popular names in hip hop culture, ...

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Overview

One Became a Grandfather at Thirty-Six. Another came into the world as a result of a rape-when his mother was just thirteen. And one grew up watching his father on skid row, addicted to the "hip hop drug," crack. These and other true stories are from the hard but triumphant lives of Black men who came of age with the emergence of hip hop.

This groundbreaking anthology, Be a Father to Your Child, is a call to action by some of today's most popular names in hip hop culture, including Talib Kweli, Kevin Powell, William Jelani Cobb, Davey D., and others. It also introduces deeply compelling stories by new and first-time writers. This collection of essays, interviews, and poems is a composite portrait of a generation of "hip hop heads" who represent what is good and enduring about this oft misunderstood culture. It is also a riposte to the widespread belief that Black men don't care about their families. The contributors' challenges, victories, and their visions of how to build a solid family are sure to move any reader looking for inspiration on family and love.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781593761929
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The Set Up

To Be Men First, Then Fathers: Realizing Progressive Black Masculinities: An Introduction Loren S. Harris Harris, Loren S. 3

An Interview with Davey D. 11

Side A

Freestyle Fatherhood Lasana Hotep Hotep, Lasana 26

What Is a Man? Kevin Powell Powell, Kevin 32

Baba Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele Akinwole-Bandele, Lumumba 38

Work and Travel Steven G. Fullwood Fullwood, Steven G. 45

Love, Lessons, Learning, and Leadership Timothy David Jones Jones, Timothy David 54

From Education to Get Money: The Challenge of Parenting In and Beyond the Hip-Hop Generation Bakari Kitwana Kitwana, Bakari 62

What Kind of Place Is This?: A Black Father Raising His Sons in White Suburbia Alford A. Young, Jr. Young, Alford A., Jr. 70

A Moment of Clarity Aaron Lloyd Lloyd, Aaron 78

Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Dad in My Subconscious Shaun Neblett Neblett, Shaun 84

The "Pursuit" of Meaning Bill Stephney Stephney, Bill 90

An Interview with Talib Kweli 98

Side B

My Son's Imaginary Friend James Braxton Peterson II Peterson, James Braxton, II 105

The Black Hair Matrix: How Jada Pinkett-Smith Saved My Daughter's Self-Esteem Adisa Banjoko Banjoko, Adisa 111

Down the Aisle, Walkin' The Walk Thabiti Boone Boone, Thabiti 118

Poems by Saddi Khali 124

Fatherless Child (29 Years Later)

Our Father

Your Son

Truth and Reconciliation Kevin Williams Williams, Kevin 130

Do the Sons Bear the Sins of the Father? Dion Chavis Chavis, Dion 138

G-Daddy: A Father's Rage; A Grandfather's Delight Mo Beasley Mo, Beasley 145

Who's The Man? Cheo Tyehimba Tyehimba, Cheo 152

An Interview with Rhymefest 160

Because Of My Father... Byron Hurt Hurt, Byron 166

The Old ManJelani Cobb Cobb, Jelani 174

About the Contributors 182

Books for Further Reading 193

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