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

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How do young black fathers relate to their children, as well as to their own fathers? How do they see — and play — their roles in both family and community? These are some of the big questions this timely, accessible book addresses. Written by both popular commentators and those who have experienced the issues firsthand, Be a Father to Your Child begins with a frank discussion of how family formation has changed since the 1960s, especially for communities of color. Individual selections then flesh out historical,...
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Be a Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood

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Overview

How do young black fathers relate to their children, as well as to their own fathers? How do they see — and play — their roles in both family and community? These are some of the big questions this timely, accessible book addresses. Written by both popular commentators and those who have experienced the issues firsthand, Be a Father to Your Child begins with a frank discussion of how family formation has changed since the 1960s, especially for communities of color. Individual selections then flesh out historical, sociological, and cultural contexts, examining the impact of welfare, child support, criminal justice, and employment policies on young men of color. In addition to this analytical material, the book presents more personal, anecdotal pieces — including poems and lyrics, short stories, and interviews — that form a powerful composite portrait of the challenges facing modern communities of color, and how to overcome them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593763268
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/23/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 3 MB

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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