Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

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 “Be there. Those seven letters encompass the tao of fatherhood.” —Etan Thomas

In Fatherhood, beloved NBA player, poet, youth advocate, and devoted dad Etan Thomas speaks from his heart on what matters most in his life: being there for his children. As a highly respected player in the NBA and a leading participant in President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative, Etan has reached out to young men (often young fathers) in the juvenile detention system and in local communities. ...

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Overview

 “Be there. Those seven letters encompass the tao of fatherhood.” —Etan Thomas

In Fatherhood, beloved NBA player, poet, youth advocate, and devoted dad Etan Thomas speaks from his heart on what matters most in his life: being there for his children. As a highly respected player in the NBA and a leading participant in President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative, Etan has reached out to young men (often young fathers) in the juvenile detention system and in local communities. He knows firsthand the difference having a father in your life every day can make—and as a father of three, Etan walks the talk in his own life.

Now he brings together a chorus of voices—highly revered professional athletes and coaches, actors and performing artists, politicians and leaders of faith—to weigh in on the importance of being a father in our nation today. Isaiah Washington, Howard Dean, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Taye Diggs, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tony Hawk, Al Sharpton, Chuck D and many more share what they’ve learned from being a father, having a father, or in some cases not having a father around.

Through these inspiring personal experiences, Etan and the men he’s gathered together hope to share the message that by standing up and taking an active role as fathers, men not only find their own lives more joyful and fulfilling—they pass on to the next generation an unshakable legacy of love, wisdom, responsibility, and strength.

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The Washington Post
This inspirational meditation on fatherhood…offers a lot to chew on, both as a primer for thoughtful fathers and children and as a particularly trenchant entry in the ongoing conversation on parenthood and race. In addition to relating his journey into fatherhood, Thomas has enlisted a cohort of men from the worlds of sports, music and media to add their stories, with the resulting chorus providing a stream of warning, encouragement and guidance.
—Michael Lindgren
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451414892
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 246,435
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

 Etan Thomas is an eleven-year NBA veteran, contributes to the Huffington Post, CNN, and ESPN, and is the author of the highly regarded poetry collection More Than an Athlete. He was chosen by the Obama Administration to participate in President Obama’s town hall meetings on fatherhood. Etan lives with his wife and three children in Maryland.

Nick Chiles is a New York Times bestselling author and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Dungy xi

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Got to be There: Spending Time with Your Children 1

1 Howard Dean 3

2 Tony Hawk 6

3 Coach John Thompson 11

4 Malcolm Shabazz 15

5 Isaiah Washington 21

Poem Taalam Acey 25

Chapter 2 Happy Feelings: Finding Joy with Your Children 29

1 Chris Paul 34

2 Taye Diggs 41

3 Stuart Scott 45

4 Will Downing 50

Poem J. Ivy 54

Chapter 3 Stronger Than Pride: Showing Love to Your Children 59

1 Derek Fisher 61

2 Talib Kweli 64

3 Grant Hill 67

4 Andre Agassi 72

5 Allan Houston 78

Poem Black Ice 82

Chapter 4 You've Got a Friend: Using Elders to Deliver Honesty and Wisdom to Your Children 87

1 Representative Elijah Cummings 91

2 John Carlos 98

3 Mumia Abu-Jamal 104

Poem Julian Thomas 110

Chapter 5 The Roots of a Tree: Reaching Back into History to Lift Up Your Children 113

1 Tito Puente Jr. 116

2 Joakim Noah 119

3 Damian Marley 125

4 Yao Ming 130

5 Arn Tellem 133

Poem by Abiodune Oyewole of the Last Poets 136

Chapter 6 Sky is the Limit: Helping Children Overcome Fatherlessness 139

1 Ice Cube 142

2 Michael Moore 149

3 Baron Davis 157

4 Kevin Durant 162

Poem Etan Thomas 165

Chapter 7 Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting the Stereotypes that Can Overwhelm your Children 169

1 Chuck D 174

2 Billy Hunter 183

3 David Aldridge 185

4 Dave Zirin 189

5 Roland Martin 193

Poem by 13 of Nazareth 196

Chapter 8 Redemption Song: Overcoming Anger-You Have to Let it Go 201

1 Styles P 205

2 Kevin Powell 208

3 Lamman Rucker 215

4 Derrick Coleman 219

Poem Messiah Ramkissoon 225

Chapter 9 Dear Mama: Helping Single Mothers Shoulder the Burden 227

1 Joe Johnson 230

2 Pastor John Jenkins 233

3 Al Horford 237

4 Reverend Al Sharpton 244

Poem Julian Thomas 250

Chapter 10 Wake Up, Everybody: Examining Bill Cosby's Plea for Responsible Fathers 255

1 Malcolm-Jamal Warner 259

2 John King 265

3 Russ Parr 269

4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 272

5 Ed Gordon Jr. 276

Poem Etan Thomas 280

Conclusion Dr. Cornel West 285

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Love it!

    This book is important! Every man who is a dad, donor or father figure should read this book. You either learn something or confirm something. Love it!

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