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

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

by April R Silver (Editor)


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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593761929
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication / Opening Meditation     ix
Shout Outs     xi
Introduction     xv
The Set Up
To Be Men First, Then Fathers: Realizing Progressive Black Masculinities: An Introduction   Loren S. Harris     3
An Interview with Davey D.     11
Side A
Freestyle Fatherhood   Lasana Hotep     26
What Is a Man?   Kevin Powell     32
Baba   Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele     38
Work and Travel   Steven G. Fullwood     45
Love, Lessons, Learning, and Leadership   Timothy David Jones     54
From Education to Get Money: The Challenge of Parenting in and Beyond the Hip-Hop Generation   Bakari Kitwana     62
What Kind of Place is This?: A Black Father Raising His Sons in White Suburbia   Alford A. Young, Jr.     70
A Moment of Clarity   Aaron Lloyd     78
Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Dad in My Subconscious   Shaun Neblett     84
The "Pursuit" of Meaning   Bill Stephney     90
An Interview with Talib Kweli     98
Side B
My Son's Imaginary Friend   James Braxton Peterson II     105
The Black Hair Matrix: How Jada Pinkett-Smith Saved My Daughter's Self-Esteem   Adisa Banjoko     111
Down the Aisle, Walkin' The Walk   Thabiti Boone     118
Poems   Saddi Khali     124
Fatherless Child (29 Years Later)
Our Father
Your Son
Truth and Reconciliation   Kevin Williams     130
Do the Sons Bear the Sins of the Father?   Dion Chavis     138
G-Daddy: A Father's Rage; A Grandfather's Delight   Mo Beasley     145
Who's The Man?   Cheo Tyehimba     152
An Interview with Rhymefest     160
Because Of My Father ...   Byron Hurt     166
The Old Man   Jelani Cobb     174
About the Contributors     182
Books for Further Reading     193

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