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XMEN Return is Uncanny

Okay, pardon this cool dad’s fanboy mode, but X-MEN is on the way and the new film brings two sets of X-MEN together.  An awesome ensemble cast brings to life my favorite series of comic books on the mutants, Uncanny X-MEN. Halle Berry and so many others are back, as well as the young cast from the last movie!  It also brings back Bryan Singer the director of the first X-MEN film and writer of the excellent X-MEN: First Class. Check out the preview X-MEN: Days of Future Past and salivate with me!  I’m like a kids now candy store opens MAY 2014 #DadsRule

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Fatherhood Friday Kevin Hart

Today is Fatherhood Friday and we laugh with one of the top grossing comedians in the world and star of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, Kevin Hart. Check out the quote and video.  #FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF.

On the topic of fatherhood Kevin has the following advice:

“Lie to your kids … Reinvent yourself and do the opposite of what your parents did, unless they were good parents.” – Kevin Hart


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Let’s Move! DC Today

Looking for something to do today? This morning from 10am to 2pm, come out to Deanwood Rec center in DC and bring the whole family for fun, games and activities.  It’s FREE!  Daddyscool will be at the Fit Fathers table, come by and say hello.

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The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the DC Head Start State Collaboration Office (DC- HSSCO), in partnership with Fit Kids-DC, are collaborating to celebrate First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative by hosting the first annual Let’s Move! DC – Children and Families Health Expo on Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. at the Deanwood Recreation Center, just across the street from the Deanwood Metro exit.

Come join the party for a day of:
• Music and Entertainment
• Prizes and Giveaways!
• Local farmer markets showcasing DC’s rich variety of food
• Health and fitness exhibits/activity station
• Free sports classes for the kids!
• Come work out the Washington Green Hawks, DC’s professional entertainment basketball team!
• MLS DC United will be there testing players soccer skills, giving away prizes, and raffling off game tickets!!
• NFL Play 60, US Tennis Association, and The President’s Challenge Program will all be there!
• Special appearance by Celebrity Chef Lauren Von Der Pool, personal Chef to Venus and Serena Williams. Giving away signed copies of her book “Eat Yourself Sexy!”
• Celebrating Champions for Children Awardees
• Children and parents can play in the Fit Kids-DC and Ruckus obstacle courses, fun zones, face painting, Zumba dancing, and much more!

Let’s Move! is leading a nationwide effort to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy lifestyle choices by empowering families to put their children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The initiative aims to inspire children to eat healthy foods and have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, whether before, during, or after school. In addition, the DC public school system has become the first U.S. district to fully commit to the Let’s Move! Active Schools program. All 111 DC public schools have agreed to participate in the program.

For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/18tbzDT.

Fatherhood Friday Brad Pitt

Fatherhood Friday and not many cooler on screen, at least, than Brad Pitt. He is the father of six adopted children; Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.

On Fatherhood …

“It’s the biggest pain I’ve ever experienced, I love it and I can’t recommend it more highly.” – Brad Pitt

“I was surprised at how automatic it is, how much of it is instinctual. And now I have a great confidence and trust in those instincts.” – Brad Pitt

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#FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF

Mercedes Benz CLA: The Gateway Drive

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Recently, Mercedes came to my hometown and I was invited out to an night’s stay in at The Graham Hotel in Georgetown, Washington, DC and the opportunity to drive the CLA250 and CLA45 the whole day through Virginia.  I did a piece geared towards Generation Y on the site Behind the Hustle for Complex Magazine. SEE BELOW

Mercedes Benz moves to stay relevant by aiming at Generation-Y with a bullet in the all-new CLA250.  It is built like a Mercedes, drives like a Mercedes but costs as much as a high-end Ford Fusion. Sincerely.

So I pose the question, “Is Mercedes a brand that you aspire to purchase right now?”  Maybe it hits the top of your list when your hair starts to thin or gray a bit. Or maybe when you get that six-figure salary you are hustling for.

Well, Mercedes would like to welcome you to the party early.

READ MORE …

Above was to Generation Y but to those older and wiser see what I feel below …

I like the CLA250 for the younger generation, because of the safety features and some of the whistles and luxury cues, I would recommend it for my daughter if she was 20+ years old and in market for a car.  I know the car is not aiming at me so it did not surprise me that it missed the mark.

When I sit in the lap of luxury it has to really feel like it and on top of that a front wheel drive 4-cylinder car just won’t meet my demands as a driver, although it does have a nice kick to it. I have driven quite a few Mercedes over the years, so this just feels less than but the good thing is that it doesn’t feel contrived or forced like the other luxury brand that are scrambling to put out vehicles to compete. 

 

Fatherhood Friday The Greatest

This Fatherhood Friday we recognize the greatest … the champ, Muhammad Ali. Ali is the father of nine and while he is a staple in history books, he will always be one cool dad to his children.

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“Service to others is the rent that we pay on earth for our room in heaven”
– Muhammad Ali

When it comes to be a great dad …

“IT AINT BRAGGING IF YOU CAN BACK IT UP”
– Muhammad Ali

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#FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF … #DadsRULE

 

Single Parent Spirit Fest: DC

This Saturday, October 12, DaddysCool will be honored at a charity event highlighting single parents.  Mike Tucker will be crowned King for the night as the single dad honoree at Tarinna Terrell’s S.P.I.R.I.T Fest in Landover, MD.  S.P.I.R.I.T is an acronym for Single Parent Intuitive Resourceful Independent Talented. The event looks to be a fun one with live entertainment including music, poetry and art and food and dancing.  Tickets are only $20 in advance and the proceeds benefit the single parent initiative It Takes Two.  Visit Spirit Fest for more information and tickets. 

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Races and Proposals

This weekend was a blast for this cool dad.  Saturday, I finished my first 5k, picked up an engagement ring and headed to my college homecoming to propose to my best friend and now future wife.  Talk about a marathon of a day.

By 5:30am I was tossing and turning waking up every 2o minutes with anticipation. There was a day ahead of major firsts. First up was the Race for Every Child 5k with my fellow Fit Fathers in Washington, DC to help Children’s National Medical Center.  I had never ran a 5k I don’t run often but when I do it takes me about 30 min to run 2 miles and after that it is rest time. All I knew was I had to run faster and longer to finish in time to catch my son’s race which started  9:30.  And I did just that, no way I would miss the boy run.  I clocked in at  34:17 which was 923 out of over 2500 runners.  Not bad! I was very proud to be a part of it and oh, my son …

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I had more than enough time to catch my breath and walk my son to the starting line for his 100-yard dash.  A race that he would be running alone for the last 10 yards with the closest 7-year-old in his dust.  See photo below:

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Following the race, the real prize was waiting to be picked up. The diamond had been set in the engagement ring and ready to be picked up by 12pm.  I was cutting it close but I had to wait a few days for the jeweler to set the stone.

The plan was to propose to my girlfriend at our alma mater at the exact place we met on campus at Morgan State University Homecoming.  Not quite as simple when your girlfriend is mad at you, isn’t liking what her hair is doing that day and doesn’t want to attend homecoming.  I enlisted her friends to get her on campus by any means necessary.

As the sun started to set and the crowd lessened, it was time to put an exclamation mark on the biggest decision of my life. Now my mind was made up and I had the ring, it was time to place the decision before her. I decided to bring my kids along in true cool dad fashion.  I introduced them to my campus for the first time.  I showed them the places I would frequent and the places where I learned on campus.

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As much as the kids love my girlfriend and had been pushing for me to marry her (as if she was paying them under the swings) they had no idea that I was about to propose.  Everyone was surprised when I got on one knee. I loved that my daughters were able to be there, but most important I love that I was able to share that moment with my son and talk to him about it afterwards.

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Oh and she said YES!

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New chapter.  Down goes single dad.  Dads still rule! ~ Mike Tucker

New Book Bets on Black Dads

BOOK FOR KICKSTARTER

 

This month a new book debuts set to shatter stereotypes of Black fathers though positive and inspirational essays about everyday

fathers written by the daughters they have raised. Bet on Black:  African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of

Barack Obama was inspired by President Barack Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative which encourages and supports

responsible fathers. 

“This book is incredibly near to my heart—just like my father,” explains the book’s editor, Kenrya Rankin Naasel.  After years of

hearing how terrible Black men are at taking care of their children, I realized that it is important to share the positive stories like

ours,”

Through this collection of thoughtful essays, twenty women wrestle with the much maligned image of the Black dad

and shed light on the touching relationships they have with the dynamic fathers in their lives.

DaddysCool was privy to the advanced proof and we were quite impressed and moved. I know personally there is nothing like hearing

from my daughters what I mean to them and those sensory and personal moments are captured here in this book.

Visit www.BetOnBlackDads.com for more information.

Their is a book tour for the launch of Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama. A celebration with signings, readings and Q&As in NYC, Philly and D.C.

New York, NY
October 12, 2013 | 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Brunch signing at The Living Gallery BK
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Philadelphia, PA
November 1, 2013 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cocktail signing at ART SANCTUARY
628 S 16th St., Philadelphia, PA 19146

Washington D.C.
November 2, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Brunch signing @ The Foundry Gallery
1314 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Fatherhood Friday Lenny Kravitz

It’s Fatherhood Friday and today we give a nod to one of the coolest single dads in music, Lenny Kravitz.  He is father to the stunning actress Zoe Kravitz. His quote speaks to loosening your grip as a father and allowing your child to learn from their own decisions.

“[My daughter is] a good girl, she’s smart, and I respect her choices. If something isn’t done right, she learns from it and that’s life.” – Lenny Kravitz

#DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday is the new #FF

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DC Event: Man Up


MAN UP! LEADERSHIP BOOTCAMP hits the DC area this Saturday. Don’t miss it. Sign your young men up today. 

The Man Up! Leadership Bootcamp is a powerful workshop that provides young men (ages 13 – 21) with a unique learning experience that equips them with the skills necessary to be effective leaders, successful students, and productive citizens in their communities.  For more information visit http://manup-leadershipbootcamp.eventbrite.com/

Facilitated by leadership consultant Mike Powell (The Powell Consulting Group, Inc.), community activists Silas Grant (Chairman Ward 5 Democrats) and Ed Fisher (Chief of Staff Ward 7 DC. City Council), the Man Up! Leadership Bootcamp helps young men develop the leadership skills necessary to solve complex “real-world” problems and thrive in challenging environments.

At the end of this course students will:

  • Practice effective communication skills;
  • Learn effective conflict resolution skills;
  • Learn how to set S.M.A.R.T Goals;
  • Examine the traits of good leaders;
  • Create their personal brand;
  • Understand how diversity impacts individual and group dynamics;
  • Understand why leaders must have a vision

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For the past 5 years components of The Man Up! Leadership Bootcamp have been delivered to a variety of agencies, universities and non-profit organizations, including D.C College Access Program (DCCAP), Hampton University William R. Harvey Leadership Fellows Program, The Lifting As We Climb Foundation, Inc.,  Presidential Management Fellows at the Social Security Administration, and the Capitol Hill Boys Club.

Girls With Gifts Charity Event – DC

Girls With Gifts, Inc. hosts adult-only charity bowling event this Saturday in DC to celebrate and raise funds for partnership with The SEED School of Washington, D.C.

(SEED DC) to empower girls ages 11?18 with interest in the arts and entertainment . The event will take place from 2PM to 5PM at Lucky Strike, DC,

located at 701 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Special guests and supporters will compete in a bowling match for a worthy cause.  Supporters will enjoy

team bowling, passed food and premium open bar throughout the event. Sweets and treats will be provided and surprise gift bag giveaways will take place.

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Bowling lanes can be sponsored by individuals and organizations at different donor levels.

For sponsorship information, please contact the Event Coordinator at Cassaundra@girlswithgifts.org.

General admission for this event is $40 and tickets can be purchased at http://GWGBowlingDC.eventbrite.com/. Door

sales will increase to $45.

Event proceeds will go to Girls with Gifts’Reach Back, Pull Forward Program at SEED DC.

 

-SEED DC is a public college?preparatory boarding school whose primary mission is to provide an outstanding, intensive

educational program that prepares children, both academically and socially, for success in college. Reach Back, Pull

Forward Program participants at SEED DC will attend weekly, themed sessions where they will interact and dialogue with

their peers, mentors and career professionals. Girls With Gifts will provide guidance and free resources, such as talentspecific

trainings, workshops, activities to help build and promote proper etiquette and boost self?esteem and field trips

that will serve as tangible evidence that anything is possible. The Reach Back, Pull Forward DC Program aims to tap into

girls’ talents, inspire them to unwrap their gifts and share their “presents” with the world.

For more information about Girls With Gifts, visit www.girlswithgifts.org or email info@girlswithgifts.org.

 

 

Men Hurt Too – DC event

This Friday, Oct. 4, join Mike Tucker of DaddysCool and other panelist for a great discussion on why “Men Hurt Too: The Other Side of Domestic Violence.”  If you are in the DC area, this is a great opportunity to get your voice heard and get some useful information if you are in pain or not.  Meet other men with similar struggles and come out more informed than when you arrived. See you soon! #DadsRule

 

DVWMT Presents.Men Hurt Too.The Otherside of DV.OCT 4 2013

 

visit http://domesticviolencemenhurttoo.eventbrite.com/

 

Kids Thumbs Down to Shutdown

Check out these elementary school kids have a intelligent debate on CNN about the US government shutdown.  Insightful!

Source: CNN

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