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Fatherhood Friday King Rules

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We lost music legend and cool dad B.B. King, so we couldn’t let this day go pass without shouting out a KING.  He was a father to three girls. RIP  #FatherhoodFriday

 

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“Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.”
B. B. King

 

Fatherhood Friday Spike

IMG_5245-1.JPGSpike will always be a cool dad for directing “Do The Right Thing,” and Air Jordan commercials, getting in the face of NBA players during games and putting out a children’s book with his wife.  A father of two young adults, he is definitely getting less cool but Spike will always be Spike and never apologize for it. For that we salute the director this Fatherhood Friday.

 

“It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.”  Spike Lee

Right on Spike! #DadsRule

 

Fatherhood Friday Avengers Dad Jeremy Renner

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Today, on the heels on arguably the biggest film release in the world, we salute “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star Jeremy Renner. Cool dad to 2-year-old Ava Berlin, Jeremy remarked recently on the Ellen Show about how much being a dad has changed the 44-year-old.

“Daddy’s my best role to date, I think.”

“It’s kind of screwed my career in a lot of ways, because I don’t really care about it so much because I care about her so much.”

“I still work, probably even more. It used to be all for myself, so I’m not old and broke. All these things I still do, but I do it now for the future of my baby, and if it gets in the way of her well-being, then I stop.” – Jeremy Renner

#DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

Fatherhood Friday Anthony Anderson

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We salute Anthony Anderson, cool husband, cool dad of two teens and   star of  ABC’s “Black-Ish,” which returned to the small screen this week.  Anderson is one of the hardest working men in show business but is careful to make sure he is a constant in his children’s lives.  His son is taking a crack at acting and one of Anderson’s fondest memories was when his son chose to join him on stage one Father’s Day and tell “Yo, mama” jokes.

When asked what he liked most about fatherhood:

“Both my children being there, and that being a crowning achievement in my life, and it actually made me feel invincible … I can live forever now.

About his wife and stay-at-home parents:

“What she does as a stay-at-home mom, just like all the other stay-at-home moms and dads across the country is invaluable and unquantifiable … it’s the ultimate sacrifice, what these stay-at-home mothers and fathers do.

From interview w/ Black and Married with Kids

#fatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

DC Event: Shakespeare Bday Celebration

Saturday April 19, join the family friendly birthday bash for the Bard  in and outside the Folger Shakespeare Library at 201 East Capitol Street SE in Washington, D.C.

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Photo by Jeff Malet Courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

 

This year marks William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday and the celebration goes from 12pm-4pm featuring jugglers and jesters, stage combat demonstrations, Elizabethan crafts, a scavenger hunt and more.

Check out child palatable five-minute versions of Shakespeare’s plays from the Nickel Shakespeare Girls, and enjoy musical performances by WETA Classical Players.  Also the DC Public Library brings its portable reading room to the Folger’s Elizabethan Garden where children will be read to by volunteers and can get library cards as well as check out books.

Get those pressing questions about Shakespeare answered by professionals and don’t forget to leave with cake!

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Photo by Jeff Malet Courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

 

For more information visit www.Folger.edu

 

Walter Scott Shooting Leaves 4 Children Father-less

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Walter Scott was a father of four with a fiancee. Walter Scott has a family who loved him. Walter Scott’s life mattered.

Walter Scott was murdered by a white police officer, Michael Slager, in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In the wake of the shooting, four more children will grow up without their father.

“He has four children; he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record,” said Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family. “He had a job; he was engaged. He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”

Fatherhood Friday Smart Move

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Shaka Smart leaves Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to take over the head coaching job at Texas University.  The cool dad and media darling will finally cash in and get all the spoils that come from coaching a big named program.

Should he have waited for a position at a school with a better basketball tradition? Should he have waited one more year to field offers?  Could he have gone to a school who’s fans and athletic director are likely more forgiving to a first year losing season, if that were to occur?

The answer to all these questions are, “maybe.”  As it stands the young coach will make about $18 million.  I know money isn’t everything, but when you have a family and an opportunity like this presents itself, it makes the decision easier to run a fast break to the bank.  Money aside, he had taken VCU as far it it could go and it is time to see what he can do with real resources at his disposal.

I wish Shaka all the success in the world and know he is up to the challenge. #FatherhoodFriday salute! #DadsRule

Fatherhood Friday Still Strong

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This week, NFL player Devon Still got the amazing news that his 4-year old daughter, Leah, diagnosed with pediatric cancer, was now cancer free!  We salute young, strong and cool dad Still this Fatherhood Friday.

When he got the good news, he finally re-signed with the team that allowed him to stay on the practice squad with health insurance supporting his daughter’s struggle.  Still signed  a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals..  He vowed not to play while his daughter fought cancer and now he plans to put attention towards the game and his daughter.

“I just felt numb,” Still said. “It was hard to believe especially with how bad the disease was spread throughout her body before. We were definitely hoping to hear that the treatment worked and tell us it digressed, but to say they didn’t see anything in her body the whole thing was shocking.”

 

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“When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment, Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I’m so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime.” -Devon Still

#DADSRULE #LeahSTRONG

Follow Devon on Instagram @man_of_still75

 

Fatherhood Friday Ashton Kutcher

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Cool dad and social media titan Ashton Kutcher took a stand for fatherhood this past week. The father of 5 month old baby girl Wyatt took to Facebook and the over 18 million people that “like” his page to rant about diaper changing stations in men’s bathrooms.  Right on Ashton, wield that power. #DadsRule

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I feel it should be as convenient for a dad to take care of his little ones as it is for a mom.  That is across the board from concessions in the workplace to changing table in the bathroom.

Manute Bol’s Son to Take his Father’s Game to New Height

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Meet Bol Bol, son of former NBA player Manute Bol.  Bol is more than following the massive footprints of  his 7ft 7in tall (now deceased) dad; this 15 year-old is already 6 ft 10 in and shows the mobility of Kevin Durant.

Bol’s dad died in 2010. The death hit him hard, but became his motivation to focus more on basketball to help get through his loss. He wants to complete his dads dream making it to the NBA, taking care of the people of Sudan but not spending the bulk of his money on the cause like his dad did, rather saving money to take care of himself and his immediate family.

“When people say every game I play is for my dad, it makes me feel good; makes me work harder”

Bol is just getting started.

 

Video via Bleacher Report

Byron Allen Takes Inclusion Fight to Comcast and Al Sharpton

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Cool and very paid dad Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios, is seeking $20 million in a lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Inc. and Reverend Al Sharpton.

The television producer’s complaint alleges that of the $15 million Comcast spends on licensing and advertising, only $3 million of their spend goes to black-owned media.  The lawsuit also accuses Comcast of giving money to Al Sharpton, his National Action Network, NAACP and Urban League to give the appearance of supporting diversity and refusing to share the wealth.

Very interesting! I applaud Allen for stepping up with an aggressive public challenge, even though part of his motives are for his own business.  In my career in media I have witnessed many major companies shift money to the black companies/people/causes that will make the most splash, so the major company appears to be doing the most when it is actually doing the least. It sickens me when there is really enough money to go around, if they would open their pockets for real.  If they would open up, I think they would see that diversity can add value and coin to the picture.

Watch Allen’s interview from CNN:

Read Washington Post article for more info:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/24/lawsuit-accuses-comcast-al-sharpton-of-discriminating-against-black-owned-media/?postshare=731425333078996

Lebron James’ Son Got Game

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Lebron James’ 10 year old son is already making some waves on the hardwood.   Lebron James, Jr. is balling in this clip.  Like father like son. Check the tape. #Dadsrule

 

Fatherhood Friday Josh Grant

Motocross pro Josh Grant is big on bikes, speed, tricks, dirt and family. He is all about his wife Ashley and sons Easton and Wyatt. A cool dad for sure. Salute! #FatherhoodFriday

 

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“One of the coolest feelings I have experienced as a dad is being able to ride with little man and watching him grow into being such the little stud he is!” – Josh Grant

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Fatherhood Friday Bob Marley

Happy born day to music legend and icon Bob Marley! His legacy lives on through his songs and his children. One Love. #fatherhoodFriday

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DC area Spongebob Movie Contest

Daddy Cool is running a Twitter contest for free tickets to The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water for the next THREE days (Wed – Fri).  The winner will receive free tickets for the family to see The Spongebob Movie at any AMC or Regal theater in the DMV area at their leisure.

What to do is simple:

1. Follow @1CoolDadMe

2.  Simply Tweet:  “I just entered to win a cool prize for my family. Follow @1CoolDadMe and visit www.daddyscool.com to win #Spongebob”

We will pick the winner on Friday and Direct Message (DM) you to get the tickets to you.  Tickets will be mailed.

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Official trailer: 

Official Site: http://www.SpongeBobMovie.com

SYNOPSIS: SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

NOTE:  Contest ends Friday Feb. 6 2015 at 2pm

Kingsman Movie Screening: DC Area Dads

Can you say, “Date Night?”  This movie doesn’t come out until February 13th, but you can see Kingsman: The Secret Service the week before it hits theaters.   On Thursday February 5th, join DaddysCool.com for the advanced screening of the movie in the DC area.

Kingsman is based on a popular comic book series and is directed by the director of Kick Ass and X-Men First Class.

Throw us a some Twitter Love.  Tweet – “Follow @1cooldadme thanks for the #Kingsman movie passes”

The movie will be at Regal Majestic. GET FREE PASSES HERE  The passes are limited so click now!

 

 

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Fatherhood Friday: Real Strong Dad Ad

Not a dry eye in the place after this powerful Dove Men +Care commercial about cool dads. I am starting a petition for this to run during the Super Bowl giving a nod to dads getting it done and encourage deadbeat dads watching the game to get the lead out! #REALStrength #FatherhoodFriday

Paddington Movie is Furry Funny

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“The Paddington movie is a really good fantasy about a talking bear and how he moves from Peru to London to live with a human family (The Browns),” according to my youngest daughter Nya. “It’s a fantasy because bears really don’t talk in real life,” she said.

The kids and I got a chance to check out the “Paddington” movie before it hits theaters this Friday. I remember the books written by Michael Bond, but my kids hadn’t read any, nor were they familiar with Paddington, as I was.  They still wanted to see the movie from the producer of “Harry Potter” and though we were in a theater full of eager book fans laughing and sighing at every turn in the story, they very much enjoyed it.

I didn’t know how much until after the film, mostly because I could not hear the kids over the adults in the movie having such a good time. As for this cool dad, I enjoyed it.  It doesn’t feel like a kids movie, it has a charm and sophistication to it.  It’s like a smart kid’s “Curious George.”

One scene that stood out for me was when we look at Paddington’s London family’s dad, Mr. Brown, and his former self with long hair blazing a hippie trail on a motorcycle in route to deliver his pregnant wife at the hospital.  ” Something about being a father changes you,” the narrator says as the now stuffy and straight-laced Mr. Brown exits the hospital seconds later. Mr. Brown will see another significant change in his character by movies’ end as he becomes a father again to Paddington Brown.

Even though there is a scene of mischievous rocket science, at its base, this movie is not rocket science.  Although it contains some smart British humor, all is still within reach of young kids.  Check it out, you and your kids will be pleasantly surprised.

My kids thought:

“It is funny and a little emotional. It is a good family movie.”

“The bear was cute and adventurous. The Brown family was nice to him.”

 

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NCAA to Give Money to Families of Championship Athletes

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After nearly a century of collecting a fat pay check from TV endorsements and ticket sales for Final Four and championship games, the NCAA has agreed to reimburse the parents of student-athletes who travel to these games to watch their children play moving forward.

For men’s and women’s Final Four teams, the NCAA will pay up to $3,000 total for travel, hotel and meal expenses for student-athletes’ families to attend games. Championship game participants will receive $4,000.  The new College Football Playoff may provide up to $3,000 in expenses for families of each competing student-athlete.

Good news for cool dads of college athletes and their families!

Happy 2015 from Us to You

Cool Dads

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