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DC Love Fest 2014 – Mos Def

Mother’s Day in the DC area means another Love Festival.  May 10, the festival brings Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Chrisette Michelle and special guest Bilal. You don’t want to miss this one.  TICKETS

 

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Girls Rock! DC Benefit Sunday

Sunday, May 4 is a monumental fundraisers in Washington, DC.  Us at DaddysCool feel the arts should be a major part of a child’s development. This Sunday please support the benefit show for Girls Rock! DC. They have put together a stellar line up of female rockers and the cherry on top is that the money goes to scholarships to fund disadvantaged youth for the Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp.

The camp allows youth in the DC area to learn how to play instruments, sing, write songs and more from musical artists. Then the campers get to live out their dreams live on stage at the end of the camp.  Support this event so those families that may not be able to afford to send their girls to this camp can ROCK OUT! The benefit concert is kid-friendly so bring the whole family!  The tickets are tax-deductible. Tickets for the show are available here.

 

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Also you can register your girls for camp now.   Girls Rock! DC - August 13, 2011

 

 

Weekend To Do in DC 4/26

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For the dad on a budget in the DC area there are two major events going on this weekend that you don’t want to miss. The first, which  I have attended previously, is Maryland Day on the campus of the University of Maryland. This is a FREE outdoor festival loaded with sun and fun. Visit Maryland Day for more info.

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I have never been to the USA Science Festival but I heard great things from the woman who put together my daughter’s computer coding class. It’s FREE and is happening both Saturday and Sunday so you can attend both events if you like.  If your kids have any interest in cool experience or engineering and or science which most kids do, this is a winner.  The inside scoop is that you should register your kids because their will be raffles and giveaways.  Visit USA Science Festival for more information.

 

 

 

 

Give Your Opinion Win A Car

Your opinion on the coolest car to buy could win you a FREE new car!  Help Decisive Magazine pick the People’s Choice Urban Wheel Award winner and be entered to win a brand new 2014 Hyundai Sonata.  The Urban Wheel awards will be hosted this year by film star Morris Chestnut, The Best Man Holiday.

The process to WIN is very simple. Go to Facebook and click on the car you like the most>>> CLICK HERE

The Urban Wheel Awards takes place January 12 in Detroit.  It is a great event and open to the public.  I have gone for years. It’s a great networking event with a lot of powerbrokers from the auto industry and beyond.

The 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards (UWA) is a world-class gathering and the only official multicultural
event held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. The UWA brings together
celebrities, automotive executives, international media, government representatives, and the multicultural
community. To learn more, visit www.urbanwheelawards.com.

Sharing is caring … Good luck on winning a car … #DADsRule

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.

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

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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

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/

 

DC Family TO DO Weekend 9-21

Lots of great things to do with the family this weekend in the DC Metropolitan Area.  All these events are FREE, perfect for the family on the go and on budget.

 

1.)  NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL  –  Saturday Sept. 21  10am – 5:30pm and Sunday, Sept. 22 Noon-5:30pm

A must for my family every year.  Authors , activities and books on the National Mall.

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2.) National Museum Building BIG BUILD – Saturday, Sept. 21 10am -4pm

Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Construction

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3.)  H STREET FESTIVAL  – Saturday, Sept. 21  Noon-7pm

The festival will feature over 50 artists and 80 performances on 10 stages accompanied by an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE.

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4.)  BROOKLAND ARTS & FAMILY DAY – Saturday, Sept. 21

Free dance classes for adults and kids all day.  Check out schedule in link above.

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DC Race 4 Every Child Oct. 5

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My twins , now 7, were born premature and Children’s Medical Center was vital to their development.  Saturday, October 5th, we give back.  Calling Fathers, sons, daughters and families join DaddysCool and Fit Fathers for a 5k Race for Every Child.  The event will help fund specialized medical care, research into childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to keep all children healthy through supporting Children’s National Medical Center.

DaddysCool will be out there running and included is a dash for kids 10 – Under, so the kids can be apart of it.  My son, Arin, one of the aforementioned preemies will be running.

Join the Hyundai Hope On Wheels team t for this high-profile DC-area family fun run/walk to raise awareness of Pediatric Cancer. Sign up today for the #Race4EveryChild 5K by joining our team. Please select “join a team” and choose “Hyundai Hope On Wheels” under the “corporate” menu. 


We are looking forward to seeing you out there!

For More Info

https://www.facebook.com/events/1401397990080375/

 

A Good Time for Wine

Hands down and glasses up, one of the best wine festivals in the DC area takes place this Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15 at Great Meadows, The Plains, VA 11AM-6PM each day.  The 38th Annual Virginia Wine Fest is two days of food, live music and some of the best wines to taste. Tickets are $30 for the day which includes tasting; deignated driver price is $18 and for children the cost is $7 . There also additional tickets for gourmet  Wine and Food Pairing Tent as well as You Be the Judge Tasting Tent. Learn more about wine and wine culture.  Grab a glass at the entrance and sample freely from over 50 wineries or skip the alcohol enjoy the fun and purchase a few bottles for later.  

Must Taste List:

Cooper – Sweet Louisa, Rhapsody

Mattaponi – Strawbery Wine

Hill Top – Voyage

Lake Anna – Lake Side Sunset Red, Totally White

Descriptions and purchase links visit ticketing page. Check out more information at www.virginiawinefest.com

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Forum in DC On Trayvon Martin Case

This Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Washington, DC join the good fight at the Civil Right’s landmark Union Temple Baptist Church.  A public forum and youth seminar on the Trayvon Martin Case.  Actions and words speak.  Don’t miss this event, if you are in the Nation’s Capital.  Don’t let the fire die down.

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Why March?

”It is because they kept marching America changed … and yes, eventually the White House changed.”

Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the same hallowed grounds Martin Luther King did 50 years to the date as the first African-Americanobama.mow50 President of the United States. He didn’t speak to the same swelling crowd but in a digital age touched more across the globe on the internet, and television than Dr. King ever did. 

Yesterday marked the actual 50th anniversary of the March On Washington and the landmark “I Have A Dream” speech.  Obama’s presence stood as the embodiment of how far we have come and with his speech he brought the reality that their is still strides to be made.

“It is because they marched!”

Obama connected current struggles with the history of what the marchers were going through, the spirit they brought to the day of the March and the civil rights flame they carried home with them.

“That’s where courage comes from, when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone,” the President explained. We all have a part to play in shaping this society from teachers to business owners. We have to find our own beat and march.

“It is because they kept marching…”

“Change doesn’t come from Washington but to Washington,” he explained. If it is important to us, we need to unify and bring the cause to those that can make change or challenge them to make change.  Obama talked about class, race, jobs but he spoke beyond the audience there to every person in America.

What makes Obama different from King is not just technology or even what he means to Blacks or the United States, it is what he means to everyone.  He is the one minority that has the ear of the world.

With his March On Washington 50 Anniversary speech he continued to solidify himself as a great speaker, leader, husband and father. He is fathering a new nation with global implications.  He is American History.  #dadsRule #KeepMarching

View Obama’s speech here:

7 Eleven Day Free Slurpies

Today is the day! Free slurpies and this year they are BIGGER!  Instead of going with a 7.11-ounce free Slurpee as it has in the past, this year 7-Eleven is simply giving out Slurpees in its usual Small size: 12 ounces.

Grab the kids and thank heaven for 7/11 … and 7-Eleven. 

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Earthday DC becomes Broccoli City

The Sunday, the best thing going in the DC area is the Broccoli City Fest for Earthday 2012 at the Nationals Stadium DC Fairgrounds.  BC Fest is an outdoor festival with a clean conscience complete with live music, sneaker recycling, healthy food trucks, yoga, and a pop-up marketplace with environmentally conscious goods.  For tickets visit BCFest.com

See you on the green! #Earthday2013 #BCFest #DadsRule

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DC Love Fest

If you are in the DC area on May 11, please check out DC Love Fest at the Washington Convention Center.  The event has a host of DC’s most talented artists as well as being headlined by internationally known recording artists …

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RAHEEM DEVAUGHN and MARSHA AMBROSIUS
plus acts like Black Alley, Lysette Titi from Nicki Minaj/Backyard camps, John Michael, B. Blunt, Kyonte, and more.

The pre-mother’s day festival has wonderful vendors and boutique trunkshows along with food, bars, and VIP areas.

Also come celebrate the new album release of Raheem Devaughn “LOVELAND” on

Saturday, May 11, 2013
@ Washington Convention Center
Doors open at 7:00pm and Performances start at 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchase from Daddyscool HERE

Get Kids Moving This Weekend

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Healthy and fun event to kick off the spring in the Metro area.  My kids are out for spring break so this will be a good send off to get them ready for back to school.  Back to school is a celebration ALL the TIME for parents!

THE SPRING EDITION OF GET KIDS MOVIN! will feature interactive physical activity, workshops on healthy eating, musical performances, a special Scavenger Hunt, prizes from Sports Zone and partner stores, fitness demonstrations, a fashion show and much more!

Visit www.getkidsmovin.com for more information.

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