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Zuckerberg Becomes Dad and Gives Away $45b for Generations to Come

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This week Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg “Facebooked” the birth of his first born, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg posting a lengthy letter on his Facebook account addressed to Max.  The letter explains how he wants his daughter “to grow up in a world better than ours today,” and how he and his wife plan on assisting in changing the world.

The change begins with giving up 99 percent of his shares in Facebook, currently valued at $45 billion, to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” The shares will not go to a non profit but instead a corporation, Chan Zuckerberg, LLC.  In this way Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are not exempt from taxes but are also not tied down by non profit restrictions and  can reinvest in other ventures to generate new money for the initiative. This way the money can keep circulating to non profits and causes they see fit to support, according to Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg ends the letter to his daughter with the following:

“Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world.
Love,
Mom and Dad”

Zuckerberg, being the cool dad that he is, is throwing himself into fatherhood taking two months paternity leave from his social media presidency.  We salute you as a new father and giving philanthropist!  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

Aziz Ansari’s New Netflix Show Highlights his Dad

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If you haven’t caught Aziz Ansar’s new Netflix sitcom, “Master of None,” you should check it out. After I finished an interested first episode where he gets a new picture of fatherhood and how it would really be as a dad, I was in!  The next episode “Parents” includes his real mom and dad who are fixtures on the show after this episode.

Aziz recently admitted that his dad took most of his vacation time from work for the year to come act on the show.  Aziz’s dad told Late Show host Stephen Colbert, “This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spent more time with you.”

Aziz was so touched he had the following response on Instagram:

“I’m an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well,” he continued. “Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize.” Aziz

#DadsRule  – Binge watch Master of None on Netflix.

 

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Jay Z a Dad First, Check his Rider

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Jay Z’s tour rider was recently made public and in it we see that he is 1Cooldad. Besides a few things for himself, the most interesting demands include the room being baby proofed with electrical outlets and sharp edges covered, anything breakable removed and an allotment organic whole milk in the mini-bar fridge for Blue Ivy.  Salute! #DadsRule

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NFL Player to Support Fit Fathers Day Celebration

IG-FitFathersDay2015-AdrianCoxGreen Bay Packers’ wide receiver Adrian Coxson will be joining us for #FitFathersDay this Sunday in Downtown Silver Spring, MD.  Coxson is a Baltimore native and father to a beautiful son. He will be on hand to workout with Fit Fathers this Father’s Day.

“Firstly, I would like to applaud Fit Fathers for creating a platform for dads and their families to come together and celebrate the importance of health and fatherhood,” said Adrian. “Becoming a parent is the greatest accomplishment of my life and I look forward to continued fellowship with other male role models and their children on Fit Fathers Day 2015. Fatherhood is the lifeline of a man’s legacy!”

Come out to our free fitness festival this weekend for a chance to workout with trainers and NFLers, win elite prizes and leave with a gift bag. #FitFathersFriday

2nd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration
— Empowering dads, role models, father figures, families & children —
Sunday June 21st at 10:00 am!!!
–It’s FREE –
Silver Spring Civic Center At Veterans Plaza, 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910
RSVP at www.FitFathersDay.com
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Adrian’s Community Drive for the Homeless in Baltimore
The Journal Sentinel’s Article on Adrian Coxson

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

 

Mayweather on Fatherhood and Mike Tyson Calls him Scared

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There is a lot of information swirling around about the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight this Saturday, but there are a few stories that stood out to me as a dad.

First, Mayweather stating that all the money from the fight will go to his four children.  Mayweather is expected to collect $200 million and says he will give $50 million to each child. I think that is great, if he does that, as his legacy with his children and establishing wealth for future generations are very important when all is said and done.

Second thing I noticed in an interview when asked about his children, Mayweather said he wishes he could see all his children, but because of his abusive history with one of the mothers of his children he can’t.  He was verbally and visibly saddened by it, then responds with, “But you know how women are.”  Although, I didn’t like what he said I expected no less because, you know how men that beat women are.

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Speaking of which … the last and most entertaining piece for me was Mike Tyson.  Tyson was cornered in a casino and asked his prediction on the fight and his perception of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  His remarks were classic. Tyson calls Mayweather, “a scared little man,” and it has nothing to do with boxing.

“He can’t take his kids to school by himself and he is talking about he is great?”  – Mike Tyson

Watch the video for more!

Fatherhood Friday Jerry Seinfeld

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Comedian and cool dad of three, Jerry Seinfeld is stepping up for fatherhood. Recently, he hosted Baby Buggy’s the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative Lunch in California.  The Baby Buggy Fatherhood Leadership Council includes Jason Alexander, Jason Bateman, Kevin Hart, Jay Leno, Michael Richards and Bob Saget.

Baby Buggy is a non-profit started by Jerry’s wife, Jessica. Jerry believes that fathers lack a support system, so this initiative fills part of the void and allows these celebrity dads to support one another in their daddy journey.

“Women do that naturally.  Men — it just doesn’t even cross their mind. They just quietly suffer, and that’s why a lot these marriages go south. People suffer and suffer and suffer and they go, ‘I can’t take it anymore, I’m outta here.’” – Jerry Seinfeld

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“I wasn’t surprised that I loved fatherhood as much as I did,” Seinfeld recalls. “But I was surprised what I needed to learn that I didn’t know, which is one of the reasons I wanted to do this. Being a husband and a father — you don’t get any training, and people need training.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Finding Strength as a Dad

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” #AlexElle

As a dad, you will surely stumble and maybe even fall, but there is a beauty in trying and learning that your child and all that observe appreciate. Learn to appreciate it as well. #DadsRule #Motivation

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Fatherhood Friday McConaughey

Star of the new Chris Nolan movie Interstellar and the absolutely awesome HBO series True Detective, Mathew McConaughey gets his true fulfillment from being a dad.  He is a father of three Livingston Alves McConaughey, Levi Alves McConaughey, Vida Alves McConaughey. #FatherhoodFriday … and he’s a Redskins fan!

“It’s the only thing I’ve always wanted to be. I knew when I was 8 years old. I mean, I wanted to be things like the Washington Redskins running back and all that stuff, but the one thing I knew I wanted to be was a father.”   – Mathew McConaughey

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I understood that was why my dad was making me say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am” to elders.  You know, “I’m not on par with the adults yet. There’s places to go.” – Mathew McConaughey

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Tim Howard: World Cup Cool Dad

With a tattoo of Jesus on his bicep and his son, Jacob and daughter, Alivia, over his heart, Tim Howard may be the coolest dad to be bounced out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Adding to his awesomeness, the USA goalie was flying in every direction in front of the net to  a count of 16 saves, more saves than ever recorded since the stat has been around.

Tim Howard, your country salutes you and most importantly, Daddy’s Cool salutes you!  You are a historic soccer hero now.  Go home and kick it with your kids.  #DadsRule

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 “The most important thing in my life is Christ. He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus.” – Tim Howard

DadsRule Approved Artist: Tobias Felton

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Singer, songwritter and all around cool dad, W. Ellington Felton is feeding his son’s passion to be an artist.  Tobias Felton, 10, is more than just on his way to middle school but on his way as an independent artist.  His first album, The Prestige is produced by his dad. “Nurtured talents become living dreams. It’s a beautiful thing to see young passion take flight through the help of a dad.

My kids are excited to hear the album, which is available now, The Prestige.

 

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1CoolDadMe+Wes Felton+Tobias @ Fit Fathers Day

 

 

 

DC Life Magazine Features 1CoolDadMe For Upcoming 5k

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When I ran the Race 4 Every Child 5k last year, in support of  Children’s National Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Foundation, I was hoping to inspire some dads to do the same. Special thanks to DC Life Magazine for the coverage, maybe it will excite folks about the run coming up in September.

#Race4EveryChild #DadsRule

Read more here. 

Fit Fathers Day Makes a Difference

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Over 500 people stepped away from their couches and other planned Father’s Day activities on Sunday, June 15, 2014 to take part in the groundbreaking inaugural “Fit Fathers Day” on Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Fathers, male role models and their families participated in exercise, fitness competitions, healthy eating and more to celebrate Father’s Day in a brand new way. Fit Fathers, DaddysCool.com and Powerful Beyond Measures came together on the idea to show fathers the importance of being health conscious and leading by example in exercising. The event was a resounding success.

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Fit Fathers Day, sponsored by Mazda, Volkswagen and The Washington Auto Show featured an eye-popping car and motorcycle show of nearly 20 of theScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 4.47.54 PM
hottest new and custom vehicles that helped attract a wider audience. Fit Fathers closed down part of the street next to the plaza to set up a display powered by Automotive Rhythms, Throttle Life, Capital Cadillac Fitzgerald Auto Mall and Rolling Status Car Club.

 

Nike celebrity trainer Deanna Jefferson and Kimatni Rawlins of Fit Fathers lead the participants in an hour-long fitness portion called the “Social Workout.” Dads could be seen at the outdoor pavilion exercising along with their children and one dad, in particular, attempting the light workout with a kid in his arms. There were also fitness competitions in basketball, hula hoop, push ups and planking with awesome prizes from Bose audio, Mothers car care and Shoe City.

 

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Vendors participating in Fit Fathers Day included Children’s Hospital Foundation, Whole Foods, LA Fitness, The Ride To Conquer Cancer and the Men’s Health Network. The event also boasted health food trucks like the vegan soul food of Everlasting Life.

 

The event brought out local news stations like NBC 4 Washington. The event was mentioned across multiple radio platforms including FM, AM, satellite radio and Internet radio. Through social media and the use of the hashtag #FitFathersDay appearing in newsfeeds there has been an air of anticipation for next year, already.

 

Fit Fathers Day made an impact on dads like Craig Stewart, who brought his three young daughters. “It was an awesome event, and I hope it is a new tradition for my kids and I on Father’s Day,” he said.

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Fatherhood Friday Money Can’t Buy Love

It’s not about how much money you spend on your children, but how much time you spend with them.

Invest time in your kids and get the best possible return on that investment; love and admiration.

 

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#FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

DaddysCool mentioned on Huffington Post

Our friend in fatherhood Zac Rosenberg posted the piece for his web site 8Bitdad.com,

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

And it got picked up by Huffington Post.  Scroll down to number “6” and see my son Arin and I. Check out the piece it is a good quick read with lots of photos.  We stand united the mission is afoot … #DadsRule

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Fatherhood Friday to the Wall

Wizards All Star John Wall was a bit dejected after the loss in the NBA Playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, but one couldn’t help but smile at the two beautiful kids that accompanied him to the podium.  Before the interview began, he kiss his niece as both she and Wall’s nephew sat on his lap. There is nothing like having kids a part of the moments that help define us as men, father figures and role models to them.

Wall is trying to break some chains left by his father John Carroll Wall, who would hemorrhage to death before young Wall in 1999 during a family trip at the age of 52. From age 2 to 8, John Wall’s only quality time with his dad was on weekends as his dad spent the majority of his final 30 years behind bars for robbery and second-degree murder.  He is a father figure and celebrity uncle to the two kids photographed. 

Salute John Wall on a GREAT year and an awesome unexpected run in the playoffs for the Wizkids.  Someday when you have your own kids, John Wall, be the father your dad was and the father he couldn’t be.

#FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

John Wall and his "Lil Soldiers" as he affectionately calls them

John Wall and his “Lil Soldiers” as he affectionately calls them

Black-ish Sitcom Comes to ABC

“Screwing things up is just another part of what it means to be a father. That’s how you learn how to fix things. ”

That line was taken from ABC new upcoming comedy series “Black-ish” starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne. Finally a little flavor on ABC, let’s see how she goes.  The show revolves around an affluent African-American couple with the father trying to keep hold of his children’s cultural roots while living in the suburbs.

Looks interesting, check it out.

The Mask As Men We Live In

“The three most destructive words that every man receives as a boy is when he is told to BE A MAN.”

“The Mask You Live In” by The Representation Project is a film exploring masculinity in our society.  As father’s this is very important and something we must be cognizant of as we raise young men or even look out for our daughters. I sometimes worry about my son around other boys.  He has been told some discouraging things because he is not in tune with all the music on the radio or video games.  His young manhood has been tested already and he has only 8 years old! As a dad, I get down because he is not as rough as I would like or as rough as I was at his age. But upon some soul-searching  and prayer, I realized that is the wrong attitude to have. There are so many other things to equip him with at this young age.

Watch this video trailer. Very enlightening. Why so many boys seem to be going crazy and some of the ways we help their descent.  https://twitter.com/maskyoulivein

6 Ways Dads Can Help the Earth

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.  Earth Day is here and it’s time to think about our eco-system and consider how we can help.  The Greenhouse Effect is in full effect!  Changing seasons seem to have less to do with the weather and more to do with another day on the calendar.  We have to do our part.

Here are 6 ways Cool Dads can help the environment and resize their own carbon footprint:

 

1. Go Unplugged

Save on that electrical bill by saving energy and brain cells spending a few evenings a week unplugged.  Have the entire family cut off (and unplug) televisions, computers, cell phones, games and etc. Talk to one another and learn about what’s going on in each other’s lives that might otherwise be drowned in the sea of social media and wack cartoons.

 

2. Thrift Shop

Buying items second hand is a great way to save money and reduce waste.  Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  I donate items to Good Will or Salvation Army and shop there as well.  Your kids likely have plenty of great stuff they don’t need or use anymore but instead of making waste,  give it to st_Dad-n-Sonbe reused.

 

3. Recycle

Make sure you know what items can be recycled and separate them so they can be recycled. This is a great practice to enstill in our kids.  When my kids go to other people’s houses they if their is a recycle bin before they toss anything in the trash.

 

4. Buy Local

Visit your local farmer’s market where you can to purchase locally raised and organic dairy, eggs, meat and more. The food eco-friendly, fresh and buying it stimulates the local economy. Plus, local food tastes better and is fresher.

5.  Other Means of Transportation

If you have two feet, you have a means of transportation. For short trips to the store and etc., it is a great practice to walk or ride a bike. Not only is it exercise, but it helps save on gas and lower your carbon emissions.  Also consider car pooling on different outings or to work.

6. Cloth Diapers?

Yes, they still make cloth diapers and if you were really about that “Green” life and a dad that uses diapers you would invest in some instead of pilling those weird thick globs of napkin and tap in the trash can.  As many of us know the cost of disposable diapers is like baby college tuition when you add it all up.  Also you go through so many little accidents that it would be more than worth it to be able to wash those diapers out.  My parents did it.

Side Note: I was going to include ebooks and reading online but there is something about the feel of a book and the way we pass knowledge in the physical form that has always excited me. I still buy and read books.  I may be old fashioned but I remain COOL!  #DADsRule

 

Young New Dads Most Stressed

depressed dad2Becoming a new father can be overwhelming no matter the age but a new study shows that men in their early 20’s are 68 percent likley to suffer from depression during fatherhood. The survey was taken over a 20 year period from 1994 to 2014 and included over 10,000 men who became fathers between the ages of 24 and 32.

The findings published in Pediatrics on April 14, state the risk of paternal depression during the first five years of fatherhood rose 10 percent in the younger fathers as opposed to the older men. The study done by The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health is very important as not a lot of attention has been paid to depression of father’s and how it can affect a child’s development.

The study also showed a greater incidence of depression among fathers who lived with their children, and even higher levels of depression among black and Hispanic fathers.

What is not clear is how accurate this survey is with the 10 questions asked of the men regarding feelings of unhappiness, how well-liked they felt, and if they were tired. I think young men are much less settled, so they naturally want to do and feel they are missing more, which can make them feel most stressed. Older men have done quite a bit usually and are more set in their ways so questions hit them in a different way.

The bottomline is the discussion has begun and some attention is being paid to fathers as it relates to paternal depression.  It is something worth investigating more.

 

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