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Fatherhood Friday Mr. President

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Today, we show love to the coolest American President and a cool dad, Barack Obama.  President Obama recently did a podcast interview for the show “WTF with Marc Maron,” where he was asked about fatherhood and his father. Check out what he said below and listen to the entire interview HERE.

 

“I tell Michelle, one of our biggest jobs as parents is, ‘Let’s see if we can not pass on some of our craziness to our kids. Let’s see if we can break the cycle’ … It was very important to me to be a good dad.” – President Barack Obama

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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

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:

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