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Jay Z a Dad First, Check his Rider


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


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


Follow Devon on Instagram @man_of_still75


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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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

Best Super Bowl Commercial 2014

For cool dads around the universe, Hyundai gets my vote for best Super Bowl Commercial 2014. Their “Dad’s Sixth Sense” spot showing off the  auto emergency brake feature in the all new Hyundai Genesis was dad approved.  At first watch I thought the dad was looking at the young girl but after watching again not looking for a funny punchline, I got the message.  It was cool to see a company marketing a car through its features as opposed to  targeting a type of driver.  This tell a cute story of a dad as the hero. And well Hyundai … dad is always the hero:) Kudos. #DadsRule


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Bob Marley Musical for All Ages

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Son Arin and Cedella Marley

It was a treat to take my kids, ages 7 and 8 years old, to a marvel of sight and sound that would be the world premier of the musical “Three Little Birds” at Adventure Theatre, located at Glen Echo Park in Maryland. The play is based on a children story by Cedella Marley infused with the music and lyrics of her dad, Bob Marley.

READ MORE  >my full review

If  you are in the DC area the play runs until April 14th and trust you do not want to miss it!

I give it 3 smiles … my 3 kids all loved it and to get them all on the same page with liking anything is impossible at times.

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Arin reading Three Little Birds on the way to the play

Salute Olympic Dads

By now you have all seen the mom-famous  P&G Best Job commercial by thanking the moms around the world.  I loved it, was touched and commend moms as well.  But it was safe and easy. I wasn’t offended being a single dad but did feel a little left out.  It’s always safe to go with mom.  It would have taken some investigating and more passion to do a commercial on dads.  And I get it P&G, mostly moms buy your products.  I know it’s a numbers game and advertising is about that.

But in my opinion with a stage like the Olympics it was the perfect time to do something different.  So we at daddyscool #SaluteDad

Yin Alvarez Stepdad and coach of Olympic bronze medalist in the all around London 2012, gymnast  Danell Leyva. Alveraz handed out a lot of kisses to his son showing how the bound between step parents and children can grow.

While Danell’s mom thought he was too round and weird shaped and that his asthma would prevent him from being a gynmast, his stepdad molded him into a Olympic athlete. #SaluteDad

Also being a cool dad I have to salute Steve Lochte, a swim coach and father of the cool Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte. Steve coached up two awesome swimmers, one of which never made it to the Olympics because he started selling weed, but being a dad is dealing with the good and bad.  #SaluteDad.
I’ll add more or just hip me to more Olympic dads. In the meantime I salute you for reading. #DadsRule

The Kids Are Alright

Despite everything that has gone on with the kids in the past two years with the separation of our family as they knew it and coming to live with me, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.  Knock on wood.

I know it’s a continuous process but watching them grow, get new friends, have

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sleepovers and excel in school, has made me so proud to have them in my life.  Kids are truly models of resilience to watch and follow their lead just as they follow ours.

There is so much we can learn from our children, from having a child’s heart and loving people unconditionally to not being afraid to show emotion when something hurts us.

This week I was able to share breakfast with my twins for getting perfect attendance for the first advisory at school (KIPPdc), which was so cool.  Also, today I attended the parent-teacher conferences and heard nothing but great things.  My kindergartners are at the top of the class and my 2nd grader has teachers scrambling for 3rd grade work to challenge her. Outside of academics, the teachers are just really impressed at their personalities and character.  This speaks volumes to a parent … co-parent.

#DadsRule  Everything you do as a parent in and around your child, makes a difference.

Every Dad Wants to Rule the World

80’s Music always brightens my day.  Stay focused and in the action, dads.  It’s our job to rule the world or die trying.  No offense ladies, but who of you wouldn’t want to be laid up following your passion from home knowing that everything is taking care of by your man? Dads let’s get it.  Mouths are open, eyes are locked, the pressure is on but this is what we do. No need to fear the unknown. SO shed some Tears for Fears and make it happen.

#DADsRULE   You can’t reach the sky sitting down. Stand up for yourself, believe and make it happen. It’s never too late. The world is always waiting for you.

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