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The writers of Bet on Black Dads are incredibly thankful for our contributors so far: Santana Draper & Natalie Mills, Shean Mohammed, Candace Billiot, Chantelle Aris, Ralph Lee, Shermona Mapp, Tamika Denise Hawkins, Thaisa Jones, Leilani M. Henson Wheeler, George E Gee Sr, Jacklyn Monk, Erica Young, Natalie, Lauren Jane Holland, James Murray, Tina Martinez, Kim D’Abreu, Nyeasha A. Miller, Lyani Powers, Ferdinand Jones, Richard L. D’Abreu, Sonya Wilson, Dedan Bruner, Sonja Harrison, Jaida Bender, Stephanie Scott, Dominique, Van Brown, Aimee Aimee Danielle, Authur Jones, Shameeka Scott Emanuel, Shelise Dandridge, Lareece Long, Elizabeth Dawes Gay, Amanda Forde, Chardon Rankin, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Chasisty Dolley-Jones, Ayana Byrd, Kevin Porter, Alex Kerr, Shataan Gee-Bledsoe, Naomi Shelton, Ricki Howard, Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Sarina C. Oden, Mariama Todd, Lela M. Foxx, Funk E Johnson, Arin Maya Lawrence, Lauren Salazar, Courtney M. McSwain, Keith Reed, Ashley Northington, Mary Ellen King, Danyelle Brown-Willis, Robin Melen, Chidimma Ozor, Yvette Turner, Rushika Fernandopulle, Madelyn Arrington, Ashley Foxx, Dale Nash Schuman, Janet Francis, Robin Lockett, Shikiri, Olu Burrell, Dhelice Harbin, Tolbert Jeffries, Harriette Cole, Shunda Leecost.
“So I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle—that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father to my girls; that if I could give them anything, I would give them that rock—that foundation—on which to build their lives. And that would be the greatest gift I could offer.” —President Barack Obama, Fathers Day 2008 speech at Apostolic Church of God
Today marks the first day of the presale for my third book, titled Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama.
The idea for the book stems in part from the quote above. When I first read those words from then-presidential candidate Obama, I recognized my own story in his message. I know firsthand the value of the gift he sought to give Sasha and Malia; I was raised by a single father who valued taking care of his children above all, who taught me to expect as much from the world as I expect from myself, and who never had to tell me that I could do anything, because he showed me that I could do everything.
The media would have you think that my daddy is an anomaly. There are a million songs, movies and books (and Tumblrs!) about mamas, but it’s the rare artist who waxes poetic about Dad’s ability to help conjure up the mortgage payment each month or take out the garbage on the coldest day of the year. The picture is even bleaker when it comes to Black dads. As a group, they’re characterized as deadbeat, sex-crazed sperm donors who don’t care how many babymamas they leave in their wake. But I know that there’s more to the story. Bet on Black aims to tell it.
Today marks the beginning of our Kickstarter presale. If you’re interested in this book’s mission, it’s a great time to buy. You’ll help my independent publisher fund the first print run, and get cool perks in the process, like signed copies, handwritten notes to your dad, limited edition t-shirts and VIP treatment at our NYC launch event next month.
Please order your copy here: http://bit.ly/14VDx7w. Thanks for your support!