Black Father Project Counters Negative Narratives

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The Black Father Project was established to celebrate Black fatherhood and counter the negative narrative about Black fathers.

The current narrative is harmful to the Black family, Black men, the Black community and especially young Black boys.

False narratives and projections are damaging, words are damaging, and it is the project´s goal to state the facts.

In December 2013, National Health Statistics Reports released a study, “Father’s Involvement with Their Children: United States, 2006-2010,” which found that Black/African American fathers were the most nurturing and present regardless whether their children live with them or not.

The Black Father Project is presenting a documentary, “Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony and Triumph” in Oakland and San Francisco.

In Oakland the video is being shown Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m. at Oakstop, 1721 Broadway.

The San Francisco screening will take place Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m., at the Bayview Opera House in the Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 3rd St. Dr. Khalid Akil White, the director and writer of Black Fatherhood, will facilitate the discussion.

In his work, Dr. White challenges negative stereotypes of the Black father. Those appearing in the video include Stanley Cox (Mistah FAB), Marlin Brown, Kennedy Safo, Douglas Fort and Dr. Steven Millber.

After the film, the men and boys in attendance will have a living room style conversation facilitated by Oscar C. Wright, Dr. White, Malik Seneferu and Alamo Brown.

On Saturday, June 10, there will be a Father’s Day celebration, a free event for Black fathers, Black male father figures and their families.

This Father’s Day celebration for the whole community will begin with family portraits, activities for the kids (Barbers, Books, and Bridges) and a live DJ spinning tunes for the occasion. The keynote speaker will be. Adimu Madyun.

Black Father Project´s events are sponsored by the Akonadi Foundation, Uppity Edutainment, Bay Area Black Films, Uhuru Furniture, Plant Based Fitness, Farms to Grow, Bi-Rite Family of Businesses and FamilyHood Connection.

To learn more about the project and to register for events, visit www.TheBlackFatherProject.com or email [email protected]

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