Proud Poppas United

A former Youth Division Aide and Mental Health Therapist with the Office of Children and Family Services turned his reduction-in-force experience into a win-win situation, and many are reaping this harvest. When Tyrone “Zire” McCants, who is also a versatile services photographer and visionary in the Phoenix, AZ, lost his job; he took his youthful interest in photography and his prior knowledge from working in a family-centered position into new ventures. He even figured out a way to coincide his two passions into meaningful opportunities to advance his cause. The layoff he faced freed him up to develop his photography business (Zire Photography & Graphics) and to showcase his skills as a prolific artist. One of those ventures that McCants created was an initiative called Proud Poppas United; which is a community-based group designed to strengthen the bonds between fathers & their children. It aims to encourage a tradition of fatherhood and family, increasing the number of active fathers in our community. When McCants isn’t intellectually cultivating his repertoire of talents, he manages to merge his interest in photography with his desire and passion for fatherhood. Using the Proud Poppas Photo Project, as his flagship initiative, he displays images which celebrate and encourage the pride of being an active father. In many minority and ethnic communities, there is a progressive concern of absentee fathers and the devastating effects of this challenge on our children, our families, and community. He also believes that by displaying these images will help to shed light on and celebrate the gift of fatherhood. He hopes that this movement will also become contagious and bring other men closer to their children and families, and encourage a presence of well-being and development in our children, our families, our communities and our people as a whole. McCants quotes that “My scope is capturing the energy between a father and his children” and that’s what he is creating through his community development initiatives. Through, a first look into the reality concerning “Responsible Fathers” many disturbing statistics and contributing factors related to absent fathers. But, to the credit of McCants, he has been able to overlook the negative stereotypes and prejudices that have perpetuated his community and rise to the occasion. Although, he wears many hats that provide guidance and leadership to the infrastructure of his life’s purpose. To all of the fathers out there with the silent victories of triumph and the principle-centered leadership; who fight depression, financial woes, relationship conflicts, the penal system and the racism of our day; McCants say’s “Thank you” for all that you have been able to get accomplished behind your veil of anonymity. You have just endured the last 13 years of this millennium, and you are still here to tell about it. Although some will say that these last few years have been amazing they are still asleep to the fact that; we (The black community) must work with higher ideals versus dollars and cents. We must look within ourselves and see us as being brave, black, accountable, and reliable. The truth of the matter is that you are embracing fatherhood but at a frequency that may not be understood. I am with you as we will not look at the diluted statistics but at the “transformational leadership” that is displayed by all black fathers and role models everywhere. Don’t give up now as our families are leaning on you in these times of difficulty to represent us to the best of your ability as the “Mighty Men of Valor.” You are the man for the job, and now it’s time to come out of hiding and show the world what real black men look like; and we represent as a tribe of Intellectual builders, teachers, warriors, leaders and Kings. “Fatherhood is not a right; it’s a privilege. Your children are the best part of you. I send my love to this new generation of fathers who have learned from the sins of the past and take a very active role in the lives of our children. ~RAPPER TALIB KWELI, FATHER OF TWO
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My Dad Rocks Event celebrates fatherhood in Middletown | www.journal-news.com

MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown group is working on a project that will celebrate fathers called “My Dad Rocks.” The group is also celebrating men who have been shining examples of what a father should be. The idea for the project comes from the 3 R Development organization, which is led by Dr. Celeste Didlick-Davis, who said … Continue reading

Dear Black Men: Please Fall in Love with Who We Are | EbonyMag

By Sophia A. Nelson “Love me where I am, not where you wish for me to be.” -Lincoln Anthony Blades Love me for where I am. Truer words have never been written. I truly appreciated Lincoln Blades Ebony.com article where he respectfully and poignantly asked Black women to love Black men for where they are. Brother … Continue reading

John Legend Dishes on Fatherhood (and Baby Names!)

The musician (and father-to-be!) finally opens up about the big changes up ahead. John Legend may have a whole lot of house to baby proof, but it sounds like he’s loving every second of it. The singer/songwriter — and soon-to-be father! — recently opened up about his little one on the way, moving into a … Continue reading

Cam Newton’s Unwed Fatherhood Sets Bad Example | NFL | NESN.com

First, it was Cam Newton’s dancing that sent NFL fans into a tizzy. Now, it’s the fact he’s a dad. The Carolina Panthers quarterback and his longtime girlfriend, Kia Proctor, welcomed a son, Chosen Sebastian Newton, into the world on Christmas Eve. But a week into his new fatherhood, readers of The Charlotte Observer already … Continue reading

4 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Man’s Feelings and Didn’t Even Know It!

PSA: MEN ARE SENSITIVE! “Everything a man does in this world is to please a woman!” From childhood, little boys gravitate towards their mothers and seek to please them. Disappointing mom would hurt a boy to his core.Well, the same things holds true in adulthood. As men, we seek to please our wives.  And as … Continue reading

Father hosts tea party for his daughter and her friends

Father hosts tea party for daughters, nieces and family friends. #blackdadsrock #blackgirlmagic #image #positiveblackfamily #teaparty Source: (1) Young, black and married

Do Your Relationship Actions Match Your Marriage Rep?

Do Your Relationship Actions Match Your Marriage Rep? How many of you have ever met a couple that really seemed to have it together and thought to yourself, “wow they are a great couple. I’d like to have a relationship like that one day.” Not only do they appear to love each other deeply, they … Continue reading

What Does Being a Father Mean to You? The Proud Poppas Photo Project

“inspiring testimony of their own personal pride of being an active father and participant in their children’s upbringing and development. Continue reading

Sorry, Racism: Black Men Are Actually Amazing Dads According To New Study | Thought Catalog

An interesting new study just came out from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the level of paternal involvement in different areas of their kids’ lives. Several variables were tracked in the study, but one glaring piece of information is making headlines: Black men are at least as involved in the lives of their children … Continue reading

Single Father Adopts Three “Unadoptable” Teenage Boys – michaelbaisdennow.com

By the time Xavier was 11, he’d already been arrested on serious charges. A life of crime was all he knew thanks to his biological father. “To be honest I thought I would die by 12. At 11 I was arrested. I’m talking about selling drugs, gang-banging, just to make a living, to put food… … Continue reading

5 Tips to Creating and Maintaining a Successful Marriage

Written by: Martez Layton G.ood balance is pivotal to maintaining good chemistry and years of good success. Balance refers to understanding one another’s strengths and weaknesses. Many arguments that erupt in the marriage are primarily fueled due to one spouse focusing on a weakness of the other. For example, if someone in the relationship has … Continue reading

Kevin Powell speaks on Being a Father

A Boy’s Journey into Manhood I am a father. I did not know that I was one, but I am. Not even sure when it happened but, alas, it is a reality for me now. I did not ask for it, nor was it planned. And, to be brutally honest, I scratch my head and … Continue reading

Win the fight against Prostate cancer naturally.

This is a video to teach young brothers how to prevent prostate problems especially prostate cancer as black men are now dying in their early fifties from the disease. We gonna have brother chalky ventour on our next video talking about his journey to beat prostate cancer. As you can see I just beat chicken … Continue reading

We Do NOT need Feminism via @CharMeLoDi

Published on Sep 4, 2014 My Twitter https://twitter.com/CharMeLoDi My Website http://charbie.com/ My Podcast http://hannibalisatthegate.com/ @GynicBlossom Conception Astrology Blog http://astrologybyconception.wordpres… Feminism was funded by the patriarchy http://www.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/co… The REAL sexism going on in the western world http://www.realsexism.com/ This man tells his chilling story of divorce rape http://www.the-spearhead.com/2012/04/… Feminism turns women into maternal prostitutes and johns. http://sunshinemaryandthedragon.wordp… … Continue reading

Smart Ways to Fund Your Vacation | Healthy Black Men

If you haven’t taken a summer vacation, there’s still time to plan for a get-away. Your trip will be much more enjoyable if you keep expenses manageable and do not accrue significant debt as a result of your vacation: Start saving early Buy your tickets in advance Choose your vacation location wisely Start saving early. … Continue reading

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