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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Fathers on the Move make world of difference in Cape Town

By Nontando Mposo Cape Town – Dalton Ndongeni was raised by a single mother. His father, a miner, was often away from home for most of his childhood. His family dynamic was not unique in his hometown in the Eastern Cape, as most of his friends were being raised in similar situations. Their mothers stayed … Continue reading

Raising Black Boys As Superheroes

By William Jackson Quote: “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglass The importance of reading can never be a non-negotiable aspect in raising Black boys. The value of education is seen every day as people apply for jobs, starting careers, applying for entrance to higher education and the progression of academic … Continue reading

The Rising Son Project – “Our Story”

Joseph Zoboi, Founder & Instructor of The Rising Son Project facilitated a workshop during the summer from August 19th – 24th in the Flatbush Branch Library between the hours of 1-4pm. It serviced a total of 25 boys aged 5-17. Free pizza was offered as part of this initiative for participants. The first day, the 19th, … Continue reading

The Father Force by Dr. Na’im Akbar

A Father’s Four Duties: 1. Populate, 2. EDUCATE, 3. Provide & 4. Defend Personal Note to Black Parents: Continue INSPIRING our children to be Brave, Pro-active and Intelligent 1.George Washington did not ASK for Freedom – He took it. 2.President Harry Truman did not ASK for Peace – He fought for it. 3.President Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading

My Advice To Married Couples After Divorcing My Wife Of 16 Years By Gerald Rogers

Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had 1. Never stop … Continue reading

Nigerian Quadruplets Graduate With Masters Degrees From UK University Same Day

The 23 year-old set of Nigerian-born quadruplets, Tolu, Tokunbo, Tobi, and Temi, of the Ogunsanyas have all graduated from Warwick University in the United Kingdom on the same day with Master Degrees. The quads, two identical brothers and two identical sisters, donned their robes and collected their degrees from Warwick University yesterday and are now … Continue reading

Remembering and Recognizing Our Song.

Tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born. Here is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought … Continue reading

“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” by Daniel Beaty

by Daniel Beaty (Author), Bryan Collier (Artist) “Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.” But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t … Continue reading

An open letter of apology to Black Men in hopes of Reconciliation.

By: Nojma Reflects. I have become a woman who you no longer recognize. I have allowed our enemy to impregnate me with his ideas and thoughts. I have allowed an illusion of independence to keep us separated. I have fooled myself into believing that my degrees places me degrees above you. I humbly come to you … Continue reading

Courts quietly confirm MMR Vaccine causes Autism

After decades of passionate debate, parents probably missed the repeated admissions by drug companies and governments alike that vaccines do in fact cause autism. For concerned parents seeking the truth, it’s worth remembering that the exact same people who own the world’s drug companies also own America’s news outlets. Finding propaganda-free information has been difficult, … Continue reading

Brockton Fatherhood Program works to help men overcome challenges

For the men in the Brockton Area Fatherhood Program it’s not about being the perfect dad, said probation officer Randy Horton, 54, a father of three, who has run the program for the past 14 years. “The whole premise, and what I tell the men, is to be the best father that they can be,” … Continue reading

5 Bad Habits You’ve Developed In Your Marriage

By K.S. Louman There is no misconception that marriage is easy. Most people know that marriage takes a lot of work, and like any relationship, it evolves – developing a deeper understanding of one another. This evolution of your relationship also creates new challenges – including many bad habits which, if you can identify and … Continue reading

[The Lovers Rocque] How Deep Is Your Love?

Alot of people talk about love and marriage in terms of emotional connections, but very few think about what it truly means to commit to another person for life. The idea of being with someone “until death do us part” signifies forever. Not to be morbid, but there’s a lot of time, experiences and hurdles … Continue reading

Proud Poppas Photo Shoot @ the Flatbush Public Library in Flatbush, Brooklyn

Free Portraits for Fathers (& Father Figures) and their children. All Ages Welcome, Proud GrandPas too. Dates: Tuesday, Oct 29 – 4pm to 7pm Saturday, Nov 2 – 11am to 1pm

60 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE ROCK!

60 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE ROCK! 1. PRAY TOGETHER ALWAYS 2. READ THE SCRIPTURES TOGETHER ALWAYS 3. Go on regular date nights 4. Hide notes in secret places 5. Go to bed at the same time 6. Listen to music together-share ear-buds 7. Buy him gifts he will love 8. Revitalize the romance with … Continue reading

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