Black Fathers Rock: Changing the Narrative


An idea written in a little black notebook six months ago played out on stage, making Ryan Jor El’s dream a reality.

Black fathers get a bad wrap. Ryan set out to dispel those stereotypes and change the narrative of The Black Father.

Six fathers were chosen by a diverse committee.

I didn’t plan on crying at this event. But after hearing Toussaint Romain speak so eloquently of Braxton Winston as he presented him with The Activist of the Year Award there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Our tears turned to laughter as Sport E Odie’s son stole the show, as well as his award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

Eric A. Montgomery, Esq proved you don’t have to give up being stylish when you have kids as he accepted the Dapper Dad Award.

Busy dad, WCNC anchor Fred Shropshire squeezed in accepting his Father of the Year award before having to rush back to the station to host the 11 o’clock news.

Eugene Price accepted the Senior Father of the Year Award as his family cheered him on.

Surrogate Father of the Year Shawn Carrington was unable to attend so Timothy Fowler of the Non profit Boys to Men Foundation accepted the award on his behalf.

He was also surprised to be presented with a check to benefit his foundation.

This event was the first of many planned to change the image the world has of black fathers.

I am fortunate that my daughters have a strong black father that has always been present in their lives. And they are raising their sons to one day be black fathers who rock.

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