Ryan Jor El Hosted his second annual Black Fathers Rock Awards recently at Pease Auditorium.
Starting as an idea written in his notebook, Black Fathers Rock has now grown and has garnered national attention.
Honorees are divided into six categories.
FATHER OF THE YEAR:
Fans of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers will recognize Roman Harper for his skills on the football field. And despite leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2016, he is most honored to receive this award. Being a good father is his greatest accomplishment.
SURROGATE FATHER OF THE YEAR:
Whether you read about him in Forbes Magazine or saw him on the news or Ellen, you know Barry White Jr. as ‘The Handshake Teacher’.
He greets each student as they enter the building and every child gets their own personalized handshake.
He serves as a positive male presence in the children’s lives and gets them pumped up for each school day.
SENIOR FATHER OF THE YEAR:
Dr. Clifford Jones Sr. has a presence felt around the world. He’s headed many overseas missions, as well as many leadership positions here at home.
Despite winning innumerable awards through the years he was most humbled by this one.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth”.
The quote he favors from 3 John 1:4 sums him up perfectly.
ENTREPRENEUR FATHER OF THE YEAR:
Justin Radcliffe, known as Chef Rico, is one of Charlottes most recognized chefs.
The private chef has worked with celebrities such as Cam Newton.
He views fatherhood as a learning experience. Taking it one day at a time.
DAPPER DAD OF THE YEAR:
The well dressed actor Yandrick Paraison was honored to be recognized for his wardrobe choices.
However, it’s the admiration from his children that means the most.
He recalled walking through the mall with his sons and noticing his son checking out his outfit. Hearing his son acknowledge his Dapperness was the ultimate award.
ACTIVIST FATHER OF THE YEAR:
The award winning educator knows financial independence should start at a young age.
He founded the Be More Foundation to help urban youth make life choices that will end the cycle of poverty.
The Ultimate Black Father who Rocks is Founder Ryan Jor El.
The audience witnessed this when daughter Peyton, upset that her daddy couldn’t see her waiving from her seat, was brought on stage.
Coordinating with her mother in a dress by Tygerian Lace, she stole the spotlight from her dad while showing how much he truly rocks.
Black Fathers Rock continues to change the narrative and recognize fathers active and present in their community.