When it comes to Father’s Day, so many raw emotions are shown throughout this day. From love to anger to frustration. When it comes to the Black father, the media portrays them as pretty much nonexistent. We are here to stop this misrepresentation of our Black men. There are more Black men who are awesome fathers than the media shows and we are here to shed light on this issue and honor those who have taken this responsibility head on. “The Rebranding of Black Fathers” documentary is about doing just that. Changing how society views the Black father. Created by Antoinette “Toni” Warren, founder of Cotten Kandi Media, LLC., this documentary was produced to provide a platform for the dads who remain present and active in their child’s life. As Warren states, “Let’s become the change we want to see in our own communities. Let’s offer a narrative that is often under or misrepresented. Give these every day, involved, loving, and hard working Black dads a voice and a platform to share their stories.” Ronald Joseph(46), Theodore McDonald(27), Omar Kingston(43), Steven Barnes(30), Jermaine Jones(29), and Jamell Mack(31) are the amazing dads who discuss their different and unique journeys, from the single fathers to first timers.
As a single mother, I understand how hard this day can be. But as a Black woman, I want to do nothing more than uplift our men who are great Fathers. These men are not shown enough respect. I honor every Black man who has broken the stereotype and are actively raising our beautiful Black children. It is time to stop the cycle and that happens with first, respecting and acknowledging those who are doing the opposite. Help to make THIS the representation of the Black father, not the crap they show us. We have to support our own instead of expecting others to do it for us. Share this with others, using the hashtag #RebrandBlackFathers, and make sure to join us right here on Fathers Day for a viewing of the documentary. Let’s be the change that we want to see!