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Posted under: Opinion

This Is What Black Fatherhood Really Looks Like

Although the media would like us to focus on Black absent fathers, we must collectively begin to move past the notion that this particular situation is exclusive to Black people. Instead, we have to invest more time into celebrating the Black fathers and father figures who are doing their part in order to change this troubling narrative that has plagued our community for far too long.

With that said, to all the Black fathers out there, whether you’re reading these words, at work or out spending this special day with your children — we thank you, we love you and we honor Black fatherhood each and every day.

To best celebrate this special holiday, Blavity curated some of the best pictures, Vines and YouTube clips from our staff, friends and other online outlets to show you what Black fatherhood really looks like.

Oh, and one more thing — the photos and videos below are pretty stinkin’ cute. So they may or may not make your eyes sweat. You’ve been warned.


Our fathers always brought us to school...

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel Wilson

...and were there to walk us back home.

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Our fathers let us steal the show at their press conferences...

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...and cradled us in their protective and loving arms when nap time came around.

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Photo: The Black Daddies Club
Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Wynter
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Photo: Courtesy of Danielle Lake

They taught us to stand tall and be proud of who we are...

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Photo: Jalani Morgan

...to be fighters…

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Photo: Courtesy of Leon Robinson

...while also encouraging us to always be ourselves.

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Photo: Nikon

We are our fathers #WCW’s...

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...and they are our first valentine.

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Photo: Pinterest
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Photo: Pinterest/Black Women Losing Weight

Our daddies took us out on our first date...

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Photo: Courtesy of Kolleen Rochel

...and are the men we stood next to before we left for prom, as they put the fear of God into our dates.

Photo: Courtesy of Candice Crutchfield

They learned how to do our hair...

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Photo: Essence

...and if even if they weren't pros, they still tried.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsQYvcMZX90

Our fathers would always put us in our place if we got out of hand...

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...but would give us a balloon or toy to say sorry for startling us.

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Photo: Courtesy of Kayla Greaves

They gave us our first swimming lessons…

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Photo: The Black Daddies Club

...made us into baseball pros...

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...and even taught us some skills in the kitchen.

Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole

Selfies with daddy are a must…

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Photo: Courtesy of Christine Cauthen
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Photo: Courtesy of Darren Messam

...because he taught us swag before we even knew what swag was.

Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole

So thank you, dad…

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Photo: Courtesy of Christine Minton

...for always letting me get the better view…

Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole

...having me by your side during your proudest moments...

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Photo: Courtesy of Robinson Akintade

...teaching me how to read…

Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole

...making sure my pedicure was always on fleek…

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...and for loving and supporting me unconditionally.

Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Riley
Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Riley
Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Riley

Happy Father’s Day!

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