You only need to take a quick glance in the media to see how they want to portray us – mug shots making front page news; saggy pants and hoodies, looking shady and untrustworthy. It’s enough to make you believe that decent black men are a myth; a mere figment of our imaginations conjured up for the sole purpose of defending ourselves against society – but we beg to differ! We scouted the internet to find the most inspiring dads and their daughters. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these pictures are worth a million!
Doyin Richards, blogger of Daddy Doin’ Work and the bestselling author of “Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood”, available on Amazon uploaded this photo to social media. In no time, the photo had gone viral and led to the interviews on Today, Good Morning America, CNN, Sunrise, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair, just to name few. Source @DerrickJaxn
And here is Frederick J. Goodall doing his daughter Nee’s hair. Frederic is an award winning blogger dad from Mocha Dad who shares on his blog his fatherhood journey.
We didn’t have to look far at all to find images all over the internet of dads doing their daughers’ hair. Take, for instance, the following images of dads learning to master the ‘three strand twist’. These dads have no doubt gone out of their comfort zones to learn these new skills, and we think they are doing a fabulous job! Take this as proof that no matter how old you are, you are never too old to learn something new.
We found this hart-melting image of a father doing his young daughter’s hair on Pinterest, but all links are broken. If anyone knows who this is – let us know. We would like to find more about him to give him a fill credit. It looks like he has plenty of experience, too. Like father, like daughter!
John, is another amazing dad great at styling his daughter’s hair. It looks as if it comes naturally to John. He radiates confidence. And his daughter Ashley looks pleased with the result, too! Way to go, dad! John was recently interviewed by Leila from the BlacKGirlWithlongHair. You can read the full interview here.
It’s not just black fathers we see stepping up to the plate here. Here is a photo posted on social media by Frank Somerville, of him styling the hair of his black daughter. He gave it the following caption: “So for those of you who think TV can be glamorous, this is how I spent my morning, learning how to take out my daughter’s braids. It takes a long time and a lot of patience!” Within days the photo received in excess of 2500 shares and 12,000 likes. Somerville’s response?. He responded that he was just doing what should be expected of all dads, and that this should be the norm rather than the exception. Having both a biological daughter and an adopted daughter, Somerville expressed his love for his role as dad and how blessed he felt at having an interracial family unit.
Kordale and Kaleb Lewis, a gay couple from Atlanta, GA, experienced overnight fame when they posted this photo of themselves getting their daughters’ hair ready in the morning. It certainly wouldn’t be easy getting up at 5.30 every morning to style your six, seven and eight-year-old’s hair! But these dads are certainly on top of it – they’re even adding to their busy lives by supporting an ad campaign for Nikon.
@ybkeem is embracing the fatherhood and advantage of the sunshine to do his daughter’s hair outside. What a lovely warm picture!
Even celebrity dad’s are up to the task of styling their girl’s natural hair. Here is Willow Smith with her father, Will Smith. Willow Smith talks a lot about the influence her parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have had on her in the Yahoo! Music interview. Few years latter her first hit “Whip My Hair” is still an internet sensation.
Still think black men don’t do little girl’s hair? Check out the skills on this father! What a gorgeous style for a young girl – and all done by dad! Time for a career in hair artistry! We would sign up for an appointment.
We went back to Pinterest to find evidence of the bravery of some of our men in tackling their daughters’ frizzy manes.
We didn’t have to look far to find you plenty of evidence of decent black men doing their daughters’ natural hair. Let’s continue to reverse the stereotype! Why not have a go at doing your own daughter’s hair today? Send us your photos! We want to hear from you.