Dad in the Spotlight: Michael Adams

13451061_10110956664762874_2025219123_nMichael (Mike) Adams. Michael was born with cerebral palsy confining him to a wheelchair. Though very unfortunate, Michael has not his disability dictate what he can do as a Dad! His son is a top chess player and he supports his son endeavors by attending his tournaments and encouraging him to be anything he wants to be.

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Limited by mobility, but not limited to being a great example to his son. Today we honor Michael for overcoming obstacles and showing your son how to persevere. Happy Father’s Day Michael. Nominated by Kemar Rodd

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Dad in the Spotlight: Joshua Dwain

Joshua Dwain is a well-known photographer who left his full time corporate job a couple years ago to pursue his passion with photography. While exploring, he met the love of his life, Anyeka. Anyeka and Joshua not only became husband and wife, they became business partners developing a wedding photography site and now they are beautiful parents to a wonderful and vibrant baby girl! Today we acknowledge and highlight Joshua. He is taking the photogrpahy industry by the storm, while still having time to update his friends via facebook about the growth of his daughter and her travels around the world. “We just don’t take photos. We are photographers through and through. We are there for you on your wedding day to capture your most intimate moments which reflects the authenticity of your love. “Based in New York City, we’ve been privileged to photograph couples not only across the continental United States, but in Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico.

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Dad in the Spotlight: Rousahn Murray

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Today we honor Rousahn Murray as he fought a rough battle to now have full custody of his baby girl. Keep being an amazing Dad. She was worth every ounce of fight you had in you! You are well appreciated! Happy Birthday to your baby girl and Happy Father’s Day!

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“ON THIS DAY IN 2007 IT WAS FATHER’S DAY AND I RACED DOING 90 MPH ON THE NJ TURNPIKE TO WITNESS THE MOST AMAZING SITE I WOULD EVER SEE IN MY LIFE! MY BABY GIRL BORN. I COULDN’T IMAGINE SOMETHING SO BIG COMING OUT OF SOMETHING SO SMALL. A HUMAN CAME OUT OF A HUMAN! I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER HOLD HER IN LIFE. I WAS THE PERSON SHE EVER OPENED HER EYES TOO. I CUT HER UMBILICAL CORD AND I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HURT HER. I WAS ALWAYS IN HER LIFE AND I FOUGHT HARD TO REMAIN! I PRAYED FOR ONE DAY SHE WOULD LIVE WITH ME AND I GOT MY PRAYERS! I TRY TO BE AS PROACTIVE IN HER SCHOOL AND HER LIFE AS POSSIBLE! THIS IS TO THE MOST SPECIAL LADY IN MY LIFE! THE ONE I LIVE FOR AND WILL KILL FOR! I WILL GIVE MY LIFE IN A HEARTBEAT IF I KNEW THAT IT WOULD ENSURE HER LIVING LIFE HAPPY AND AS PERFECT AS CAN BE! GOD BLESSED ME AND I’M GRATEFUL AND PROUD TO BE HER DADDY AND FATHER!” – Rousahn

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Dad in the Spotlight: Darren Neal

13427768_10153907474423229_1668655187569320796_nDarren is originally from NYC, he currently resides in Atlanta Georgia with his wife and two children London and Kayson. He works from home and spends his free time doing DIY projects around the house. Darren is also a member of the Dad Hub podcast show, has a weekly family vlog on YouTube called The Neals Next Door and hosts his own website: DishesandDiapers.com. Darren continue being a phenomenal father to your children we salute you.

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Dad in the Spotlight: David “Dappa” Dean

I’m 32 years old (David). Zoë is 8.

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And I’ve recently started a online thrift shop for kids clothes – http://www.everythingjiggy.com

13116115_10101108739673965_4024251587869980942_o Zoë was born in my Junior year of college at Long Island University, where I was studying photography. I remember her being a one year old running around my senior art show lol. Parenting has always been exciting for me. I enjoy each stage of it. I was a stay at home dad for a short period before she went to pre-k. I did the “baby and me” classes, I did the ymca swimming classes, I did walks in the afternoon, trip to the library to read stories, and afternoon trips to the park during the day. We were always out especially during the summer… our tan game was phenomenal. 12957566_10101091612362235_6300314536513218988_o I’ve always tried to keep her engaged with learning since she was little and I truly see the effects of that now. She loves to learn and she always wants to know more. Kids absorb information really quickly so, I try to make her a part of everything I do. For example, a few years ago I would take her with me to put up fliers for my photography when I was scrambling for freelance gigs. Now that we have the online kid’s thrift shop, she’ll help me choose inventory and she’ll even help me shoot photos for the website. Right now she’s really wants to become a photographer and a chef. I’ve started giving her photography lessons and I teach her how to cook and her step-mom is a secretly amazing baker so she shows her how to bake cookies, pies, bread, etc.  12697297_10154540419998222_1409465325425999137_o Zoë’s television programming literally consists of 80% food network, 15% Blackish, and 5% NBA games with me lol. I love that she wants to do things that I do. She got a scooter a couple years ago, but every time we go out together she sees me skating on my board so she wanted to learn how to do that too. She’s always jacking my board and leaving me to walk, so I just got her her own board this past weekend. I gave it to her when I picked her up from school and she lost her mind when I gave it to her lol. Getting her to skate well on her own is our goal for the summer.  11914745_10100931782926705_3205636044759225047_o We read together all the time. We read stories together at home, we make lotsssss of trips to barnes and noble and the library, and she reads to me while I drive her to school. That’s actually how we worked on her learning to read when she was younger, we would practice sounding out words and spelling while I drove her to pre-k in the mornings. I love the way we communicate. There’s a level of friendship and honesty that’s so evident in the way we talk to each other and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I TELL HER EVERYTHING! We discuss everything from God, to school, our future goals, where we want to live, countries and cities we want to visit (right now New Orleans and South Africa are at the top of her list), how we want to help the community, racism and even finances. It might sound crazy, but I actually started slowly teaching her about the stock market and why she should start investing and saving money for her future. She’s learning more little by little. She just bought her first piece of stock recently and she currently has saved about $200, which is sitting in my sock drawer lol. I think with children you just have to put things in terms and situations they can understand. If you can make the learning experience relevant to them, they’ll be really engaged with it and they’ll be able to grasp a lot of it. I’ve graduated and I’m not in school anymore, but I’m always continuing my education through workshops and books, so we both see each other learning new things and it gives us more stories to share. I try to balance teaching her everything I know, while trying to remember that this amazing and incredibly smart 8 year old is still a child lol. She’ll do something so genius that will blow your mind one second and then the next second it’s like “dude why do you have lucky charms all over the floor and why is chocolate on your shirt?” lol ...   Read more

Dad in the Spotlight: Joseph Norris

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I’d like to nominate my love Joseph Norris for not just being a phenomenal dad to his son, but to my oldest child which is not his biological child.

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He treats him with the most love and care as if he came from him. He doesn’t treat him any different. He supports his boys Jayson, and Malachi with whatever is needed. He’s not only their dad he’s their hero.

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They look up to him and his is a perfect example of a father and a man. It’s takes a father to raise his child but it takes a real man to step in and raise one that’s not his. It hasn’t been easy dealing with it with Malachi’s disability but he makes it easier for me to cope and helps me out to realize certain things.

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Dad in the Spotlight: Andy

FB_IMG_1464537845804Andy is the first man I’ve known to take his child’s mother for custody of his son. He’s a great dad, and can relate to so many single mom struggles like calling out from work because his sitter cancelled last minute, breaking his pockets so his child can have his own room to sleep in, going without so his son is taken care of. Wherever he is, I know his son is right behind him. Andy started a clothing line, Family Affair Clothing, and it all started from his Like Father, Like Son tees. The greatest part about it is he promos by just being an everyday dad. When other men make excuses about not seeing their kids, I look at this man as the mold that’s been broken a long time ago when it comes to being a parent.

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Dad in the Spotlight: Cecil Payne aka B Smoove

unnamed-3Cecil Payne aka B Smoove came from a single parent household. His mom raised 3 kids and kept a smile on her face in the midst of the struggle. She inspired a commitment B made to respect single mothers and to never turn his back on his kids. He’s done just that as a single dad of two boys Chauncey and Chase. Gracefully balancing full time employment in NYC for The Department of Homeless Services and lover of music having released his latest project “R&B Smoove” that’s available On datpiff.com by the way! This man gave me hope that there are strong and willing fathers out there that fight for their kids. Cecil battled family court known for favoring moms for 3 years for his first son and won sole custody. He was kept from his second son the first 5 months of his life so back to court Cecil went and was awarded visitation. Soon after baby boy was abandoned by the mother at eight months old because she couldn’t do it anymore then showed up one year later trying to take the child back. Cecil went to court again and won sole custody!!. This dad doesn’t go on tour because single fatherhood doesn’t allow the time. Quality time with his boys, their extra curricular activities, trying to stay in touch with his musical passion and being an upstanding man are his priorities.

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Dad in the Spotlight: Tyrone Diamond

20160424_165720 Tyrone Diamond came into our lives 5 years ago and without any children of his own, picked up where my ex left off. He showed us what the true definition of family is. He provides for these girls unconditionally. Tyrone is at every parent/teacher conference and school function and was awarded for being one of the most involved parents at our 6 year old’s graduation last year. He will selflessly give his last when it comes to these girls and regardless of whatever he and I go through, he makes it very clear that these 2 are HIS kids. I’ve even seen him break down for them when their biological father breaks his promises to them. Once we had our daughter together in December, I thought things may change and she may get preferential treatment for being is biological daughter. He’s proven me different by going to war with anyone who tries to say otherwise. He works Sunday to Sunday sometimes and still comes in to help with their homework, make bottles before we leave in the morning and I’ve watched him paycheck after paycheck make sure the house is good because he said I deserved to be able to kick my feet up on maternity leave. There’s nothing I can’t ask him to do for these girls and he refuses. There’s never been a time that he been concerned about what their biological father does because he’s too busy doing what needs to be done. I’m truly blessed to have married such a wonderful man to help me raise our girls together. ...   Read more

Dad in the Spotlight: Floyd Potts aka DJ King Sleepy

13436088_10110954966361484_41189018_nBorn in 1981 in Marysville California Floyd Dj King Sleepy Potts was born. Through his childhood he moved to Brooklyn NY. He got a basketball scholarship to L.I.U and later played pro ball. In 1994 Floyd developed a new love for music. He began his journey as being a professional DJ and after all his hard work & dedication things picked up in 2004. Floyd loves to reach and touch people through his music. He plays ALL genres and caters to a great diversity. One of Floyd’s favorite crowd to play for is children. This is because Floyd is a father himself.

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