I’ve been trying to pinpoint what I felt as I watched it all unfold. On that sunny day in June when a group of Black men gathered together to make a statement about fatherhood and everything that it embodies. I was blown away!!! Looking around the photo studio I saw Black fathers with their children. Black fathers who loved their children immensely and weren’t afraid to show it. In fact, they wanted the world to know it. They filed in one after the other and patiently waited for their turn to be in a music video called Daddy Please Care. The man responsible for bringing them together is Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL, aka my husband and father of our son Andwele, aka my Gang Gang. Sean created the song, which is produced by Herb Middleton. Middleton, who has worked with legendary artists Mary J. Blige, Usher and Nas, will release Daddy Please Care on his label NuVybe Records. Shot in Toronto, this song finds Sean in the director’s chair for the second time since last year’s In The Fields Again. In penning the lyrics for Daddy Please Care, Sean drew from his own experience as a new father.
He explains, “The song chronicles a new father’s journey into fatherhood while highlighting the importance of fathers being part of their child’s life. It speaks to those fathers who are present and those who are not. And it culminates with a powerful spoken word poem to fathers written from a child’s perspective. Creating a song and video that could speak to fathers in 2014, while showing positive images of Black fathers was important and exciting. Because sadly this is not something we see often enough: Black fathers who are unapologetically crazy about their children.”
Using Daddy Please Care as a springboard for dialogue within the Black community, Sean has partnered with TAIBU Community Health Centre to host a town hall meeting where the song will be examined, deconstructed and discussed with the hope of it becoming a catalyst for collective, progressive and decisive action and change among not only Black men and fathers, but the community at large. NavyJade is a proud sponsor of this event and I hope to see you all there.
The event is free and will be held at TAIBU Community Health Centre, 27 Tapscott Road, Unit #1, Scarborough. For more info: 416-644-3539, ext. 224. A recording of the panel discussion, moderated by READ2RAP, will be available on their website after the event.
Now I’m not about to get into the stats about Black fathers failing their children. I’ve heard it repeatedly, ad nauseam. Nor will I address the increase in rants and memes that clog up my newsfeed around this time of year. You know what I’m talking about right? They’re aimed at absent fathers and applaud mothers who step in to fill their shoes. I’d rather speak as a woman who is still working through her daddy issues. A woman who is the mother of two amazing boys and the wife of a wonderful father who is celebrating his first Father’s Day this Sunday. I know what a good father should be because of what my father wasn’t. Because of what my stepfather wasn’t. Because of what my oldest son’s father wasn’t. Because of what my husband IS. This is what a father should be: LOVING. CARING. PRESENT. RESPONSIBLE. ENCOURAGING. I could go on but I think you get the picture. To the fathers, stepfathers and father figures who are making a positive impact in their children’s lives, I salute you. Keep on keeping on. YOU MATTER! WE NEED YOU! And to those baby daddies who aren’t involved and have no desire to be, to quote the illustrious Ms. Hill, “How you gon’ win when you ain’t right within.” They say it’s never too late to correct your mistakes. Just don’t use this rationale to gamble with your child’s heart. Not unless you’re willing to gamble with the consequences of your actions. Think twice! Because your calls may one day go unanswered.
UPDATE: Without further ado, here is the video Daddy Please Care
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