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August 4, 2015

A Detective Adopts Two Brothers in Pittsburgh

With no-nonsense haircuts and near-unbreaking stoicism, Pittsburgh police Detective Jack Mook and his two adoptive sons looked like a familyRead more →

July 8, 2015

Fathers Pray

Fathers Pray, but what do they pray for and with whom?  In this clip we meet a father and sonRead more →

June 12, 2015

For One Father, Our Children, and Even Other Fathe …

My name is Matt, and I am the father of three boys and a girl. Education is important to meRead more →

November 20, 2014

Holiday Sales Break

SYNOPSIS Just in time for the holiday, FROM FATHERLESS TO FATHERHOOD is a documentary film that explores the causes, effectsRead more →

August 28, 2014

David Banks’ Back to School Message

“The purpose of education is to be informed so that you can then in fact turn around and impact.” –Read more →

May 29, 2014

Between Father & Son

June 11, 2013

Remembering a Father on Father’s Day

Stories of absent fathers have become commonplace in the narrative of the Black community. While there’s a tendency to avoidRead more →

September 21, 2012

Dr. Steve Perry talks Fatherhood & Parenting

Founder of Capital Prep in Hartford, CT, and nationally known for Save My Son, Dr. Steve Perry is no strangerRead more →

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A Detective Adopts Two Brothers in Pittsburgh

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With no-nonsense haircuts and near-unbreaking stoicism, Pittsburgh police Detective Jack Mook and his two adoptive sons looked like a family long before a judge made it official on Tuesday.

“You’re Mooks!” the detective told Josh, 15, and Jessee, 11, as they celebrated with high-fives outside the courtroom after the brief hearing before Judge Kathleen Mulligan.

“I have been so very impressed with the wonderful job (Mook) has done,” Mulligan said during the proceeding. Applause broke out when she signed the adoption order.

Mook met the boys about six years ago at Steel City Boxing, where he volunteers as a trainer.

In February 2013 , he stepped in as the boys’ foster father upon learning about their troubled home life with birth parents who struggled with drug addiction. Police had arrested the boys’ guardian.

They’ve been together since.

This summer, the boys fished at Pymatuning State Park and ate their way through Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. When Mook asked Jessee the name of the burrito place, Jessee grinned and said, “Effin Burrito.”

“They loved it,” Mook said.

Outside the hearing room, the boys — wearing collared shirts and dress pants — posed for photos with Mook and relatives. They changed into T-shirts and gym shorts as soon as they got to their Brighton Heights home, and they planned a pizza party at the gym that brought the family together.

“It’s real now. It’s forever,” Mook, 45, said. “Even when they leave the house at 18, I’ll still get headaches.”

Mook said the boys’ birth parents will remain part of their lives.

“I’m still ‘Coach,’ ” Mook said. “Their biological dad is still their dad. I want them to be a part of the good things they experience.”

The boys said they wanted Mook to go through with the adoption. They said they feel healthier. Josh is training for a 10-mile run in November, and Mook said he had to cheer Jessee up with ice cream at the end of last school year because the fifth-grader was upset he got a B and C instead of straight As.

“I’m very happy,” Jessee said. “His house is clean, he has great rules, and I know he’s going to make me a better man in life.”

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Fathers Pray

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Fathers Pray, but what do they pray for and with whom?  In this clip we meet a father and son as they pray before the son goes to sleep. How important is prayer to you as a father or parent; and if and when you pray with and for your children, what are you thankful for? What do you ask for? And how has praying together impacted your children, and your relationship with them?

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For One Father, Our Children, and Even Other Fathers, Watch What We Do

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My name is Matt, and I am the father of three boys and a girl.

Education is important to me for my children because life is about maneuvering and navigating through paths that exist, as well as creating those that don’t. Those who educate themselves and gain education from others have the ability to successfully navigate the paths that exist and create ones that don’t. The more you learn and master, the more possibilities you open up for yourself.

School limits us to a miniscule amount of what there is to know. In order to be educated one really must explore, read and watch various media forms, as well as get insight from elders in our communities who have wisdom from their own life experiences to share.

Following the riots I intend to mostly continue on the path I’ve been on. I’ve been an avid supporter of community organizations doing work in Baltimore. I’ve also been pulling fathers and families together in various ways for over a decade. I do plan to work with a few good brothers on a non-profit organization that serves children whose fathers are not in their lives, and fathers who are not in their children’s lives, although I planned to do that before the riots.

Doing these things will ensure that I continually do what I can to give people in Baltimore –both youth and adults– opportunities and resources needed to overcome obstacles that they face in life, and that they have positive male figures to help guide them along the way.

The Fatherhood Collective is my organization. Others doing great work in Baltimore include Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Save A Dope Boy, Shelly’s Helping Hands, Dream Girls Mentoring and the 300 Men Movement, just to name a few. As it relates to Baltimore and other parts of the world, fathers can improve the trajectory of their children and society by being living examples. Be that which you want others to emulate. Our children, and even other fathers, watch what we do.

 

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Holiday Sales Break

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Just in time for the holiday, FROM FATHERLESS TO FATHERHOOD is a documentary film that explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to father absence in African-American communities. Additionally, the film provides examples of men who are fostering quality relationships with their children, families and therefore, their communities. The film is rooted in the real lives of men, women and children and buttressed by the perspectives of Multi Grammy-Award winning Gospel Recording Artist, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Steve Perry (CNN’s Eduction Contributor), Reverend DeForest B. Soaries (CNN’s Black in America: Almighty Debt) and Jeff Robinson (MBK Entertainment).

FROM FATHERLESS TO FATHERHOOD

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DIRECTOR: Kobie Brown

WRITERS: Kobie Brown, Njeri Brown

PRODUCER: Kobie Brown

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shawn Peters

EDITORS: Darnell Taylor, Joe Saito

FEATURING: Kirk Franklin, Dr. Steve Perry, Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, DaShaun “Jiwe” Morris, Jeff Robinson, and others

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David Banks’ Back to School Message

David Banks of Eagle Academy

“The purpose of education is to be informed so that you can then in fact turn around and impact.” David Banks

David Banks at Eagle Academy's Bronx Campus

David Banks speaks with a senior while visiting Eagle Academy’s Bronx Campus.

Responses to a recent reading challenge presented by entertainer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather, whether accurate in its assessment of the boxer’s ability to read or not, reveals the extent to which many have allowed ourselves to place greater value on monetary success and fame than intellectual curiosity and reading comprehension. To that extent, studies show that in national tests more than 67 percent of all US fourth graders scored “below proficient,” meaning they are not reading at grade level. * (Source: Students First) But do we send children to school to get good jobs, or to master their intellectual curiosity in ways that will shape the world in greater ways; or is it a combination of both?  Most of all, how can we ensure the best outcomes?

Creating the next generation of informed innovators and agents of change is no small proposition. This month CEO and Founder of Eagle Academy, David Banks -who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues – provides insight on the things men and fathers can do to ensure the best results as it relates to their children’s education and future.

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Between Father & Son

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Father’s Day is upon us.
As seen at The Urban Daily Les Jones explains, “Being able to teach your child the way of life is the best experience you (can) ever have.” He continues, “it was our decision as adults to have children, so as adults we must raise them.”
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Remembering a Father on Father’s Day

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Stories of absent fathers have become commonplace in the narrative of the Black community. While there’s a tendency to avoid consistent conversations about the real reasons why so many men are absent from their children’s lives, even more damaging are the limited opportunities to provide examples of fathers who foster high quality relationships with their children and families in ways that positively impact our community.

Have we failed to consider how their examples can inform and inspire those fathers, children, and families who are lost? Or does it even matter?

The Roper Pride

The Roper Pride

Jonathan L. Roper died much too soon but left and enduring and powerful legacy of love

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembering A Father from The Kobie Chronicles. on Vimeo.

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FROM FATHERLESS TO FATHERHOOD – Trailer from The Kobie Chronicles. on Vimeo.

 

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Dr. Steve Perry talks Fatherhood & Parenting

Dr. Steve Perry

Founder of Capital Prep in Hartford, CT, and nationally known for Save My Son, Dr. Steve Perry is no stranger to working with parents and educating children. He’s also no stranger to quality fatherhood & parenting.

Dr. Steve Perry in From Fatherless to Fatherhood

Dr. Steve Perry in From Fatherless to Fatherhood

In this outtake from our forthcoming film, FROM FATHERLESS TO FATHERHOOD, Dr. Perry overs his perspective on parenting and the bond between father and child. He exclaims, “no selfish person can be a good parent.”  What do you think?

 

 

 

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FROM FATHERLESS TO FATHERHOOD – Trailer from The Kobie Chronicles. on Vimeo.

 

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