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We met up with “Pop” Wansel  and his father,  Dexter Wansel in Philadelphia on a beautiful Spring day. “Pop” workedRead more →

May 24, 2014

Elle Varner says My Father is My Rock

June 28, 2013

Andre Royo wants his daughter to be a good person.

Actor, Andre Royo, wants his daughter to be a good person. Stories of absent fathers have become commonplace in theRead 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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Usher’s “Good Kisser” Producer Pop Wansel & His Father

Usher Good Kisser producer Pop Wansel

We met up with “Pop” Wansel  and his father,  Dexter Wansel in Philadelphia on a beautiful Spring day. “Pop” worked on tracks before being joined by his father.  This father and son represent two generations of hit makers. Their names and talents are synonymous with hits by Patti Labelle “If Only You Knew” (1983) and Usher “Good Kisser” (2014).

“Pop” has been busy lately, crafting songs for Usher, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and most recently, Mary J. Blige, as part of the forthcoming Think Like A Man Too Soundtrack. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as his father was an equally creative force during the halcyon days of Philadelphia International and Black Music.

Usher Good Kisser Producer Pop Wansel

“Pop” Wansel & His Father, Dexter Wansel

Talent, family history & values are amongst the things a father bequeaths his children. During our visit the duo explained their relationship with music; how the elder Wansel taught his son how to craft songs as opposed to merely making beats; and most importantly, creating the type of childhood for “Pop” that enables him to now, “love my child with all my heart.”

 

 

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Elle Varner says My Father is My Rock

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In a world filled with many women using selfies and half-naked pictures to seek the approval of others, it’s refreshing to look at brothers who are raising daughters to understand where their beauty and confidence and power truly lies.  Elle Varner  engages in a heart-to-heart discussion with her father, Jimmy; giving us a look into why he is “her rock.”

Elle Varner & her father

Elle Varner & her father, Jimmy Varner.

“I discovered with Elle that when her mother would leave and she would start crying, if I would take her in the car with me and play some music that I was working on, that would calm her right down,” Jimmy remembers fondly. “So from a very early on, from months old, she was riding shotgun with pops in the car working on music.”

 

 

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Andre Royo wants his daughter to be a good person.

Andre Royo of The Wire

Actor, Andre Royo, wants his daughter to be a good person.

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.

Andre Royo & his daughter

Andre Royo & his daughter, Stella, enjoy a stroll.

We caught up with Actor, Andre Royo -best known for his portrayal of the character, “Bubbles” on The Wire – and his teenage daughter during a sunny day in Los Angeles, California. His daughter describes him as “a role model” who is “a friend and your family”.  Andre compares being a good father to listening, as in acting. All-and-all, Royo explains, “at the end of the day in my heart, I want my daughter to be a good person!”

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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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