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The book’s editor, magazine industry veteran Kenrya Rankin Naasel, was raised by an amazing single dad. Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama is the book every father should want his daughter to write. Through this collection of thoughtful essays, twenty women wrestle with the much maligned image of the Black dad and shed light on the touching relationships they have with the dynamic fathers in their lives.
Inspired by President Barack Obama’s commitment to encouraging and supporting responsible fathers by creating the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, Bet on Black is a standout among the trove of songs, movies and books about motherhood. Too often in popular culture, Black fathers are either absent or characterized as deadbeat sperm donors who have little regard for the families they leave in their wake. Bet on Black shatters these stereotypes.
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