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curvellas:

i flipped through kim and kanye’s vogue issue while in target last night and in a big words he’s like ‘kim is like a fantasy, period. she’s like a dream girl.” and it just kinda confirms a lot of my suspicions regarding their relationship and the dynamic they have. it’s always…

youngblackandvegan:

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'It was the ultimate selfie': Father speaks out about why a photo of him taking care of his daughters became an internet sensation

  • A photo that Los Angeles, California blogger Doyin Richards posted of himself cradling one daughter in an Ergo while doing the other’s hair recently went viral
  • The post sparked vicious comments about his race and that of his children, who are half black, a quarter white and a quarter Japanese.

Father-of-two Doyin Richards has opened up about why he believes a picture of him taking care of his daughters became an overnight internet sensation.

When the Los Angeles, California resident shared a photo of himself cradling his baby three-month-old girl Reeko in an Ergo while brushing the hair of his other daughter Emmyko, three, he was shocked to discover that it sparked nasty comments about his race.

'I took the ultimate selfie,' he said of the internet's impassioned reaction in a Today show appearance. ‘There’s race, there’s fatherhood… there’s all types of things that go into it.’

Explaining how the multi-tasking situation came about, he told the hosts that he was on paternity leave when his wife, who was getting ready for work, didn’t have time to do their daughter’s hair.

'I said, listen, I've got this. So I put the little one in the Ergo and then I had (my older daughter) come over and I was combing her hair.' he recounted.

'And I thought there's no way my wife is going to believe me…  so I took the ultimate selfie.'


Little did he know the passionate response he would inspire by posting the photo on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Within hours, the photo had thousands of views, ‘likes’, shares and comments - some of them from awe-struck fellow parents, and others overwhelmingly negative.

Some commenters took issue with the color of his skin, making cruel assumptions about his lifestyle.

'I would bet anything that you're a deadbeat,' one nasty commenter wrote on his blog Daddy Doin’ Work, while another said: ‘Cute picture. Now why don’t you hand the children back to their mom so you can go back to selling drugs or your bootleg rap CDs?’

But many reacted in the same way as Today hosts Al Roker and Carson Daly: complete and utter admiration.

Indeed, Mr Roker greeted the doting dad as ‘my hero’ when he came on, and Mr Daly said jokingly: ‘Thanks for setting the bar so high. Now when we can’t do something, our wives will just say, “Well, Doyin does it!”’

When he originally posted the photo, some commented on the fact that his children, who are three months old and three years old in the photo, don’t share his exact same skin color.

'He probably rented those kids. They don't even look like him,' one commenter said about his daughters, whose mother Mariko is half-white and half-Japanese.

 

Surprisingly, Mr Richards notes that many of the people posting racist comments were actually black men like himself, who had negative things to say about his mixed-race wife and daughters.

To these people, Mr Richards hit back in a response called ‘I Have a Dream’ on his blog. ‘You’re a damn embarrassment to Dr King and his legacy.’

The father-of-two added: ‘If the first thing you want to do is to criticize the skin color of my kids for not being as dark as mine, you have some serious issues.’

Despite the negative reactions, Mr Richards told Katie Couric that he hopes his picture can generate a conversation about parenthood and a father’s role in their child’s life.

Hitting back: ‘Grow up and stop being so f****** ignorant,’ he wrote to his critics, many of whom are black men like himself. ‘You’re a damn embarrassment to Dr King and his legacy’

Taking a stand: The devoted father-of-two added: ‘If the first thing you want to do is to criticize the skin color of my kids for not being as dark as mine, you have some serious issues’


We really need to change the narrative on what fatherhood is all about, get more changing tables in men’s bathrooms, do all these things to help celebrate the great dads of the world,’ he said on her talk show, Katie

'Enough of the negativity. We need to get the great dads of the world, and let them know that there's more out there. I'm just one of many.'

His powerful ‘I Have a Dream Post’ garnered more than 230 comments on his blog, with many of his followers showing their support for him.

'What enrages me about this situation is that it only became a negative situation because you're a non-white dad raising mixed race kids,' wrote one mother-of-seven from Mississippi.

Good parent: ‘We really need to change the narrative on what fatherhood is all about, get more changing tables in men’s bathrooms, do all these things to help celebrate the great dads of the world,’ he said

Backlash: One of his supporters commented: ‘I can’t believe anyone would look at a picture like this and find a way to take issue with something. Spending time actually raising your kids is a gift’.

The photo you posted melted my heart. It drew negative attention because you’re not supposed to be a positive influence in their lives,’ she wrote.

'You're supposed to be a dead beat… because that's what the societal mold would dictate, and they don't know how to process the fact that you don't fit into it.'

One fellow doting dad said that he could relate to his dedication to parenting. ‘Many fathers relinquish parenting duties to the mother, and take a back seat,’ he wrote. ‘This was never what I had in mind for my own child.’

Another commented: ‘I can’t believe anyone would look at a picture like this and find a way to take issue with something. Spending time actually raising your kids is a gift for both you and them.’

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youngblackandvegan:

i love this show and i hope it sticks around

but people don’t support good quality tv soooooooooo i won’t hold my breath

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youngblackandvegan:

huffingtonpost:

The world would be a better place if everyone woke up like this baby.

Precious angel

youngblackandvegan:

thereluctantwife:

queensoucouyant:

thecouscousking:

"White means pure" singer Dencia defends Whitenicious

I can’t believe this shit 

so damn sad

My God…

she really is delusional. comparing the bleaching of your skin and rejection of your dark flesh to putting on lipstick

i weep for her and the girls that look up to her

This saddens me on so many levels.

youngblackandvegan:

akabomb:

Two weeks ago, I married this phenomenal man. (My best friend officiated, isn’t she awesome!!??) I would go into detail about our wedding but, I plan to post a full story on my other blog later with more photos. Just, this day was incredible and such a joy. Our life together just keeps getting better and I love every single moment I get to share with him and our little family. My husband has such a kind, selfless personality and I’m so happy that I get to continue growing with him. So many days I will never forget and this is one of them. Refer to previous post for what I wish I could say again. 3.1.14 - forever.

there is nothing in life like the power of black love

peace and blessings to you both <3

Reblog if you’re a Black Girl with Natural Hair!

youngblackandvegan:

time-to-be-natural:

I just want to know how many of us there are!

nappy and proud!

youngblackandvegan:

i say one day

all them bags

gon get in your way

Sex is the closest you will ever get to someone; so close that you can create new life. If you allow yourself to do it in unblessed circumstances, it very well may damage your soul. So everyone who is just fucking “for the hell of it”, it could be destroying them spiritually, and all of their spiritual filth rubs off on the other.

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