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How Today’s Dads Can Save America’s Future

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Can father-centric solutions help pull America’s future away from the blink projections that currently face this nation’s children? The Get To The Point Panel talks with Lenny McAllister on “NightTalk: Get To The Point”.

PITTSBURGH (June 12, 2015) – The Get To The Point Panel talks with host Lenny McAllister on “NightTalk: Get To The Point” to discuss solutions involving the increased roles of fatherhood in the lives of more Americans during this segment on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

The GTTP Panel in this segment includes WPXI News Anchor David Johnson, community leader Malcolm Thomas, and Catholic activist Bill Telarico.

Check out this segment of the June 12 episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” by by clicking on the picture above or on this link HERE

Starting Point: NightTalk – Get to the Point (February 21, 2014)

In Articles on February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am
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“Black History Month 2014…has us asking the question – where do we go from here? Any way we slice it, we must now ask ourselves as a community, as a city, and as a nation: Is this Black History Month a time for reflection or revolution? Is this a moment for courage for a better future, or simply a month for celebration of the past? African-American issues are obstacles for all of America to overcome together.” (Photo courtesy of Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (February 21, 2014) –(As presented on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Our Starting Point tonight places us right in the middle of Black History Month 2014 and has us asking the question – where do we go from here?

It was a question proposed each year at the State of the Black Union, an event I participated in during their 10th annual summit out in California a few years ago.

The State of Black Pittsburgh is pondered regularly by groups such as the Allegheny Conference as well as the local chapters of the Urban League and the NAACP.

Many smart people often ask that question, but a quick look around already seems to give us the answers we’re looking for. And those answers aren’t so good right now.

Despite historic gains in civil rights, political representation, and spending power over the past 50 years, Black America still maintains a double unemployment rate compared to Whites and now even has an unemployment rate that is 33% more than Latino-Americans today.

Contrasting studies debate whether there are actually more Black men in prison than in college. The debate highlights the 800,000 Black men in prisons nationally and the current disconnect between young Black men and successful academic opportunities.

We can talk about the breakdown of the Black family, the unequal treatment of African-Americans in the court system, or the disparities in healthcare and life expectancy from infant mortality rates to food deserts and chronic diseases.

Any way we slice it, we must now ask ourselves as a community, as a city, and as a nation:

is this Black History Month a time for reflection or revolution?

is this a moment for courage for a better future, or simply a month for celebration of the past?

do we merely discuss the issues or do we activate solutions?

If nothing else, perhaps we’re learning this Black History Month and we’ll learn from our guests tonight that African-American issues are obstacles for all of America to overcome together.

The future success of Black Pittsburghers is vital for world-class prosperity throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Perhaps a revolution of thoughts and deeds will lead to reversing the downward trends hitting many struggling communities – and bring about a true resurgence for the region we call home – starting now in February 2014. 
That’s our Starting Point. Make your point by emailing us at NightTalkGTTP@wpxi.com or Tweeting us at @NightTalkGTTPLM. 

“Valentine’s Day 2014: Fathers, Fall in Love With Our Children Again”

In Articles on February 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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“We must also fight for the sanctity of Black parenthood in the face of the “ghettoization” of Black adulthood and the degradation of Black womanhood. Black fathers can dually address, attack, and re-calibrate these realities with a stabilization of the Black family internally and the image of the Black household externally.”

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH (February 14, 2014) – (Courtesy The Burton Wire)

…Black fathers should make Valentine’s Day this year about our kids and graduating more from absenteeism to fatherhood to dadhood…I’m pretty sure that our wives will understand.

Not that fatherhood should be a once-a-year phenomenon akin to how folks find love for Mom on the second Sunday in May or many Christians find religion – and church – on the 25th of December and Easter Sunday in the spring. However, with the continued build-up of odds against Black children in modern-day America – from the double unemployment rates (confirmed again in this past Friday’s jobs report), horrifying incarceration rates, and mortality rates – the best thing that we can do for our children this February 14 is fall in love with our children all over again in a stronger, fuller way. Perhaps this is the beginning of elevating more of our brothers from boyhood to fatherhood?

 

Granted, there are plenty of Black fathers that already love their children – deeply. I’m the same way…I have loved being a dad since the moment I found out that I was becoming a father at 21-years-old…slept with the sonogram picture…underneath my pillow every night…raised my older two children as a divorcee and primary caregiver while I was finishing up…at Davidson College… became a dad two more times just over the past few years….I enjoy being a father and a husband daily. I always have and I always will enjoy fatherhood with a zeal that only the love of parenthood and the crystallization of modern society can foster.”

Read “Valentine’s Day 2014: Fathers, Fall in Love With Our Children Again” from Lenny McAllister on The Burton Wire while clicking HERE by clicking the picture above.