The way society was set up, they didn't want me to have a father. It wasn't designed for a black man to be present, and have a positive impact on his children lives, community, and be the best person he could possibly be.
My dad, Stephen, would have been 60 years old today. He accomplished something that most people never get a chance to be in a lifetime, a great human being. There are a lot of people who are great at different things, but there are few people who are good at being, a human being. He mastered it.
To the finest man that I ever knew, and the greatest father a kid could ever ask.
Happy Born day, Dad. Thank you for everything, your legacy will live on. I love you!
30 years ago, Feb 26th became a very special day in my life. You're the perfect (kid) sister! And now that have you an intelligent, juice dripping, handsome prince- Khyir, I get to see you as a mother.
I'm excited to see you mother this baby prince into a king. I'll be right there for the both of yous. You have the spirit of Steve and the brains & beauty of Cherise.
I'm enjoying, watching you evolve into the woman you're destined to be. I'm proud to be your brother, and almost my twin- 2 years & 2 months removed. You're my heart, Joy! I love you Stink! Happy Born day, live on!
"Wooww" is how @iamroberttownsend responded after hearing me tell him, "You were our superhero".
I heard Rob wanted to meet (since I'm telling the story. Haha.) me, and my boys, after his show. It goes without saying, I was honored!
The first black superhero I knew of, was my dad. The second one, as far as an image on tv, was Rob, he also had a cape. I'll never forget Meteor Man cause the movie mirrored, more or less, what was actually going on, during that time in black communities. It also gave me a sense of dignity and fulfillment. That someone unassuming, with a regular job, can be a super hero, too.
I pray the Black Panther movie, not just people of darker skin, impact and inspire a generation, the way Robert did for me.