PODCAST: BK Nation presents “WHAT IS A FATHER? A celebration and conversation about fatherhood, manhood, community, and family”

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Recorded Wednesday evening, June 24, 2015, at Judson Memorial Church in New York City

Photo Credit: Zebulon Miletsky

Photo Credit: Zebulon Miletsky


DESCRIPTION: Fathers from different race, cultural, class, and generational backgrounds come together to discuss fatherhood and what it means to be a father in today’s society raising children. They discussed their definitions of masculinity, fatherhood, their own fathers, and what being a man means in the home as well as in the community.

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Introduction and meditation by KEVIN POWELL

Quentin is an anti-violence activist and educator, specializing in engaging fathers, men and boys in ending gender-based violence. He is Co- Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York City nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence.

And featuring 6 incredible fathers….

John “Chance” Acevedo is an educator, poet, father, host, and mentor. He has been performing and reciting for over a decade and has used his talent to assist many organizations in and around the NYC Area.

Michael A. Friedman Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist in Manhattan and father of two children. He writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called “Brick By Brick.”

Mark Naison is Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and founder of the Bronx African American History Project
The author of six books and several hundred articles on African American history, urban history and labor history, he has also spent time as education activist, a community organizer and a coach while raising two athletic children and driving his grand daughter  a nationally ranked middle distance runner, to track meets!

Avinash was born in India and grew up in India and Singapore.  He spent most of his career in Asia, working in banking and consulting. Avinash and his wife moved to New York about 5 years ago, and last year they were blessed with the birth of their daughter. 14 months later, he¹s still trying to figure out fatherhood every single day, but has never experienced anything so amazing!

Born and Raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

“A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Dennis now resides in Brooklyn, New York. He joined HBO in 1997 and in his current role, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, he directs the company’s philanthropic and pro-social initiatives.  He serves on the board of the Fund for Public Schools, advocating for public education and The Empire State Pride Agenda, specifically working to help overturn New York’s ban on legal surrogacy.”