If you watch or happen
to catch mainstream news outlets, I'm
sure you've heard once, twice, or multiple
times about men not taking care of their
children, which in some cases is true.
But how about the flipside? As Father's
Day 2008 approaches, we here at GeoClan
wanted to sit down with a few good men
as they talk about being fathers, and
what that responsibility means to them.
We also wanted to show respect and love
to some father's that have passed on in
the flesh, but are still living in the
lives of their children. Let me introduce
you to a few good men.
Super-producer,DJ, Uncle, Brother, Son
– Jeff Davis aka Stress (http://www.myspace.com/stressthewhiteboy)
I've known Stress for about 6 or so years.
I met him when the untimely and unfortunate
death of his father was still fresh. He
takes the chance to honor his father in
everything he does and his extensive collection
of tattoos includes one especially for
his old man. Stress credits his father
with molding him into the man he is today
and it is that teaching that drives Stress
today and motivates him to do what he
does in memory of his father.
Deesha Dyer (DD): I know
how your dad died, but can you just give
me in your words a quick, summary of what
Stress (S): My Dad was
a boilermaker & pipe fitter by trade
and retired from U.S. Steel after 32 years
of service. He then took a new job with
Boilermakers Union Local # 13 where he
was sent out on different subcontracting
jobs in the Tri-State area. On July 17th
2001, My Father was violently and tragically
killed in a sulfuric acid explosion while
working at oil refinery in Delaware City,
DE called MOTIVA. To this day, unfortunately,
my Fathers remains were never found.
Pop in the 1970s.
DD: What year did your
father pass away and how old were you?
S: My Father passed away
July 17th 2001 and I was 29 years of age.
DD: Can you tell me about
your favorite memories of your father?
day tribute for Stress's father.
S: Our first Eagles and
Phillies games together. The way he cracked
up laughing when he thought something
was funny. My brother & sisters &
myself helping my Dad build our home we
lived in. Seeing how happy he was at my
Sister's wedding. How happy he was when
my youngest brother Jack was born when
he was 40. HA!
DD: What traits, characteristics,
morals or values did you inherit from
S: My looks, body language
and temper, honesty, blue collar hard
work values and NEVER back down or give
up attitude, family first and ALWAYS do
the right thing.
DD: If he were alive
today, what is the one word he'd use to
describe you or your life?
S: One word with a capital
P - PROUD. Which makes me choke up when
I type this because it makes me that happy.
Miss and Love You Dad!
DJ, Father, Brother – Statik (www.myspace.com/djstatikmusic)
Whoever knows DJ Statik knows that he
has a cute-ass little boy who loves to
breakdance and get down with the get down.
I've been at many daytime events where
Statik is spinning, and son Asad is right
there in the audience just nodding his
head to his Daddy's beat. Statik gave
us a brief 411 on what is it like to be
a father and why it's a responsibility
like no other.
DD: Please tell me the
age of your child?
ST: My son is 6
DJ Statik with son in Los
What is your biggest joy in being a father?
ST: The greatest joy
in being the father of a little boy is
watching him emulate everything thing
I do down to my sneaker collecting habit.
DD: What are the 3 most
important things you wish you install
in your children?
A. Values, B. Critical Thinking, and C.
DD: Do you fear for your
children being Black in America?
ST: No I fear for America.
Son getting in down at
the B-Boy BBQ
Please give me 1 - 2 sentences that sum
up being a father.
ST: Being a father is
the most important thing in my life. When
you're responsible for yourself, you can
make choices with little or no thought.
Once you are responsible for another life,
your thinking process is centered around
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