Although Father's Day is
officially over, here at GeoClan we want
to dedicate even more to the Dads! Here
are two more interviews, one with someone
who has lost their father and someone
else that is discovering fatherhood through
his two children. Enjoy!
Who: MC, Father –
R-Son the Voice of Reason
Randy Green, known more as MC R-Son of
the Flight Brothers has the joy of being
a father to a boy and a girl, both under
age five. Most of the time I see him out
and about, he is with his wife, Gracie
and his children. Recently moving out
of Philadelphia to pursue more education,
R-Son breaks down what it is like to be
a dad, and how proud he is to hold that
Please tell me the ages of your children?
R-Son: My kids (my daughter
Amaryllis and son Aaron) are 4 and 2,
GeoClan: What is your
biggest joy in being a father?
R-Son and family
My biggest joy is watching them learn
and accomplish new things and being a
part of teaching them about the world
GeoClan: What are the three most
important things you wish you install
in your children?
people by what's in them, not by how they
b.Don't take any mess
c.Always be one of the
good guys, because there's way too many
(Those aren't mine originally, I got them
from a great comic book series called
Preacher, but there great words to live
GeoClan: Do you fear
for your children being Black in America?
R-Son: A little bit.
My biggest fear is that they might be
denied opportunities or be judged more
harshly because of their race. I fear
my son will automatically be seen as a
threat and my daughter won't be taken
seriously because of the negativity that
surrounds the images of young black people.
Do you fear for your children being Black
R-Son: For me there is
no greater gift and no greater responsibility.
Little lives are placed in your hands
to mold and shape and prepare for life.
It's seems like the importance of good
fatherhood has been cast aside, but in
my eyes, there is no more important role
in a man's life should he make the decision
to become one.
Student, Son, Uncle, Brother, GeoClan
Editor In Chief - Clayton Ruley
One of the founding members and many faces
behind GeoClan, Clayton experienced the
passing of his father at a tough time
in a young boy's life. He has used that
tragedy as motivation to better himself
and the community. Below, he shares some
memories about his father and gives us
an insight on how he didn't let that stop
GeoClan: What year did
your father pass away and how old were
Clayton's mom and pop
Clayton: My father died
on January 1st 1994 from complications
of HIV/AIDS. It was a big family gathering
for Kwanzaa at the home I grew up in and
I was 13 years old. My father was surrounded
by family and friends and I think he decided
to go with that in mind. It was certainly
surreal when I stop to think about it.
GeoClan: Can you tell
me about your favorite memories of your
Clayton: My favorite
memories of my fathers include staying
up late and watching a movie, Saturday
Night Live (the good ones with Eddie Murphy,
Martin Short and Billy Crystal) or The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I also
remember the good relationships he had
with his family and friends and his love
for Philly foods like Tastykakes, steak
sandwiches, soft pretzels and water ice.
GeoClan: What traits,
characteristics, morals or values did
you inherit from your father?
Clayton: I think I inherited
my ability to listen, learn and work with
others from my father. Being that my father
and I were very close and shared the same
zodiac sign (Pisces) I believe I remind
myself and people who knew my father of
my father. That's mostly a positive thing
and its a strong legacy to carry on. It's
one I'm quite proud to carry on. Although
my father left the earth at a young 51
years old I think he did a lot of positives
here and I try to use it as motivation
to be better in all aspects of life.
GeoClan: If your father
were alive today, what is the one word
he'd use to describe you or your life?
shot from the eighties.
Clayton: I think my father
would be proud of what type of man I have
become. I have followed him (and my mother,
godfather) into social work and I will
continue to try and bring people together
through my work and with my own GeoClan
organization. I love my family and friends
and that's what I saw in him for the time
he was here. I'm not perfect and continue
to make mistakes but I continue to improve
also and that's the key to life...never
getting satisfied and marching forth!
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