Here at The Tri-State Defender, we’re wrapping up “The Month of the Black Dad!” Meaning, we want to show some love to the men in our communities who are loving fathers and positive role models — not just for their children, but the whole community! Enough talk about the men who don’t; we’re shouting out BLACK DADS WHO DO!

Here are some of your submissions so far! And if you are the proud child of a GREAT BLACK DAD, or know one who deserves a “HUGSHOT,” take a minute to tell us! Visit this link:

https://forms.gle/hzPMMKAFkyeFWfih7

Check out this round of “Black Dads Who DO!”

7Darren Thomas

“Darren is a wonderful father to his son Darren “Tripp” Thomas III! A living example of how building a foundation will eventually bear its fruit in the future. Darren loves Tripp, and it’s abundantly clear during every hour of the day.

6Darren Thomas is “the best dad Tripp could ever have”

“From morning time and getting ready for school, to saying nightly prayers to get ready for bed. Darren is the BEST dad Tripp could ever have. I pray Tripp will come close to man his daddy is!! ”

— Michaelyn Easter-Thomas

This heartwarming story is just one example of the many ways African American dads are making a difference in their children’s lives. Do YOU know a Black Dad who deserves a HUGSHOT? Visit https://tri-statedefender.com/dads and tell us about him!

5Lorenzo Herman

“Lorenzo is an extraordinary father. His dedication to our sons, Bronzen and our newborn Blaze, is unmatched. From the moment of conception, he’s been there every step of the way. Lorenzo attends every doctor’s appointment and accompanies Bronzen on every school outing, showing unwavering attentiveness.

4Lorenzo Herman: “I feel incredibly blessed to have him as the father of my sons.”

“He starts Bronzen’s day by taking him to school and ends it by tucking him into bed each night. A gentle giant, he provides, protects, and solves problems with love and care. I feel incredibly blessed to have him as the father of my sons. ”

— Brianna Smith-Herman

Lorenzo’s story shows that some men run TO their responsibilities, not away from them! Do YOU know a Black Dad who deserves a HUGSHOT? Visit https://tri-statedefender.com/dads and tell us about him!

3Tyrone Ballinger

“Tyrone is simply amazing! He truly goes out of the way for our children. While I’m more of a disciplinarian, Ty is the cool dad where all of our children come to him for fun and advice. Tyrone is also a wonderful spiritual leader in our home. He covers us daily with the grace of God and makes sure that we ALWAYS keep him first.

2Tyrone Ballinger: “The coolest dad/husband ever”

One of the funniest memories was taking our children to the skating rink. No one and I do mean NO ONE knew how to skate. Everyone was falling everywhere. Ty decided to put on some skates knowing he couldn’t skate either. He wanted to be the skate hero and save all the children. It was so funny watching him from the sidelines because he was definitely no help. He was falling so bad, our kids eventually had to help him off the floor. He was sore for days, but for him the time with our children made it all worth it. He’s the coolest Dad/Husband ever. We love you so much Tyrone!”

— Dalisia Ballinger

Now that’s a man who will go to the floor for his family! Do YOU know a Black Dad who deserves a HUGSHOT? Visit https://tri-statedefender.com/dads and tell us about him!

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