Father’s Day: Daddy/Daughter Dance Stirs Up Serious Emotions

- By Bossip Staff Categories: News, Uncategorized

Ed Gordon and Daughter

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d showcase some positive interaction between black men and their children, specifically their daughters. We love the idea of an annual event that highlights and celebrates the unique relationship between fathers and daughters.

Every little girl might need her mom, but the comfort, security and love of a dad is equally important in teaching her how to nurture and build relationships with men.

Award-winning journalist, founder of Daddy’s Promise and single dad Ed Gordon understands this more than anyone, and it’s what inspired him to launch Daddy’s Promise, his nonprofit organization, which is devoted to fostering and strengthening relationships between daughters and their fathers. The group held its his first annual Father/Daughter Dance on Sunday, June 14, in New York City.

More than 500 fathers and their daughters filled New York Hilton hotel where the annual 100 Black Men Conference was held for a special day of bonding. Participants enjoyed the sounds of soulful crooner Will Downing, a performance by Cupid, who sings “Cupid Shuffle,” while DJ Beverly Bond spun classics and new tunes. Also on hand to celebrate their fathers were actress Vivica A. Fox and “The View” cohost Sherri Shepherd, who both brought their father’s along.

“It was far more than we could have ever hoped for to watch all those men promising a lifetime of love to their daughters,” says Gordon, whose daughter, Taylor, was on hand to help out and spend some time with her dad. “I’m not a sentimental guy, but it was truly a mushy moment to watch men become emotional with tears of joy. This goes beyond a father and daughter relationship, but about what that relationship teaches our daughters about how they should be treated by boys and as they get older, the men they will interact with. Again, it was a wonderful evening.”

This isn’t the first time an event like this has happened. In Atlanta, there is an annual Daddy/Daughter Dance that takes place Father’s Day weekend. This is a tradition we’d love to see grow.

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  • HarlemWorld4eva

    I’m not a father yet but big ups to all the conscientious ones out there!!

  • http://www.bossip.com jjj / Proud Jamaican

    Mmhmmmm

  • Truth be told

    This is awesome

  • http://bossip thetruth

    That is so sweet. You can actually see the love in their eyes I love it. absolutely beautiful!

  • bananas

    the father/daughter realtionship is so important. reallly sets the tone for the girl future relationships. dads step up!!

  • eeh

    big up Now where all the women thats hate on black men And call all black men dead beats

  • Big Daddy

    You know what the Pimps say? Find me a girl who hates her father and I got her for life. Fathers are so crucial to the emotional well-being of both their daughters and sons.

  • leave-it-be

    NICE ARTICLE>>>>> TO THE MEN WHO THINK WOMEN SAY “ALL MEN ARE DEADBEATS” WE DONT SAY THAT TO REAL FATHERS THAT SUPPORT THEIR KIDS!!!! SO HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO THE REAL MEN AROUND THE WORLD +====

  • Sanjor

    Happy Father’s day to my Dad and my husband!! The first dance I ever had was with my Daddy. Standing on his feet and looking up at him,🙂.

  • reddnwood

    Okay but what about our young men?! Have they forgotten about them?! They need to see their fathers in their lives as well.

  • Erykah

    In our community fathers not being in the lives of boys and girls are at staggering proportions!! any event that fosters the bond between a girl and her father is great!! They need to have an event where I live like this. I’m glad my child has a father that is involved and I don’t have to track him down to spend time with his child or be a parent to his child.

  • http://anonymous@yahoo.com ...... ........ .......

    i WOULDNT GIVE A DAMN WHETHER A WOMAN GETS KNOCKED UP OR NOT SHE DIDNT GET KNOCKED UP BY HERSELF> MAYBE tHIS IS A GOOD THING AND MAYBE IF MORE MEN STEPPED UP THE WOMEN WOULDNT HAVE TO KNOWN AS BABIES MAMAS, IT TAKE STWO AND IF YOU DONT WANT A KID .. COVER UP!!! IF NOT BE A MAN AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR KID LIKE YOUR MOTHER DID YOU~~

  • Leeha

    I believe this is only our start. Hopefully in the future there will be an event for black boys and their fathers–lets support this organization financially and make that event happen for our sons.

  • Masie_UK

    Fathers day must feel non existent in the States. Most of you people over there dont even have or know your dads lmao

  • Leeha

    @masie-UK

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the UK have the higher rate of single mothers than the US, despite the race of the mothers. Please check your country’s statistics before stomping on this feel good moment.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Leeha

    Uhhh, don’t mean “FEEL GOOD SECOND” LOL!

  • http://bossip bb

    @Leeha

    The UK has a population of approx 70 million so statistically that would be unlikely
    but don’t allow anyone to stomp on your feel good moment

    Happy Father’s day

  • OrangeSharpie

    too sweet for words

  • Honut Sinti

    Beautiful!

  • Leeha

    @bb

    I didn’t say that the UK has more single mothers then the US, which would be impossible like u said, because we have a larger population. I said higher rates of single mothers in relation to the over all population.

  • enkogkneegro

    My daughter the one in my gravi picture is flying in from Philly to take me to dinner this evening for daddy day. We have always been very very close and talk atleast 3 times a week minimum and have family vactions together all the time…..

  • MaRRied_MoMMy2_God's_Greatest_Gift

    Happy Father’s Day to all the WONDERFUL Fathers out there–NOT “baby daddies” but FATHERS!
    It was fabulous waking up and cooking my husband breakfast, bringing it to him while he was in bed, holding our newborn daughter. I even fed him while he cradled our baby. God is wonderful!
    I hope everyone enjoys their day. To the single mothers, doing it all by yourself, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO Y’ALL TOO!!! You’re holding it down as the father and mother. My hat is off to you!!

  • mr.mush

    i had the pleasure of being at the father daughter dance being the father of four daughters 24-19-16-2 it was nice to see brothers together with thier children on a positive note made me real proud

    god bless

  • Masie_UK

    @Leeha

    Truth hurts…I know

  • Leeha

    @enkogneegro

    u and your daughter look really good. I thought that was your lady all this time. But thats your daughter. now we know where that beautiful woman gets a good looks from–have a beautiful evening!!

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