Bolitics We Must Address: Oprah & Iyanla Dissect The “Fatherless Black Family” [Video]

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Oprah & Iyanla Dissect The “Fatherless Black Family”

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Traditionally, fathers are thought of as disciplinarians and providers, but according to our Oprah’s Lifeclass panel of experts, men need to rethink their roles. Watch as Iyanla Vanzant, Geoffrey Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, and Dr. Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, redefine what it means to be a father. Plus, find out what qualities many dads are lacking.

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Whether you’re an absent father or a dad who feels disconnected from his son, Geoffrey Canada says there are concrete action steps you can take to reestablish the father-son bond. Watch as he walks through eight things you can do today. Plus, find out why it’s important to share something unique with your son.

Aveion Cason is a former NFL running back who spent nine seasons playing in the pros and a lifetime growing up fatherless. Yet when Aveion had a son of his own, he was absent in his child’s life, continuing the cycle of fatherlessness. With Iyanla’s support, Aveion’s 13-year-old son, Aveion Jr., opens up to his dad for the first time. Watch their emotional conversation unfold.

Dr. Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, says many of the little boys he’s worked with over the years are filled with rage. Some of these young men go on to join gangs—but not for the reasons you may think. Watch as Dr. Perry reveals the number one reason boys turn to crime. Plus, find out why so many men learn to mask their pain at a young age.

Geoffrey Canada and Dr. Steve Perry are renowned educators and loving fathers, but like so many boys in America, they grew up as fatherless sons. Watch as these successful men describe how they moved past the pain and taught themselves to be good dads to their own children.

Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant address an audience of fatherless daughters, who reveal how their lives have been affected by their fathers’ absence.

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