*ATLANTA, GA – While acknowledging that a significant number of African American children are being raised in homes without a father present, AtlantaBlackStar.com, a new premium online digital property that is focused on offering rich content targeted to global urban culture, is refusing to abide by the negative stereotypes of black fathers.
Atlanta Black Star has launched Our Fathers, Our Heroes, an unprecedented multi-platform campaign that unapologetically celebrates many of the untold success stories of black fathers during the week leading up to Father’s Day. The site is bringing a rare focus to a group that is thoroughly
under-appreciated: strong black fathers who are raising strong, successful black children.
The site’s distinctive approach to getting beyond stereotypes of the black diaspora has been enthusiastically received by users around the world, resulting in the site’s remarkable growth in less than 45 days-more than 300,000 unique visitors.
The campaign includes provocative articles on specific themes (Lead, Build, Provide, Care, Protect, Work, Love) written from the perspective of celebrated black female journalists, videos featuring black fathers talking about the important work of fatherhood, and reviews and excerpts from provocative books on fatherhood and marriage.
These are the esteemed writers and themes that are being featured on Atlanta Black Star:
• Saturday, June 16 – Kathy Barrett Carter, award-winning legal journalist, former director of communications, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine; Theme: Work
• Sunday, June 17 – Denene Millner, author and co-author of 20 books, including Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man, three-time New York Times #1 bestselling author; Theme: Love
Helmed by Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist, Nick Chiles, who serves as Atlanta Black Star Editor-in-Chief, the project is designed to counteract the mainstream media’s lack of positive representations of black fatherhood.
“We get inundated as a society and as a black community with so many disturbing images of black fathers that too many of us don’t even believe there are strong, loving, dedicated black fathers in our communities, quietly doing the important work of raising and uplifting their families,”
Chiles said. “We felt that it was crucial to the mission of Atlanta Black Star to go beyond the statistics and stereotypes to present true images of black fathers.”
To connect with “Our Fathers, Our Heroes,” click here.
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