Over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to have taken?part?in a variety of projects that I believe in. In 2008 alone I have been published in a compilation book entitled Our Black Fathers: Brave, Bold?& Beautiful, I?am being featured?in the recently released documentary film Being Dad,? and I was interviewed by Michel Martin on her nationally syndicated NPR radio show Tell Me More. Additionally I have been quoted by -?and have appeared in?- Time magazine along with my son, interviewed by the Associated Press for an article on race and parenting, quoted and linked to by CBS News.com, and much more. I’m?thrilled (and surprised, let’s be real) that so many media outlets have approached me for my opinion parenting, race, and being a father.
When my son was born his body temperature was a bit low. In order to get it to normal he was taken away and put under a special baby-warming heat lamp. While the treatment was being explained to me I thought of flame broiling burgers at Burger King. My kid was going to be delicious.
After being out of my sight for a few seconds I decided to go looking for him. I found my brand new little guy across the hall wearing a tiny diaper and a gauze cap. He seemed vulnerable in the small room as he was slowly being warmed up. I looked him over, counting fingers and toes, and took in the fact that we shared a face. And I noted that his navel was gross.