My Book

“…This powerful and groundbreaking anthology,
which I highly recommend you purchase
for yourself and the black men in your life.”
-- Felicia Pride, AOL Black Voices (now HuffPost Black Voices)

"Be a Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood, edited by April R. Silver, is an artfully designed anthology that addresses the intersection of hip-hop with issues of black masculinity and parenting. These moving and authentic essays, poems, and interviews make accessible the experiences of black men challenged by racism, poverty, violence, and fatherlessness. And they illustrate how hip-hop culture, perhaps in the way music was integral to black South Africans' battle against apartheid, gave these men the vision and the values to overcome overwhelmingly oppressive forces (Soft Skull Press, 2008)."

Mothering Magazine
May-June 2009

""Two thumbs up! I recommend this book to all counselors, African American women [and] men, teachers, principals, libraries, scholars, ministers of the gospel, book clubs, Boys & Girls clubs, debate teams, coaches/athletes, [and] anyone else who comes in contact with OUR young, Black, male children. Do you hear me Oprah?"

Jasym Harris
Customer Review

"Editor April R. Silver has turned her first book into a a must-read for anyone involved in the black community."

Elizabeth Breau
Foreword Magazine


Be a Father To Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood (Soft Skull / Counterpoint Press, 2008). Edited by April R. Silver. ISBN-13: 978-1-59376-192-9

Essays, poems, and interviews by:
Aaron Lloyd • Adisa Banjoko
Alford Young, Jr. • Bakari Kitwana
Bill Stephney • Byron Hurt
Cheo Tyehimba • Davey D.
Dion Chavis • James Peterson
Kevin Powell • Kevin Williams
Lasana Hotep • Loren S. Harris
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele
Mo Beasley • Rhymefest
Saddi Khali • Shaun Neblett
Steven G. Fullwood
Talib Kweli • Thabiti Boone
Timothy D. Jones • William Jelani Cobb

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