Black Dad Spotlight: Twitter hashtag helps celebrate black fatherhood
Elon James White created his own day: Daddy Game Proper Day.
He announced earlier this month in a Twitter video that May 5, in tandem with his daughter’s first birthday, was the new holiday.
The Oakland, California, dad charged some 68,7000 followers to share photos of black fatherhood using the hashtag, #DGProper, and boy did he open the flood gates. The original hashtag was #DaddyGameProper, and it was later shortened.
The photos, from black dads and children with black dads, poured in.
“Whatever you feel represents you and your child, we want all the black daddies to do that,” White said in the video. “Whatever it is, we just want you to show black daddies doing what they do.”
White recognized the Huffington Post article that reported on his cause, noting that he wanted to recognize not just fathers, but “BLACK fathers.”
The results: magical!
There were sweet selfies. Dads baby-wearing. Chronicles of a first bike lesson and a dad’s first promise to a newborn coming home.
What a way to showcase black fatherhood, amirite?!
Check out some of the love below.
— AphroHeidi (@HeidiByNature) May 6, 2017
— Jon Blaze (@incrdblshort) May 6, 2017
— Black Woman (@MsDiannaT) May 6, 2017
— Shannon Penn (@Shannon_Penn) May 6, 2017
— GodisRivera (@GodisRivera) May 6, 2017