On today’s episode of the Diversity Dad podcast we will get to know Khalid White, the proud father of the 9 years old Kahlea an aspiring gymnast and chef. He is professor at the San Jose City College where he teaches african-american ethnics studies. He is also known for founding the brand, company and movement called blkmpwr as in black empower. He is also a writer (check out his up and coming book “Black Fatherhood: Trials and Tribulations, Testimony and Triumph”).
“Having a daughter young, at 26. I mean it is not the youngest in the world, but I was still young in the mind still. Just having those experiences. Having my child as I was in a kind of transition period. It helped me understand just how many diverse man has put themselves in my corner over the course of my life. So my experiences have been diverse in terms of the man who shaped and molded me.”
Today we will be inspired by a man who knew how to embrace maturity when faced with unexpected changes and news in his young life. Learning how to grow out of his own 26 years old self into a mature and responsible dad, role model and diverse person.
“In America regardless if you are an athlete a lawyer a politician what have you, you are always classifies by your race first.”
We will get in touch with the motivation behind blkmpwr and how the killings of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray inspired Kahlid to create and spread a powerful message through clothing.
“Diversity dads out there, we are the role models for our children (…) we want to make sure that our children do that same deal as far as whatever they believe in. Just hold firm and stand for what you believe in.”
He will help us understand how being a diversity dad comes from not only ourselves but from the people that have shaped and molded us, making us not only diversity dads but diversity persons. And how even the experience of being a dad in itself makes you a diversity dad when done right.
“Being a father all of these last 9 years and me learning on the go and learning how girls and young women work because that’s in and on itself a diverse experience for me because I have all brothers and there weren’t too many girls.”
He will inspire us to be better dads and better persons and to keep growing and keep learning as life throws new challenges and new trials on our path. He will inspire us to be wiser when handling with difficult situations.
“It is not perfect, I am not perfect but at the same time it is about growth and it is about maturing and it is about getting better.”
Get ready for a very inspiring and dad love filled episode filled with beautiful and inspiring stories that can only make us smile and feel strong and determined to take the next step and to keep moving forward and growing and making ourselves better.
“Let’s learn together. Let’s grow together. Let’s be dad’s together. Peace”
“I think more and more you are going to start seeing athletes speak up and speak out. Particularly those high profile athletes.”
“Getting the news that I was going to be a dad and my daughter being born that made me kind of grow up and start trying to plan different moves for myself and for her future and just for my long term future to be in her life.”
“Communication is key. Even though we are not together we still have to have a relationship for the sake of our daughter and for the sake of our daughter being healthy mentally and emotionally. Communication is important. Positive communication is important.”
“It is hard to pinpoint one thing that has me the most excited about being a dad but the fact that I get a chance to really carve a real relationship with my daughter.”
“There is one moment I will never forget, that is the first time that my daughter called me daddy. That was a very proud moment. I teared up.”
“The biggest obstacle that I have overcome is understanding that time spent is more important than money spent. (…) Money can never take the place of time. Money can never take the time of youth.”
“Take on the challenges of being a father head on. Embrace that and continue to be that male role model, that influential person in your son’s or daughter’s life.”
Twitter – @brother_white
Facebook – @blkmpwr