From Fatherless to Fatherhood


A Spotlight on Fatherhood: New Documentary Explores the Relationships Between Black Men and their Families 
by VERGE Staff | Entertainment News | Friday, June 7, 2013


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Raised in East Orange, NJ, and educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Kobie Brown is a respected music industry executive and now documentary film director. His passion for creativity, commitment to activism, and awareness of the pervasiveness and pain resulting from father absence inspired Brown to create From Fatherless to Fatherhood – a new documentary film that explores father absence in the Black community while showcasing men who are fostering quality relationships with their children, families, and therefore, their communities.

The independent documentary thoughtfully explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to the absence of fathers in the African-American community and is rooted in the real lives of men, women and children in America. The documentary is reinforced by the perspectives of multiple Grammy-Award winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, Dr. Steve Perry (CNN’s Education Contributor), Reverend DeForest B. Soaries (CNN’s “Black in America: Almighty Debt”) and Jeff Robinson (MBK Entertainment).  

The world television premiere of this critically-acclaimed, conversation-starting documentary will air on Sunday, June 16
at 8 p.m/ET on ASPiRE television network.  

Director Kobie Brown is excited about this partnership and platform with which to spread his message of the importance of fatherhood. "More often than not examples of high quality manhood, fatherhood and loving relationships are not illustrated, talked about or shown such that we can recognize them when we see them,” Brown says. “It is an honor to connect with Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the team at the ASPiRE to celebrate the importance of fatherhood and deliver a different kind of reality; one that has the ability to transform us all." ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler says, "Throughout this milestone month, we wanted to showcase what makes this network unique for modern African-American viewers looking for quality family entertainment. As part of this celebration, we are thrilled to bring filmmaker Kobie Brown’s groundbreaking documentary to audiences as the nation celebrates fatherhood. We hope that this film’s debut on ASPiRE stimulates and inspires conversation on this important topic.”

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