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Image of White Dad Taking Out Black Daughter’s Braids Sets the Internet on Fire


Image of White Dad Taking Out Black Daughter’s Braids Sets the Internet on Fire

A picture of a white dad taking out his black daughter’s braids has set off the world of social media.  Frank Somerville, a reporter on Oakland station KTVU showed a glimpse into his life with an image of him taking out the braids of his adopted daughter, who just happens to be black.

“So for those of you who think tv can be glamorous, this is how i spent my morning, learning how to take out my daughter’s braids. It takes a long time and a lot of patience!” He said on Facebook.

For some reason, people were touched by the image.  We’re not sure if it’s because they just love to see any father spending time with his daughter or because they believe that her black daddy probably abandoned her.  Here are some of the remarks:

“This makes me happy in so many different ways.”

Omg, you are so freaking awesome. Being a black woman myself, I know how time consuming taking braids down are. I commend you. Lemme know if u need any advice.

This is so sweet.!                                                      

If I bring my daughter to the studio, will you please do hers. It is soooo time consuming. LOL. Seriously, I don’t know too many dads that will do any girls’ hair so kudos to you.

I REALLY love this!! Such an awesome dad & daughter pic!

Whoa awesome . Don’t you just love some dads. They are the best.

This makes me happy in so many different ways….

A sign of the times!!

This is cool – another view of our world.

Priceless ~ love it.

Appreciate seeing what the media won’t show ~ real love of each other.


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In response, Somerville posted the following status today:

“It’s not often that I am speechless, but I am floored by the response to the picture I posted, and by how touching and personal many of them were. To me the picture shows a dad doing what a dad SHOULD do, and loving every minute of it. The birth of my first daughter, and adopting my youngest daughter, are the two best moments of my life, and I feel like the luckiest dad in the world that my family is interracial. I can’t thank all of you enough. And remember CHANGE HAPPENS ONE PERSON AT A TIME!”


When Somerville talks about “change,” what is he referring to?  Does he mean change in terms of race relations between whites and blacks?  Is he referring to change in the state of black parenthood?  Or is he talking about change in terms of the little girl’s hair?

We’re not here to be critical of the love being shown by this dad for his daughter.  We are just wondering if the picture would get this much buzz if her daddy had been black.  There are millions of black dads across the country making numerous sacrifices for their daughters each day.  So, Somerville is right in that this is exactly what a dad SHOULD do.

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  1. Crosstown

    July 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Nice story

    • Derrick

      August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      What’s so nice about a caucasoid taking down the braids of a Black child?

      Did you know that LOVE LOCKS are from the Black Messiah? These caucasoids HATE OUR HAIR! They look at LOVE LOCKS in a negative way because their hair is long and dog-like. They think that beauty is long blond hair, blue eyes and pale skin.

      BLACK MEN ARE DOING THE SAME DAMN THING EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK, but we are only portrayed doing negative thing by this caucasoid media.



      • Really?!

        August 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        You have serious issues.

        Breathe, count to 10 look yourself in the mirror and repeat after me.

        I am an idiot.

        • Von

          August 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

          You are either an uninformed AF/AM female or a white male who do not understand the psychological affects long term affects of slavery. That white man chose to adopt the AF/AM child for his own reasons (whatever they were), because her “mother and father” failed to provide for that chid. Once again AF/AM females, if you do not unprotectively allow access to your bodies, then you will not become pregnant in an unprepared manner.

          • Lori

            November 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

            And why is it only the woman’s job to be prepared for a child?!?! This type of idiotic thinking is the reason that most AF/Am children are raised by their mothers and the reason why AF/AM children most do not truly respect black men as a whole (whether it’s right or wrong). Let raise the standard for everyone.

        • Shemika

          May 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

          LMAO That was a good one.

  2. Leigh

    July 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Really? REALLY? It’s a terrible thing when we, as blacks, scream about equality in racism on all levels of life, but when a white person crosses the color line to engage in what is least expected, leave it to blacks to make it into a racial issue, than not only attack it, but compare it some type BLACK scenario b.s. The question shouldn’t be about the numerous of BLACK fathers that also do this for their BLACK daughter’s hair, as I am sure there are plenty, but the question should be WHERE THE HELL IS THIS CHILD’S BLACK MOTHER AND BLACK FATHER? Period! Blacks are not quick to adopt their own as oppose to whites and other races. They simply wish to have a child to love regardless of his/her race or form. I applaud this man for first taking a black child into his home, and secondly for being shameless enough to post such a picture. I also applaud the millions of BLACK fathers that do it without acknowledgement. It’s not that there is a lack of black fathers being posted interacting with their black child; it’s just that this picture of a black child and her white father has been posted. I’d rather read about a white man taking his black daughter’s braids down than reading about a black mother tossing her black newborn baby out an 8th floor window. We as blacks do good for our child and there are some that don’t just as there are many whites that do well for blacks and some that don’t. I don’t think there are any discriminatory barriers to the good and/or bad someone, of any race, do or don’t do. Honestly, I’d really wish BLACK folks will make up their minds. Change is change! Either we’re going embrace it or continue knocking down progress when it’s exposed for the good of to the world.

    • shelley1laysi

      August 1, 2012 at 6:39 am


  3. Frank TALKER

    July 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Of course, he is doing a good thing, but if he were Black, this would not be so much of a story for the media.

    • Wayne Hazzard

      July 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      @Frank Talker. Thank you Frank. I wholeheartedly agree.The racist media is the problem-morally bankrupt. What this man is doing seems a beautiful thing. HOWEVER, unless I know his motive as to why he went public with this, I do not know if he’s sincere in his display. All that glitters is not gold. He may be gold, he may not be gold. I cannot see his heart that tells the real story. Most of the comments are because of his surface display. It’s naive to assume when we cannot see his heart. Sometimes people do things for many selfish and pompous brag.


        August 1, 2012 at 6:27 am


      • MiMi

        August 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        I agree, Wayne, and Frank. Why he had to post this to the world??? As if he was trying to get praise, because White folks know how some Blacks folks are when it comes to Whites folks, they are quick to compliment White people, when they sometimes do good things concerning Black people. No one hardly when made a big deal over this Black man who RISK HIS LIFE TO HELP THIS WHITE MAN, WHEN THIS WHITE MAN FELL ON THE TRAIN TRACKS, AND HE JUMP DOWN ON THE TRACKS TO SHIELD, AND KEEP THE WHITE MAN FROM GETTING UP, WHEN THE TRAIN WAS APPROACHING. What about that? He could have been killed!! Answer that for me Leigh. We as Black people are not saying it’s not a good thing, you missed the whole point! We are saying if he had been Black this would not been such a big deal!! And as far as the the child’s Black mother and father, you don’t know what may have happen to them, maybe they were on drugs, ill, like AIDS etc. SO you should not judge the child’s parents for not being there to help raised her. Maybe they had severe financial problems, maybe they were very young like a kid!! It could many many reason for them not raising her. So don’t criticize Black people for just making a true point!!

    • Herb

      July 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I don’t agree with that statement. All he did was just show people a glimpse of his life, and this has been blown into something else. Remember, he is a tv personality. It does not matter the ‘race’ of the child, he was just being a father.


        August 1, 2012 at 5:50 am


    • BigWill

      July 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Doesn’t he work in television?? He understands what images get the most attention! However, I have seen on you-tube and elsewhere parents parading their kids in front of a video lens, doing crazy, stupid and sometimes funny things. As a black man I think this guy is just a typical daddy that likes to show off his kids as so many fathers do nowadays. Nothing wrong with that.

  4. Jacqueline

    July 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    The picture speaks a thousand wonderful words. The story probably won’t have gotten as much attention had the father been black because this wouldn’t be that uncommon with the two of them being the same race. The change he probably talking about is his love for his adopted daughter and he learning how to do things with her that are common in are race. Because althought there’s only one race the human race, we are different culturally.

  5. freeze

    July 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This shows that their is a good dad who happen to be white that wants to do things for his daughter and don’t mind showing the world that it all right to do it. Hats off to the dad.

  6. sheila

    July 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    this goes to show that your dad doesn’t always means biological,but the one who is there thru thick and thin to take care of you…being a foster parent and a grandmother to bi -racial children this is a job i can’t take on .i commend this father for caring and for even attempting to do this for his daughter..
    this is truly something that all fathers must see..thanks for sharing
    this with us..god bless

  7. Erica

    July 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Love is love,point blank period, any dad taking care of his daughters hair is great,I’m 48yrs old and it bought back memories of my dad “trying”to take care of my sister and my hair between Tuesday through Friday for school.(our mother worked out of town so we would get our hair done on Sundays) I got a warm fuzzy feeling. missing my dad

  8. Rasheed7

    July 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thats great because it reminds people that we arent soo different that we cannot love each other like family. It is not a normal sight to see a white man taking out his black daughter’s braids.

    It gives people hope that we can still live together.

    Props to that guy whoever he is.

    • Jude

      July 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Yay for you!! Excellently stated. As an adoptive mom of two ethnically different girls, I can attest to the ‘learning curve’ LOL of taking care of that hair!! 🙂 And it’s a public statement of just how love can conquer racial boundaries – if ppl would let it.

      Excellent picture, story and comment, Rasheed7!

    • Smh

      November 16, 2012 at 3:06 am

      You are young, dumb naive and it’s causing you to kiss your enemies asses.

  9. Deedee

    July 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I think the picture gets such much attention is because it’s an act that most of us have never seen and given race ralations in this country, could never imagine it, but it’s nice to see, and more acceptance of our cultural differences would be a delightful change. He’s clearly not afraid to acknowledge change in himself.

  10. Kirsten

    July 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I’m from the Bay Area and watch Frank on Ch. 2 every day. He’s a little out there but I do believe he was just showing his daddy-do list.

  11. Monijay

    July 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Whatever the reason the picture gathered attention, I’m glad it did. Yes there are a myriad of reasons the picture captured our attention. Yes for many the main attention getter is the race of the father. I applaud his effort to be totally apart of her life and help her preserve her culture by learning to do her hair in an ethnic style that preserves her hair. They could have tried to assimilate her into Buffy and relax it to death. Let’s be real it’s a beautiful pic because in this day of divorce and absentee fathers, how many are really taking the time to do their daughters hair themselves. Many let moms, girlfriends, sisters, cousins, and hair stylist do that for them. Nothing wrong with, it’s just the personal touch is just so special. So let’s not question it to death, just enjoy a beautiful moment on the heels of tragedy in Colorado.

  12. Know the Truth

    July 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Loving it!! 🙂

  13. Akbar

    July 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I guess I have too much testosterone in me to feel so “touched” by this picture. If it was not attacking me in my IN box i would have ignored it. Don’t see anything loving about it really. He looks lost to me. Funny how simple “change” is for many miseducated people about race. Gestures do not bring about change. The most misleading barometer for change is when the physical interaction is mistaken for an attitude change from within. Our American system has been poisoned by racism its does not go away because a old white man undoes Tamika’ braids. I played on a football team that won many games, THINK- “remember the titans” but after the games there was nothing in common really with our white teammates. An interracial relationship does not address anything but a persons human-ness. My interracial relationships were me making a lot of compromises as Black people have learned to do historically. Keep quiet, don’t blow getting some sex by correcting her right now – I would tell myself. She learned nothing about being white with privilege, just that she was different because she was with me. She thought she was making the ultimate sacrafice being with a Black man I discovered later. There are hidden stereotype in interracial relationships but sex will put them on hold for years! I sense I slave mentality in these responses. Like “oh look at our massa, he so good at taking care of us. Like Malcolm said… “whats wrong massa, “we” sick?” I get that vibe here for some reason. Thats embarrassing as the nword!

    • joceeco

      July 30, 2012 at 2:16 am

      I feel you on that comment Akbar!!! From where I stand, Martin was great, but Malcolm was “The One!”

    • Smh

      November 16, 2012 at 3:10 am

      It’s crazy how a picture of a white man taking out a black girls braids can make black people think shit changed in this country. So sad

  14. crox1153

    July 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm


  15. AP

    July 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    If it was a black dad a black mom or anybody should be commended for taking out damn braids. I just took mine out and redid them and I started Friday eve!!! We women do this all the time and I think even if he was black doing his daughters hair especially braids people would be giving kudos… To me this is not a black or white thing HIW about a father daughter thing… Geesh

  16. AP

    July 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    ROTFLMAO @ crox1153 seeking attention hard… Maybe your dad needs to do your hair… Your comical…

  17. Deloris

    July 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    This is his adopted daughter. Why is she available to be adopted by a white person. Most of the blacks who could adopt this little girl do not want to be bothered. Did it ever occur to any of you that this is his child adopted or not. He pays the cost to be the boss. And this little girl has a shot at life. She is not going from home to home. She is being feed. Stop thinking that everyone think like you.
    My dad had to help do my hair to. He is a black man. I just thought he was helping my mom out because she had to get our breakfast. But it was all about love. Don’t think so negative of people.

  18. Nilla

    July 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Everyone, please pay the comment before mine (crox11whateva) no mind. He seems to be the only one that hates himself. He has nothing positive going on in his life so he trolls sites looking to make hateful comments trying to boost his self esteem because his parents failed him. You don’t phase us, your the real loser here.

  19. d-rhyme

    July 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Another one to dislike but here goes. Marrying dating or adopting black ain’t shit. It is a shallow gesture meaning nothing when there is no freaking attempt to change the conditions that lock black fathers up under pay them. I am so sick of liberals and their PDAs. Just to make you think they ain’t racist. Pay us reparations and give Indians land. Liberal racism is the worst kind.

    • Northpilot

      July 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I agree with you that the liberals can be a real pain in the ass, but for a different reason: when our white-hispanic family adopted our youngest son 22 years ago, a black newborn, we just wanted another son — we were not trying to make some kind of statement, or something. We expected to get all kind of shit from the bigots (and we did, they being who they are, and this being America…), but all the white liberals saying that we were doing our son wrong because we were forcing him to abandon his black culture, what a laugh! What actually ended up happening was that he turned us into a black family as much as the other way around! He can take racism in stride more than I can — calls me off the crackers when I’m pissed off and unloading on them.

      This whole race thing is so ridiculous. We are all Africans, whether black skinned or white. The differences in the human genome between so called “races” is so small as to be meaningless. For example, skin color: When African tribal groups moved into Europe a very brief moment in evolutionary history ago, there was a large evolutionary pressure to lose that melanin pigment in the skin. We Africans from northern Europe no longer needed as much skin cancer protection, and desperately needed what dim sunlight there was to penetrate deeper into our skin for vitamin D production. Lighter skinned individuals were able to survive and reproduce more successfully because they were not dying early of Vitamin D deficiency — Rickets, tuberculosis, etc. Anthropologists say this evolution to lighter skin color was very rapid — 30 to 40 thousand years. On the other hand, Africans who stayed in Africa got enough sunlight right thru their darker skins to make vitamin D and still needed the protection from skin cancer. So, the occasional mutation to lighter skin in Africa was a disadvantage, and died out. Nowadays, the amount of pigment you have in your skin is meaningless and easily handled: white skinned Africans living in Africa have to wear sun screen block lotion, and dark skinned Africans living in northern climes (Europe and North America) have to drink plenty of vitamin D fortified milk, or take Vitamin D supplements. BIG DEAL!

      Our cultural differences, are (or should be) just spice in the cake. We should enjoy them. (Although, I still don’t like most rap, and my son still doesn’t like most of my opera… why he likes his hockey team buddies’ country music is beyond me, though…)

      • elrancho2

        July 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        I really love your comment. It’s honest, accurate and real. Thank you.

      • Smh

        November 16, 2012 at 3:15 am

        Bruh, you white boys are not related to us.. Stop it.

  20. Ausar Nebankh

    July 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    (1) One just don’t “happen” to be Black. No the DNA material that make one of the Black race goes back untold millions of years ago. With all of the caucasian celebrities adopting Black children it should be no shock to see one taking care of ones adopted daughter. You see the white female celebrity carrying around their Black charge all the time in the media. So whats the big deal?

    • Smh

      November 16, 2012 at 3:17 am

      The media is used to make you feel ok with this and obviously it’s working.

  21. Real man

    July 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m refuse to question this man or his motives, real men meet the need wherever and whatever it is with whatever it takes. The only point I will make is that I and the black men I associate with have met this and many other callenges raising in our sons and daughters lives only to be met with marginalization and contempt by our wives or significant others not to mention the exact opposite portrayal by the media. So sista’s the next time you see a black man with a white woman please think back to this picture and the times when YOU had a good black man who loved you and his family enough to do hair plus so much more and you belittled him and his efforts the same way media is doing now.

    • Losing Your Mind

      July 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      When you can look at a parent (adoptive or not) and critize an act of support and love you have lost your mind. Minimizing it is an indication that you’ve lost your mind.

      Brother, thank God you found someone to love you. However, to imply that the reason you chose to marry someone of another race because of black women or the media; undermines you as an individual and sadly a man. Futhermore, to imply that it is some sort of punishment to women specifically black women is funny and yet sad. Your are losing your mind.

      Although there are many fathers who happen to be Black that in fact take care of their children, there are double the amount that simply do not. The Black community has it’s challenges however, to attribute every problem to racism and then wait for the solution from the same people accused of creating and causing the problem is a clear case of losing your mind.

      As long as we have black men who blame white men and black women for thier woes in society we always have this ignorant discussion. Racism isn’t new and attempts to eradicate it have only hidden it or reduced it slightly.


      One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent — a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than other developed countries, according to a report released Wednesday.

      Of the 27 industrialized countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries.

      In the African American community, 72 percent of Black children are raised in a single parent household.

      • Real Men

        July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

        This is precisely the attitude and the demeanor that I was referring to in my posting. Rather than reading and understand the very first sentence of my entry, of which I will gladly re-print in parentheses, most likely, my sista ignorantly, begins to hurl insults about my intellect and my ability to conceptualize an idea.
        I never once criticized my brother in this article, on the contrary, I stated (I refuse to question this man or his motives, real men meet the need wherever and whatever it is with whatever it takes.) Why would you return such an uninformed and negative response to my posting when it is available for inspection?
        Point two; I never even suggested my marital statues whatsoever but you inferred that I was married to a white sister. It is very dangerous to attach a fixation onto others based on one’s own phobias or miss placed ideologies.
        Point three; As I stated in my initial posting, you have minimalized me even to the point of questioning my altruistic mindset as “a man” as you have stated, but in your previous paragraph you call my brothers actions “act of support and love.” We as people of color have to recognize this self-defeatism that has infiltrated our rational and impedes our ability to progressively communicate with one another.
        Lastly point four; I did not contribute all of the ills within the constructs of our own dynamic to racism but rather I laid them squarely at the feet of black male and black female interaction. Thank you for your rebuttal to help give a clear example of the dilemma we face as a culture. I clearly gave my thoughts towards my white brother in this posting and contrasted it with what millions of my fellow black brothers do, and have done for decades; but you chose to focus in on self-made or societal schemas towards me and my fellow brothers. This is the sickness that MUST end within our life time. We dare not hand down this legacy to our children of mistrust and stigma congruence rather than real wholesome cognitive congruence based on self-conceptualization and respect.
        We can really use your help my sister (losing your mind), if you are up to the challenge.
        Oh yeah, by the way, I have two universities that would argue your assessment of my mental abilities. I am finishing up my Masters of Theology and preparing for Graduate studies in clinical psychology. Please be careful slinging insults.

  22. LadyofSoul

    July 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This child is from Ethopia you fucking brainiacs who’ve never heard of the “google.” Also, from 1865 to abt 1970, Black fathers were able to take of there kids by humbling themselves by taking any job that paid the bills including cooking, cleaning, & serving and not succumbing to crime. Stop being weak minded and do what you got to do. Go google the enitr article and find out how he wants her to have a positive self image abt herself and her hair. Because for all the “millions” of Black dads that do this for their black daughters,the black girls sure are RUSHING to get a relaxer or weave or lace front so a BLACK will think she is as beautiful as a white man. Sometimes a duck is a duck. Stop over analyzing with ur new found 90s black identity knowledge. Been there done that, grew and views got bigger and better. #thatisall

    • Smh

      November 16, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Nah, sounds like you just got Stockholm syndrome.

  23. Thomasena

    July 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    At the risk of being called names by the haters, I agree , where are the “Black” adopted parents? I am sure that the little girl loves her daddy and he loves her which is more than I could say about the”Black” daddy.

    Those black men locked up knew the law. They also knew that it was open season on them. Why did he put himself in the position for the system to lynch him? How long has those men been Black? If nothing has changed then he should know that he is a target and not to get caught in the trap. What about those “Black Brothers” who have avoided the tray and are making a contribution to society, are they a fluck? or did they use their head, prepared to make some sacrifices and realized that America and the white man owes him nothing?

    It is time to stop thinking like a minority and take charge of yourself. The white man is not going to fix’ if for us. He did and look where we are today. Every citizen is obligated to make a positive contribution to his city, state, and country, and stop standing around on the corner with their hands out like beggers. In this day and time, there is no reason for anyone not to succeed. Life is not a bowl of cherrys. All who have succeed did so because they invested in themselves. If you won’t invest in yourself why should I?

    Instead of standing around complaining that he won’t give you a job, make one. Everybody has gifts, use them legally. Look to you heritage, the successes they achieved when it was really bad. How did they survive?

    You are NOT a MINORITY; 99 out of every 100 is a man of color. You are part of the 99. ACT like it. STOP helping the enemy DO IT TO YOU. Take charge of yourself and stop looking for handouts. Handouts and miseducation got us here. Is this where you want to stay? NO, his is never going to like us or accept us. Who cares besides him?

    I ask Akrar, what was he doing with the white girl in the first place?

  24. corbin56

    July 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Touching?? No. Someone has to do it.

  25. kimberly

    July 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Wow…it is very sad when the topic of the day is father doing his adopted daughters hair.Really people.How about we talk about the dead beat dads who don’t do a damn thing for their kids!There…now we have something to talk about.

  26. journey360

    July 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm



    • Mahari Mengistu

      July 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Braids are not MESS. You are showing your self-hatred and lack of respect as does your whole commentary.

  27. tamika

    July 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    good the kid has someone in her life.

  28. Icdatruth

    July 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Truthfully, I would have been more impressed if he was putting them in. Like it was mentioned before what was the motivation for putting this online? Have any of you given a thought as to why he was taking them out in the first place? Could he have been doing it because he felt that they were not worth maintaining them or to start conditioning her to forsake who she is? We as black people are the most gullible group of people in this country due to the media’s negative influence and our lack of a cultural compass.

  29. JD

    July 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    @Leigh-You hit the nail on the head. This is a snapshop of a person’s life, caring for a child, a black child. Why in the dickens is it made into a racial issue of black vs white? Why can’t it be just that a man is caring for his child? Enough already!!

  30. sasack

    July 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Being a father myself and having gone through the same thing – hats off to the guy.

  31. Sandra Dee

    July 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    It’s good and bad, it’s good that the father can learn to cope with a black child, if it is genuine and not for show on FB or TV. However, more white people are going to use this one moment to say racism does not exist anymore. I just wonder what cultural values they are teaching her.

  32. nativesooner

    July 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I think that we should look at the love of a father for his daughter. Yes it takes a long time to undo the braids, but most of you are forgetting the show of love. Is that what your mind sees? Or is it narrow-minded and full of self-loathing, defeat, despair and anger. How many of your comments display love and knowledge of God? It didn’t matter to this man, until he learned the time-consuming work of taking down braids, he probably talked to his baby about so many things during the time it took to take them down. He may have connected with the child that he loves and nurtures. OMG. This society is so depraved and demented that I see few lovers of God in these posts. And thanks you for giving some positive quotes, you know who you are.

  33. Franchesca

    July 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Whether black, white, whatever… race or whatever… the picture is PRICELESS!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS THE MAN AND HIS DAUGHTER!!!

  34. Miranda

    July 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    If he is doing what he should do as a Dad, why post it at all! Don’t have all the facts so I am not “touched”. Would have been nice had he indicated something to storyline the post.

  35. Blvdjewel

    July 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    The picture is touching to me because it show a father’s love for his child. Not too many men attempt to do their daughter’s hair. It takes them 3x as long as it would for the mother to do, so having the patience to get it done is commendable. The sentiment has nothing to do with race. I am accustomed to being around white people, have a white uncle who has been in the family for over 40 years and had a black friend who was adopted into a white family (almost 40 years ago). So, this is not a big deal. Give black folks some credit as we are not a monolith.

  36. Kim

    July 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Does anyone ever have anything positive to say on any issue? MY GOD! Whats race got to do with it. At least he had the heart to adopt a black child? Where are the ones that God blessed this child with? Or her biological family? Damn. Git off it!

  37. Robert

    July 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    thank you lawd…sweet jesus. massa done put his healing hands on my chile, and everything gone be alright…

    my chile done been made pure. the white hands of the Black savior has touched MY chile. she blessed and highly favored by the lawd…

    massa make it right…all the time, right on time…

    if i haven’t said it enough, let me say it again…”Thank you massa…thank your holy name”…

    • d-rhyme

      July 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Love you Robert. And I am not gay. You speaking for all of them. Brilliant.

      • d-rhyme

        July 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        You shut it down with that one. Cracking my side.

  38. Milk Chocolate

    July 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I won’t comment on the comments because they speak for themselves. As an ex-journalist I can say that ordinary news is no news .. Almost as bad as good news as far as the media is concerned.

  39. Randy

    July 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This is such BS, and I am lost as to see what the big deal is……As a father of 2, who would never allow my daughter or son to braid their hair, simply because it is unbecoming, and a lazy way to get out of having to do your hair every morning. I know plenty of Black men who care for their children, who comb, style, and brush their hair, simply because that is what you do as a parent, if they are unable to do it themselves. NONE ISSUE HERE!!!!

  40. Rev. George Brooks

    July 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This is a news story that should have never been news. And had this guy not been a newsperson, it would not have been. For this TV channel is trying to play him up as special, when I know of several black men that have done such deeds. While at the same time I know of many “dogs” in the men of our black race. But keep in mind what an elderly black woman once told me, which I have found to be absolutely true: “All men have some dog in them.” And, lastly, I pity the little girl who is being brought up by this, or any other white person, rather than black people. Just ask an Asian what they think of a Asian child being brought up by any one of any other race other than people that are Asians. And why is it that society still does not allow blacks to adopt white kids, for the most part? And lastly, I lived in Oakland for 18 years, and I can say for certain that most of these folks commenting are not Oaklanders, because blacks there would not be as graceful and praiseworthy about this white man as these making comments. — Rev. George Brooks

  41. soveu

    July 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    @Randy what your saying is BS what unbecoming of getting braids and getting braids is not being lazy you seem like a closed minded person. Braids are part of the black culture and it seems like something you can’t identify with if you are in fact a person of color.

    Yeah, sure there can be so many things behind somerville reason for posting his interaction with his adopted black daugther and kudos for him, but, it would be just as nice to see more father in real time interacting with their children because the imagine of black families as a whole has hit an all time low and we even believe that ourselves that black positive families do not exist in the USA

  42. wil-lie

    July 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    you blacks have let the wite europeans get total control your the black race as a whole…they got to mix but black don’t…we wiil not catch melanoma cancer which is the AIDS virus…..drugs….oral sex…the white europeans live off the illegal immigration….land land and land……the slave just can not get real freedom

  43. wil-lie

    July 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    blacks are still living under the white europeans and they know this and now half of they want to stay right under his as…why…drugs….oral sex…..drugs is the main break down thyat lead to the rest of the break down….i got this one white friend in alabama and he was kkk many years back but he change so he say..he was all way cool with me we would go to lunch and he pay some time i pay and we both agree that mixing destroy both race…and he is a preacher and have been for many many years because i was in alabama in 2000….

  44. Zandra Conway

    July 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    This is a wonderful picture. I am glad that this cute little girl is taken care of… I’m glad that she is taken care of well. I have White friends who have adopted children of color. I can’t relate to comments from some Black people who do not think that someone other than black can raise a black child. I have white friends who have adopted black children to love and raise them. And yes, white parents who have adopted black girls, take the time to learn how to comb and braid their hair. FYI – there are black fathers who can’t comb their daughters’ hair. My mother fired my father about doing my sister’s and mine hair. Leave the colors behind and take care of your children!

  45. Pastor Ulysses S. King

    July 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I have witnessed first hand the love of Mr. Somerville and his daughter during a service at our church. To see this loving father holding his daughter during the service while listening to other children sing, hanging on to his neck, and holding his hand while he showed her where the restrooms were made us all smile. Yes, black fathers do the same everyday. Unfortunately, not enough fathers (black or white) bring their children to church. What a different world and our communities would be. I sincerely wish others would see the beauty in this expression rather than many of the misinformed, negative, and hateful comments I’ve read.

    Peace & blessings.

  46. Londa

    July 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm


    • Smh

      November 16, 2012 at 3:32 am

      You kissing too much ass, sit down.

  47. DailyLooker

    July 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    As a 55+yo white god-daddy of a 12yo black lass, whom I get about half of the time (mom’s grad school and dad’s work, notwithstanding), my god daughter is bright enough to not even think I could handle this, but that does not mean I’m not trying to address the ‘hair’ issue. Lord I wish there was not so much emphasis placed on this, but there is it is, so I hunted around with the parents’, aunties and gf’s of my kids to find a solution within budget. Dad came up with the best solution at $40/head (he has two girls) vs auntie who offered up a $180 solution, and then let’s not forget the approval process from mom that we needed before we could even start. We now have a solution, within budget with approval from the powers that be, I am thrilled and the 12yo says the hair is ‘acceptable’, in her words.

  48. Ceemespeak

    July 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve watched Fank Somerville for here in Oakland and San Francisco he used to play hoops with my dad he was always down with us. He’s talking about Blk Wht learning about each other and changing the perception that we are so different. Good Dads are just Dads. I take down my daughters and my wife’s when they need help even gave my daughter a perm after she found out I had gave them to an ex-girlfriend years ago.

  49. Shelley

    July 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Doing or undoing anyone’s braids or locks is a labor of love if you’re not getting paid well to do it. So if he wasn’t getting paid he was doing it for love regardless of ethnicity. And it was really unusual to see a man doing it. I have heard of men that do but not seen any. And it seems pretty clear he was also lost and challenged. But still trying! So kudos to him, I think that is why people love it.

  50. altha

    July 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

    What is the BIG-DEAL? because a white man during a black child hair, this shouldn’t be news . Black men do the same thing with their daughters my husband did, their are lot’s of blk men comb their girls hair. You black people you make me sick when a white person does anything and it’s in the news or on facebook you fools go crazy. If this was a black man doing a white child hair or a blk child hair you would have something real bad to say, but never when it comes to a white person You are your own worst enemy.

  51. d-rhyme

    July 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Sad. Yeah lock all the black men up. There are many white men with good jobs living off stolen land who will take them. If you don’t see wrong in that, humanity is doomed. You see your very mentality shows YOU SHOULD NOT BE RAISING BLACK KIDS. I wonder now if you prefer to have black men incarcerated so you can “raise their kids”. Such evil and stupidity that will be encoded in your genes. I pity the fools.

  52. evelyn

    July 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    its somethin how we allllwaaaays gotta say negative things about people doin good or an act we dont see much of… yea someone on hear said im sure there black dads out there that does the same thing. well i believe so too but its not enough so they had better come to surface . also i heard some one yelling wheres her mother and real father . obviously if he was around being a dad and doin the right thing by his lil girl, we wouldnt be discussin this pic cus it woudnt exist! the only reason this is hot news is shes black and hes white ok and??? the same black mf’s on hear makin a big fuss on this aint seen there kids in how long? g t f on outa hear”

  53. evelyn

    July 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    its somethin how we allllwaaaays gotta say negative things about people doin good or an act we dont see much of… yea someone on hear said im sure there black dads out there that does the same thing. well i believe so too but its not enough so they had better come to surface . also i heard some one yelling wheres her mother and real father . obviously if he was around being a dad and doin the right thing by his lil girl, we wouldnt be discussin this pic cus it woudnt exist! the only reason this is hot news is shes black and hes white ok and??? the same black mf’s on hear makin a big fuss on this aint seen there kids in how long? g t f on outa hear”

  54. Rhonni

    July 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Why are WE so impressed with this…everytime the great-white-hope shows up, we think it’s worthy of a Nobel Prize and a picture opportunity…here’s my question, Where’s the woman in his life? I hope that he didn’t adopt her with no other female in his life…yes ..I know it’s negative…but you still have to be concerned.s..I’m just saying

  55. Danita Johnson

    July 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

    You know what, people, sometimes we just have to gripe no matter what the hell it is over. Stop behaving so damn unhappily. Get a life and learn to enjoy the lives that others are also living. We are too busy peering into and hating the lives of others that we don’t know how to make ourselves happy enough to celebrate what others are doing. I’m really sick and tired of it. And, yes, I am black.

    • Derrick

      August 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

      You ain’t Black, you lying sack of shyt!

      You caucasoids love to cause trouble and chaos.



  56. d-rhyme

    July 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I am not stupid. A normal person would do the hair and not expect praise for it. He put this out there. That’s disingenuous. You dumb asses don’t see ITS THE ONLY REASON THEY ASSOCIATE WITH BLACK. ITS FOR ATTENTION. DONT HATE ON ME CAUSE I AINT STUPID AND AN UNCLE TOM. ONE DAMN CHILD SAVED. By Massa. Millions dead enslaved and no one held accountable. The devils not even taking responsibility. You get the f outta here. Retard.

  57. d-rhyme

    July 30, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Adults handle constructive criticism. If you are not an adult go get mommy to speak for you. You people live in LA LA LAND. AARE YOU A FAIRY TOO?

  58. Akbar

    July 30, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Keep talking keep putting out there what you observe to be true regardless of what others think or say. Some slaves learned to love their masters, not too different from a woman marrying her assailant. The bible tells the slave to love his master… something to talk about at your next bible study. Exegete the Word!

  59. To an Educated Person this makes Sense

    July 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

    The race of these two people does not matter…what does matter is his ability to come out of his comfort zone and be a real man. I personally, love him and his family for being such great parents.

  60. Sistah P

    July 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

    On the issue of black-on-black adoption, some comments are oversimplified. The adoption process as well as laws differ from state to state. However, in general, costs associated with legal fees for adoption can sometimes be prohibitive. And, while public “free” legal support is provided, such services are not always as effective or timely as those for which one can pay out of pocket. The Bottom Line: The process for the legal adoption of children that fall into “special needs” categories is greatly enabled by the ability to spend $7-10,000, or more, on a private attorney (in this category are also children of color, especially African American including “bi-racial” ). Many working and middle-class black families simply do not have this kind of money, but would make wonderful parents and desire to adopt. So, I think it is unfair to criticize black people for not adopting black children, as do some of the comments above. Equally important, many black families “adopt” from within their own families–albeit without benefit of legal papers. I do not want to overstate the case, but there are still many “extended” families in the black community that include children of sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, etc. We still try very hard to “take care of our own”–and as in many issues related to transracial adoption consider to surface such as gender bias against black baby boys, preference given to white parents in transracial adoptions, and other related issues–so here’s an interesting link to an article “Black, White, and the Cornrow in Between” “

  61. Dee

    July 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

    John P Kee made a song called “Color Blind” if this world was. We would not even be going back and forth with each other. We would all see each other as human beings. A child that need love. Her parents is not there and he is willing to step in and let her know that some one care and show her love. A little girl need love, protection, etc from her father. Glad to see in this world some people can go beyond their race and take the criticism that is being said. Once again if we were “Color Blind.”


    July 30, 2012 at 11:17 am






  63. Dee

    July 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Please look up and find the true meaning of “Uncle Tom”

    “The origins of this slang term lie in an 1852 anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. In fact, the title character of the book is anything but subservient and accommodating, being unafraid to stand up for himself and his values. Stowe apparently wrote his character with the intent of turning him into a role model, but over time, Uncle Tom’s depiction was twisted on stage and screen, until the original identity of the character was overshadowed by a stereotypical cringing black man who is eager to please the white “master.”

    “The real uncle tom was a black man born into slavery who gave his life to protect other slaves. When his story was turned into a movie, the writers re-worked the script making uncle tom’s character the opposite; a slave who was loyal to his master. Unfortunately, this has become the most commonly known image of uncle tom. Because of the film, the term “uncle tom” has become synonomous with “sellout”, degrading the real uncle tom. So once again, the white man has successfully managed to teach blacks an incorrect, caucasion-favoring version of history.”

  64. NP

    July 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Nice story and let’s not try to pick a part the man’s statement to start mess. Just ask dad’s to send in picture of themselves with their children as well. Love is Love, let’s encourage it and keep it growing!

  65. sista42

    July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    As a child I spent time back and forth between my parents and I can recall many times my dad attempting to do my hair for school, jacked up ponytails and pigtale braids and all, lol. He got an e for effort in my book and dare anyone at school to pick on my hairstyle for that day, lol. However, that never happened because times were different and kids were and could be more like kids in a healthier way than today.

    As for the aritcle I commend the man for one being a participating providing dad and two for extending his role to an adopted daughter he chose to take on. I saw it just as that, not black nor white just a father taking the time and making an effort in his daughters life however that may fit. It will probably a memory for the both of then they can look back at and laugh about one day.

    We as african americans truly have so far to go as a race it’s almost sad how many stay stuck on stupid. I won’t go any further on the topic because so many of the comments before already covered the bases on this.

  66. d-rhyme

    July 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Someone who knows this guy said he is strange. If he is reaaly using this child for manipulation and attention seeking he may have serious issues. This is close to a social services case. Child is object only. Again no normal person advertises his love. That’s fake.

  67. Gail

    July 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Let’s be real. The picture got the attention because he is a media personality. The real story to me though is…Ebonesian or White, I don’t know too many Dad’s who would, have or are willing to do that task. I commend him as an awesome Dad who went the extra mile to fill a need for his child. Personally I have one of the best Dad’s ever made, but he has never, ever taken my hair down! (I never needed him too either.)

    I just hope it was real and not contrived.

  68. Ms Linda

    July 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you for coming forward, and showing the love you have for your daughter. Tackling braids is a serious chore and I applaude you

  69. tawanda

    July 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    who care’s if he’s white? i know the stenuousness of taking down micro braids. so if i get someone to help, i wouldn’t care if he was black, white, or candy-apple green. lol.


    August 1, 2012 at 6:15 am


  71. Tiamette

    August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I really enjoyed reading this story. The negative comments are from people who are just jealous, black people will always find a way to be miserable. This was a better story than reading about a 7 year old black girl who was murdered in Chicago. But then again, I guess that’s alright with black folks. We don’t have a problem with burying a black girl, but boy does it pi_ _ people off to see a white person loving a black girl when nobody else will.

  72. Meme

    August 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    This article is critical. I saw this days ago & marveled at a dad doing this, not a white day. No matter what the race it’s sweet & rare for men to do. Period. Now it being a white dad is more shocking bcz they don’t normally share the same hair texture & each race may not be used to dealing with a texture unlike their own. But it is no more touching or sweet on the race level. I believe it’s more about gender than race.

    Now his, “change” comment…hell, who knows. Seems like he meant race or he could have talking about men’s responsiblites or even about change in general. He may have used his new found audience as a platform for a personal msg. But whatever the case, he knows what he meant. Or either he was just riding off of the positive comments wave & wanted to sound good.

    Still, a dad doing something that is traditonally considered motherly is sweet. More dads STAND UP!


    August 2, 2012 at 1:18 am


  74. Deal is

    August 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

    If he’s not married he wasnt suppose to be able to adopt her. Could easily be innocent or not.

  75. Deal is

    August 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

    The commentor “Tiamette” is a perfect example of the majority who refuse to try to understand. Well, it’s a black thing and we dont owe you any explanation. But love being offered to a child is not the issue here.

    People love to understand arabs; of all people. .Whites etc. But when it comes to blacks esp black men, No one wants to understand anything. Fuck you all and ignorance in this society — black white brown etc. We black men are sick of the bullshit.

  76. Tiamette

    August 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

    O.K. Deal is, I suppose you are right, I am not trying to understand and refuse to try and consider why something like this would bother black men so much and what you think the issue is here. I personally would have welcomed a man like this in my life. My black ex-husband would never do anything like this, he refused to pick up our children from the day care center when he passed by it every day to hang out in his mother’s neighborhood and play ball with the homies. He got off work a half hour before me and I always ended up nearly running to make it in time. A little help would have been a godsend, but he had more important things to do than help with the daily issues of parenting. Just one of the reasons why he’s my ex.

    Maybe you’re not the one who is understanding. You are making way more out of this than it needs to be. It was not meant to be an attack against black fathers.

    The only bullshit here is the racial crap you are tossing about it being a “black thing”. You are a miserable soul.

  77. L Noah

    August 3, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Okay the only problem I saw with this picture, is what I see too often; a man with his balls practically bouncin’ off the back of her head, while he’s taking her braids out. He looks like your typical pervert. I’m wondering why no-one mentioned that.

    Taking the braids out is good.
    Your balls behind my childs head that close,
    is cause for me to kick you a..

  78. L Noah

    August 3, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Okay the only problem I saw with this picture, is what I see too often; a man with his balls practically bouncin’ off the back of her head, while he’s taking her braids out. He looks like your typical pervert. I’m wondering why no-one mentioned that.

    Taking the braids out is good.

    Your balls behind my childs head, that close,
    is cause for me to kick your a..

  79. PB Short

    August 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Look likes the typical white male perverted catholic to me…

    But you see, black folks just loves the white man…

    30 years from now, this young lady will tell her story on how she was molested and then the just-us system will try to prosecute a an 80 year old man…

    pathetic society…

  80. crox1153

    August 5, 2012 at 7:50 am


  81. VeeFran

    August 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I started school in 1953. My mom would get up to clean the house before we went to school. My daddy would cook breakfast. If mother did not have time to comb my hair before leaving for work or she would be late, my dad would comb and plat (now braid) my nappy un-strightened hair, (before relaxers and perms). I went to school with his left-handed braids the teachers knew immediately who combed by hair, but it was neatly combed by my daddy. (Yes, we laughed at those left handed braids, not the kind that are taken out, but the old fashioned kind of braids that little girls wore before we have perms.) Then he would tie the bows on the back of my dress then take me to school. (A teacher would untie his bow and re-tie it (in the days when that was not against the law.) My Dad, a living, self sufficient, and mentally alert World War II veteran, was and still is the kind of Black dad to my brother and me that more children should experience. I encourage all fathers to take the time with their children. To engage in some of the activities that for some reason most men delegate to the mothers.

    To those who are being negative and making statements and predictions of molestation: If this man adopted that little Black girl, that meant she was without home and without family. Two people terminated their parental rights. He adopted to save a child. Black children are the hardest children to place in adoptive homes. What have you done to save a child?

    Let us stop being so negative and look for the bad and attempt to project the bad and the ugly…lets find the good.

    This man is doing what any man, regardless of race, creed, or color should do: Participating in the basics of his daughter’s life. It shows a real relationship. This white man who patiently removes the braids from his Black daughter’s hair loves his daughter and sees past the outside. Are you participating in your child’s life. This man is doing what any man should do as a parent. The picture of him with is daughter is a picture of familial love that could find no inclination of destroying that child who which he has opened home and heart, Love, God’s love, is the answer.

    • cheche

      September 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      You are so fortunate to experience the love of both parents. So many of us are not! I see the love of Black fathers all the time at my workplace, but I’ve never felt that love from my own black father!

  82. tonya powell

    August 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    How long not long will our men and women of african descent stop giving such praise to the white man and woman? Do you recognize the men of african descent who take the time to do their daughters hair? Do you recognize the man of african descent who wakes at five in the morning to make breakfast for his son or daughter before they go to school? Do you recognize the man of african descent who attends his son or daughters PTA meeting? What is it that makes people of african descent feel so obligated to give praise to the white race when they do something for us? We give so much praise to the race that divides and conquers people of african descent everyday of our living years. So much truth has been hidden about the true nature of people from african descent that we have just rested on our laurels not to seek the truth. Young girls of african descent and young boys are also being abused and raped by the race we so graciously continue to protect. We only seen the care of him taking care of the young girls hair, however, we do not know what else he may be taking care of. Our children need to be loved there is no disagreement of this, however, the truth be told adopting our own has been prevented by the white establishment. Barriers have been designed to prevent us from taking care of our own. We need to start loving ourselves before we begin to give praise to someone else, and get back to our true roots of loving our neighbor which also is that which looks like you.” Someone of African descent.

  83. rtach

    August 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Wow ..why the big deal we are way to sensitive abbout this ttopic. First This, then Gabby now this again. Black people get a grip we have way more important issues to battle about, like education, prison system racism complex and,poverty. Lets choose our battles wisely.

  84. dwillwrite

    August 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    What are you talking about. Being from Oakland I have seen Somerville on TV before with his daughter. You guys are being ridiculous. I already unsubscribed from Dr. Boyce (Sh*( starter) Atkins for such foolishness. Y’all are just as bad. It would be endearing if a black man was taking down his daughter’s hair. Geez!

    • Geeves

      November 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

      You are ignorant and black folks like you that we call house niccaz make it bad for the struggles of the black family. there is nothing a cracker can do for me. you rely on and praise the same mf that got a noose in one have and the bible in the other. these crackers lets us real black folks know how they feel about us during the presidential campaign. you must be a west indian or some other foreigner, because anytime you call black people ignorant who disagree with some bulls&&T on facebook you need your azz kicked by a cracker woman. MF cracker just shot and killed another boy in florida. what you gotta say about that

  85. dwillwrite

    August 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    There are some real ignorant, misguided folks on this site.

  86. Jeffrey Carl Hart

    August 23, 2012 at 2:27 am

    My Lady-Friend is a Black Woman with a Black Girl, be 10 this Fri, she takes her braids down every Fri and rebraids every Sat before Daddy comes to pick her up for a visiting day. That is hard work! I read to the girl, play catch with her, talk and laugh with her, but I wouldn’t know the first thing about taking down or re-braiding her hair. Daddy doesn’t know either, but he pays child support and buys her clothes and she loves him. From what I’ve read this little Girl loves her Daddy as well. It’s a good thing.

  87. Miss T

    August 23, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Well will you listen to this…”My Lady-Friend is a Black Woman with a Black girl”…this cracker doesn’t even respect his “Lady-Friend is a Black Woman” enough to refer to the “Black girl” as her DAUGHTER…this white man doesn’t have any business touching this little girl…find me a picture of a Black man doing a little white girl’s hair….you can’t….find me a picutre of any nationality or ethnicity allowing a Black man or any other man doing one of their children’s hair….you won’t. You weak-minded, enslaved negroes need to check yourselves. I didn’t even read the article because the picture spoke for itself…and even this has Black people divided. This is insane! THIS MAN HAS NO BUSINESS TOUCHING THIS LITTLE GIRL…Wake up people!!!!

  88. cburley

    August 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    DERRICK: Misery loves company! Missing the whole point!, you are probably a “DEAD BEAT DAD”, that probably does not even take care of his kids, if you have any.

  89. Yvonne Renee Davis

    August 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    When I read the article I had to laugh out loudly. My Father never did my hair and did not even have the capability to do my hair and frankly had no interest. That was my Mother’s job. However, he played with me from the time I was 1 year old until I became a young adult. He made sure I had read, knew who I was and stood by his family and never abandoned us. He was a great father then and a great Daddy now.

    When I look at this photo on a site like this one (by the way I just discovered it and it has some really interesting commentary), I knew that the comments above would be scribed about such a photo and article.

    Yes, it was quite ill advised and poor judgment to post a photo like this on his FB page showing his daughter in this embarrassing predicament, but on the other hand he was sincere in what he was trying to convey. The man is not racist for what he posted or what he said. We need to stop all of this white bashing. Is there white privilege, systemic racism, racial hatred against us and a host of other white supremacy acts that point to the level of distrust of blacks to whites? YES. But in this instance, this man adopted a little girl who needed a home, a family and love.

    You are right when you say that this is great media to have a very white man trying to do the kinky hair of a black girl. It is the nature of it. Media is biased when it comes to issue of race, gender and stereotype. But to indict this man in the context that some are for this is wholly inappropriate. The great question asked by two persons who posted was, “Where are her Black parents?” The answer is, “Not there, and WE DO NOT FACTUALLY KNOW THE REASON WHY.” All we know is that her white father is trying to do her hair and he loves his little girl. Maybe someone should come and teach him, because he needs the help!

  90. Jennifer

    October 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

    If this is real and not staged, he deserves the same credit I would extend to an African American father for being willing to step outside of his comfort zone since this is something most dads are not accustumed to doing. My husband was all thumbs when it came to doing our daughters hair (we called them “daddy-do’s”). They were a bit lumpy, but when necessary he gladly tried to do his best. I must say however that I wonder if the picture is staged because unless he’s only using that rattail comb to take down the braid, there is going to be quite an uncomfortable problem when he combs though her hair. Where is the larger tooth comb which would better accommodate her needs? Painful.

  91. Lee

    November 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I usually don’t comment on these articles but I have a son and his mother is doin everything possible to keep him from me. She will agree to something’s as long as she’s in charge. If any man is taking care of any child then there is no room for complaints. One of the bottom lines is either through tragedy or abandonment, this child was left alone and then selected to cared for by a (assuming) loving caring family. I can’t argue about it. I have a fool keeping me away from my son. This child has someone there for her. There is not much to argue about

  92. Veronica

    November 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This picture can be interpreted in many ways – what I see is simply “love” father/daughter time spent together sharing an experience to be remembered and shared for years to come – what African American female doesn’t reflect on the childhood hair care experiences, some painful but still memorable. Kudoos to this dad for his participation !!!!!!

  93. Geeves

    November 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Black people suck and white folks rule. yeah it’s cool that a man can be shown taking care of his daughter and color shouldn’t be a problem. But what black people on this blog fail to realize is there is a deep seeded bigotry still in this country against black men and the “Most High” isn’t the judge it’s the Whiteman! I’ve braided my sister’s and daughter’s hair for years and I served in military combat abroad and on the streets of Brooklyn. Now most of the sisters comments on here are pitiful. Your brainwashed to say there are more black fathers that don’t take care of their kids than white men. This is so far from the truth. You girls can’t be that dumb that you don’t know blacks have the greatest abortion rate in the nation if not the world. Next there isn’t a great volume of black american men nor is that race being replinished because brothers are having kids with white woman. I disagree with race mixing, it’s nasty. Could you imagine ants and cockaroach breeding. Next Crackers don’t let us in the job market at the rates he does black women, you guy’s are not a threat and eventually will “sleep with the boss on the lo-lo” to be hired and promoted. The black race is weak and subservient and the Latins are poised to rule us next. I luv brother Obama, but he was a Mulatto, not a full breed black man and there are still a few very few of us out here.
    Why aren’t any black women political or social groups coming to the aide of Susan Rice because y’all sistere are weak and the Mexican woman are the next in power. Apologize for getting off topic. Our black race is quickly dying out like the native americians.

  94. Olivette Franklin

    November 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

    So there is this picture of a white man taking out his daughter’s fake braids.whop ti Du. This man works in the media, it is a publicity stunt. It is trying to show black women that maybe white men is an option as mates. How easily black women fell for that stunt. All their self hatred of black men came out. Yes Some of our men have problems taking care of their children, so are White men, Asian men, Hispanic Men and All the other groups that exist. How is our Men who are taking care of their children, suppose to feel at the bashing and not recognizing that there are black men who are taking care of both son’s and daughter’s how are the boys that are being taking care of by these single black men suppose to feel towards black women Yes there are men Black Men who are braiding their daughters hair and cooking, and have an active role in their daughters lives as well as their son’s. This was a test to see if they still have the minds of black women. The self hatred is deep look at a sister who say she is unsubscribing from Dr. Boyce site for comments made by viewers which he has no control over, that’s how deep the damage is. It is amazing how these caucasian act like they don’t know what they are doing. They are masters of subliminal messages and physiological warfare. So what he is doing that he chose to adopt a black child who is female, she doesn’t happens to be black, her color is not an accident it is who she is by nature. He and his wife should know how to care for her that is the responsibility they took on. It is his job to know how to care for her hair and skin and her well being. Yesterday I got on the 4 train at Franklin Ave and their was a father with his daughter. It appears that he pick her up from school. He treated her like a princess. I admire this man for the way he treated his daughter. I thought she is the luckless girl in the world. Kudos to all the fathers who are caring for their children I mean taking an active role in the lives of their son’s and daughter’s. ESPECALLY THE BLACK MEN WHO FALLS INTO THIS CATEGORY. I LOVE BLACK MEN. EVEN MY FATHER WHO ACTED THE PART OF THE SONG MY FATHER WAS A ROLLING STONE. I STILL LOVE HIM FOR HE IS A PART OF WHO I AM I LOVE YOU ALL IT IS A DEEP DEEP LOVE IN THE DEPTHS OF MY BEING AND SUCH LOVE CAN ONLY BE FOR THE NEGROID MALE, FOR WE HAVE SUFFERED SO MUCH AND SOME OF US ARE STILL SUFFERING. SOME OF YOU HURT YOUR OWN BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO THIS WHITE RACIST FORCE. THERE IS YOUR WEAKNESS. YOU HAVE TO RECONIZE THAT YOU ARE VERY POWERFUL. THEIR POWER IS YOUR POWER. WAKE THE HELL UP!

  95. Olivette

    November 28, 2012 at 11:56 am


  96. Olivette

    November 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    To those sisters who say that there are more black men who don’t take care of their children than white men. learn your history, or better yet his-story. what about all the black children this white man fathered during slavery, those were his children, his biological children, he only did not take care of them he sold them, abused them physically, mentally, spiritually, and psychologically and just look at what his children learned from him the same thing. black people who are the descendant of those slave children of the white man are acting just like the white man taught them their father. I know some of you will say this is hatred. I do not hate anyone, for if I can still love the black man in spite of all i have suffered at the hands of some black men, negligent from my father, physical, mental and psychologically abuse at the hand of black men, then I don’t hate anyone. To hate any one is to hate one self and I don’t hate myself. I love people. Truth is truth and some people don’t like hearing the truth. It is a fact that our ancestors were captured, kidnap and brought here to this part of the world and put into slave. It is a fact that we, they were t treated very badly. It is a fact the we are still suffering the effects of that enslavement. Fact cannot be deemed as hatred or racist.

  97. Olivette

    November 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    It is unnecessary to assume that this man is in any way molesting his daughter. common that is uncalled for. If he posted a pic about him combing his white daughter’s hair if his biological daughter is white and not mix along with this picture then maybe it is not a stunt, but to post this picture. I question the reason behind that. Those are serious allegations which you have no proof of. STOP IT. molestation happened in all ethnicity. A white man taking braids out of a child’s hair doesn’t give any indication that she is being abused. That is going too far.

  98. Brian

    November 29, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I so enjoy the image of a father involved in his child’s everyday life. A chance to talk, to laugh, to just fiddle with stuff whether it’s fixing hair or homework or whatever. It’s all good.

    And it’s a heart-builder/shaper for the child, and for dad as well.

  99. Uknown

    November 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    It’s nice to it’s see man does his daughter hair, its true black women have been doing hair for years. the other reason so many blk men have n’t its because the either been locked up thrown in jail some for something dumb or petty things due to the economy and job lost and its hard for anybody, but people managed to get by these days. Their are blk fathers out, there raising their kids own their own ,but do they get applause or an audience for being what who they are ? A wonderful father for his children.

  100. SoDameWhat

    November 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Stop being tokens.Yes its nice for a man to take care of his child whether biological or adopted but why make big deal of the fact that a white man is doing what most black mothers,sisters,cousins and yes other black men do all the time. Want to go back further we also use to care for your great grand parents there children as well as our own any applause or thank you or facebook likes for that history,Hell no I’m sick of people especially some of my own trying breed or assimilate themselves with people and cultures who don’t respect you or your heritage and DNA in order to percieved different among certain peers.We are different stop working against that fact and opens your eyes to what going on so you can stop the lies, to those who this this is nice picture father daughter moment NO,this is promoting a perception that false. To sisters who love black men and overcome things that happen to you, as a black man I love you to the depths of my soul, bigotry is still alive its just done with sublimly with fake smiles an false togetherness. “Im still a nation among foreigner I’m not home yet”.


    December 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, @ Really, whenever I read his sick, self hating and disrespectful post I think the same thing. He rants and raves and call the women on here cunts. He believes he’s an enlightened black man.
    “You have serious issues.

    Breathe, count to 10 look yourself in the mirror and repeat after me.

    I am an idiot”.


    December 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    The hood is full of ragged hungry children who have only had short glimpses of the gigolos who spawned them.The only function many of these sperm donors have is to eat, sleep, fuck and get high. And, move from female to whatever other female ( mother, sister, aunt, grandma and baby mama), for a place to stay.

  103. Tracey Baisden

    December 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Why can’t the change be parents loving their children! Or father’s stepping up to the plate. I don’t think it was about race at all everyone is so negative, and most black father’s don’t do their daughters hair and that’s just a fact

  104. A Gilliam

    February 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I can’t believe some of the crazy responses I’ve read here. Listen, anyone who’s ever sat between two knees like that, or sat above a head full of braids knows the ‘OMG’ feeling that’s going through his head. I think it’s a touching picture because he’s a father attending to the needs of his daughter. The look on his face says ‘I haven’t a clue what I’m doing, but I’m gonna try until I figure this out.’ He may have looked the same way if the daughter had stringy, tangled blonde hair. My father, who was widowed when I was young, was a very loving, attentive father, but he never did my hair. And I’m ok with that. When I was growing up it was expected that the women would handle such things. It’s just that, if an untimely loss takes Mom away too soon, what happens then? I thank him for showing his daughter love, and for not leaving her to think her hair is something someone else should deal with. It’s gonna be some work, but she’s worth it. Whomever took the picture could see that he’s over his head, but he also looks like he’s determined to figure how to get it done, and I’m sure she enjoyed Daddy’s time and attention. That will help her develop confidence and a strong sense of self-worth.

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