One Dad's Mission - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Q: I [want] to launch an online publication [that focuses] on black fathers. I am the father of a 1-year-old girl. This experience has shown me that I am in a sea of self-doubt and have questions with no answers. I was raised by my loving mother, a single parent. My father was unable or unwilling to [participate] in my upbringing. I believe that if more men [were] exposed to resources that are positive and understanding, [they would] accept the wonderful challenge of fatherhood. I have asked several of my friends about how I should begin an online venture, and I have received many a dumbfounded look. Any assistance you can provide would be priceless.
–J. Croom, Brooklyn, New York

A: Speaking as a devoted father and the son of a selfless single mother and an absent father, I think this is a wonderful idea. When you say “online publication,” I assume you are planning to start an electronic magazine, or e-zine. An e-zine is a newsletter that is sent via e-mail to a group of subscribers. Three Websites with great information on starting an e-zine are,, and I also recommend two excellent books as starting points in your quest for answers about black fatherhood for yourself and, in turn, for others. One is Walking Proud: Black Men Living Beyond the Stereotypes by Dr. George Edmond Smith (Kensington Publishing Corp; $14). The other is Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood by Leonard Pitts Jr. (Longstreet Press; $22).

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.