What is it like for a young black female to grow up with a father in America? For many, the stereotype holds true they have no man to lean on in that regard. However an upcoming anthology titled “Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama” seeks to challenge an image that the media has heavily overstated. Twenty writers reflect on men who were integral parts of their families.

“As a woman who was raised by a single black dad who made it his obsessive duty to help his daughters flourish, I think it’s key to tell the rest of the story,” Rankin Naasel said, according to Colorlines. “I don’t deny that there are some dismal statistics out there about single-parent households and stories for days about Black mothers holding it down alone, but I know firsthand that the stereotype doesn’t tell the entire story. Beyond what others think of our families, I feel it’s more important that we see them as strong, cohesive units, worthy of our energy and our protection.”

The collection of essays will be available on Friday, October 11th. Rankin also started a Kickstarter campaign to increase the number of books that will be offered during the first publishing round.

Nassel says that she hopes the book will be a constructive contribution to black society.

“My hope is that this book will not only change the conversation that surrounds our men to a positive one, but inspire men who are perhaps falling short to be better. You can only hear that you’re a dog but so many times before you start barking.”

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