Author Yamma Brown, the daughter of the God Father of Soul, James Brown, visited the KCAL9 studios Thursday to talk about her new book, “Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me.” In the book, Brown shares heart-wrenching story of growing up in the shadow of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, and how she’s helping victims of domestic violence today.
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Actress Connie Britton adopts a stray, finds it hard to take care of:
Britton is single mom to young son Yoby, whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2011. The actress, who is on the October cover of Redbook, told the magazine there are both pressures and perks to raising a little boy alone.
“I would love to be doing this with a partner, and I want Yoby to have a father figure,” she told Redbook. “But I also know that putting that kind of pressure on myself or on a relationship would be disastrous. It’s funny — my married friends tell me all the time, ‘What you have is so much easier.’ When you’re doing it on your own, you don’t have to [argue over] how you’re raising the kids.”
I dunno…arguing is a choice. Give it a try! Do it for Yoby.
Millionaire actress divorces, woman and child hardest hit.
Megan McArdle: Money Won’t Buy Your Kids a Future
Having grown up in New York City and attended an expensive college, I invariably came into contact with quite a few people who had sizable inheritances or trust funds coming to them. Over the years, I’ve grown quite sincerely glad that I wasn’t one of them. I can’t claim to have any scientific data, of course, but in my experience, too many of those people were always about to do something but never got to the point of actually having done it. They got jobs but left them when the job proved to be tiresome, or when they had a major setback such as a terrible performance review. They didn’t need to make a career in order to put food on the table, and that kept them from doing the often painful and unpleasant work of getting really good at their jobs. And ultimately, they weren’t happy about that. Their money protected them from the very real miseries of being broke. But it also protected them from the sweet smell of success.
Broke is fine. That doesn’t mean leaving them unprepared.
What is most sophisticated and wonderful about each of these women is that none of them are effective at the expense of her femininity. Disney’s women have come of age. They are strong, smart, even sexy. The change is unmistakable. These women of action, unlike their predecessors, are out of the house, (or the sea), confident and courageous.
Then there are the fathers. In most of the old movies, there is a single female parent. In all three new movies, there is a single male parent. Interesting switch. Has the depiction of fathers as primary caretakers improved to the same degree as the view of young women? One could argue that at least they exist! However, in each of the movies mentioned, the father is a tyrant, a buffoon, or both.
There are, of course, capable fathers among Disney’s characters. Geppetto, Pinnochio’s father, is caring and courageous. In The Jungle Book, Bagheera and Baloo team up to take care of Mowgli and see him safely back to the man’s village; while one lacks a sense of humor and the other lacks a sense of responsibility, combined they make a pretty good paternal pair. My favorite father is Pongo of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The newest Disney dad, The Lion King’s Mufasa, is a fine feline father, at once powerful and playful, stern and sensitive. These latter two movies are among the few Disney families with both a mother and father.
There is an important difference between these positively portrayed papas and the faltering fathers of Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine. These dads care for sons. Pinnochio, Mowgli, the Dalmatian pups, and Simba are all boys. The message seems to be that when caring for boys, a father is competent and even heroic, but when caring for girls, a father is bungling and brainless.
Stasi: Robin Williams’ $30M alimony to ex-wives contributed to his death. It certainly didn’t help.
New Fathers 4 Justice want nothing less than a legal presumption of 50/50 contact for a child with their parents if they split up, and the abolition of the deeply controversial, undemocratic secret court system that still exists within the ‘family’ division despite forty years of inequality and protest.
Such a well-padded protest, though. They’d get more attention to their cause this way.
The former Florida State All-American linebacker (1991-94), who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on Aug. 2, is at the high school camp this week as a proud father.
His oldest son, Decalon, was one of the more than 400 players at FSU’s practice facility Wednesday. It was the first collegiate football camp for the linebacker, who is entering his sophomore season at Tampa Gaither High.
“As much as people recognize me for my history here at this university – past, present, future – to be here as a parent is that much more special,” said Brooks, who spent all 14 years of his NFL career playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “For my son and his friend to experience just a breath of what I went through here, it’s a part of who I am, and I get excited about that.”
This is CNN: When is ‘Daddy’ more than DNA?