Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How Oprah Changed Kyle McMahon's Life

Oprah & Kyle McMahon, Oprah's Lifeclass Fatherless Sons Show #4
Kyle McMahon and Oprah,  Oprah's Lifeclass
How Oprah Changed My Life

by Kyle McMahon

Since before I was born Oprah was on the TV. My mom always had the Oprah Show on, so I had literally grown up watching her. Over the years, I found myself listening more intently with the wisdom she shared with the world. Living your best life. Nourishing your spirit. Listening for the moments. It began to become a part of my identity. I picked up the books and did the worksheets. I began waiting for the next episode to help continue to enrich my life in the way that had become so nourishing to my soul.

She had become a part of my daily life. When the Oprah show ended, fittingly, I sat with my Mom and we turned on the TV and watched the finale. It was a powerful moment, but a sad one. I felt that I would be losing something I had grown up with.  OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network had been announced and had launched, but I wondered if it would be the same. I wondered if I would get the same things from OWN that I got from the Oprah Show. Oh, how unfounded those thoughts were.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is Justin Bieber's Father To Blame?

Is Justin Bieber's father, Jeremy, to blame for his troubles?
Is Justin Bieber's father to blame?
Is Justin Bieber's Father To Blame?

Pop star Justin Bieber seems to be spiraling out of control. Business Insider posits that it might be Justin Bieber's father, Jeremy, that could be the cause. After being arrested last week for drag racing while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription pills, it came out that not only was his father present, but was most likely assisting his son.

At only 38 years old, Jeremy is craving the limelight himself. He had left Justin and his mother early in Justin's life to start a family with a new woman. It wasn't until after Justin became famous that Jeremy came back into touch with him. At one point, he even had plans to release a hip-hop album of his own. Paparazzi photos abound with Jeremy hanging out with the younger Bieber, his 32 year old manager Scooter Braun, and a host of other 18-35 year old artists hoping to make it as big as their friend.

Instead of engaging and encouraging the behavior that this troubled 19 year old is exhibiting, Jeremy should be doing everything in his power to stop it. It seems, his fear is to be cut off from Justin's fame and money. That may very well end up at the cost of his sons life.

Judge Grants Rapist Parental Rights

Nebraska Judge Grants Rapist Parental Rights
Nebraska Judge Grants Parental Rights to Rapist
Judge Grants Rapists Parental Rights

A Judge in Norfolk, Nebraska granted child visitation rights to a man who sexually assaulted an 18 year old girl. Under current law in Nebraska, parental rights are terminated when one is convicted of first degree sexual assault. The 23 year old who raped her was charged with first degree sexual assault but plea bargained for third degree, giving him visitation rights.

Now the mother is fighting back. She told “Most victims of rape choose to abort their babies. Those of us who choose to keep our child have to face the overwhelming fear of being bullied and being controlled by the rapist.”

The father states, “I would like to have a normal father-daughter relationship — although, under the circumstances, I realize that may not happen.

This brings up very interesting legal questions pertaining to fatherhood and responsibility. Legally, is the father entitled to parental rights if the creation of that child was rape? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kyle McMahon And James Taranto Feud Over Fatherlessness

Kyle McMahon And James Taranto Feud Over Fatherlessness

Kyle McMahon / K.Mac Music / Kyle Mac / KMAC
Kyle McMahon / K.Mac Music / Kyle Mac
Fatherless Son posterboy, recording artist & advocate Kyle McMahon (who we recently announced a partnership with) has written an article for the Huffington Post in response to the Wall Street Journal piece by James Taranto. In the WSJ piece, which we first reported about a few days ago, Taranto claims women entering the workforce and birth control pills are the reason for the rise in fatherlessness in America.  McMahon's piece is a direct response to that WSJ article.

There is now a bit of a Twitter war going on between the two and their camps. The good from this is that it keeps the conversation of the fatherless on the minds of the public. The unfortunate news is that it continues to shine a light on the amount of uninformed and willfully ignorant on the reasons men abandon their children. As we always say, education is the biggest combatant of ignorance.

Read the article: 'No, Women Are NOT The Reason for Fatherless Children' by Kyle McMahon

Study Shows Today's Fathers Are More Hands On

Study Shows Today's Fathers Are More Hands On

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, a part of the Center for Disease Control, shows that father involvement has increased since the same study was done in 2002. Four thousand fathers from age 15 - 44 were interviewed from 2006 - 2010.

For fathers with children younger than 5:

*Almost 2 out of 3 fathers read to their children several times per week
*9 out of 10 fathers bathed, diapered, helped with the toilet and dressed their kids several times per week

"It's a meaningful trend. I don't think my father ever changed a diaper," says researcher Jo Jones - who assisted on the report. The trend upward is though to be based, on part, on the more equal work schedules of parents. The "stay-at-home" mom family is no longer the norm. Today single parent households are actually the norm. Together with "stay-at-home" dads, co-parenting and just about every situation you can think of, it is helping to cause father's to be a more active participant in their child's life.

Information from: TribLive

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

UK Rapper Talks About Life Without His Father

UK Hip-Hop Artist Professor Green Talks About Life Without His Father

Rapper Professor Green On Life Without Father
UK Hip-Hop artist Professor Green may be an unknown in America, but he's a well known and highly regarded recording artist in the UK. His song, Read All About It, speaks frankly and powerfully about the issues his fathers absence caused him. On Radio 1 series Suicide Survivors, he speaks about the emotions he felt when his dad committed suicide.

"Since Dad died, I've been through a whole spectrum of emotions. I was angry. I was upset. I was confused. I went through all of those emotions several times. Initially it was anger because it was such a selfish thing to do. It also made me realize how stupid not reaching out over pride was."

He goes on:

"I got married recently. It brought everything back to the surface, because my dad wasn't there to see it. my father wasn't at my wedding, not because of some unfortunate accident, but because of a decision that he made."

Listen to the full interview on Radio 1's Suicide Survivors.

Monday, January 20, 2014

De Niro Honors Father With Documentary

De Niro Debuts Doc About Father
De Niro Honors Father With Documentary 

The legendary Robert De Niro has premiered a documentary about his fathers life at this years Sundance Festival. Debuting on HBO in June, "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr"  tells the life of the elder De Niro, an abstract expressionist painter. He was part of a celebrated group of New York painters, like Jackson Pollack, who was eventually commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim. Reading from his father's journals, the younger De Niro goes on to talk about the eventual breakup of his parents marriage as his father realized he was homosexual.

The documentary was well received at Sundance.

Source: ABC News

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Journalist Blames Women For Fatherless Generation

Journalist Blames Women for Fatherless Generation

Wall Street Journal writer James Taranto blames women for the rise of fatherless children in the United States. In a recent column titled The Moralistic Fallacy, Taranto writes what he believes are the two main causes of fatherlessness in the United States:

"The first is the rise of female careerism.....The second is the introduction of the pill, which the Food and Drug Administration approved for contraceptive use in 1960. It made nonmarital sex far more easily available, reducing the incentive for men to marry...."

It is exactly this type of mis-information that hurts the cause. Fathers and fathers alone are responsible for their choices. Blaming women for working, or for taking oral contraceptives just tries to take the responsibility of of exactly who deserves it: the fathers who leave their children.

Is The Bachelor's Juan A Deadbeat Dad?

Is The Bachelor's Juan a Deadbeat Dad?
Is The Bachelor's Juan Pablo a Deadbeat Dad?

Word has come out that Juan Pablo, this season's star of The Bachelor may not have been paying child support for his daughter.  Court documents show that Pablo owes over $3,500 in back support since May 2011 and has now been ordered to pay the back payments, as well as his monthly support, directly from his paycheck.

From: TV Grapevine

Kyle McMahon (KMac) & Fatherless

Kyle McMahon / K.Mac / Kyle Mac

Kyle McMahon Partners with Fatherless

We are very excited to announce a partnership with Kyle McMahon (aka K.Mac / aka Kyle Mac). If you haven't yet heard of him, you will. Kyle is a recording artist with a huge online following. He's also appeared on four episodes of the Emmy award winning Oprah's Lifeclass on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network on the topic of Fatherless Sons. Through the shows, he became the poster boy of Fatherless Sons in the United States. We were finally given a face and that face has become one of the strongest advocates on the topic. We are excited to announce this partnership as we build our network of resources. Look for features and exclusive content directly from Kyle and his vast network of resources on Fatherlessness in the United States.

To read about Kyle's life, check out the Kyle McMahon wikipedia page after the jump.

Welcome to

Welcome to!
We are very excited to launch as we hope to break the cycle of fatherlessness in the United States. Currently, 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Department of Health). 71% of all high school drop outs come from fatherless homes (National Principals Association Report). 71% of pregnant teenagers come from a fatherless home (US Department of Health & Human Services). The statistics go on with no end in sight. But there can be an end. It is within our reach to break the cycle and save our children.

Join us as do our part to break the cycle of fatherless sons and daddyless daughters in the United States. We have lost a generation to fatherlessness - let's not lose another one.

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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