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Memorable Black Fathers in Movies

These unforgettable onscreen portrayals of black dads have helped to change the narrative.

Whether we like it or not, the media has a significant amount f influence on our beliefs, not just how we see ourselves as a people but equally important how other see us, especially those who do not come in contact with us often. The images of Black Men tends to be degrading, stigmatizing and straight racist.

Black Dads are usually non-existent or portrayed as irresponsible or abusive. Black fatherhood is a beautiful thing. While certain narratives would have us believe that good black fathers don’t exist, the fact of the matter is that they are out there, even if pop culture chooses to ignore it. We’ve seen great black dads on the small screen, from James Evans on “Good Times” to Uncle Phil on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

But there have been some great black father’s on the big screen, too. Whether it’s Christopher Gardner’s message of determination in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” or the wisdom of Furious Styles in “Boyz n the Hood,” here are nine movies that perfectly highlight the many sides of black fatherhood.


About AJ Woodson (2329 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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