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Memorable Black Fathers in Movies

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

John Quincy Archibald’s son Mike (Daniel E. Smith) had no greater hope than to become to world’s next wrestling star. But after collapsing in the middle of a baseball game, the boy must get a heart transplant the family cannot afford. Faced with financial struggles, insurance battles, and a mountain of frustration, John Q (Denzel Washington) does what any decent dad would do locks down the hospital and holds patients hostage in order to force a surgeon to operate on his son.

Eventually, the doctors warm to his plight and do the job for free. All they need is a heart donor, and John Q is only too happy to hand his over. Job done. While this scenario may be far-fetched what would you do? Many of us if pushed by the right series of circumstances would go to great lengths to protect the ones we love.

This portrayal of Black Fatherhood is a refreshing change from the deadbeat dad that are often shown on the big and small screen.


About AJ Woodson (2369 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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