Launched by founder Marvyn Harrison, Dope Black Dads is a podcast that celebrates what it means to be a black father in today's society. Addressing the lack of positive representation of black fathers in the media, the podcast spotlights engaging, constructive and honest conversations about hosts' personal achievements and challenges as modern parents.
What started as a Whatsapp group by Marvyn -- a London native who began by compiling a group of 23 personal friends that talked about their parenthood experiences -- the podcast was launched during Black History Month 2018.
In addition to Marvyn's story, the podcast features conversations with black dads from New York as well as South Africa with a variety of topics covered like cohabitation, blended families, marriage and co-parenting covered.
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Dope Black Dads Explores the Male Parenting Experience
1. Black Fatherhood Celebration - With a lack of positive representation of black fathers in the media, current and future fathers are finding support and sharing positive experiences through community-built podcasts.
2. Parenting Communities - Online groups like the Dope Black Dads Whatsapp group are a growing trend for individuals to find support in the issues or challenges they face as parents.
3. Honest Conversations - Podcasts like Dope Black Dads highlight and celebrate raw, vulnerable, and constructive conversations about parenting experiences from the unique perspective of black fathers.
1. Podcasting - This innovative outreach method allowed Marvyn to create a community and bring light to fatherhood issues impacting black men, showing different innovative ways to create conversation and community through podcasting.
2. Social Media - Marvyn first unite all the individuals in a Whatsapp group whose success and growth encouraged him to launch the podcast during Black History Month, hence social media platforms are an effective way to develop and build communities.
3. Media and Entertainment - Media created by black creators with positive representation like Dope Black Dads increase the demand for more diverse content in the media and entertainment industry.