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Q&A with Father Malusi Qhobosheane

Nominated by Twiggy Billue Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I’m in a unique situation because I have a goddaughter that is three years older than my oldest child. So I had — kind of — already been through the parenting stage of handling an infant for the first time before I had ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Stanley Ford

Nominated by fellow teacher Anton Ninno Q: What did it feel like when you learned you would become a father? A: I was in the military and had a duty assignment in a suburb of Detroit. I was an advisor to the 70th Infantry Division on training. My wife would usually have breakfast in the morning and on this day ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Ed Perry

Nominated by David L. Chaplin II Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was a mix of emotions. Happy, excited, enthused, nervous, scared, unsure, doubtful. We knew it was going to be a boy. With the first, we wanted to know. I was there for the birth, and I was strong. It was amazing ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Leroy McClain

Nominated by Anton Ninno, fellow teacher at the Southside Academy Charter School Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was a rush of excitement and the feeling that I have to be responsible all the time now because this little person is depending on me. Q: What can you share about your children? A: ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Aundra Billue

Nominated by Twiggy Billue, his wife of 30 years Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Because my wife had to have a C-section, I wasn’t able to experience the whole thing. I was in the waiting room. It was exciting but nerve-wracking because you don’t know if the baby is going to be all ... Read More »

Q&A with Dashawn Fair

Nominated by South Side writer and actress Tammy Reese Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Adrenaline. Then responsibility. The maturity side is the sacrifices of your own freedom for the greater good of your child. Working when you know you have to because it’s no longer just for yourself. Q: What can you share ... Read More »

Q&A with Erin Smith

Nominated by both Victoria Coit and his wife, Simangaliso Smith, for being a supportive father to a blended family Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I always knew that I wanted to be a father. When my son was born, I felt in that moment like I had become a man. I knew that ... Read More »

Q&A with Deyquan Bowens

Nominated by fellow musician Reggie Seigler, band leader of Soft Spoken Band and The Stand’s music columnist Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I felt like I suddenly had to become an adult. I wasn’t just living for myself anymore. I had a responsibility to take care of another human being. It’s a ... Read More »

Q&A with Joshua Walton

Nominated by John Akins, Fatherhood Community Health Worker Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Exciting. During the pregnancy I was in Oneonta Job Corps., but her labor was induced. There was no crazy call: ‘She’s having her baby, hurry!’ So I had time to be there. I was supportive through the labor, but I ... Read More »

Q&A with Lawrence Diamond-Walls

Nominated by Aldrine Ashong-Katai, coordinator for the Healthy Neighbors Partnership with Upstate Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I didn’t see my first child born. I was 17,000 miles away in another country serving in the Marines. I found out in the middle of an exercise that my daughter was born, and I ... Read More »