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Omar Epps has signed on as an executive producer of Daddy Don’t Go, a documentary that will explore fatherhood in America. The film’s creators launched a Kickstarter campaign at the end of last year, and successfully met their goal by raising $83,388 in funds.
Epps, still riding the wave of his popular ABC show, Resurrection, says that executive producing the film hits close to home for him.
“Being the product of a fatherless household, Daddy Don’t Go delves into an issue that’s close to my heart. In the media, we’re always inundated with the notion that black men and/or men from impoverished areas are absent fathers. Though that may be true to an extent, there are also thousands of young men fighting to be active fathers in their children’s lives. This fact gets smothered in the media by rampant negative imagery of black men and fatherless children. ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ chronicles the journeys of four such men and their respective battles to parent their children. It’s time men like these have a platform and a voice to challenge the statistics and common ideology about the issue of fatherhood,” he stated.
I love that the film explores fatherhood across the board, in a way that doesn’t seem to play up stereotypes.
For more information about Daddy Don’t Go’s timeline, just head to that Kickstarter link above.