Name: Jamaal Newman
Occupation: Barber, Painter/Visual Artist, Graphic Designer
Child's Name: Jace Newman
Child's Age: Loading
As you get closer to the birth of your child, what the biggest thing you're feeling and why? (Fear, excitement etc.)
As I get closer to the birth of my Son I’m feeling more complete. I wake up every day knowing that there is someone who will be depending on me for everything. I feel my life has more of a purpose and it motivates me to go out and give my all every day!
You are getting ready to raise a black son in America. Given the current climate of the country, what concerns have crossed your mind and as his father, how do you plan to handle them?
Raising an African American young man in this day and time is a very daunting task, I pray always for protection for my son growing up in this climate of social injustice. My way of handling this task will have to be surrendering myself and my son’s safety and well-being in the hands of God.
What's the most important thing you would like to pass on to your son?
I would like to pass on to my son the pursuit of passion and purpose. That your life is what you want it to be. You are a creator in your own right and you speak and believe things into existence. Use this tool to construct a life that satisfies God and is an inspiration to others.
As you continue to wait for the birth of your child, have you noticed any changes within yourself?
As I’ve been waiting for my son to be born I can see that my instincts to lead have been stronger, I have become more aware of my surroundings and what I allow to affect me. The things I consume have changed from destructive and negative to constructive and positive.
This is an opportune scenario where you could leave a lasting message for your child. If your child reads this, years in the future, what is the most important message the current you could leave him?
If I had to leave my son a message for the future it would be to take what lessons he has learned from me and carry on and create his own legacy. Be sure to leave a positive impression on the people he comes in contact with. Give people something to remember about you.
If you could pass on any advice to emerging fathers to be, what would you tell them?
If I could pass on a message to men becoming fathers, it would be to put your patients to work every second of every day. Your experience is going to be based on how you react to every little thing.
Are there any changes that you have noticed in yourself?
I noticed that up until this point of creating life, I did not know being a man really meant handling your RESPONSIBILITY.
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