Meek Mill Says He’s ‘Not Just A Father’ To His Son

“Before I leave, I always explain to him that everything I do, I do for him.” ~ Meek Mill

With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, many of us men will be catering to our own fathers, uncles, grandfathers or any male that may have served as an active role model growing up. Father’s Day will also pay a celebratory homage to single fathers everywhere.

Father’s Day can be a very touching time to a lot of men. For some of us who grew up with active fathers, we don’t always have the innate ability to understand some of the emotional discrepancies of those who may have been fatherless.

So what about the man who may not have seen or lived the life of Cliff and Denise Huxtuable? What about the man who didn’t have the luxury of growing up with a father?

In today’s social media driven society, we see countless memes or messages that gives massive attention to baby mommas and daddys, lack of child support and other challenges that are involved . Nonetheless, encouragement to be an involved parent is always notable.

According to Time Magazine, rapper Meek Mill took to the gram and unveiled his thoughts about growing up without his father, his own challenges being signed rapper, and his personal hopes as to how he can become a better father.

Peep the excerpts below:

I never had a strong male figure in my life. I didn’t have that person to teach me things fathers teach their sons because my father was killed when I was young. It was just me, my mom, and my sister, so I had to be the man of the house. When I was younger, I remember being able to speak to my father and then in the blink of an eye, he was gone. My mom played the role of both mom and dad. We had nothing growing up, so my mom worked any job she could find to provide for me and my sister. I love her so much for that. But as much as I appreciated everything my mother did for me, she couldn’t fill the space that a father should hold in a child’s life.

He concluded:

I still miss my dad, and I always will. Growing up without a father made me realize just how special time is with my son and how much of an impact I can have on his life. There are so many single mothers out there struggling to fill both roles, raising their families all by themselves. They don’t get the credit they deserve. There’s not enough ways to really say thank you, but we celebrate them, too, for all they do. To all my family and friends who are celebrating Father’s Day with their children, we salute you for being role models for all the young fathers in our community.

While the focus can subjectively stay on Mill’s sentiments, there is a group of men who actually grew up with active fathers in their life. Is it possible that we glorify and give so much attention to men who may not have fathers or the best relationships with theirs as if it’s a bad epidemic?

What about the group of men who had a lifestyle of a two-parent household, or those who are from divorced families but still enjoyed a healthy relationship with their father? What about those whose parents never wed, yet that have great memories with their father?

To read more of Mill’s post, click here. For a little fun on the Philly rapper, check out Safaree Samuels comical roasting on “Wild-n-Out.” If Nicki Minaj calls her next album “Meek Mill’s P****s,” would you buy it?

Question of Today:

What has your father or paternal influence taught you that you value and have actively practiced into adulthood?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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885555555555555555555555555555who has a child of his own, but may not have had a strong male figure in his life? Meek Mill’s words will probably resonate to all men everywhere who have kid(s).

In a letter revealed on Time Magazine, Mill expressed his emotion for his own son. As I read through the letter, I admired his words while hoping the action followed. Being a man with no children, yet, my appreciation was just that for his words.

Growing up, my father wasn’t perfect at all, but I always noticed my conversations were different with my friends who didn’t have a father in the same house. I woke up to mine every day, but despite his imperfections – I never had to question his reliability.

In a world that gives attention to baby momma’s or baby daddy’s – we still don’t see enough encouragement for black men with children CHOOSING to honor their kid(s) with the love and guidance needed.

Check out an excerpt of Mill’s post below:

I never had a strong male figure in my life. I didn’t have that person to teach me things fathers teach their sons because my father was killed when I was young. It was just me, my mom, and my sister, so I had to be the man of the house. When I was younger, I remember being able to speak to my father and then in the blink of an eye, he was gone. My mom played the role of both mom and dad. We had nothing growing up, so my mom worked any job she could find to provide for me and my sister. I love her so much for that. But as much as I appreciated everything my mother did for me, she couldn’t fill the space that a father should hold in a child’s life.

He concluded:

I still miss my dad, and I always will. Growing up without a father made me realize just how special time is with my son and how much of an impact I can have on his life. There are so many single mothers out there struggling to fill both roles, raising their families all by themselves. They don’t get the credit they deserve. There’s not enough ways to really say thank you, but we celebrate them, too, for all they do. To all my family and friends who are celebrating Father’s Day with their children, we salute you for being role models for all the young fathers in our community.

What was great about his words was his candor about his own life without a father. Many black men can relate to that. Though the focus should stay on Mill’s words – do we give enough attention to black men who are active fathers whether married or not? Or are “good” fathers still finding innovative ways to be heard outside of the misconceptions of deadbeat black men who have children? What do you think of Mill’s encouraging words?

If you care for a little rumored drama on the Philly rapper, check out his words after Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels released his diss track.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you!

Émil Flemmon

When you're a Capricorn, the only thing you really know how to do is work, use diplomacy, and allow sarcasm to be your comedic charm. Ain't nothing like a educated kid from Alabama living big city dreams through a pen a paper...oh yeah, and sarcasm.

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