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Spit’in Anger – Kenneth Braswell speaks about his documentary on fatherlessness

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January 31, 2014 – It is one thing to know the statistics and effects of fatherlessness in America and worldwide. It is one thing to grow up in America or anywhere without a father. It is an entirely different thing all together for a man to live life doing something about it. Kenneth Braswell, the executive director of Fathers Incorporated and the executive producer of the documentary Spit’in Anger: Venom of a Fatherless Son is definitely one of those men. Mr. Braswell has over 23 years of community building and is a prominent leader in the responsible fatherhood movement. He graciously spent some time talking with us about the documentary and fatherhood during his evening commute.

NY Fatherhood Examiner: Mr. Braswell, we understand that you are working on a very important project dealing with hearts of the children as there is pervasive fatherlessness going on. Please speak to that issue, the title of the project and what sparked the concept of it in you…

Kenneth Braswell: “The spark for the film itself was something that actually drives my work. It is my calling in this work, which is to speak to hearts of men. There are [ all sorts] of pieces at work in there. There is social work and getting guys jobs, getting them to get along better in relationships. There are many kinds of things you can do in this work but I think the thing that we dismiss is the feelings and emotions of men.

“So, what we decided to do with the film is to really and particularly delve into how men and boys deal with the issue of anger without having some measure of a responsible man or responsible father in their life. So the film itself aligns with my calling – to speak to the hearts of men. However, I realize that with this film that we are not only speaking to the hearts of men but also to the hearts of children and the hearts of children within men - as many men are little boys still searching for daddy. So, we have a lot of work to do. There is a lot of pain and anguish out there...

You know, Moynihan, in 1965, talked about the black family. He said, in his report, the biggest problem that the Black family will have is the father [not being] in the family. Everything that he said in 1965 has come true...

NY Fatherhood Examiner: We have [some] fathers who are involved. What can fathers who are involved do to help the fathers who are not involved?

Kenneth Braswell: “You know scripture says, GOD will turn the heart of fathers to the children and the heart of children to the fathers. Fathers need to fall back in love with their children. A man’s heart is where he lives. If he is not displaying the kind of love that he is capable of for his children, then he is not going to live virtually with his children. So, men have to make a commitment. That is the bottom line. They are going to have to make that commitment unconditionally – no matter what they may be going through as an individual

This was an excerpt from a larger conversation with Mr. Braswell which can be found on www.furtheringfathering.org.

Spit'In Anger can be seen in select theatres and screens throughout N.Y. and beyond.

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