But as a Dad, it taught him a powerful lesson.
Jama’l Chukueke – DiversityDad.com
Jama’l Chukeuke grew up on the East Coast, but now resides in Seattle, WA with his wife and beautiful baby daughter.
After experiencing the birth of his daughter,he soon realized he wanted to create an on-going conversation with fellow Dads and father figures about this very important role.
To do so, he created and currently hosts the podcast, Diversity Dad.
Jama’l says that his podcast is for all dads, each of who are unique and diverse.
As well, his show can help single mothers, or any playing a father role in a child’s life.
“It’s taking the stories of those dads; I just want to help…”
Jama’l believes fathers must hold themselves accountable to how they present themselves, no matter what situation they are in.
“If you’re a dad, represent your family right”
Video Game: Double Dragon
Family Tradition: Opening gifts with family
“It’s so awesome just to see the smile and appreciation on everyone’s face once they open that gift”
Embarrassing Moment: During reading time in 2nd grade, he vomited in front of his classmates.
“To this day, when I hear of someone being ill, it always brings me back to that time”
Struggle: He tried out for the 9th grade freshman basketball team as an 8th grader, however, was cut from the team.
“I only had a few friends. That crushed me, because I felt it was an opportunity to make friends.”
Jama’l looked after his sister often while growing up, as his mother worked a few jobs and his father lived elsewhere.
“At times, I had to play mom, dad and brother. It was tough”
For traits he would like to borrow from his mother, he sites her ability to be aware of her children’s needs (emotional, financial, etc.).
On his #1 job as a dad: Being her “overcomer”
“I’d just tell her, let’s see we can do as a family to overcome the situation”
TIME CAPSULE (30 Yrs):
“I would say that she just filled our hearts up with joy. From the moment we held her, we lived everyday through her; we just wanted her happiness to be #1, and hopefully she wants the same thing with herself, and her family. It’s so important to us that she understands the joy she brings into other people’s lives, as a small child and now a 35 year old, with her bubbly personality. Hopefully she continues to have that spirit”
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