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    21 Jun 2015

    Fatherhood: Daring To Do It Differently

    Some people think this video is about my daughter. Why? Because of my son’s “feminine” colour choices.

    I’m regularly upbraided for damaging my son by letting him wear so much pink. First up, I’m not "letting" him -- I'm actively promoting it. “There’s no such thing as a girl colour”, he tells his playmates. Now I see other boys in his circle wearing more colourful clothes.

    Being a Black father, I notice people being shocked that I am even involved with my children … that’s about living in a wider racist culture. Black masculinity has always been under attack. As a kid, I was physically beat up by my own brother for not being masculine enough. As Black men, my son and I are under relentless scrutiny. So my job is to help him develop friends who know that masculinity isn’t about seeking violence and avoiding pink clothing.

    This Father's Day I want to encourage all dads out there to remember you don't have to conform. You can do it differently, if you dare. Click HERE for tips, tools, and information you can use to mentor the boys around you.

    But first, check out the video below. Happy Father's Day.

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    Kunle Bristow

    Kunle Bristow is a producer, film director and futurist.

    Originally trained as a cameraman in the International Cinematographer's Guild, Kunle has directed, produced and shot more than 1,000 hours of content, much of it airing on MTV, Bell Media/CTV, and Rogers Media. As a producer, film director and futurist, his specialty is breathing visual life into big data by employing the techniques of professional cinematography and classic narrative, all to pierce the consciousness of the online video age. In 2014, he launched kb | KUNLE, a concept-driven consultancy and film production lab that help leaders envision and re-envision the future of their businesses.

    Drawing from his experience as a film director, Kunle conducts workshops for professionals seeking to be more effective in personally delivering their message via in the context of pervasive video. He also appears on CTV and Huffington Post Live in to discuss a new vision of masculinity. Kunle is a mentor at OCAD University's Imagination Catalyst and a past member of the Director's Guild.

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