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Project Fatherhood - A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America's Toughest Communities-logo

Project Fatherhood - A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America's Toughest Communities

Jorja Leap

In 2010, former gang leader turned community activist Big Mike Cummings asked UCLA gang expert Jorja Leap to colead a group of men struggling to be better fathers in Watts, South Los Angeles. These men, black and brown, from late adolescence to middle age, come together each week to help one another answer the question "How can I be a good father when I've never had one?" Project Fatherhood follows the lives of the men as they struggle with the pain of their own losses, the chronic pressures of poverty and unemployment, and the unquenchable desire to do better and provide more for the next generation. Although the group begins as a forum for them to discuss issues relating to their roles as parents, it slowly grows to mean much more: it becomes a place where they can share jokes and traumatic experiences, joys and sorrows. By immersing herself in the lived experiences of those working to overcome their circumstances, Leap not only dramatically illustrates the realities of fathers trying to do the right thing but also paints a larger sociological portrait of how institutional injustices become manifest in the lives of ordinary people. At a time in which racial justice seems more elusive than ever, the group's development over time demonstrates real-life movement toward solutions as the men help one another make their families and their community stronger.

In 2010, former gang leader turned community activist Big Mike Cummings asked UCLA gang expert Jorja Leap to colead a group of men struggling to be better fathers in Watts, South Los Angeles. These men, black and brown, from late adolescence to middle age, come together each week to help one another answer the question "How can I be a good father when I've never had one?" Project Fatherhood follows the lives of the men as they struggle with the pain of their own losses, the chronic pressures of poverty and unemployment, and the unquenchable desire to do better and provide more for the next generation. Although the group begins as a forum for them to discuss issues relating to their roles as parents, it slowly grows to mean much more: it becomes a place where they can share jokes and traumatic experiences, joys and sorrows. By immersing herself in the lived experiences of those working to overcome their circumstances, Leap not only dramatically illustrates the realities of fathers trying to do the right thing but also paints a larger sociological portrait of how institutional injustices become manifest in the lives of ordinary people. At a time in which racial justice seems more elusive than ever, the group's development over time demonstrates real-life movement toward solutions as the men help one another make their families and their community stronger.
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In 2010, former gang leader turned community activist Big Mike Cummings asked UCLA gang expert Jorja Leap to colead a group of men struggling to be better fathers in Watts, South Los Angeles. These men, black and brown, from late adolescence to middle age, come together each week to help one another answer the question "How can I be a good father when I've never had one?" Project Fatherhood follows the lives of the men as they struggle with the pain of their own losses, the chronic pressures of poverty and unemployment, and the unquenchable desire to do better and provide more for the next generation. Although the group begins as a forum for them to discuss issues relating to their roles as parents, it slowly grows to mean much more: it becomes a place where they can share jokes and traumatic experiences, joys and sorrows. By immersing herself in the lived experiences of those working to overcome their circumstances, Leap not only dramatically illustrates the realities of fathers trying to do the right thing but also paints a larger sociological portrait of how institutional injustices become manifest in the lives of ordinary people. At a time in which racial justice seems more elusive than ever, the group's development over time demonstrates real-life movement toward solutions as the men help one another make their families and their community stronger.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Randye Kaye

Length:

8h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:47