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CONTENTS Vol. 01 / ISSUE 01 05. Contributors 08. Editor’s Letter

FIRE 13 - 22. Grady’s Collective Market | Damien Holbert 25 - 26. POP: A Celebration of Black Fatherhood | Carol Ross

WATER 29 - 40. The Military Father | An Interview of Four

EARTH 42. Capturing an honest moment with Asen James 83-84. My Father, Manhood & Masculinity | Ian Kamau

MINERAL 48. Story Time | Before John Was a Jazz Giant 73 - 78. Overseas: London | Young Fathers 79 - 82. Robert D. Cave Sr. | Pictures My Dad Took

49 - 57. Exhibit: More Than XY | London, UK 58. Journal Entry No. 1 61 - 62. Places to Go: WeBop, Jazz at Lincoln Center 63 - 64. Education: Freebrook Academy 65 - 66. Film: Fatherless to Fatherhood 67 - 68. Music: Here, My Dear, Marvin Gaye 69 - 70. Style: Father & Son Casely-Hayford 85 - 92. Our Fathers

DAGARA ELEMENTS [color key] Fire Passion, Dreams, See Present & Future Water Flow, The Greater Good, Reconciliation Earth Sense of Identity, Nurturing, Abundance Mineral Storytelling, Building, Communication Nature Cycles of Life, Death, Rebirth The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships, by Sobonfu Some


CONTRIBUTORS Aron Süveg PHOTOGRAPHER Aron is a Hungarian photographer. He has traveled to many lands documenting the spirit of people, places and things. - www.aronsuveg.com Adrian Miles PHOTOGRAPHER “Visions of a Quest” - www.adrianmiles.com Chris Bergstrom PHOTOGRAPHER “My forte is to provide parents with unique photos!” - www.bushidophoto.com James Pearson-Howes PHOTOGRAPHER James is a London based photographer. - www.jamespearsonhowes.com Steven Duarte PHOTOGRAPHER “I love capturing people, because people always seem to capture me.” - www.stevenduarte.com Davon Smith PHOTOGRAPHER “Vision.” - www.visiondavon.tumblr.com


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THE MILITARY FATHER

AN INTERVIEW OF FOUR Interview + Photography / CHRIS BERGSTROM

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How long have you been a father? I have been a father since October 31, 2003. What are some challenges of being a father while serving in the military? Some challenges of being a father that I personally experienced are being unable to see your kids grow up in their first two years while being deployed, missing the birthdays and all the special days for the kids and the wife, being unable to help my wife with the kids while deployed, having your kids shy of you during the first time of meeting after a year of absence. Do you have a unique story you’d like to share? My daughter is three years old now. She was born 7/7/07 and a month later, I was gone for a readiness exercise for two months. After the two months, I was on leave for two weeks and then out for fifteen months to Iraq. The next time I saw her was on R&R (rest and recuperation) when she was eleven months old. She did not know me at all. She knew the face, but she was afraid to come close to me. I had to beg her to come to me on her 11th month so I could hold her in my arms or hug her. Eight months later, after deployment, she was still afraid of me. At this time, she was already a year and six months old, but her actions toward me was no different than when she was eleven months old. She could not call me Daddy. All I wanted to hear from her was the word “DADDY”.

What’s your name and rank? Jason Jacob Henry, Sergeant First Class How long have you been in the military? 12 years and 5 months What’s your job? I work in the Operations office for the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, Division East, First Army. I serve as an Operations Sergeant in a Brigade S-3 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) responsible for training support, mobilization, and demobilization operations for deploying and re-deploying Soldiers; manages the coordination of demobilizing unit outbriefs to training support battalions, 72nd BDE HQ, and 1AE HQ; generates fragmentary orders (FRAGOS) for the Brigade; provides the Operations Officer updates on the outbriefing schedule and suspense tracker; coordinates and assists with VIP visits to JB MDL; coordinates the Quarter and Annual Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer programs; and a husband and father.

Until she was two years old, I tried everything and got her everything that I know a little princess would appreciate. Until August of 2009, when I had to leave again enroute to my next duty station where my family could not go, she call me Daddy for the first time when I was hugging and shaking everyone’s hands before I walked through the security gate at the Kosrae International Airport, FM. I was surprised to hear that. My wife told me at the moment she didn’t want me to leave she would say DADDY. She did not know that I was leaving until I started shaking hands and hugging everyone. She was thinking that I was going to leave for Iraq again. I tried to explain to her, but she would not take it. She kept on crying and saying I don’t want you to go. I was the last one to get on the plane. She broke me. I told her that we will meet again soon. Five months later, I met back up with them and she was the first one hugging me. The first thing out of her mouth was, “Are you leaving again?” I told her that yes, but with everyone. She was happy. Until today, I have been explaining to her why I go away from them and why I deploy. She is only three years old now and she tells me, when I put the uniform on, if I am going to go and fight the bad guys. By saying this, I know that eventually, she will fully understand what I do.

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TTK Chillin’ With Nova This painting was inspired by a photograph of my daughter and I taken in December 2008 in Florida. It was the first time I saw her in months and I wanted to capture the moment. It’s not the traditional father and daughter portrait, but it’s a moment in time that meant a lot to both of us. www.gottkgo.com


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OVERSEAS: LONDON

YOUNG FATHERS / JAMES PEARSON-HOWES

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