Thank you Mario

Thank you Mario Daniels Accounting Associates Inc 😁 

Flint, Michigan earlier this week! 

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Thank you Jocelyn

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Thank you Jocelyn! 

Southfield, Michigan this week! 

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#FatherFriday

Our father this Friday is extra special because its my dad. In world filled with so many fatherless households, he's hand down the most amazing role model, cool father and sweet husband.  For the past 6 six years, he reported directly to the Governor of Michigan as CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in Lansing, MI. His primary job was managing billions of dollars to help get the economy booming in Michigan again by working with different organizations and firms all across the world. During his tenure, he launched a new pilot Economic Development program called Community Ventures that achieved national recognition for its effectiveness versus previous initiatives. The goal of Community Ventures was to help the structurally unemployed, those heavily reliant on government assistance, ex-convicts, disabled and more. The program was launched in Saginaw, Pontiac, Flint and Detroit with a $10 million grant from State of Michigan to try and help around 3000 people train to become self-sufficient. Currently the program has 68% retention rate one year after participants have been trained and employed by CV partner firms. This is significantly higher than virtually any other Economic Development Program in the country at the time. Now, he's working on spreading Community Ventures across the country and within Michigan to help fixed some of the most blight ridden areas. 

In addition to being an amazing business mind, he's an amazing father as well. He's raised 3 boys, two of which who have college degrees and my youngest little brother will get his eventually. My parents have been married almost 30 years and love each other more with every passing day. He grew up pretty poor but very happy with 7 brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan. He worked in the plant at Flint during the summers and played football for Saginaw Vally State University to pay his way through college where he earned an accounting degree. Also, somehow managed to serve as student body president his last year on campus. He eventually made it to Central Michigan where he attained his Master in Administration, met my mother and the rest is really history from there. 

I've always thought my dad was so cool. He's been to almost every country in the world, met everybody who's actually somebody and could text people many of us just hope to meet one day lol. My dad has run various departments of organizations, he ran multimillion dollar companies before he got into Economic Development and he's even launched quasi-public institutions that could last forever with the help of government. He's the reason that me and so many other young black youth he's helped believe we can do anything we put our minds too. This is why every Friday we'll be honoring good black fathers like my father to help fix one of biggest problems facing our community. We hope these positive images will battle all the negativity we see in the media and encourage others to step up and be fathers or fatherly figures to our youth. Show your support by sharing this message and tagging good fathers of any race you know and tagging us in your photos.

Chad Milton

Meet Chad Milton. Please go support my best friend. He's a new father that just started his first semester of medical school. Winter is fast approaching and his car just took a turn for the worst. Chad was the first black father featured in our #‎FatherFriday posts and he has a truly amazing story that you must read. If you make a non-anonymous donation over $15, we'll give you extra 10% off any current deals, programs or promotions. We just posted link to his GoFundMe on our website. Thank you for your support!

> Chad's GoFundMe

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Meet Jordan Brown.

He's the proud father of 2 beautiful children that mean more to him than anything else in the world. We always hear about black fathers leaving...I'm so proud to say my cousin uprooted himself from his comfort zone in Michigan to Dallas, Texas to be involved in his children's lives on a daily basis no matter what the cost. Jordan and the mother of his children are no longer together but he refuses to miss any opportunity he gets to spend with his children. He's put his own dreams on hold as he works two jobs to support JB Jr and his daughter Kamora. I'm so inspired by my cousins refusal to allow his kids to not have their dad around because he knows how important his involvement is to their development as well as his own. Very few dads can say they actually dropped everything to move across the country to be with their children which is exactly why we're honoring him today. Every Friday we'll be honoring good black fathers like my cousin to help fix one of biggest problems facing our community. We hope these positive images will battle all the negativity we see in the media and encourage others to step up and be fathers or fatherly figures to our youth. Show your support by tagging good fathers of any race you know and tagging us in your photos.
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Travis

Every Friday we'll be posting photos of good black fathers to help fix one of biggest problems facing our community. We hope these positive images will battle all the negativity we see in the media and encourage others to step up and be fathers or fatherly figures to our youth. Show your support by tagging good fathers of any race you know and tagging us in your photos. This Friday we have a little bit of a twist for you because we realized that our ultimate goal was to help the children that suffer from not having a fatherly figure in their lives. Today, we’ll be honoring a true hero that fought for his country over 8.5 years in the US Army before being honorably and medically separated after an injury during his Iraq deployment. His family relocated from Tennessee to Michigan shortly after his return to start a new life. This God fearing man is the head of household to a beautiful multiracial family that he puts before everything else. He’s been married to his wife Jennifer for over 4 years now and has 4 beautiful bi-racial children of which two aren’t biological his own. His wife told us that everyone loves Travis because he’s the type of guy thats just gets along with people but whenever others question his ability to be a good father due to his race, he quickly proclaims “THEY ARE MY CHILDREN AND I AM THEIR FATHER!”. We want people to know his story because there are so very few men of his caliber in this world which is exactly why were honoring him today. Thank you for your service and for being the most amazing role model to your children and others.

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Raphael

Every Friday we'll be posting photos of good black fathers to help fix one of biggest problems facing our community. Show your support by tagging good fathers of any race you know and tagging us in your photos. Our fourth amazing father is another one of my best friends, Raphael Downes. This God fearing young man has a truly inspiring story. Several years ago he became the proud father of the adorable little girl pictured above. His daughter Leilani was conceived in love but her mother left a year after she was born. We always hear about black fathers leaving but this young man battled heartbreak and homelessness while simultaneously raising his daughter as a single father. Today, he's a hardworking husband to his beautiful wife Chantal and father to the newest addition to the family, baby RJ. Raphael is also known as Rafa'el, local positive hip hop artist in Lansing, Michigan. He uses his music to illustrate that hip hop can be used to preach positive messages that everyone can enjoy. Thank you for being such an amazing role model to other black youth in so many different ways. Please show him some love on his Facebook page and support him by following him on Soundcloud: Rafa'el

PS The song below is about his daughter Leilani.

#FatherFriday

Every Friday we'll be posting photos of good black fathers to help fix one of biggest problems facing our community. Show your support by tagging good fathers of any race you know and tagging us in your photos. I'm very happy to say our third amazing dad for #FatherFriday will be my own. In the winter of early 1970's, My father relocated his family from Jamaica all the way up to Michigan. He proudly raised two young boys to become college educated and successful first generation Americans while chasing his own pursuit of the American dream. He's been married to my mother for over 40 years now and epitomizes the definition of a hard working black man. Thank you for being such an amazing role model.