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DADDY & ME: Dwyane Wade Gets New Family Portrait With Sons, Pens Letter On Single Fatherhood

After winning full custody of his sons--9-year-old Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade & 4-year-old Zion Malachi Airamis Wade--last March following his divorce from ex-wife Siovaughn, Dwyane Wade is all about being the best dad he can be to his kids.

The Miami Heat baller is entering Game 5 of one of the biggest NBA Finals games of his life Thursday night, but he's made very clear, in a letter he recently penned in Newsweek, that the ability to succeed as a single father is the true definition of winning.  We've got the first look at his new family portrait, plus his heartfelt letter, when you read on...

Dwyane Wade and his sons Zaire and Zion recently shot their new family portrait (above).  And it depicts a single father and his beautiful sons coming together as a family after a messy divorce.

There were several months of drama surrounding Dwyane and Siovaughn's divorce--cheating allegations, abuse allegations, and unprofessional antics that the judge just didn't appreciate.  But despite Siovaughn's claims that attempted to make the public believe Dwyane was a horrible father, he was granted full custody of his sons--something that rarely happens in the legal system unless there are serious issues on the willing mother's end.

So Dwyane has been living the single dad life for a few months now.  And in a recent Newsweek article, just in time for Father's Day next weekend, he's expressing the huge change in his life this has meant for him.   And states all men need to step up and be fathers as well.

Here's his letter entitled My Life as an NBA Superstar Single Dad:

There are a few words that come to mind when I think about the past couple years of my life: challenging, rewarding, transformative—they roll off the tip of my tongue in an instant. In the span of a year my two good friends LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined me on the Miami Heat, I struggled through a painful, public divorce, and I became the full-time parent to my two young sons, Zaire and Zion.

I’ve had some ups and downs lately, but the memories of the unpleasant times disappear quickly, in part because of moments like the one recently when I was able to surprise my younger son, Zion, at his school with cupcakes for his fourth birthday. It was the day after we’d won the Eastern Conference finals, but that victory couldn’t compare with the huge smile on Zion’s face at that moment. I will never forget it. Bad memories vanish each morning when I walk into both of my sons’ bedrooms to wake them up for school—their laughter gives me all I need to face whatever is happening in my life. Not too long ago, due to custody issues, I wasn’t allowed to see my sons for long periods of time, or was given the chance to see them for only a few hours with no idea of if or when I’d see them again. I can’t describe how trying those days were, fighting for full custody while also working as a professional basketball player nine months of the year. I just knew I wanted to be with my kids.

I was seriously motivated to be a full-time parent for my sons. My mother and father weren’t together when I was a kid growing up in Chicago, and early on my mother fell victim to drug abuse. At 9 years old, I moved in with my father because my mother could no longer care for me. Looking back, I now see so many similarities between my own childhood and that of my sons. My father stepped in when I needed him, and that gave me the chance for a better life. That’s what I’m doing for my boys now.

All children need their fathers, but boys especially need fathers to teach them how to be men. I remember wanting that so badly before I went to live with my dad. I wanted someone to teach me how to tie a tie and walk the walk, things only a man can teach a boy. Of course, back then, I never could have imagined being in the same situation someday with my own kids. My dad and I bumped heads a lot—we were so alike, both of us born competitors. My older son, Zaire, is exactly the same way. We’ll battle on the court when I’m 39 and he’s 19. He’s 9 now, and he’s grown up with basketball. Zion could take it or leave it, which is cool by me.

Today, I constantly tell my dad how much I appreciate what he did for me. I think you really have to become a parent to understand what you will endure to be there for your kids. I could say I was surprised at the criticism I received for traveling from Miami to Chicago so often during the regular season for my custody court cases, but nothing really surprises me anymore. I had a duty to fight to be with my kids, and I did it.

Thankfully, I’ve gotten a lot of support from my mother, sister, and others in taking care of my boys and making their new living arrangements a smooth and happy transition. Going forward, I want my sons to have a healthy relationship with their mother, and that’s something we’re working on. I hope to have a great relationship with her one day too, because I know how much it meant to me to see my parents get along as time went on.

I can’t say what we’ll do for Father’s Day, because since my sons came to live with me about two months ago, every day has been like Father’s Day. I just want people—men, and men of color in particular—to hear my story and know that their children need them and that it’s their responsibility to be there for them. We have to step up as men and do our part. There are no excuses.

No excuses.  Loves this.  

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D.Wade I feel tha u are a wonderful dad be cause most of tha dads wouldn't care where they kids are or who they are with ... But u being the wonderful man u are that's great u got full custody of our kids.... Amd thats is a beautiful picture of u and ur handsome kids .... U all look alike "(:
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I have 3 kids all have the

I have 3 kids all have the same dad they are all 9 months apart there father never took part in theirs lives after breaking up, and its important for a father to take part in there sons life, all my son wanted was for his dad to come to football practice like other dads but all he got was broken promises, being a single mom raising three kids its not easy but I made I sure I showed up, its not the same as being a dad but he knew I would be their he's now 17 and a great ball player looks forward to college, he will never know what its like to have that support from his dad but he's a strong young man.
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I don't know the truth but

I don't know the truth but I'm sure he fought hard to get his boys to avoid paying her child support! I don't see why she can't have her kids for the entire summer and looking at the family photo that I've seen, Zion the youngest clearly isn't happy...no child can be happy being seperated from their mother, even if she cheated or had a mental breakdown that doesn't make her an unfit mother is he unfit because he dated Ms Union while still married?
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Dear Anonymous: Mr. Wade

Dear Anonymous: Mr. Wade stated that he dated several women during his separation from his ex-wife as well as the period leading up to their divorce procedures. You are not blaming any of these women for their part in the break-up of this marriage. He & Ms. Union stated that they were not involved with one another during his marriage. As for his youngest son, no child wants to be separated from either one of their parents. In addition, a child can love their father just as much as his [or her] mother. Just as you have stated, you don't know the truth; none of us knows the true story. It is not for us to know. Now let us allow this family to heal and adjust to change.
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Hi, Dwayne My name is xxxxxx

Hi, Dwayne My name is xxxxxx and my son name is xxxxxxxxx. I am going through a divorce that appeared never ending. I can relate so much on your experience in trying to be part of your boys’ lives. My wife parents are still married as well as my parents are still married. This alone made it difficult for me to understand why she didn’t want me is my son’s life. The day I decided that I wasn’t happy in our marriage I explained to her that I would like to remain and have an active part in Malachi life. However, her first response was “you will not be seeing your son ever again.” As you can imagine that is when the drama started. I had nights of regrets. I felt that I should have remained in an unhappy marriage for the sake of my son. I have been in and out of court rooms fighting for a relationship with my son. I am living on a social worker salary. I have lost my home. I have lost my car. I ran up all my credit cards and have sold half of my photography and video equipment to pay my lawyer and court fees. I was at my wits end. I fought so hard because I didn’t feel that every other weekend was good enough to be a father for my son. There were days I walked in to work, closed my office door and couldn’t stop the tears from flowing out of my eyes. Late nights I would sit and cry and lose sleep over this. I lost so much weight. However when I came out in public I had to put a strong face on and act like everything was all good, especially when it was my weekend to see my son. I thank God for my father. Although, I knocked heads with my dad while growing up, he never once abandoned his 5 boys. My father and I are so much alike and very srong will individuals. He stuck through all the hard times. He doesn’t have much money to give but he remains here to give all the moral support that he can give. I am a cancer survivor. He continued to encourage me to stay strong because he feared stress could bring on illness again. There were days I just want to give up and say Hell with It and take my all my loses including the extra time I was fighting for with my son. The night that you announced on TV that you have won custody of your son gave me that added courage to hold on and fight. My lawyer, Rocco Marucci , was a bull dog and tried to help me as much as he could. On May, 2011 we went to trial. Rocco Marucci didn’t leave any stones unturned. At the end of the day the Judge was disgusted with what she was doing and the accusations she has made. The Judge has awarded me 50/50, Monday to Monday. One week for me and one week for her. I couldn’t believe it. I am in the “hole” thousands of dollars that I had to borrow from friends and 6,000.00 in the hole with lawyers fee. All my credit cards are up to the max. I continue to pay child support because she has not sign any papers yet. I have to file for bankruptcy. I am struggling to keep a roof over my head and food on the table. In spite of all this, I have a feeling of relief and happiness when I pick up my son from daycare on days that I have him. I feel good when I kiss him goodnight. I feel like a real father just being there with him when he needs me. It is the best feeling ever. I have been working on forgiveness. I want to have good relationship with my son’s mother, despite what we have gone through because I love my sin so much. Dwayne, Thank You for sharing your story with the world. I t has helped me a lot.
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To everybody who had a

To everybody who had a negative comment:Don't nobody know what truly happen, if the mother or if Dwade was the one at fault you cant believe everything you hear especially with the news today ..but i do know that if Dwade recieved full custody then the judge ruled in his favor for a reason... what else is there to say.... obvious there was proof of why he should have the children.. YES he shoud take care of his children because that is his responsibility but the truth of the matter is most men don't so for him to step up to the plate shows what type of man he is really is.. so I applaud you Dwade for being the man that most of the woman need as father's to our kids and on top of that I love the fact that you didn't lash out or put your ex on blast.. because you could have.. you were mature enough to say you still want her in your kids life .... i wish you and the boys all the love and happiness you deserve forget all the bull you hear keep on being the great father that you are !!
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Awwww! Good for him! I know

Awwww! Good for him! I know he's had negative press before with the whole relationship with Gabrielle Union, but I had no idea the ex-wife was so off the chain! And yeah, he's supposed to take care of his kids, but he could've just let the mom keep them while he visit them from time to time or throw money their way, and he's trying to be as hands on as possible, and that's a good look.
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That is what a real father

That is what a real father do, and when she had custody she did everything to keep him from his boys and the judge got tired of it.
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I wish Wade & his ex-wife the

I wish Wade & his ex-wife the best as they attempt to navigate, and partner in their roll as parents and hopefully one day friends. God Bless them and their extended families.
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my gosh i cannot understand peeps who post here! You complain that a man is going to raise his kids as a single father, provide them with good shelter and the best life could offer. Why don't u complain when white rich kids are raised with the same silver spoon in their mouths. Most african american ladies are single mothers coz their babe daddys dont want to be involved - but now a father fought for custody and won and you are hating on him! Damn African american's you are d...b! As for the lady, i can only hope they can work this out and she gets to be part of the kids as well. If not, too bad, the kids will still b fine just like those who are raised by single mothers! i am really proud of this guy...! By the way: it is amazing how African American's hate on these blogs! i have read other blogs and trust me there is no as much hate (no black blogs).... shame we are cursed - we just cannot applaud each others success - trust me this happens ALL OVER THE WORLD!
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TO THOSE WHO CRITICIZE AND CONDEMN DWYANE WADE: Here are excerpts from a testimony, as read from court documents, concerning his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Wade: 1. Childhood friend of Siohvaughn, Andrea Williams, while being sworn under oath, gave testimony of Siohvaughn's relationship with another man, sometime in June 2004. The man, who is known as "Andre" according to court documents, and Siohvaughn had a prior relationship at the age of about 15 when Siohvaughn lived with Andrea. 2. Years later, while married to Dwyane Wade, the pair re-kindled an "old flame" and would meet up for sexual encounters. Siohvaughn's friend, Andrea, testified that Siohvaughn eventually RENTED FOR AN APARTMENT for this man in the Fall of 2004, as hotel rooms were becoming too costly. 3. Siohvaughn, after a visit to a doctor in Miami, learned that she tested positive for chlamydia. Initially she claimed she got the disease from Dwyane Wade but later admitted to her friend, Andrea, that her love-interest, Andre, was the one who gave her the disease (she called Andre the same day). 4. Months before being pregnant with Zion, Siohvaughn was pregnant but DID NOT KNOW WHO THE FATHER OF HER CHILD WAS. Andrea Williams testified that she took Siohvaughn to have an abortion because she was unsure of the paternity of the baby she was carrying. 5. Other witnesses recall Siohvaughns verbal and physical abuse towards her now former husband. During one major incident, Siohvaughn allegedly broke the windows of his cars, threw objects at him, and even threatened to find a gun and SHOOT Dwyane Wade. She had to be physically RESTRAINED by friends and family members. 6. Siohvaughn Wade ADMITTED HERSELF into a psychiatric ward at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn while pregnant with Zion. She threatened to kill herself and required bedside monitioring 24 hours a day. 7. During the divorce trial, Siohvaughn went through a total of NINE divorce lawyers who withdrew themselves from the case! 8. Siohvaughn Wade repeatedly thwarted Dwyane Wade's efforts to visit his children or talk with them on the phone. She allegedly once called police when Dwyane Wade showed up at the couple's Miami home to pick them up, falsely telling officers there was a warrant out for the basketball player's arrest. Yet this is a woman who has gained the sympathies and defense of other black women, right here on YBF - simply because she is a WOMAN. Don't be so quick to point the finger and judge Dwyane Wade. Research the court documents and read the various testimonies for yourself!
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Thank you for posting the

Thank you for posting the truth. I work in family law as a paralegal and see some crazy cases, though a judge is least likely to grant full custody to a father, it does happen. Clearly Dwyane's ex-wife had issues with herself and seemed to be so consumed with them that she didn't have the ability to take care of her sons. The people on here that are so quick to judge Dwyane's sincerity is wrong, because none of you know the true depth of love that the man has for his kids.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for posting the

Thank you for posting the truth. I work in family law as a paralegal and see some crazy cases, though a judge is least likely to grant full custody to a father, it does happen. Clearly Dwyane's ex-wife had issues with herself and seemed to be so consumed with them that she didn't have the ability to take care of her sons. The people on here that are so quick to judge Dwyane's sincerity is wrong, because none of you know the true depth of love that the man has for his kids.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for posting the

Thank you for posting the truth. I work in family law as a paralegal and see some crazy cases, though a judge is least likely to grant full custody to a father, it does happen. Clearly Dwyane's ex-wife had issues with herself and seemed to be so consumed with them that she didn't have the ability to take care of her sons. The people on here that are so quick to judge Dwyane's sincerity is wrong, because none of you know the true depth of love that the man has for his kids.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for posting the

Thank you for posting the truth. I work in family law as a paralegal and see some crazy cases, though a judge is least likely to grant full custody to a father, it does happen. Clearly Dwyane's ex-wife had issues with herself and seemed to be so consumed with them that she didn't have the ability to take care of her sons. The people on here that are so quick to judge Dwyane's sincerity is wrong, because none of you know the true depth of love that the man has for his kids.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for posting the

Thank you for posting the truth. I work in family law as a paralegal and see some crazy cases, though a judge is least likely to grant full custody to a father, it does happen. Clearly Dwyane's ex-wife had issues with herself and seemed to be so consumed with them that she didn't have the ability to take care of her sons. The people on here that are so quick to judge Dwyane's sincerity is wrong, because none of you know the true depth of love that the man has for his kids.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for posting the

Thank you for posting the truth. I work in family law as a paralegal and see some crazy cases, though a judge is least likely to grant full custody to a father, it does happen. Clearly Dwyane's ex-wife had issues with herself and seemed to be so consumed with them that she didn't have the ability to take care of her sons. The people on here that are so quick to judge Dwyane's sincerity is wrong, because none of you know the true depth of love that the man has for his kids.
Anonymous's picture

I'm glad you summed it up.

I'm glad you summed it up. Bc my first reaction was - dang what did the mom do to lose custody??? You have to be a very very poor mother to lose custody of your children. She had to display a lot of characteristics that were not healthy for the children to reside in. Courts very seldom remove children from their mothers w/out justified cause. Now my ONLY concern is that I hope that the boys will still be allowed to see their momma and cultivate that relationship with her. Daddy is alright, but it's nothing like having your momma love.
LibraDiva's picture

WELL Sweatie since you felt a

WELL Sweatie since you felt a need to post the "alleged court documents" why don't you post court documents of regular citizens who do not have fame and fortune and see if the woman lost custody. Nothing here states she was an unfit mother, maybe #6, and that took place years before {she was pregnant, he's 5 now}. Ever thing you posted, regular people do that. Bottom line, she had a lapse in judgement due to the break up of her marriage. It does not matter what you say or any other blogger, the bottom line is, the kids will not always be young and they will be able to understand what really happened. And please remember this since you're impressed with the "father of the year" Dwade, he allowed his so called "crazy wife" have custody of his boys while he was frolicking on the beach with Gabby {not hatin}. He saw how big the alimony and child support payments will be and decided to fight. His mother was a drug addict and he forgave her, he should allow his boys the same options. Let's pray for all of them
Anonymous's picture

I don't recall reading

I don't recall reading anywhere where dwade says he doesn't wants his boys to have a relationship with their mother. He said he wants them and him to have a healthy relationship with her. All he wanted was to be a part of his boys life, but she took steps to keep him from doing that so he fought to get in his boys life. Her fault not his. When he started dating Gabby, she had already been gone, and lets not forget her affairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Understand this,

Understand this, Sistah... One does not have a "lapse in judgement" due to the break-up of his or her marriage, when he or she initiates or contributes the demise of said relationship. The point of my post was to inform many readers, such as yourself, that Dwyane Wade is not this child-stealing 'monster' he is made out to be. There are 3 sides to every story: His side, her side, and the TRUTH. The mother of these children has had indiscretions of her own - skeletons in her own closet - and from a mental perspective, she has established a pattern of MENTAL or EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY, which led the courts to release these young boys into the custody of their father. You cannot "blame" a man for the actions of a woman, just as you cannot blame a woman for the actions of a man. And, you're right. It does not matter what I nor any other blogger has to say; these kids will not be young forever. But TRUTH will always prevail...whatever that may be. Do not be fooled. I am not "impressed" by any "Father of the Year" title that may be bestowed upon Dwyane Wade. As a man, it is his duty to care for his children, and personally, I don't know him from a can of paint. But I believe in honesty, fairness and in truth, not malicious rumors, slander, and BIASED, meritless, criticism - or the support of such - on behalf of black women. If you're looking for court documents in which mothers with no fame or fortune lose custody of children, take a trip to your local Family Court. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers win custody of their relatives/siblings from MOTHERS more often than you'd think. Keeping DWade, Siohvaughn and, these beautiful boys in prayer, always!
TruthPrevails's picture

I saw that interview a few

I saw that interview a few years back. Funny how people like throw Gabrielle and Dwayne under the bus but think so highly of the ex when no one on these blogs where there to see their parts. One thing, I do remember was her trying prolong the divorce. I doubt she's broke, since she was there from the beginning, even though you don't get awarded half in a divorce case in Florida, since it's a no fault state.
Tagirl27's picture

I applaud D-Wade for making

I applaud D-Wade for making his kids his first priority! All men should...all PARENTS..should do the same. However, as great as it and as necessary as it is that boys need their Dads, boys also need their mothers involved at some capacity as well. Most moms have a God-given nurturing spirit that boys need to feel. I think DWade had no problems with Siovaughn (sp) mothering while they were TOGETHER, however because of a bad split, the kids are caught in the midst. She was the weaker party & that cost her one or two of the greatest gifts of all. I hope at some point soon they get it together. They're kids need BOTH of them to parent!!!
JMO's picture

You know what's sad? A bunch

You know what's sad? A bunch of Black women on a blog talking about a man who is doing the right thing. Yes, that's what he's SUPPOSED to do as a father. But many men don't do it, have no desire to do it and are praised and desired by the same women on here throwing daggers at Dwyane. No, the boys' mother may not have been "unfit" in the way in which we see it depicted in movies or on TV but she was doing them a disservice by using them as a barter in her own emotions. Kids should never have to suffer. As a woman we sympathize with her. We know how it is to be hurting. But as a woman who was raised solely by my father at one point I know how it important it is to see a man, especially a man who could find a thousand excuses to not be as active, step up to the plate and do more. Yes, he's rich. He's gotten that way by being smart enough to harness his talents and make smart business decisions. And Black women wonder why Black men get so damn tired of us...it seems they're damned if they do right and damned if they do wrong. Come on, sistas. Get it together.
Anonymous's picture

These boys are going to grow

These boys are going to grow up one day and want answers. I hope Dwade has answers for them. They may google everything he did and whoop his ass.
Anonymous's picture

What a stupid thing to say.

What a stupid thing to say. If have kids maybe they will find out everything you did and whoop your ass. Remember her slate isn't clean either.
Anonymous's picture

I'm confused what did he

I'm confused what did he do????
Anonymous's picture

I'm confused what did he

I'm confused what did he do????
Anonymous's picture

I'm confused what did he

I'm confused what did he do????
Anonymous's picture

I'm confused what did he

I'm confused what did he do????
Anonymous's picture

How is Siovaughan doing? Does

How is Siovaughan doing? Does any1 know? I believe she had a nervous breakdown from the dissolution of her marriage. She been knowing Wade since like kindegarten, so who wouldnt be upset. She was grieving & going thru depression & the blogs (YBF included) made her seem like she was crazy. So sad I hope Siovaughan is doing well & I wish her the best!
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The only reason why this

The only reason why this makes me sad is because in the end, the boys will grow up blinded by all the money and material things available because of their father's finances. This along with their father being the sole person they live with will make them grow up rather being with their dad... Nothing wrong with that, but where does their mom factor in? How does it make her feel to be so disconnected from her little boys. I've been around kids and I know if that little boy goes to visit his mom, he'd be ready to go! Kids want what they want and like what they like. They're used to living in a mansion in Miami and having whatever they want. Their dad is the coolest man on earth to them. Do you think they'd want to be around their mom as time goes on and they see less of her? Imagine how she feels when they come around and the little one says he's ready to go back to Daddy's house... That's sad! Would you want to leave a mansion in Miami to go to your mom's modest home up north? I doubt it. It's a very, very sad situation. I don't know the type of person she is, but I honestly don't think she was a dysfunctional or abusive mother. I think the biggest issue with her was pride and wanting to hold the children over D. Wade's head because deep down she was jealous of his relationship with Gabrielle Union. At the end of the day, she doesn't get to see her children as much as she probably wants to. It's good that D. Wade takes care of his sons, but it's sad when you think about the fact that the boys' mom (who is just as important to their lives) will never be able to measure up to the things that their dad can provide them with. It's really sad if you think of the TRUE reality and how she must feel too.
Sarcastic Chick's picture

We went through a similar

We went through a similar situation and gained custody of my husband's daughter. This ordeal has nothing to do with who has the most material possessions. There are 14 factors that are addressed in the family law rules of procedure. The judge reviews the 14 factors and decides which parent will be more suitable to effectively address those factors. The factors mainly address the child's emotional and physical well-being. It is my hope that we learn to educated ourselves in regards to legal matters before passing judgement.
Anonymous's picture

You are right, but she didn't

You are right, but she didn't think the same thing when she pulled all her stunts to keep them from their father. A judge decided that enough was enough. Dwyane has said that he wants his boys to have a relationship with their mother, he is even paying her way to come to Miami on her weekends and Im sure she doesn't live an average lifestyle!!!
Anonymous's picture

How, exactly, do you know

How, exactly, do you know what these kids will grow up to become, or how they will act, think or feel? Good thing this is a blog where you can voice YOUR opinion, because everything you just stated is mere speculation. Fallacy and fantasy at it's finest!
VVLove's picture

Thank you VVLove...People are

Thank you VVLove...People are assuming that he is using his money in order to make his ex-wife feel less than. As for the comment someone made about one day his sons will google everything and whoop his "ass"...Your ignorance is lack of class is why I almost never read the comments. Did you miss the mention of their amazing disenfranchised mother having an affair, contracting a STD, and aborting what potentially could have been her husband's child because she was unsure of the paternity...or did you miss the part that she said she rented an apartment for herself and her lover because hotel rooms were getting to costly...She financed this with what income??? Oh, that's right D.Wade's and this was several years prior to Gabrielle Union. I believe his sons would be more upset had he not fought for custody and just gave up. Then we'd have another case of "dead beat daddy." Which would give black women something else to complain about. Or perhaps you all think he should have let her keep trying to deny him visitation and accept it because he has money and other black men can't afford an attorney to get custody or visitation? That's the issue with black people, we are the only race of people who prefer to see our own doing bad. We'd rather hold our fellow man's head under water then give him or her a hand OR HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE! Side note: Black women with their daddy issues kill me and I'm a black woman. You are so content with being apart of the what you assume to be the "black men hating masses" that you'd rather degrade a black man who wants to be a part of his children's life on a daily than admit that there are some black women out there who aren't about shit. Being a single mother is not a badge of honor, you don't get a prize or award for that mess. Unless you were married and unfortunately got divorced after having your children in the confines of marriage, being a single mother is a choice. The same way you made the choice to have unprotected sex and conceive a child, you could have choose to protect yourself. I have no sympathy for single mothers, you made a choice so if you ended up with the kid tough cookies...I have no sympathy for single fathers either. THAT'S A CHOICE! You run the risk of HIV, kids, or some other STD...Do you say oh poor poor girl, you have HIV you deserve a song??? No, you say they made poor life choices and have to suffer the consequences. Same goes for having kids. I'm darn near 26 years old, been with the same man since undergrad...I have no children and no abortions on my record! I made a choice to not conceive a child out of wedlock. And it's not because I was somehow fortunate because my brother was conceived out of wedlock and marriage came much later along with me. But I don't want that for myself...now that I'm ready we are discussing marriage, children, etc...I'm not an anomaly. It doesn't matter where you came from...all my friends have 2 or 3 kids...we grew up together, played ball together, went to parties together, only difference is I realized it was a choice. And I'll probably get some rude and disrespectful replies, and please don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about because I have 3 degrees and ton of research to support what I have to say. Single motherhood is a phenomena in our culture because we normalized, made it socially acceptable, and desirable for young girls to have kids out of wedlock, premarital sex for that matter, then to top it all off, we told them they should then join the "dog out the baby daddy cause he ain't shit club" but never did we say you had sex with him so how bright are you?
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PREACH!!!!!!!!!! I can't even

PREACH!!!!!!!!!! I can't even disagree with that.
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