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ABOUT US

On behalf of the Black American Dad Foundation we would like to thank you for taking the time to check us out! B.A.D started as the result of one of the greatest gifts we ever experienced, becoming a father. We created B.A.D. to be a positive and more important a supportive group for parents in all stages.  We are Black American Dads, we created this foundation to help as many fathers in whatever way we can. 

There is no greater joy than a new baby brought into the world. Our motto is "Through our children, we will rise." To fulfill our motto, we have a goal as the Black American Dad Foundation to support all black fathers. Through that, we hope to empower their children to be the bright stars to humanity we know that they are. 

Jeremy Givens - President

Before he was a father, Jeremy wanted to change the narrative of who "the black father" is. He saw a narrative that was troubling to him and was determined to find a way to shed light on who "the black father" truly is. Along with bringing recognition to great black fathers, he wanted to also find a way to help both current and future fathers embrace this role and live a lifestyle according to it. Now, Jeremy is the father of an amazing 5 year old boy, Cohen, and he lives with the motivation to build a better life for his son. Fatherhood is more than a role, it is a lifestyle; and spreading the word about that fatherhood is a driving factor of the manifestation of Black American Dad. Outside of B.A.D., Jeremy is an entrepreneur, actor, and filmmaker. 

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Halisi Tambuzi

Board member

Halisi Tambuzi, J.D. is the founder and CEO of FourFiveSix.  FourFiveSix was created in 2017 as a way to help facilitate the interactions between police and the community.  Halisi was born in Arizona and grew up in the Valley before leaving to play college basketball.  He now resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and child. He obtained his bachelor’s in business in 2010 from Northern Arizona University.  He worked as a behavioral health technician managing a group home of youth directly impacted by the criminal legal system.  He left this industry in 2013 to attend law school.  He received his Juris Doctorate in 2015.

He enjoys a good food trucks, snowboarding on fresh snow, and working with community organizations.

Anthony Hooks -

Board member

Anthony Hooks grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon completion of high school, Anthony received a football scholarship at The University of New Mexico; where he received his Bachelors degree in Business. Anthony resides in Denver, CO with his wife and 3 children (Braylon, Zayden, & Alecia). His goal & purpose is to empower fathers to be in their children’s lives, despite the circumstances many face.

 

“Fatherhood is an enormous challenge that we as men will face in our lives and  it’s also one of God's greatest gifts a man could ever ask for. To me fatherhood is about being an example of who you want your son(s) or daughter(s) to be. Teaching through your trials and tribulations of life, so that they do not make the same mistakes we as fathers made; whether that is financial, personal, or in relationships.”

 

Anthony’s passions are cooking, snowboarding, off-roading, fishing, traveling, and sports. 

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Justin Givens -

Board member

Justin Givens is from Phoenix Arizona by way of Las Vegas Nevada. He found his passion for filmmaking at a young age playing with hangers and creating stories in his head. To tease him his brother called him Hanger Boy , which Is now the name of his production company. Upon receiving a bachelors degree in criminal justice he packed up, left home , and moved to LA to pursue his real dream and first love movies. 

 

It was during college he was first introduced to crack cocaine sentencing disparity , which would eventually become the subject of his first film; Disparity: A Tale of 2 Pushaz.  Premiering in 2019 Disparity was awarded best short film at SFBFF, and since then has played in multiple theaters , film festivals, streamed online, and in front of a panel of Criminal Justice experts. 

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B.A.D Media 

B.A.D. Media is a collection of projects that speak to our core mission of Recognizing and highlighting African American fathers for who they are and what they do. From Podcast to PSA's, our media efforts are focused on recording and highlighting black fathers voices. 

We are the Primary Source to OUR story. 

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