Yasmin Young Salutes Gerald Mallory Jr., Today’s Father Friday Honoree!
Dads often don't get the credit or love that they deserve, which is why Yasmin Young of the 2 To 6 Takeover started Father Friday! It's time for the great dads in Buffalo and WNY to get some recognition! Meet our current honoree, Earl Shepherd!
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Gerald is dad to 4 children ages 16 (which is not his, he helps take care of another man's child but the father is in the child's life also) 12, 11 and 4! He was nominated by Kelly Best, who says, "Gerald has been thru so much as a father, he's been there 4 all of the children from the very start. He has been thru so much ever since the passing of his brother last year. He deserves whatever award that you guys have for that!" We salute you Gerald!!
Earl is dad to 7 children, ages 28, 24, 23, 22, 20, 13 and 4! "Earl took on four children and I at a very hard time in our lives then my children where 5/4/3/and 1 and he had a daughter of his own and a few years later he decided he wanted to keep us for ever. Then we took in two children from the family and made them part of our family and he loves all of these children like they were his I used to pray for the perfect man they say God may not give you what you want when you want it but he will give you what you need although he is not perfect he was what my family and I needed every day I know that we where and are blessed."
Richard is dad to a 28-year-old daughter named Ebony, who nominated him. Eb says, "My dad is awesome sauce! He spent 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, came home 10 years ago and has been working in the espestice field until about a year ago when he got hurt in a car accident. I can count on my dad for anything and even with all his hard times he helps any and every one (He never sits down)! He deserves the world and its his time to shine!! Plus he is very handsome.. Lol" Keep being an amazing dad to your daughter, especially after being apart for so long!
Carlo was nominated by his wife Kimberly, who he shares a son with. She said, "My husband, Carlo LaRussa, is the best father I've ever seen. He puts our son first and never questions it. He was up for a job that he's been waiting 10 years to get by working his way up the ladder, and he declined it for now so he could spend more time with our son. He's selfless, hardworking, and sweet. He makes our son laugh and smile each and every day and the two of them are inseparable. I couldn't have asked for a better dad for my son and it's such a joy to see the unconditional love they have for each other. Every day is a new adventure for them!" Keep being an amazing dad!!
Anthony is dad to three boys, Aiden, 3, Anthony, 6 and Thomas, 13! He's such a great dad is always there for his children loves spending time and playing video games with them! They mean the world to him!!" Keep being a great dad to your boys Anthony!!
Jose is dad to 4 children, a 10-year-old step son, 6-year-old step son, 4-year-old step son and almost 2-month-old daughter! Jennifer Sotero, who nominated Jose, said "He stepped up and is helping me raise my 3 sons along, with our newborn daughter. He doesn't have to lift a finger for my boys (ages 10, 6 & 4) but he does. He helps with homework, reading, practices writing and spelling & takes them out to spend time as a family." Today we salute you Jose as a great father and step father!!!
Willie is daddy to 8-months-old Katalaya! "Willie is all about being a wonderful daddy to his baby girl! Everything is all about Katalaya to Willie. He works so hard to take care of her and make sure she is well taken care of! If you ever see Willie when he is around Katalaya his smile lights up the whole room for how much love he has for her she is his world he is just the best dad ever!" Keep showing her what a real man is Willie! We salute you!!
Javoun is dad to a 7-year-old, 10-year-old and 3-month-old! He was nominated by his sister Loronda, who says, "I'm nominating my brother because he is a loving and caring father! I often tells him he's the mother of those children! His kids are his world!" Keep being a great dad Javoun!!
Brinson is dad to 2 children, 9-year-old Brandon and 4-years-old Bryan. Tashi, who nominated him says, "I am nominating Brinson because he has been such a great father to our boys since day one. He goes above and beyond for our boys making my job as a mother easier. I just want to let him know that he is appreciated and we love him very much keep up the good work your hard work does not go unnoticed." Brandon, keep being a blessing to your boys and Tashi! We salute you!!
Jermaine is father to 10-year-old Nevaeh! he was nominated by Marlyce Godoy, who says "Jermaine is actually my daughter's stepfather. I feel as though stepfathers need to be recognized along with fathers. This man has stepped up to the plate for years now and has become such a positive everyday role model in my child's life. From being her own personal basketball coach, taking her to practice and games to attending school events in my place if I cannot make it due to school and work even though he works and is also in school himself. This stepdad is amazingly dedicated to this young girl and treats her as if she was his own! His selflessness makes him the perfect candidate for Father Friday!" We salute you James for being a great stepdad!!