Premier Insight Podcaster Ruth Jackson Speaks to ‘MusicFootballFatherhood’ Founder Elliott Rae, Who Was Diagnosed With PTSD Following the Birth of His Daughter…

Hello World,

Happy Father’s Day to My Father, My Husband AND to ALL of the After the Altar Call Readers Who Are Fathers! I hope you enjoy your special day…

Unfortunately, Father’s Day tends to not get as much shine as Mother’s Day and that’s truly sad…I won’t get into potential reasons why in this blog post, but I did want to share a resource for some fathers who may be struggling with the stresses of fatherhood…Why?

  1. Men’s mental health: New dads are particularly vulnerable as financial and work pressures coupled with a huge life change can have a significant impact. (I know this firsthand as I’ve watched my husband transform from a husband to a father of twin girls.)
  2. Gender equality, gendered parenting roles and the pandemic: The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has had a prolific impact on the way we live and work. There has been some positive progress on the collective role of dads, with fathers taking on more parenting responsibilities than ever before.  However, women still do the large majority of childcare and have paid the price in the pandemic with mothers being more likely than fathers to be furloughed and at a higher risk of job losses. As a collective we need to do more to challenge gendered parenting roles. We need to move away from the concept that caring is for women and being the main breadwinner is for men – those outdated stereotypes are damaging for everyone: men, women and children.

Unapologetic podcast host Ruth Jackson discusses the above with Elliott Rae, the founder of MusicFootballFatherhood, who was diagnosed with PTSD following the birth of his daughter. He speaks about experiencing God in the midst of suffering. He shares how becoming a father changed his life and theology. Catch the conversation here: and below…

Any thoughts?

Atlanta Culinary Charities Presents the 9th Annual Family Food Fest: A Father’s Day Celebration TODAY…

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If you’re looking for something to do today with the fathers in your family, by all means check out the 9th Annual Family Food Fest: A Father’s Day Celebration TODAY at the Georgia Freight Depot from 3-6pm!

Family Food Fest Atlanta is a multicultural Father’s Day charity fundraiser and food-tasting celebration through which fathers and men who impact their families and community are celebrated. The 501.c3 nonprofit Atlanta Culinary Charities, whose mission is to work with boys and girls in after-school programs and on weekends, produces this event each year on Father’s Day. This event brings families together in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Many chefs, cooks, caterers, restaurants, and everyday dads and men display their culinary skills and talents.  Female chefs are on hand as well.

During this event, you will sample various foods throughout the day, including special vegan/vegetarian dishes! The Family Food Fest Atlanta festival is for everyone and is open to the entire family. The idea of this family-oriented event is to enjoy some excellent cuisine from well-known chefs, cooks, caterers, and restaurants. With an “all-you-can-eat” admission price you will be able to taste delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages. Also, activities will be available throughout the day including live entertainment, kids zone (face painting, balloon art, caricatures, cotton candy), chef demonstrations, silent auction, health zone (screenings, literature, giveaways), and much more.

With 2023 being the the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop, I love that Chubb Rock is a guest host! I loved dancing to his music when I was in high school! If you’re unfamiliar with him, please see this bio:

Chubb Rock (Richard Simpson) is a legendary Brooklyn, New York-based hip-hop artist/radio host who released several successful Hip-Hop albums in the early 1990s. Chubb first appeared nationally with his 1988 self-titled debut “Chubb Rock.” He moved to Atlanta and had a radio show before leaving the station to start his current radio programs called “The Chubb Rock Show with SiMan Baby” and “Diggin’ In Tha Crates.”

Additionally, my friend Kiplyn Primus will be there! Kiplyn Primus hosts “The Local Take With Kiplyn Primus,” heard Saturday mornings at 7 am on Jazz WCLK 91.9. She also works with businesses and organizations interested in paid underwriting schedules on Atlanta’s Jazz Public Radio Station. Kiplyn is a graduate of Howard University and Clark Atlanta University and has a long career in public and commercial media. She is a veteran facilitator for StoryCorps’ Atlanta studio.

For tickets, click HERE!

Montell Jordan Officiates, Tasha Cobbs Leonard Sings at the Wedding of Slutty Vegan’s Pinky Cole & Big Dave’s Derrick Hayes…

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As a pastor’s daughter, I’ve been to many, many weddings over the years, and I still cannot get enough of them.  One of the most inspirational moments in life is when two people commit their lives to one another. No one can ever predict what will happen during the journey of life, but it’s comforting to know that whatever happens, there is someone by your side to help you live through all of your best and worst and everything-in-between moments…

I was especially encouraged by what my sorority sister and fellow Jamerican Slutty Vegan founder Pinky Cole told PEOPLE magazine about her wedding. She married the father of her children Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks CEO Derrick Hayes over the weekend here in Atlanta!

“It’s a fairytale, a Cinderella wedding,” Cole tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Just the other day, my mother saw me in my dress for the first time, and I never thought I would see myself in a wedding dress. It’s a dream come true because I’m doing something that no one in my family has ever done. To be the first to have a wedding is a big deal. I’m breaking generational patterns and creating a new one.”

To read the rest of the article and see photographs from the wedding, click HERE.

As you can see above and on PEOPLE magazine’s website, Montell Jordan, an R&B legend turned  Victory World Church minister, was the officiant.  Actually, Montell and his wife Kristin are pre-marital and marriage counselors. As a surprise,  Montell performed “This Is How We Do It.” Additionally, gospel star Tasha Cobbs Leonard sang a beautiful rendition of country music star’s  Shania Twain’s hit “Still the One” as Pinky walked down the aisle.


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My favorite moment was when her mother and godmother added some Caribbean spice to the wedding with a freestyle performance. For whatever reason, I’m unable to share all of the videos, so you have to go to Pinky’s IG page to see all of the fab videos!!!


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AND if you’re in need of a BRAND NEW WEDDING DRESS, Pinky Cole is GIVING AWAY ONE…See below…

I pray that God blesses their union…

Any thoughts?