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REAL MEN COOK ON FATHER’S DAY

5/31/2017, noon | Updated on 5/31/2017, noon
“We are very much aware of the awesome job that the fathers in our communities have been doing and their ...
Real Men Cook will continue its 28th Father’s Day Celebration on June 18, 2017 and will present a select number of event cooks, who will serve salads, fruits, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables along with baked fish and chicken at Douglas Park, located at 1401 S. Sacramento, according to a Real Men Cook press release. Photo Courtesy of Real Men Cook

REAL MEN COOK ON FATHER’S DAY

By Christopher Shuttlesworth Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration will continue its 28th anniversary of honoring

fathers on June 18, 2017. The organization will begin the day by serving healthy foods, promoting nutritious meals and highlighting mental health awareness at multiple Chicago sites including Douglas Park, located at 1401 S. Sacramento, according to a Real Men Cook press release.

Yvette Moyo, who is the Cofounder of Real Men Cook, said

the organization began honoring fathers so they could replace the lack of respect towards Black men, and bring more awareness to honorable father figures in the Black community.

“We are very much aware of the awesome job that the fathers in our communities have been doing and their tremendous commitment to families in the communities that

sometimes social and economics tend to get in the way of,” Moyo said. “So, we thought having an event like this would allow families to enjoy the day and celebrate fathers and father figures who have been present in the Black community but seldom acknowledged.”

Moyo continued to say while the Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration isn’t primarily focused on African American men, the event replaces Black men from being invisible men to respected and appreciated men.

Ayinde Cartman, who is the Executive Director of Real Men Charities, said the work for African American men is heightened because young men continue to lack proper leadership skills and decision-making skills.

“These older men need to be around the younger men more to bring experience to them and increase [knowledge] for us to know what will happen with the next generation of men,” Cartman said. “Also, so we can know how an issue like violence, especially in Chicago, won’t be an issue 10-15 years from now because we have a bunch of healthy men walking around our communities and being in the face of the young men who are growing up right now.”

He added, that the African American community has more

work to do in regards to uplifting its men and should push and invest more in their health. According to the Real Men Cook press release, a select number of veteran event cooks will prepare and serve barbecue ribs and chicken, salads, fruits, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables along with baked fish and chicken.

“We don’t live very long with considering the food that we put in our bodies,” he said. “Our bodies are like machines

and they have to have the right ingredients and the right things to be put into our bodies for it to last, remain strong and for people to remain healthy enough to change their thinking system as well. If we don’t have energy and if we’re tired; and if we are sick and bed-ridden, then we can’t do the work necessary to transform our community.”because

we have a bunch of healthy men walking around our communities and being in the face of the young men who are growing up right now.”

He added, that the African American community has more work to do in regards to uplifting its men and should push and invest more in their health.

According to the Real Men Cook press release, a select number of veteran event cooks will prepare and serve barbecue ribs and chicken, salads, fruits, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables along with baked fish and chicken.

“We don’t live very long with considering the food that we put in our bodies,” he said. “Our bodies are like machines and they have to have the right ingredients and the right things

to be put into our bodies for it to last, remain strong and for people to remain healthy enough to change their thinking system as well. If we don’t have energy and if we’re tired; and if we are sick and bed-ridden, then we can’t do the

work necessary to transform our community.”