Posted by Nettrice, Fri Apr-08-05 08:41 AM
I was just reading Sister 2 Sister articles that featured Outkast. What intrigued me was the two interviews with Andre Benjamin's parents. It was Benjamin's mother (baby momma) versus his father. His mother claimed she was left on her own with her child at a young age (She's Alive) and had to force his father to support Andre. His father said he did everything he could to support Andre. It was clear that both of them were proud of their son's accomplishments but in so much pain. I think there's truth in both stories but what remains to be seen is how this has affected Andre Benjamin who says he may never get married.
Their stories sound similar to my own parents except for the fact that they were married when I was born. I used to ask my mother why she did it (got with my Pops) and realized that it was pointless looking back. We needed to heal. I needed to use their relationship as an example of what not to do. The next generation needs to learn how to think different.
In the meantime, people should support and praise the efforts of single Black parents...both mothers and fathers who step up and take full responsibility for the upbringing of their children.