2013-06-14 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

No matter how you slice it, Father's Day could never compare to Mother's Day in the way we celebrate or acknowledge these occasions. A mother carries you for nine months and takes care of you when you are sick. So let me start off by saying Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers reading this article. Bear with me as I look at this day from different perspectives.

I thank God for my father Bishop Warren C. Shivers. He is the inspiration that drives me. He is a man who was able to overcome the world through the power of God. His testimony is a story I hope to be able to share with you one day.

On December 3, 2012, I had my second son Judah. He was a miracle. I won’t go in to the details surrounding his birth, however. I will leave that for another day. Judah fought to be here. I wrote a song about the experience. He was born during the super storm Sandy. He remained in the hospital over a month from the day he was born. My wife and I took turns traveling to the city all hours of the night praying by his bedside. I began to see life differently. I never questioned God; he was born for a reason. Today Judah is growing like a plant. He is in the 99th percentile for height. “He is going to be a big man,” said Bishop Shivers. Maybe God needed to get my attention and help me focus. I can tell he has blessed me and continues to show me favor by being given this opportunity to touch lives in a special way.

The Stack Bundles Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament is having another successful campaign. As we continue to keep him relevant, I thought about his father, Big Stack. I tried to look at Father's Day through the eyes of a father who has lost a son. In a short time, Stack accomplished what some never do in a lifetime. But at the end of the day, the music that he loved, the culture that we have created, snatched him away.

I sat back and looked at three different fathers, three different men trying to raise a male child. I guess before you can be a father, you have to first be a man. Many of us, myself included, need to work on the latter. Any male can make a child, but it takes a man to be a father.

I hope I didn't bore you or put you to sleep but that's where my mind is at this week. Make sure you come out this Saturday to support my event and start off your Father's day weekend by celebrating Men's Health Awareness at the 1st Annual Men's Health Awareness Festival from 12-4 at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street. “This is an effort to create unity in our community. We do this for a cause, not just because,” says Mr. J.

Tell me what you think, e-mail me your suggestions; tell me about what's happening in your neighborhood. I want to tell your story. Let the community know what’s going on, e-mail me at shiverswave@gmail.com. I hope to see you Saturday, but more importantly: read The Wave.

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