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Breaking down stereotypes: Father's Day photoshoot aims to change negative image of Black dads

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INVESTIGATION AND THE S tatewide Information & Analysis Center ***GLEN*** CHANGING THE IMAGE OF BLACK FATHERS — A FATHER'S DAY PHOTO SHOOT ORGANIZED BY THE "NORTHERN UTAH BLACK LIVES MATTER" CHAPTER AIMS TO BREAK DOWN STEREOTYPES ABOUT BLACK MEN ABC4'S ROSIE NGUYEN TALKED TO A PARTICIPANT ABOUT THE CHALLENGES HE'S FACED AND HOW THIS PROJECT COULD HELP CHANGE THAT

WEST VALLEY CITY RESIDENT MARLIN LYNCH THE THIRD ABSOLUTELY LOVES BEING A DAD TO HIS TWO GIRLS KANIYAH AND KENNEDY Marlin Lynch III / Father: "Just to wake up in the morning and to see someone that God has trust me with brings me joy

" BUT LYNCH EXPLAINS BEING A FATHER AS A BLACK MAN HAS COME WITH A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES SUCH AS THE STIGMA OF BEING AGGRESSIVE AND IRRESPONSIBLE Marlin Lynch III / Father: "A lot of Black men, society thinks that they're absent from their home, they don't play a part in their child's lives" THAT'S WHY JACARRI KELLEY, THE ORGANIZER OF THE NORTHERN UTAH BLACK LIVES MATTER CHAPTER PARTNERED WITH LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER MARK SEAWELL TO PUT TOGETHER THE "BLACK FATHERS MATTER" PHOTO PROJECT ON SUNDAY Mark Seawell / Photographer: "I want the American people to see that Black men are responsible, Black men do raise their children, Black men do stay and support their families" LYNCH AND SEAWELL HOPE POSITIVE IMAGES LIKE THESE WILL HELP BREAK DOWN THE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES AND LABELS OF BLACK MEN Marlin Lynch III / Father: "Don't look at the color of my skin, look at my heart and see that I love my family, I love my kids, I love my wife, and I love my community" Mark Seawell / Photographer: "By doing this, it gives people the opportunity to see that we're all human and the divides are mostly artificial that we create in our own minds" REPORTING IN WEBER COUNTY, ROSIE NGUYEN, ABC4 NEWS

***GLEN***

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