The Other Half is a dialogue between men and women of all ages, discussing the impact of their father's love, or the lack thereof. This conversation has sparked healing, self-awareness, and realization amongst individuals across the nation.
I'm Currently on a mission to meet 50 men to hear their story. Are you one of them?
We are all created by two humans and given one heart. Yet, the absence of fatherhood within my community has become normalized and accepted. This acceptance has limited our ability to analyze and understand the impact that it has on us mentally, spiritually, and psychologically. When I was born, my father was incarcerated. For the next 22 years, he began a cycle of being released and reentering the prison system. During that time, I began a cycle of unhealthy relationships and self-destructive patterns. Growing up, none of my closest friends had fathers in their lives either. After studying abroad in Spain, I became obsessed with understanding the impact that this absence had on our beliefs, behaviors, and habits. I began to research and speak with anyone who would listen: women, men, educators, new friends, and now YOU.
In August 2017, I launched 100 Other Halves. I was on a mission to meet 100 women to hear their story in relation to their father. My goal was to share the knowledge that I'd acquired and offer each of the women a safe space to speak their truth. In 4 months, I connected with women across the nation, one-on-one, in person and via FaceTime. Each conversation resulted in an out of body experience where I healed parts of myself that I'd been burying for years. For many of the women, our one-one was our first time meeting yet our vulnerability allowed us to bond as sisters. In January 2018, I hosted an event to celebrate both myself for reaching my goal of 100 and more importantly, the women for their bravery. The women of 100 Other Halves networked, shared their stories, connected with the on-site therapist Jaynay C. Johnson, confronted and let go of their fears through a balloon activity, and ended the evening with a poppin' soul train line. Since then, I've expanded the project to men as well, hence the re-brand: The Other Half.
My ultimate goal is to continue to initiate dialogue and create content that will influence my community to discuss the impact of parent-child relationships, heal, and eradicate the normalization of fatherless homes. The Other Half is both a personal and universal journey towards realization, understanding, and healing.
Whether the relationship was positive, negative, or nonexistent. Your story is your power. It's time to release it.
My story is my power. The layers of my vulnerability has allowed me to blossom.
I can't wait to meet you and hear yours.