Small Screen Single Dads

Small Screen Single Dads
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 15, 2009

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Jason Smith stands out on BET’s reality show “Harlem Heights” as the lone Harlem native and parent. Seeing him interact with his daughter brings us joy and reminds us of other on-screen dads we’ve enjoyed seeing over the years.

Read our interview with Jason from “Harlem Heights” on life as a single dad

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Jason is raising his daughter Natai, 8, solo. The precocious little lady steals every scene she’s in.

“I have had her since she was about 2½, and we never looked back,” he shares.

Read our interview with Jason from “Harlem Heights” on life as a single dad

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Jason has a chat with daughter Natai. The two talk about everything from homework to President Barack Obama.

“She’s got an old soul,” he says.

Read our interview with Jason from “Harlem Heights” on life as a single dad

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CJ Payne (Allen Payne) makes many sacrifices as the primary parent for his two children on Tyler Perry’s hit television comedy “House of Payne.”

Read our interview with Jason from “Harlem Heights” on life as a single dad

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CJ and his kids deal with life’s challenges after they move in with CJ’s uncle and aunt after their house burns down on “House of Payne.”

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On “Kevin Hill,” the title character, played by Taye Diggs, unexpectedly becomes a single dad when his cousin passes away and leaves Hill with custody of his 10-month-old baby.

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Kevin juggles life as a lawyer and playboy before little Sarah comes along and changes things.

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Breanna Barnes, played by Kyla Pratt, and dad Flex Washington, played by Flex Alexander, highlight the experiences between a dad and daughter on the hit show “One on One.” The teen decides to stay with her dad when mom moves out of the country.

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Flex’s easygoing manner made Breanna comfortable to discuss tough topics with her dad, everything from bras to boyfriends.

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On “Me and the Boys,” Steve Harvey played Steve Tower, a widowed father of three sons.

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On “ER” Eriq La Salle played Dr. Peter Benton, a sexy doctor and concerned parent for his son.

Read our interview with Jason from “Harlem Heights” on life as a single dad