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Daddy Series

Written By Kenneth Braswell

Daddy, Can I Cry?


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Our story continues with the Applewhite family and addresses the loss of Cory’s best friend. It is important for boys to learn that grieving is acceptable and that even, men cry.

Cory and Michael are best friends. Like many young boys, each of them shares a love for basketball. One night a tragic event happens which has a tremendous impact on Cory.

The loss of Cory’s best friend forces him to find a way to grief. It also creates an opportunity for Cory and his dad to share a moment that will become a life lesson of manhood. Daddy, Can I Cry? is a story of friendship and loss. It forces us to take a moment to understand that children grieve and heal in their own way.


Children and Grief Free Parents and Teacher Guide Inside!

Our Endorsements

  • Kenneth Braswell’s Daddy Can I Cry? hits home for children of all ages. The story inspires youth, especially African American males, to grieve without anger, aggression or shame. Considering the increasing rates of suicide, homicide, and violence involving youth, Daddy Can I Cry? is right on time!
    Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis
    President, Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)-Atlanta
  • Daddy Can I Cry? addresses one of the pressing issues of our time – encouraging boys and men to express their emotions when coping with trauma and loss. Author, Kenneth Braswell, courageously tackles a taboo subject in masculinity and transforms what it means to be a “real man.” Daddy Can I Cry? should be required reading for every young boy in the United States.
    Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA
    Co-Director, Columbia University Wellness Center Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • During my era, crying or showing emotions was considered a sign of weakness—but it’s actually a sign of being huMAN. ‘Daddy Can I Cry?’ gives them permission to be courageously transparent. If we are going to cultivate a generation of comprehensive men, we must create safe spaces for our boys to express their emotions and release trauma.
    Jason Wilson
    Author, “Cry Like A Man” Director, The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy
  • This book is an essential resource for black families and teachers working with black children to help them help youngsters process trauma and loss which occur all too frequently in our communities. Another added feature of the book is giving boys permission to express their feelings freely thereby promoting emotional health in men early in their development.
    Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH
    Community Psychiatrist and Convener, All Healers Mental Health Alliance
  • This book addresses the needs of the often silent victims of violence, children, in a holistic manner by creating the space for their grief and healing. An essential read for fostering healthy relationships and building strong communities.
    Dr. Artika R. Tyner
    Author, Civil Rights Attorney, Founding Director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice (University of St. Thomas School of Law)
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