Former NFL player Marcus Smith II pens children's book for 'modern Black dads'

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NFL veteran Marcus Smith II is freeing, “Bathtime with Rai,” a brand new kids’s e-book that he hopes will resonate with the “trendy Black dads of the sector.”

“The e-book was once written for the fashionable Black dads of the sector and for the little brown women of the sector,” Smith advised Get admission to in an interview. “I simply wish to placed on for the Black fathers to tell us that we’re right here and for the little younger women in the market, there are fathers in the market which can be looking to turn out to be the most productive fathers they are able to in all probability be.”

Smith, 28, is a proud dad to Sarai, 2. His new e-book, “Bathtime with Rai” celebrates the bond between father and daughter.

“From nostalgic moments to laughs and giggles, Bathtime with Rai delightfully chronicles the entire exchanges of affection amidst a favourite midnight ritual,” reads an outline of the e-book.

Smith, who was once drafted through the Philadelphia Eagles all over the primary spherical of the 2014 NFL draft, advised Get admission to that he’s taking parenting inspiration from Kobe Bryant, who was once a proud lady dad.

“I have a look at him and his daughters’ dating, and I believe like that is what a daughter/father dating will have to appear to be,” Smith stated. “I attempt to cross off one of the vital identical morals and ideas that Kobe did.”

In June, Smith shared a candy picture of him studying a e-book to Rai, who wore an lovable crimson bonnet as she sat on her dad’s lap.

“I’m a BLACK MAN! And black father! I construct …. I do not tear down different BLACK MEN! ….I’ve felt the ache of being torn down and I’ve made up our minds I will be able to be planned about development others! All too steadily, we males to find it more straightforward to criticize each and every different, as an alternative of creating each and every different up,” he wrote. “With the entire negativity going round let’s do one thing certain!!”

For Smith, the most productive a part of being Rai’s dad is “with the ability to have a look at Rai in her eyes and say, ‘Wow, guy, me and my spouse created her,” he advised Get admission to. “She’s an attractive human being.’ I feel that is the maximum rewarding factor.”

“Bathtime with Rai” might be available to buy on December 2.

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