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Controversial rapper, producer, and entrepreneur (plus recent Hip-Hop Honoree) Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell seems to be in the midst of the worst kind of family drama.

A few weeks ago, Luke’s daughter, Lacresha Campbell, took to viral video to air out plenty of her father’s dirty

This young lady is making very serious accusations about her biological father. However, instead of choosing to either own up to or deny these accusations with dignity like a grown man should, Luke went in on his daughter during a recent radio interview.

“I have one kid. His name is Blake Campbell and he stays with me, and me and my wife raise him. I’ve made mistakes in my life and I’d like everyone to understand that it’s important to practice safe sex and it’s important to not have sex without condoms because you’ll be sperm donating, and when you sperm donate to angry mothers then, unfortunately,  it’s about a check.

When you get a check, the results of that check ends up where your sperm-donation kids are online talking bad about you after you paid millions and millions dollars in child support… “

He later added, “I’m a mother.. not a mother f*cka, and I’ll leave you at that.” What does that even mean?

All of this brings me to the much bigger issue. With Father’s Day having recently passed, have we lost knowledge of the meaning and importance of fatherhood? It sure seems that way.

President Obama recently announced a new fatherhood and mentoring initiative, which will supply fathers with information on how to be more active and influential in the lives of their children and will also provide young, fatherless kids with mentors/father figures in their lives.

Here are a few stats on the importance of present and active fathers.

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
  • –U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census

  • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes
    Center for Disease Control
  • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes
    Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26
  • 71% of all high-school dropouts come from fatherless homes
    National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools
  • 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes
    U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept., 1988
  • 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home
    Fulton County Georgia jail populations & Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992

Fatherhood is clearly much more serious than many of us would like to think. While child support and “baby mama drama” have become staples in our communities, we need to focus more on the mental, psychological, and emotional welfare of the children by conceiving responsibly and putting our children in planned and well-structured situations to teach and nurture our children rather than regretting and dismissing them.

At nearly 50-years-old, it seems time for Uncle Luke to grow up…be a father.