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Tulsa Fatherhood Festival Teaches Manhood 101

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Young men listen to a panel discussion on fatherhood Saturday. Young men listen to a panel discussion on fatherhood Saturday.
NBA star and author Etan Thomas signs a copy of his book at the Fatherhood Festival. NBA star and author Etan Thomas signs a copy of his book at the Fatherhood Festival.
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The first ever Tulsa Fatherhood Festival wants to make sure every boy has a man to look up to. The event, held Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa, helped more than 50 young fathers learn how to be a better role model for their kids.

Seminars and classes covered everything from communications to the basics of being a man.

"Then we had a panel, I mean a seminar, that we called Manhood 101. We taught them how to tie a tie. We gave them their first tie, many of them. We taught them how to do a proper man handshake, look a man in the eye and just how to carry themselves as men," said Damario Solomon-Simmons of the MVP Foundation which sponsored the festival.

4/5/2013 Related Story: NBA Star Etan Thomas Returns To Tulsa For Fatherhood Festival

Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Etan Thomas was special guest speaker at the conference. He is the author of a collection of essays called: "Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge."

An 11 a.m. Fatherhood Worship service at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Tulsa finished up the weekend of events.

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