My name is Frederick. Some people call me Fred, but you know me as Mocha Dad.
I am a Texan – born and raised and I have the cowboy boots to prove it. However, Texas has not been my only home. I have lived in several southeastern states – some of them I liked, some of them I didn’t, none of them can compare to Texas. My quest is to visit all fifty states. I have made it to 37 so far.
I graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Because I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, I am extremely proud of this accomplishment. But the best thing about my years at Howard was my meeting my wife, KayEm.
I have worked as a mover, controls manager, quality manager, construction project manager, and safety manager. I have also run several businesses: an online collectible toy shop, a wedding and portrait photography studio, and freelance writing and editing company.
In 2008, I started Mocha Dad to chronicle his life as a father and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding black fatherhood. I wanted people to get a first hand account of a black father who is intimately involved in his children’s lives. Now I use to blog to not only capture my experiences as a father, but also to help motivate other fathers to be more actively engaged and involved with their children.
I enjoy music, reading, photography, and surfing the web. But my greatest joy comes from spending time with my wife and three kids.