As a Black millennial father from the South, Pierce Freelon says he aims to diversify children's music. "I don't see enough depictions of Black men as nurturers, " he says. "You know, goofy kind of caring caregivers." The 36-year-old musician lives in Durham, N.C., with his wife and two kids. He's just released his first children's album, D.a.D , collaborating with musical guests in different genres: hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, electronic jazz, soul. He sings and raps about movies, popcorn and videogames, and hanging out on a special "daddy/daughter day" full of play. Freelon's 10-year-old daughter Stella is on many of the songs and says she has the coolest dad. "I guess he's creative and stuff," she says from the home studio where they tracked the album....
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Pierce Freelon On His Children's Album And The Legacy Of His Creative Black Family