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Black gay fathers Kordale and Kaleb Lewis are back as a part of Nikon’s I Am Generation Image campaign.
The couple, who take care of three children together, went viral last year after a picture of them doing their daughter’s hair surfaced on the internet, gaining both positive and negative comments from Internet users.
The couple chose to give a statement to The Huffington Post at the time, but they address the comments again in the video which can be seen below.
The video opens with close-up shots of the children’s smiling faces and a family photo. While this is happening, Kaleb starts the video off by saying they just want people to know they’re normal and you can’t judge people by their normal.
The couple explains what happened last year in the video.
‘What happened was we were in the bathroom doing the girls’ hair and I said, oh let me take a picture,’ Kordale said as he began to explain what the motivation was behind the photo.
‘In the picture, we captioned, you know this is us every day getting up at 5:30 in the morning and getting our daughters ready for school. It was a simple, innocent picture, and Kordale was like I’m just letting y’all know what I have to deal with. And the next thing you know it went viral,’ Kaleb continued.
Kaleb went on to address the comments.
‘The comments were a trip. It didn’t make me feel any way, because I know they don’t know what we go through. I know they don’t know our children. I know they don’t know our lifestyles. They don’t know how we live. A picture is worth so much more than a thousand words.’
They go on to say they hope the Nikon camera they have helps other people see what kind of a family they are, and that they are not that different from other people’s families.
They close out the video saying, ‘We as parents bring kids into the world and we have to guide them to be better people than we are, and we want them to be better people than we are. And we want them to succeed and do things we weren’t able to do. And those kids have our hearts and I can’t necessarily explain in words why we feel the way that we feel for our children. But those are our kids, and no one else can tell me anything different.’
Props to Nikon for featuring them in their new campaign. Vada wishes their family all the best.