In this episode of Listen To Black Women, the panel gets deep about “daddy issues.” They open up about their own fathers — who inspired both pain and joy — and discuss how “daddy issues” show up in relationships and parenting.

Award-winning author and journalist Regina Robertson and celebrated media powerhouse Cori Murray join Listen To Black Women to discuss their book He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers.

“I think people felt lighter from sharing their stories. And you realize that it’s not just you,” says Robertson, who edited the book. With stories contributed by Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King and New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Reece, He Never Came Home explores the range of emotions involved in losing a father from the point of view of daughters left behind.

The ladies speak about growing up in single-parent homes, their relationships with their fathers, and how they’re doing things differently after moving past the trauma.

Cori remembers the day her dad left, and recognized how much that shaped her attitude toward men. Now with a family of her own, she’s happy to see her daughter grow up with a loving and supportive father. “It’s so beautiful to see how much a man can love his little girl,” she says.

Elle was very close to her father, who sadly passed away last year. “He was the greatest father,” she says. “As devastated as I was, I had to realize how grateful and how blessed I am to have had him for the time that I did.”

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