WHEN Brett Blake’s seven-year-old daughter Taliyah asks about her dad mum Natalja and grandmother Jackie offer a child’s explanation.
“We tell her Daddy’s gone to Jesus and that he’s one of the stars looking down on her now,” said Jackie. “I see Brett in her in the way she looks and she accepts our explanation for now but she will be asking more questions as she gets older.”
Jackie also worries about the influence of popular black culture on the next generation of youngsters.
“When you see the way they walk and act hear the music they listen to I don’t think they stand a chance,” said Jackie.
“The way they carry themselves it’s all from TV and films and video games. Right from a very young age there are very few black role models for the young kids to look up to. Brett’s age group are a lost generation. My advice to parents is don’t let them see things that portray black people as gangsters and glorify that lifestyle.
“Look at that film - Get Rich Or Die Trying with the rapper Fifty Cent. He had a huge impact on black kids and to send out that kind of reckless message is terrible.
“It’s saying that it doesn’t matter what you do to get money, even if it means getting killed. We have all copied TV and films as kids and what these kids are seeing and copying is gangster lifestyle.”