Real Men Cook to celebrate 21 years

For the past 20 years, ‘Real Men’ have gathered in Chicago to cook on Father’s Day. The annual event, founded by Kofi Moyo and Yvette Moyo-Gillard, is now put on simultaneously in cities around the country. Defender/Sheila Black

Thousands will feast on food Father’s Day that was made by the hands of hundreds of men from throughout the Chicagoland area.

The 21st annual Real Men Cook event will take place Sunday on the grounds of Kennedy-King College at 63rd Street and Halsted Avenue.

The annual community event, held simultaneously in several cities around the country, is the brainchild of former husband-and-wife team Kofi and Yvette Moyo.

In 1989, the couple invited families to their home for a potluck feast. The event has grown over the years and garnered national attention for its effort to inspire, promote and uplift positive African American fathers as role models for their families and their communities.

Patrons of this year’s event will be entertained by singers Letoya Luckett, Slim and girl R&B group SWV. Free health screenings and a children’s pavilion will also be on site.

Real Men Cook in New York will include actor Anthony Anderson. The Atlanta event will include American Idol Ruben Studdard and Chef Jeff Henderson will head the feast in Dallas.

 Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender.

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