Photo credit: Twitter - @BennyHarlem

Photo credit: Twitter – @BennyHarlem

The internet is abuzz with New York and Los Angeles based artist Benny Harlem and his daughter Jaxyn, who flaunt almost identical heads of hair in their social media photo shares, which have attracted over 143K followers. Media outlets have taken notice, and Harlem has been gracious and inspiring in the interviews he has granted.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Harlem said he and Jaxyn decided to share their special bond on social media to “bring that feeling of family and fatherhood back,” inspired by the TV sitcom shows he grew up watching.

“Social media had become the new nightly show so I want to put positivity on the mind of our fathers. We are the foundation behind the future,” he said, hoping the images will help his daughter to love herself, adding, “As a woman, she needs to know how to believe in herself first before anyone or anything.”

Harlem told XO Necole that he puts his daughter on a pedestal and wants to act as a positive role model for her at all times.

“What my daughter knows is that if she loves herself first, love will align in her friendships, relationships, and all aspects of her life,” he said, “She’s a beautiful girl who’s gonna be a pretty woman, but I teach her to love herself first. She doesn’t need to seek that in a man or from watching TV or her friends. I teach her to walk in her natural elegance, and I make it a point to show her that she’s protected daily. That way, she remains fearless.”

Encouraging Jaxyn to embrace her natural hair just like her dad is part of that daily message of self-respect and self-love.

“I don’t think the movement of men growing their hair is as big as it can be, but I’m hoping more men will find pride in growing their hair out and wearing it as a crown of glory…you look in the mirror and you see your crown,” he told PAPER magazine. “I don’t see myself cutting it, but things happen and things change. I don’t know if I would do that, but I don’t want to speak too soon, either.”

This father of two daughters is very appreciative. See more incredible shots below:

Photo credit: Twitter - @BennyHarlem

Photo credit: Twitter – @BennyHarlem

Photo credit: Twitter - @BennyHarlem

Photo credit: Twitter – @BennyHarlem

Photo credit: Twitter - @BennyHarlem

Photo credit: Twitter – @BennyHarlem

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  • Sol Rothstein

    HOW is it that BLACK MEN can grow NATURAL LONG HAIR…but BLACK WOMEN cannot…hehe

    NO Fake White women hair/weave here.

    BLACK WOMEN need to take NOTES…

    Stop BUYING HAIR and grow your own…

    DROPS FUCKING MIC…on all Black women !!!

    • https://disqus.com/home/channel/realitytvcelebrities/ Dunit
    • hidaya

      LOLOL

      He need to stop taking pictures and write a book on his hair tips! NOW! Black women are thin haired and bald while HE is a male Pocahontas! #malePocahontas

    • Alicia Lee

      Sol, your ignorant statement is so wrong in many ways. After you’ve checked the link below posted by Dunit, go meet actual black people and see how incorrect your words are and try saying everything you just said in that post and let me know how that works out for you. *Hands you the mic back*

      Weave’s were 1st worn by Kings/Queens and other members of the “higher societies” of British governments, then worn by the Brit’s that stole America, you know the first settlers who stole slaves and wouldn’t let them eat, let alone take care of their hair.
      Not every black woman buys hair.

      Not all white women have long hair or can grow it long. As well as many women of other races/nationalities. In fact, my white co-worker wears hair pieces in her hair b/c it’s very thin and fragile.

      Besides you idiot, the weaves/extensions are made of either synthetic fibers, like kanekalon or are from Brazilian or Indian hairs, to name a few. White women hairs are good enough.

      Now, click here and tell me who wears someone else’s hair or a stand in material…
      http://www.sallybeauty.com/synthetic-hair-extensions/Hair16-02,default,sc.html

      • Wendy

        Don’t bother trying to educate her….Her comment shows her ignorance and lack of intelligence.

        • cupcake333

          sol is a self hatng gay man use to be called NIGG NEWTON he is so jealous of blacks period and he got a fake pic up
          he is so uneducated bout black culture lol

      • Sol Rothstein

        You are sending me a BLACK MAN all around the world, when I can simply walk through any MALL in America and see more BLACK WOMEN with Fake White women Hair/Weave.

        The $12 Billion Dollar Human Hair Industry is based on BLACK WOMEN purchasing 99% of the products.

        • cupcake333

          GO ON AND SIT DOWN NIGG NEWTON .. YOUR a troll and gay man .. no one cares we hear many kkk members and bitter gays online nutin special . get ajob and handle your bills .. and your sick family etc get off the net tryin to hurt black females cause we are queens and we come from royality . .we are no faker then white females whom look like trannys kim k melody griffen joan rivers , britney spears , all have wearve , botox, false lashes burnt skin tring to get our pretty skin and teeth and our hair .. i seen man black men with hair like that black women to …. i dont see no cindy crafords in poor white neigborhoods ok? save all your lie and battle crys sound jealous AND WE BLACK FOLK LOVE JEALOUSY CAUSE WE KNOW WE ARE GREAT …
          WHEN WE ANGER A DIK , JEALOUS GAY BITTER FOOL LIKE U

          SOOO STOP EMBARRASSNG YOURSELF PLEASE

          • Sol Rothstein

            Please leave me alone…

            Nigg NEWTON is not coming back online, he has Gotten too big for BLACK SITES now. I am going back to my other work…

            YOU BLACK WOMEN are not worth the trouble. I don’t care about BLACK WOMEN.

  • Janice Hunter

    Simply, gorgeous! Father and Daughter naturally beautiful, she’s proud to be his daughter and he’s proud to be her father! I Love my people!

    • Jason

      Congrats to these two. This is a wonderful story, and the images are beautiful. When I first saw him I thought about Morris Chestnut mixed with Chaka Khan/Diana Ross. In all seriousness – this is wonderful.

      BTW – I am jealous because of my bald head.

  • FuZ

    Other than being a true father, the pics are for the hollow heads.

  • Oneluv918

    Sol Rothstein you are a sad, wretched person. This was a beautiful story of self love and wonderful parenting and the first thing you think of is to slam black women for wearing weave? What led you to think of such after reading this story and seeing these beautiful pics. However a black woman chooses to wear their hair, natural, permed, braids, weaves what business is it of yours. I know white women that their hair is so thin they have to tease it to make it look like they have any but so what? You can just pic that MIC right back up and put it up your behind because you did nothing special but showed your racist mentality. Black women wear weave for many different reasons and not having hair is the least of them. Oh, and please don’t think for a second that white women aren’t wearing weave as well. I would suggest that you stop worrying about black women’s hair and use that time to go educate yourself, learn about culture and try please to find some class and dignity. Now as I said before pic that MIC back up because if you think black women “can’t” grow long hair you are sadly mistaken. Ignorance is rampant in America and you are a prime example. SIT DOWN SOL ROTHSTEIN take a seat…

  • Shawn

    The majority of Black women today cant grow long hair because most of them are too lazy to actually take care of their hair properly. Most of them would rather look like apes with colored wigs or weave on their heads, like in the planet of the apes. The funny thing they always look like Bozo the clown with all the cheap, fake, the fake hair is completely opposite of their own hair texture but they would never want to hear the truth. On top of that it never looks natural and they actually spend alot of money to look like “cousin it” from the Addams family.

    Today too many of our black women are so over weight along with wearing cheap horrible looking weaves. Its like they’ve given up on being simply pretty without all the extra crap on their heads. When will being thin, pretty, and having your own hair come back in style for black women?

    Please just straighten your hair with a pressing comb, or a flat iron once per week. Keep it simple; washed once weekly, conditioned, and lightly oiled and moisturized with a natural product that is good for black hair. Ask yourself a question, how was it black women in the 40s,50s,60s, 70s, 80s and 90s had nice hair and most today most look like bald eagles and the men have a better quality of hair than our women?

    Lets read the ton of excuses instead of looking at the reality of the situation and making positive changes to be able save money verses buying junk weaves and instead having our own nice thick beautiful hair that’s growing from our own scalps not glued in or woven into our heads.

    Think if all of these women grew their own hair and did’nt buy weave, we would have billions of dollars to invest into our own communities, improve the funding for our schools, and perhaps fund after school programs and extra curriculum learning programs. Be able to invest money away for our future or our children’s college or trade school education. Imagine if we valued formal and marketable skills trade education for ourselves verses buying weaves?