About H.U.F. Awards
The H.U.F. (Honoring Unsung Fathers) Awards is a special Father’s Day annual event, created and hosted by Judge Mablean Ephriam. Judge Mablean believes in the sanctity of marriage and parenthood. Issues surrounding family, especially the presence of a strong, loving and hard working father is very dear to Judge Mablean. She strongly believes that the positive interaction between a supportive and caring father and his child(ren), nurtures the inner spirit, and paves the way toward healthy adulthood and a better society.
Presiding over [real] divorce cases on Fox TV Divorce Court, Judge Mablean had seen and heard it all. Issues surrounding family, especially the presence of a strong, loving and hard working father is very dear to her. She strongly believes that the positive interaction between a supportive and caring father and his child(ren), nurtures the inner spirit, and paves the way toward healthy adulthood and society. However, the courtroom was proving otherwise. With heart-breaking cases, feuding parents standing before her and innocent children as puns, Judge Mablean had seen enough. She decided that she was going to become a catalyst for family “dining” time. Thus, became the birth of Honoring Unsung Fathers.
What started as an annual Mother’s Day Vs Father’s Day—“sibling rivalry” competition amongst brothers and sisters, in-laws, [some] nieces and nephews; later on transcending into an intimate jazz brunch for fathers only hosted by Judge Mablean at her home (humble beginnings), has now become a ‘must attend’ affair. Gaining notoriety, the H.U.F. Awards has been a sellout with exponential growth each year.
The mission of the Awards is to identify and recognize fathers who play a vital role in the development of their child(ren) lives.
The purpose is to reach out to families and communities to celebrate fathers and make Father’s Day as special as Mother’s Day; to encourage and promote positive fatherhood by spotlighting fathers who accept their role and responsibility and do it well.
Honoring Unsung Fathers
The undertaking of the awards is to identify and recognize fathers who play a vital role in the development of their child(ren) lives with the intentions of reaching out to families and communities to perpetuate good quality and responsible attributes of African American and Latino/Hispanic fathers; to encourage and promote positive fathers by spotlighting fathers who accept their role and responsibility, and does it well.
Awards are given in the following categories: Solo Warrior (the father who never married the child’s mother and who is the primary custodial parent); Love Cares (the married father, living in the home); Fatherhood Forever (the divorced father, who divorced the mother, not the children); The Village Dad (the non-biological father who stepped into the shoes of father); and the Living Legacy (the elderly father, the role model for all other fathers). The winners of these awards are nominated by their children, wives, ex-wives, parents, siblings, other relatives, friends, coworkers and others who know and admire their great qualities. Nominees are primarily from Los Angeles County, but are not limited to Los Angeles County.
In addition to these categories, the Founder, Judge Mablean, presents a Founder’s Award to a father hand-picked by her and the Board of Directors also selects a father to receive its award.
All nominees must be current in child support, have no history of child support arrears, domestic violence, child abuse or sexual assault.
Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted until May 19, 2017.