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These Girl Dads Are Keeping The Boss Moves In The Family

Get into these father-daughter duos winning in entrepreneurship and leadership.

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A father-daughter business is something that we all can be proud of especially at a time like Father's Day. And who doesn't love a girl dad? (They definitely get more than their share of love on social. Just look up the hashtag, sis. There are millions of tear-inspiring, super-sweet images to swoon about on Instagram alone.)


Hey, you gotta love the men who not only take care of their families but instill entrepreneurial values and create opportunities for their daughters to get to those coins and prosper. Take a look at a few awesome father-daughter duos who are not only working together on building initiatives, businesses, and platforms, but are just the cutest example of girl-dad love:

Entertainment: Jamie Foxx and Corinne Foxx

Jamie Foxx is obviously a Hollywood OG, and we all know this Oscar winner from his hilarious roles---In Living Color, Booty Call, and The Jamie Foxx Show---and his amazingly powerful dramatic roles---Ray, Django Unchained, and Dreamgirls. We also know him for his musical gifts with hits like "Blame It" and "Unpredictable." He's a boss as well, having recently inked a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to co-produce shows and films. He's partnered with his daughter, Corinne Foxx, to produce the Netflix comedy Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me! These two truly keep business in the family as they also star together in the Fox gameshow Beat Shazam. Reportedly, Jamie and Corinne have a net worth of $100 million and $10 million respectively -- talk about money moves!

Bath & Body: Bobby Hand and Brooklynne Hand

With shops in Maryland and an online base for customers, their line of handmade bath and body products, BrookieGirl, includes bath bombs, teas, soaps, butters and mists, and even includes beard oil for the fellas. Bobby and his teen daughter Brooklynne launched the business, and it's a family affair with mom, Shaun also an active part of keeping the business growing.

Philanthropy: Ron Johnson and Kamryn Johnson

Kamryn Johnson made news headlines when, at nine, she was able to rally with friends and get the help of her dad, Ron, a former NFL player, to raise almost $100,000 to support Black businesses rebounding from the challenges of the pandemic. She and her friends sold bracelets at a stand, and Ron started a GoFundMe to help in the efforts to reach their goals. Talk about a young philanthropic powerhouse!

Fashion: Kevan Hall and Asia Hall

Asia Hall used to sit front row as a child while watching her father's visions slay runways at Fashion Week, and today she's CEO of her own super-cool fashion-tech brand, Neon Cowboys. Kevan is a legend in the couture game, having served as creative director for Halston (the luxury fashion house, not the show, sis). Both he and Asia showcased their collections this year via the CFDA's Runway360 platform---his filled with fab special occasion dresses and hers filled with spicy neon numbers that give Megan Thee Stallion fierceness.

Restaurants & Real Estate: Michael Byrd and Stephanie Byrd

For the Byrds, owning restaurants, rebuilding urban communities, and tapping into real estate is a family affair: Michael is owner of historic Detroit eatery Flood's Bar and Grill as well as co-owner of Woodward Garden Block Development, a massive span of buildings that include upscale residences and restaurants. His daughter Stephanie now serves as co-owner of Flood's, as well as the historic Garden Theater, which hosts weddings and other large-scale events, and The Block Neighborhood Bar and Grill.

Mission-Led Apparel: Jason Harris and Lena Harris

This father-daughter team started 195essential, a mission-focused T-shirt brand that sparked from Lena's idea to advocate for essential workers impacted by COVID-19. The brand has expanded to focus on diverse social issues and gives back to the tune of at least 10 percent of their profits to raise awareness and fund community initiatives for change. Their T-shirts represent messaging in support of advocacy including Pride, human rights, environmental activism, and voting.

Food: Bobby Morelli and Brooklyn Morelli

Dad Bobby is an entrepreneur and recording artist who went into business with his young daughter to launch a lucrative hot dog joint in Chi-town called The Hot Dog Box. Offering wild, lux and classic options like the Salmon Dog, the Brownsville Bourbon Filet Mignon Steak Dog, and the Chicago Style, this is a growing business that is expanding from its small shipping container to a larger restaurant near Chicago's famous Portage Park.

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A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

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To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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