As a licensed undertaker, Tiffany Pollack is painfully familiar with the consequences of violent abuse. As a mother, she is intimately aware of her genesis. As an award-winning songwriter and performer, she has a platform to share a very personal and poignant message.
Reflections on the vicious cycle of abuse seen in a retrospective of the life and death of a childhood acquaintance inspired Pollack to examine the tragic effects of toxic masculinity over generations. As society conditions boys for violence by expecting men to be “tough,” a traumatic and seemingly endless cycle has arisen.
Pollack found a brotherhood of passion and purpose with Nola Blue Records President Sallie Bengtson as the two mothers shared their experiences navigating the emotional minefields of raising their own sons. The women reached out to yet another soul mate and “mommy boy,” reigning queen of contemporary blues, Shemekia Copeland, who says, “Mamas… listen with your ears and with all your heart to this mighty song. [‘Baby Boys’]. Because no matter how hard we try, there’s a nasty old world out there waiting to grab our baby boys straight from our arms. Hopefully this wonderful song can help a few other baby boys grow into men who would make any mom proud. “
Pollack is deliberately extending its focus beyond the problems to be part of the solution as well. As such, all profits from his single “Baby Boys”, featured on the upcoming album Bayou Liberty– July 16, will be donated to the Audrey Hepburn Center for the Assessment of Children at Risk (CARE) in New Orleans, a comprehensive child abuse center offering cutting-edge pediatric forensic assessments. The CARE Center is active in the treatment, consultation, prevention, training, education and research of abused children, including victims of physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse. Pollack knows firsthand the power of their programs through the eyes of a friend who received excellent support there when his little girl was sexually assaulted.
“Being a parent is the hardest job there is. What happens to our children in childhood is the foundation for the rest of their lives. This is the ground on which they stand. Make that soil solid so it doesn’t swallow them, ”says Pollack.
Great advice from a mom who undoubtedly knows the best.
For more information on Tiffany, check out her website here.
Photo by Andrew Pollack