Toby Dawson Meets His Birth Father

March 1st, 2007

Since I wrote about Toby Dawson’s search for birth family during the Olympics, here and here, I also wanted to follow-up with a post about his reunion with his birth father. There is even a video showing their tearful reunion. "I've been waiting for you for a long time," Dawson told his Korean father when they met in front of reporters. His story boggles the mind. It is difficult to comprehend the differences in cultures sometimes, and this story does involve a country with a culture quite different I believe from ours in many respects. Maybe not, but I see it that way. Toby Dawson’s biological father “lost” his son in a market one day when he was… [more]

Interview: D.M.C. Up Close on Adoption

March 25th, 2006
Categories: Celebrity Reunions

by Jan Baker D.M.C., also known as “D,” is Darryl McDaniels, of the legendary rap group Run-D.M.C., the most successful rap group in the history of music. Run-D.M.C. was the first rap group to go gold, the first to earn platinum and multi-platinum albums, the first to star on MTV, and the list of firsts goes on. And Darryl is an adoptee who learned of his adoption as an adult, and searched for and found his birth mother. His story was first told publicly on television in VH1’s recent documentary, “DMC: My Adoption Journey.” As I watched the show, I was left wanting to know more than just the surface story that can be shown on television, so when the opportunity to interview this bigger-than-life celebrity came… [more]