"Daughters Need Fathers"

The daughter of late rapper Young Dolph is making her mark in the fashion industry with her new line. The Aria Collection of the Black Men Deserve To Grow Old (BMDTG) brand is Aria’s way of paying tribute to her father.



The Aria Collection made its debut on what would have been Young Dolph’s thirty-seventh birthday. The rapper was murdered while giving turkeys to the less fortunate in his hometown of Memphis in 2021. Young Dolph was in town for the holiday season when individuals some believe were paid to execute him murdered the recording artist.

“It’s been extremely difficult, just having to pick up the pieces and to find the strength for my children, most importantly,” Young Dolph’s longtime partner and the mother of his two children, Mia Jaye, shared. “That is the one thing to Adolph and myself that we felt we had a duty to protect them, raise them, and do so much for them together,” Mia said. “Now that he’s no longer here, it’s tough for me to be strong for them and also be strong for myself,” the bereaved mother revealed.


“Adolph was my soul mate and when I say they stole my future, it has taken a long time to iron out the kinks,” Mia Jaye shared with the press. “Being with a celebrity — someone who is very busy that’s on the road a lot — family can take a back seat. He finally made the sacrifices and was present.”

Aria has been working through the grief that comes with losing a loved one with the help of art therapy sessions. The designs from The Aria Collection feature some of the drawings she created. The youngster also wrote a poem expressing her feelings about losing her father at such a young age.

“Daughters need Fathers so we can enjoy life together,” Aria’s poem reads. “Daughters need Fathers so we can have a good time together,” the rhyme adds. “Daughters need Fathers because they love you like a shining beautiful star,” the poem continues. “I am the daughter of Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. and I needed my Father,” Aria’s piece ends.


You can learn more about The Aria Collection here!




Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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