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Jesse Williams' Speech at the BET Awards: A Black Parent's Perspective

Jesse Williams' Speech at the BET Awards: A Black Parent's Perspective
I don’t do BET often. In fact, it had been close to a decade since I watched the network channel. I felt I grew out of it, put away childish things and settled on networks like OWN and the History Channel. But last night was an exception. The BET Awards was doing a Prince tribute... Read more »

She called her baby a bitch.

She called her baby a bitch.
My family and I were walking out of the convention hall after spending a couple of hours at the annual car show. Hundreds of people were entering and exiting. A family of six briskly followed the herd in front of us. Two women, one twenty-something, the other early 40’s, had four kids under twelve in... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Little League: Chicago Champions or Target Practice?

Jackie Robinson West Little League: Chicago Champions or Target Practice?
This wonderful photograph of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, out of uniform, is making its rounds on the Internet. Their smiling faces grace the pages of the December issue of Chicago Magazine, with the distinctive honor of being named “Chicagoans of the Year 2014”. Congratulations to them! These kids remind me of the... Read more »
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Endia Martin tragedy: A letter to girls who'd fight (or kill) over a boy

Endia Martin tragedy: A letter to girls who'd fight (or kill) over a boy
My Dear Young Sisters, I sit here at a loss for words regarding the shooting death of 14 year-old Endia Martin (full shot) by her supposedly friend of the same age (whose name is being withheld), over a poot-butt 17 year-old boy. I’m just speechless… sad, hurt and very angry. I bet you are too.... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Trayvon; This mom will never forget. [Video]

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Last year my friend and colleague Darryl Duncan wrote and produced this song and video in honor of Trayvon Martin and countless innocent children killed by violence.You know the story. Trayvon was an unarmed teen gunned down by George Zimmerman, an overzealous neighborhood watch volunteer who was later acquitted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter... Read more »

Gang fight: Six Against Two

Gang fight: Six Against Two
I was 14 years old. Finished performing at my school talent show. My group was called “Pocketful of Soul” I was feeling light and happy that Spring evening. We won second place. My little Puppy Love, decided to walk me home afterwards. As we crossed the street, we saw a bunch of guys walking towards... Read more »
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African-American parents hold it down in Englewood

African-American parents hold it down in Englewood
 In light of all the negative reports about our violent Chicago neighborhoods, one reporter is making sure the good news gets the light of day. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker interviews African-American parents in Englewood who are making a positive difference in the lives of their children in the midst of the turmoil. Good law abiding ... Read more »

Grown folks killing kids: Makes me wanna kill a mutha...

Grown folks killing kids: Makes me wanna kill a mutha...
I remember going to school with a little girl named Becky Beck. She was much younger than me, a little annoying but just a seven-year-old who was caught in between a bitter custody battle. One day our school headmaster gathered all of the students together and informed us that Becky’s dad, a mild mannered frumpy... Read more »

The Dream Defenders: Florida youth occupy the Tallahassee statehouse after the Trayvon Martin trial

The Dream Defenders: Florida youth occupy the Tallahassee statehouse after the Trayvon Martin trial
This is an example of the good that is emerging from the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The Dream Defenders: African-American and Latino youth as well as supporters are standing their ground against Florida state government. They are “raising hell” in a good way by swarming Governor Rick Scott’s office demanding that he allow the passing and... Read more »
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Zimmerman verdict: Wise words from moms of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till

Zimmerman verdict: Wise words from moms of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till
In Romans 8:28 of the Bible, it states that  “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” But it is hard to see the good after the George Zimmerman verdict of not guilty.  Good is not always revealed to us immediately after... Read more »
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    I pursued a satisfying career in the advertising industry, served as a volunteer mentor and parent educator at my two (now grown up) sons' schools and have actually stayed happily married for over a quarter of a century. However, my most gratifying achievement was raising my sons well. I'm not saying there wasn't a little bit of hell raising going on, but you live and learn. Now I'm passing the knowledge on to you. My goal is to turn these nuggets of wisdom into reference books for parents.

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