Category: Justice

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 »

Charleston Church Massacre: Blackhawks coverage trumped Black lives?

Charleston Church Massacre: Blackhawks coverage trumped Black lives?
I heard about the Charleston Church Massacre via Facebook. I found some articles posted on my friend’s site. Nine innocent black victims were gunned down in an historic Charleston South Carolina church; An apparent hate crime carried out by a 21 year old white terrorist. At the time, a manhunt was launched to find the... 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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Let's Celebrate, National Be Kind to Black Men Day

Let's Celebrate, National Be Kind to Black Men Day
Given the state of our national affairs, I propose a new holiday, “National Be Kind to Black Men Day”. Why? It seems like Black men are the new target in America. Oh! let me take that back. They aren’t the new target,  They have always been the target. But we’re in the new millennium, so... Read more »

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 »
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Nelson Mandela: A mother’s fable comes true

Nelson Mandela: A mother’s fable comes true
In Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Road to Freedom, he reminisced about the stories and fables told to him by his mother. “Whereas my father once told stories of historic battles and heroic Xhosa warriors, my mother would enchant us with Xhosa legends and fables that had come down from numberless generations. These tales stimulated my... Read more »

The whitewashing of slavery in our schools. I've seen it myself. VIDEO

The whitewashing of slavery in our schools. I've seen it myself. VIDEO
Parents, do you know what your schools are teaching about slavery? What do you know about it? Do you think it is a valuable part of American history or a cruel and painful period that should be minimized or forgotten for the sake of “moving on”? The movie “12 Years a Slave” [See video below]... 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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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 »
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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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