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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 »

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 »

Learning history from Jet magazine under my Granny's shadow

Learning history from Jet magazine under my Granny's shadow
Jet magazine was my childhood encyclopedia to real black life. I still  remember the smell of pecans and walnuts in the wooden drawer of the inlay vanity in my Great Granny’s room. Yes, the smell of it with faint perfume of a bygone era, mixed with bobby pins cloaked me in a wave of bittersweet... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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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Healthcare.gov throws in a monkey wrench (Still glad I enrolled)

Healthcare.gov throws in a monkey wrench (Still glad I enrolled)
It’s four days later and I am still a little freaked out about my multi-day ordeal trying to get Affordable Health Care insurance for my family.   My first foray was in October when the Healthcare.gov website seemed to self destruct. Two months later,  I attempted to register again before December 23 so that our insurance... Read more »

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 »

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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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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    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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