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To My Prince and Queen: Do Not Be Afraid

To my children, my Prince and my Queen, This week you returned back home from spending the summer with your grandparents. For eight weeks, you engaged in what so many … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mourning for Gaza

I want to write something poignant and meaningful. I want to offer some deep insight into the latest Israeli offensive against the occupied Palestinian people. I want to say something. … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doc McStuffins Isn’t Enough

Doc McStuffins, Disney’s black doctor character, is a “crossover hit.” Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Blog: Dr. Mama Esq.

New Blog: Dr. Mama Esq. I have a new blog: Dr. Mama Esq.! I recently graduated from Stanford with a JD/PhD, and I know that my journey as a black mother and … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Her Hair is a Mess!

Although I thought this was old news, there is a new picture of the Carters that apparently has some folks critiquing the parents and others, including this well written article, … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 7 Comments

All Black Everything

Uh, and I know it’s just a fantasy I cordially invite you to ask why can’t it be Now we can do nothing bout the past But we can do … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 11 Comments

“Beautiful.” The Single Best Word My Daughter Said Last Night.

Lupita. Lupita. Lupita. We can’t stop saying her name. Can’t stop commenting on how gorgeous she is. Can’t stop focusing on how glamourous she is. Can’t stop raving about her … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Black Girls and the American Girl Doll Dillemma

Today a few friends and I took a field trip to the local mall. Our destination? The new American Girl store, two stories of little girl heaven. We planned to … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 35 Comments

Political Parenting

Yesterday, my daughter told me she wanted to celebrate Kwanzaa. I immediately felt bad; she certainly hadn’t gotten the idea about celebrating Kwanzaa from my husband or myself, and we … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Why My Daughter Will Not Be Listening to “Beyonce.” Or Why I’m Going To Need the New Generation of Black Feminists Who Are Riding Hard for “Beyonce” to Have Several Seats

I’m not a cultural critic. My expertise lies not in culture as conceived by many cultural critics – pop culture – but in culture as conceived by sociologists and legal … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 92 Comments
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