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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 · 10 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 · 9 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 · 91 Comments

ABD #10

2,000 words. A dance class. A soccer practice. A migraine. Talk to y’all tomorrow.

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

What We Shouldn’t Tell Our Children About the Trayvon Martin Verdict

 – written by my sista Salina Gray I’ M saddened and actually surprised by the number of people who carry such FEAR and worry into their parenting. And what’s most … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why I Find It Hard to “Celebrate” Roe v. Wade

Reblogging, January 22, 2014 January 23, 2013 I am many things. I am a woman. I am a mother. I am black woman and mother to black kids. I am … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

Where are their comfort dogs?

At first, I thought that comparing the experiences of the slain children in Newtown to the slain black and brown children across this country was insensitive. I thought that it … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

In memoriam: Remember their names

First graders. Teachers. Principal. Psychologist. Charlotte Bacon, 6, Daniel Barden, 7, Olivia Engel, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6, Dylan Hockley, 6, Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, Catherine V. … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 2 Comments
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