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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

“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

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

Iā€™m not a cultural critic. My expertise lies not in culture as conceived by many cultural critics ā€“ pop culture ā€“ but in culture as conceived by sociologists and legal … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 92 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 · 3 Comments

Is the high black abortion rate a problem?

I’ll spare you the suspense: I think not. Now read on for the rest. Here’s my position: I’ve never had an abortion. And I don’t think I ever will. I … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · 2 Comments

Media Monday

Council on Contemporary Families Releases “Unconventional Wisdom” on Family Diversity One of the most unconventional findings was that “the darker an African American or Latino student rated his own skin … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Mama Media Monday

There is a lot going on with cocoa mamas in the news every week, so I’ve decided to set aside Mondays to talk about a few of them. Here’s what’s … Continue reading

April 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Reclaiming the Narrative

Written by CocoaMamas contributor Rachel Broadwater; a version of this first appeared on Love Isn’t Enough here & here. After years of black motherhood being equated with abandonment and neglect, … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

the personal is political

- on the occasion of attending my first Donna Brazile talk and moments before composing tomorrow’s lecture on Sade In 1988, at the tender age of 9, I campaigned for … Continue reading

February 8, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Lottery

In the era of education standards and accountability, the debate regarding the potential of charter schools to reform American public education, particularly for children of color, has heated up. Against … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 10 Comments
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