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Denene Millner
New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is a hotly sought-after, award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting, social media and book publishing industries. The former Parenting magazine columnist has penned 22 books, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, co-written with Steve Harvey.

Millner also is the founder and editor of, a critically acclaimed blog that examines the intersection of parenting and motherhood through the multicultural experience. Under Millner’s leadership, MyBrownBaby has won numerous awards and enjoyed recognition as a Top Mom Blog of 2011 and 2012 by, solidifying it as one of the most respected and celebrated niche blogs on the web.

Millner frequently contributes as an entertainment writer for Essence, Ebony and Jet; her extensive television experience includes appearances on the The Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show, HLN, MSNBC and the Rachel Ray show. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters.

Entries by Denene Millner

What My Daddy Taught Me About Love And Renewal

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Daddy lives in a quaint house in the same bucolic town, on the same country road, next door to the house in which he was born and raised. There is history there. His history. It dances in the rustle of the leaves on the grand oak that's stood sentry on...

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Beyonce's First Time Out With Blue Ivy: Remembering the Newborn-In-Public Jitters

(28) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM

I can't explain why, but pictures of Beyonce and Jay-Z taking their 7-week-old, Blue Ivy Carter, out on a lunchtime stroll in New York City for the first time this past weekend dug up all kinds of crazy memories of me hoarding my then-newborn, Mari, in our apartment -- too...

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Finding True Love On Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM

This is the way it seemed to always work: A few weeks before Valentine's Day, whatever loser I was dating at the time would break up with the kid. For just the most random of reasons.

I feel like we need to slow down and be friends.

You're a great...

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Birthing While Black: An Experience I'll Never Forget

(720) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 1:41 PM

There are a ton of things I'll never forget about the first time I gave birth -- showing up with a Donny Hathaway CD in one hand, a beautiful "going home" dress and blanket handpicked special for my daughter in the other, being scared to death of the epidural needle...

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Cry It Out: The Method That Kills Baby Brain Cells

(144) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 11:07 AM

I know. A dramatic headline. Made you look. But it's not fiction. It turns out that the "Cry It Out" method of baby sleep training, where you ignore that your kid is screaming, crying and turning 40 shades of purple so that she can break herself out of the habit...

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Hair Touching

(11) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 11:22 AM

She was in her early 30s when she passed away from complications associated with diabetes and we were all in deep mourning as we sat in her mother's living room, waiting for the limousine that would ride us to her farewell. Memories were exchanged. There were tears, of course. And...

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