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Black Mothers

A Politics of (Dis)Respectability

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

#BlackLivesMatter leaders are advocates. In light of the incessant number of shootings of black women, men, girls and boys, they are acting out. T...

Why I No Longer Hide The Story Behind My Sons' Births

mater mea | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
mater mea

A baby born prematurely isn't necessarily sick or born early because of some disease or drug addiction. Preterm labor can start for any number of reasons. In my case, I had an incompetent cervix that couldn't carry the weight of two growing babies at once.

Isn't It Time We Address the Gap in Multicultural Toys and Books? This Mom Says Yes

mater mea | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
mater mea

My daughter's clear dislike for what she looked like broke my heart. My daughter is beautiful and I want her to know it every time she looks in the mirror. I wondered, do other parents of minority children share this same experience?

Too Much, Too Soon

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Whether biological, adoptive, spiritual or communal, mother and father figures have in our might the power to shape society's next thinkers and change-agents. Yet, sometimes parents get it wrong.

Why I'm Absolutely An Angry Black Woman

Dominique Matti | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

Because I am not seen as a woman. Because they don't care about my pain. Because they don't believe in my pain. Because they forgive themselves without atoning. Because I'm not free. Because I want more. Because I deserve better.

The Conversation I'm Afraid To Have With My 5-Year-Old About His Dad and Brother

mater mea | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
mater mea

I grew up with stepparents and siblings who had different fathers, and there was no shame or confusion among us. But there were awkward and sometimes embarrassing moments when people tried to figure us out.

A Touching Celebration Of Modern Black Motherhood

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices

Blogger Brandi Riley is sharing a view of modern black motherhood with a beautiful collection of mommy moments. A photo posted by Brandi Je...

The Painful Lesson My Little Girl Learned When She Heard The N-Word For The First Time

Shay Stewart-Bouley | Posted 06.07.2015 | Black Voices
Shay Stewart-Bouley

As a mixed-raced family in a white space, the reality is that anytime we leave our house as a family, we risk incurring the wrath of the ignorant. To partake in the joys of the first treats of spring can turn ugly without notice and, sadly, a visit to Maine's most populous city yesterday was the day when the ugly became personal.

And We Deserve to Twinkle

Ivy Nyayieka | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Ivy Nyayieka

Every time someone asks me whether I would like to move back home when I finish school, I say, "I don't know." But I say it in the way I say things that my heart knows but my brain is opposing. It scares me which tragedy humanity would bestow my sons if I raised them in the U.S, and which tragedy my daughters if I raised them in Kenya.

Having The Race Talk With My 4- And 21-Year-Old Sons

mater mea | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
mater mea

The challenge is knowing when to tell your child that the world looks at you differently, that it isn't fair, and that your very life may be in danger because of what you look like. After you figure out when to unleash that heartbreak, you have to be prepared to fortify them and help them learn that they are strong, beautiful, and worthy of better.

Why I Decided To Adopt Without A Partner

mater mea | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
mater mea

Having followed all of the rules, I had become simultaneously desirable and unattainable. This, dear friends, is the great contradiction of my generation.

A Mother's Tears: Open Letter to Mothers of Color

Mardra Sikora | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

When someone we love is robbed from us, it feels like the world should stop. Actually, it does. For a moment. And we look around us, jealous that others are still living, working and being alive.

Police and Black Men Are At War, And The Two Men I Love Are On The Battlefield

Jennifer Borget | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Borget

My husband always has the option of changing careers. My son can never change who he is. But my son and other black boys need allies in uniform to protect him. Allies like his father.

Actress Taraji P. Henson's Heartfelt Message To Mike Brown's Mother

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.10.2014 | Black Voices

As an African-American mother herself, Taraji P. Henson feels for Lesley McSpadden who lost her son Mike Brown last month in Ferguson, Missouri. But w...

Study Suggests Why Black Moms Breastfeed Less Than White Moms

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents

When it comes to breastfeeding, a persistent racial disparity exists: Black mothers have lower breastfeeding rates than white mothers. In 2010, 62 per...

Black Mother Speaks Out: African-American Boys ‘Won't Ever Really Be Safe'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices

Even in the wake of the chaos in Ferguson following Michael Brown’s tragic death, some parents are bringing their children to the fiery protests tha...

17 Rules for Police Dealing With People of Color

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

No more blaming the victim. Here I have a list of Do's and Don'ts to assist police officers in dealing with African Americans and people of color.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Black Mothers Are the Worst?

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Anthonia Akitunde

If Google predicts its auto-completed search terms based on their popularity with users, one has to wonder just what exactly black mothers have done to the world.

One Woman's Adoption Story (And Why She Did It 3 Times)

Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices

Written by Anthonia Akitunde For as long as she can remember, Candace Matthews has always given 100% in all that she does. The youngest of 18 equ...

The Black Mother's Burden

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 05.25.2012 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

I do not know Sybrina Fulton. Nor can I claim to understand the depth of her pain. Yet, we share a deep connection. You see, Ms. Fulton is living my nightmare. A constant worry that has lingered in the back of my mind since the birth of my eldest son, some sixteen years ago.

Black Motherhood Re-Examined: Are We Always Doing Our Best?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Janelle Harris wrote an interesting article at, discussing stereotypes of Black mothers in America. Like everyone else, I thought back to the women who've influenced me in my life, namely my mother, aunts and grandmothers.

Black Parents Quote Tweets Depict Discipline and Love

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

My friend recently told me to check out the black parents quotes trend on Twitter. Reading through the quotes, I noted many familiar phrases I heard growing up from my own loving mother.

Hallmark's Father's Day Card for Black Mothers: Way Off Base

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Hallmark's decision to create a Father's Day card for black women engages in the act of celebrating a dysfunction, increasing the likelihood that the dysfunction eventually becomes as acceptable as the normal state of affairs.

Celebrating Black Motherhood and Families

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Avis Jones-DeWeever

I have a very personal love affair with Black History Month, and I've been encouraged by the stories of unbelievable bravery my mother and grandmother shared with me of their own experiences living in the Jim Crow South.