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Black Mothers

I Took My Black Son to See a White Santa, And People Were Mad

Terri Linton | Posted 12.31.2016 | Parents
Terri Linton

It was finally the big day. After weeks of adding items to the list on good days and threatening to tell him of all naughty behavior on bad ones, we ...

The Adoption-Shaming Of Simone Biles Is Why I Never Open Up About My Own

Revelist | Posted 08.23.2016 | Women

There were never any real consequences for keeping my adoption to myself; I never felt like I owed anyone an explanation. Although I talk about my family all of the time, I just consider it easier to omit my adoption.

How Much Do Black Child Lives Matter?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I strongly oppose capital punishment which Blanton and his evil co-conspirators so viciously inflicted. But I do support punishment which at least tries to proximate his heinous crime. This prisoner snuffed out four sacred child lives and escaped punishment for decades. He should die in prison for his inhumane atrocious crime.

Black Mothers Get A Standing Ovation At The DNC

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― When the mothers of black men and women, boys and girls, who have died in racially charged situations took the stage at the 2016 Demo...

Black Motherhood, Misogyny, and Memes

Terri Linton | Posted 06.07.2016 | Black Voices
Terri Linton

The growing trend amongst many of our black male celebrities is to publicly denigrate black women and mothers. Big Boi was the latest to take aim when he posted a meme drawing a comparison between the black mother from the 70s and the one of today.

Joy and Pain: One Film Director Thoughtfully Depicts the Spectrum of Childbirth in the Black Community

Elizabeth Dawes Gay | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Dawes Gay

As we celebrate International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, the documentary The American Dream shares varied maternity experiences in Black women's own voices.

A Politics of (Dis)Respectability

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 01.26.2017 | 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. These...

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

mater mea | Posted 11.20.2016 | 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 11.11.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 10.09.2016 | 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.