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'Being Mary Jane' Producer Shares 'Paranoia' Over His Son's Safety

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.18.2016 | Black Voices

The shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers in Dallas, has inspired producer-director Salim Akil to write an ope...

When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot And Dying On TV

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

Kids are watching people, real people, die on their TV and computer screens. If not on cable news, then on YouTube, and no one can comfort them with the assurance that after the video ends the people they see will get up and go home laughing.

9 Famous Black Parents Share Emotional Responses To Tragic Week

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents

In the span of just one week, the news of three deadly shootings have rocked the nation. Early Tuesday morning, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black ma...

Is This Black Parenting Magazine Racist?

Janice Celeste | Posted 06.26.2016 | Black Voices
Janice Celeste

If you think this magazine is racist, you might just be a racist. Successful Black Parenting has been getting a few comments on social media from non-...

A Letter to My Magical Black Child

Derecka Purnell | Posted 02.19.2016 | Black Voices
Derecka Purnell

Throughout my pregnancy, I became much more radicalized and unapologetic in the life that I wanted for my child. I watched Michael Dunn's trial that summer as well. A few days before I went into labor, I wrote the following letter to my son, Grandon

The Black Dad That You Don't Think Exists

Dominique Matti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

The black dad that you don't think exists is nurturing. He is soft. He is kind. Gentle. Thoughtful. Hardworking. Dedicated. Creative. Sleep-deprived. Caring. Devoted. Well-informed. Present. The black dad that you don't think exists does. And he is not an anomaly.

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.

An Open Letter to My Son With Brown Skin

Apryl Beverly | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Apryl Beverly

Dear son: It hurts my heart to tell you this. The fact is, some people in this country will first and foremost only see your chocolate skin. And they will judge you for it. They won't want to hear what you have to say. All that will matter to them is your skin tone.

Black People Aren't Allowed to Be Human

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

There is no room for humanness when you are expected to behave in a subservient way in every and any circumstance.

Ebola: Reflections of a Black Parent

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Although the prospects of our son contracting Ebola are remote, his mother and I still worry about his health and safety. Yet we respect his desire to make the world a better place even if it means putting himself in harm's way. As a parent and lifelong educator, I must admit it gives me a sense of pride.

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...

What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police

Gawker | Jazmine Hughes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices

A Tumblr quote floated over to me about around the time of Trayvon Martin's murder, from a Jonathan Lethem book that I've never read (The Fortress of ...

Stop Blaming Black Parents For Underachieving Kids

The Washington Post | Andre M. Perry | Posted 07.31.2014 | Black Voices

Mayors, teachers unions, and news commentators have boiled down the academic achievement gap between white and black students to one root cause: paren...

Time for Black Parents to Update 'The Talk'

Mike Green | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Mike Green

"The talk" we inherited from the 20th century was based upon fear. The talk of the 21st century should include vision, encouragement, enlightenment and awareness of the new economic game and how to compete in a knowledge-based, tech-driven, globally competitive innovation economy.

A Black Mother's Prayer

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ama Yawson

While parents of all races pray that teachers will appreciate their children's talents and that classmates will not bully their children about weight, glasses, etc., African-American parents, in particular, pray that their children will not experience race and color-related trauma.

Father To Son

Steve Pemberton | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Steve Pemberton

Here, on your 13th birthday, it's time for The Talk. No, not the one about the birds and bees. We've had that one. The other one-about what it means to be a young, black male in this country.

Parenting Like FLOTUS--Raising Black Women in Training

Ylonda Caviness | Posted 12.01.2012 | Black Voices
Ylonda Caviness

I am guessing from the way Michelle Obama is raising Sasha and Malia, she and I share similar backgrounds. I find nothing remarkably strict in her parenting. It mirrors my own. My daughters are 11 and 14, same as the First Daughters.

Trayvon Martin Case Presents an Unfortunate Reality

Etan Thomas | Posted 05.22.2012 | Black Voices
Etan Thomas

My son Malcolm is six years old. He is a fun loving kid, loves sports, Avatar The Last Airbender and swimming. Everyone thinks he is adorable. But soon, I have to explain to him that he will not always be viewed as a cute little kid. That as he gets older, he will be looked at as a threat.

Welcome to BlackVoices Parenting

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 12.04.2011 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

With HuffPost BlackVoices's month-long Parenting section, we hope to help you maximize your family time, and minimize the time you spend feeling frustrated by budgets and behavior and getting your kid to eat broccoli.

California Adoption -- Why Is It So Hard to Adopt From Foster Care?

Jeff Katz | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jeff Katz

When James and his wife Stephanie, an attorney and bank compliance officer, decided in early 2009 to adopt a daughter through foster care, he assumed it would be pretty easy. James was wrong.