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Black Mothers

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

Maya Horgan | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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 Essence.com, 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.

Mother's Day 2010: Mothering on My Mind

Emilie Townes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Emilie Townes

Mother's Day was a high holy day for us when I was growing up. We arrived at church proudly wearing our roses, and the entire service was designed to honor the mothers in the congregation.