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Roleen Demmings

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Roleen is an elementary school teacher and a fitness instructor. She created Baddie Cardio, an intense workout series, powered by popular hip-hop, latin and reggae music. Roleen resides on the westside of Indianapolis with her husband, Antoine and their three children: Reya, Maxwell and Aria. She enjoys hosting epic themed parties, composing educational songs and fanatically shopping for lipstick at MAC.

Thanksgiving Without My Mom

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With eyes as wide as saucers, my three-year-old daughter, Aria, whispered loudly to her baby doll, “Mommy said we are running away from the bad guy Gweef, and that’s why we won’t see you...

Raising Libras: The Internal Justice Scales Never Tip

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Zodiac signs are spoken of frequently to excuse unflattering behavior or explain extreme emotions. I’m sure you’ve heard someone dismiss their stubbornness, sharing that they are a Taurus. I’ve been guilty of crying uncontrollably...

Celebrating the Fourth of July as a Black American

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As a child of immigrants, the Fourth of July was just another day. I didn't start celebrating it until high school when my American friends' traditions became mine. I knew it was a day...

The Password Kid: I Have a Favorite Child and That’s OK

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With a bold smirk, my preteen daughter, Reya, enters the room and gets close to my face. "I know the answer to this, "she says in a low tone, "but just to clarify… I'm...

Stop Killing Us: The Pain and Pride of Being Black in America

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Keenan Anderson was an educator and a parent, just like me. When I saw his death on social media, my heart felt like it weighed a thousand pounds as it sank into my stomach....

Smile! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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My one-year-old son, Maxwell, carries his stuffed toy Elmo everywhere with him: in the car, in his high chair, and to bed. Elmo endures a lot, as Maxwell's favorite toy. He is often thrown...

Missing my Dad: Losing a Parent to Type 2 Diabetes

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“Through the years, we all will be together, if the fates allow.”  That Christmas song line always makes me tear up because I think of my dad. The fates did not allow him to...

Shhhhh… Mommy has a Migraine

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My head was throbbing, and I felt like I could blow chunks at any moment. More than anything, I wanted to crawl into bed with the covers over my head and disappear. But I...

Playing Second Fiddle in Our Family Orchestra: When You’re Not Your Child’s Favorite

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My kid doesn’t like me. OK, I’m being dramatic. Of course, he likes me; I grew him in my womb and breastfed him for most of his life. Maxwell is shy around strangers, so...

My Happy Tribe Is My Vibe: Living as a Family of Optimists

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I was taking a midnight snooze on the couch, after a riveting hour of crime investigation television. An ear-shattering noise awoke me out of my peaceful sleep. My eyes popped open, wide as saucers....

Walk this Way: How to Celebrate National Walk to Work Day When you Have...

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“Mrs. Demmings! Mrs. Demmings! I saw you walking to work today.” I nodded in agreement, knowing full well only he saw me walking from my car to the front door. “Sure, sweetheart,” I hurriedly...

Make Dr. Seuss Proud: Five Ways to Celebrate Read Across America Day

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Shout hooray! I'll lead the way. I'm so happy to say... It's Read Across America Day! Every year on March 2nd, I speak entirely in rhyme. This tradition began back in 1999, my junior year...

I am Black History: Celebrating February as a Black Teacher and Mother

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As a sophomore in high school, I heard my name being called over the school-wide intercom. “Roleen Bell, please report to the library.” The library? Ok, this can’t be for anything too bad. I...

Bridging the Age Gap: Raising Siblings to Be Close Even When Their Ages Aren’t

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Let’s face it; some people are just obnoxious. They come in many forms: strangers on the street, coworkers, family members and sometimes friends. Their cringe-worthy comments have followed me throughout the stages of my...