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I am going to admit something, I was complicit in my views. I was a HUGE R. Kelly fan, as well as all of my friends and why wouldn’t we be, R. Kelley has sung the soundtrack of my...
Election season is somewhat like a holiday for me, a long and visceral one, but a holiday nonetheless. I know not everyone feels this way between the hateful ads, the constant debates, and the loops on the news. Most...
"I don't see myself different than any other mom, black in America or not. We, Moms, want & work to keep our children healthy, happy kids who grow into amazing adults.  However, as a black mom raising children in...
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 took my sweet time, casually...
I am an African-American teacher who loudly and proudly celebrates Black History Month. It brings me so much joy, yet so much anguish. Every February, I brace myself for my colleagues' collective groan as they feel forced to teach...
Dear Stephen E. Beaven III (or as we call you, Trey), You are by far the most beautiful and amazing baby boy I’ve ever met, I can honestly say that because 1. I gave birth to you 2. We prayed...
"LOOK! LOOK! There’s a brown girl! Brown girls are disgusting! RUN!" My daughter was oblivious to it all, me on the other hand, I was furious. How could a three and four-year-old girl say something so demeaning to my seventeen-month-old...
Recently a country artist was removed from his label after a clip went viral where he is heard using the "n word" at home with friends. Many people were outraged and questioned this action, comparing it to cancel culture...
Let me precede this blog by saying this is not a blog paying homage to Bill Cosby. Straight up, there it is: there's a difference between Bill and Cliff. But, that's not what this blog is about. This blog...
February is Black History Month. This is a month that pays tribute to African American men and women from the past and the present in history, science, politics, journalism, art, and many other areas. I want to take this...
Growing up, February was so important to my family because my our roots run deep. All of my grandmother's brothers served in the military and each served during wars. My grandparents were sharecroppers in the south; they spent the...
My Family Is Transracial I am a proud mom to two daughters, one is biological (6) and the second is adopted (1). There is a 5 ½ year gap between my girls, which was not the plan, but an amazing...
                                            Let the record show, my mother raised me, so let me humblebrag for a second, I think...
Ms. Dawn Whitehead was my first Black Woman teacher. She was also my first Black teacher and I didn't have her until I was in high school. Ms. Whitehead was wonderful, beautiful, and smart. She was a representation of...

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Ask just about anyone in the Midwest what the best season is here and the question will often be met with an enthusiastic "Fall!"...
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