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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...
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...
If you are like the thousands of other white women over the past few months, you have been balancing Zoom book clubs on white fragility, becoming Anti-Racist, getting Untamed, or maybe finding your Enneagram type to help you learn...
“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”-James Baldwin To say the least, 2020 has been exhausting for many reasons. There have been deaths,...
Alton Sterling has died. Alton Sterling was shot by a police man, while on the ground. Alton Sterling was Black. I am a multiracial mom raising three kids just outside of Indianapolis. I easily pass for white, or at least...
I am black. My husband is white. Before becoming a mom, I always wondered what my kids would look like. We now have two beautiful mixed children. As we are raising them, I am beginning to wrestle with questions...
  “I don’t like dark skin.” These are the exact words said about my 3-year-old black daughter by another child. This is a very personal matter for all parties involved. I am not going to get into details about why,...
I spend my Saturday afternoons with young ladies ages 12-14. Now before you sigh and ask if I am crazy, know that I volunteer for this. I have volunteered to do this for years for the Center for Leadership...
                                            Let the record show, my mother raised me, so let me humblebrag for a second, I think...
For the past week, I have been glued to the television screen as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson prepares to ascend to the highest court in the land. As a Black woman, I was filled with pride as she was...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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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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