Black Mother: femme, parenting, and stress in America 

Being a Black mother during these times feels like working a week of double overtime on 30 minutes of sleep When you are a Black woman in America the earliest memories of representation you see in media are “the strong independent Black woman” and the” angry and bitter Black women.” Both are portrayed to have to carry the world on her shoulders. On the contrary, … Continue reading Black Mother: femme, parenting, and stress in America 

Parents Must Talk to Their Children about Mental Health

On a seemingly typical night at home my daughter texted me and asked me to come into her bedroom to chat. I paused the episode of Law & Order: SVU, slid into my slippers and shuffled across the hall into her room. For the next hour, I sat as she poured her little heart out. My daughter was contemplating suicide. This was the first time … Continue reading Parents Must Talk to Their Children about Mental Health

My welfare mom was an entrepreneur

My mother’s ability to raise five children, in public housing, while on public assistance, and dealing with an alcoholic spouse puzzles many people. Growing up in poverty there were many times when we had the bare minimum to eat and to sustain ourselves. A stay at home mom, and administrator of all of the household’s financial affairs, my mother’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. Her small … Continue reading My welfare mom was an entrepreneur