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  “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,...
They laid him in my arms at six weeks old. My husband and I had a little less than three hours after saying yes to our foster care manager's request to when we arrived at the office. Wrapped in a...
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...
                                            Let the record show, my mother raised me, so let me humblebrag for a second, I think...
I grew up monolingual. Even though I took several years of Spanish in high school and in university, I was nowhere close to being able to hold a conversation with a native Spanish speaker. I only became bilingual once...
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...
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...
"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...
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...
At what age do you think a child recognizes the differences in skin colors? At 27 months my youngest was recently playing with Barbie dolls. She was insistent two of the dolls were sisters and had to sit together to...
Yes, you heard me right, you are… biased (C’mon, what b-word did you think I was referring to?!) I am biased. You are biased. We are all biased. Historically, and evolutionarily speaking, our implicit or unconscious biases developed from the...
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...
I have been going to the polls since I can remember. My parents voted before work and made a point of taking my brother and me so that we knew the significance. In high school, my friends and I...
Moment of Truth, I don’t necessarily love comic book movies. Don’t get me wrong, I will watch Iron Man if prompted, and The Hulk has seen my DVR a few times. However, I don’t rush to the movies to...

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Happy Donut Day! On the first Friday of June, we all scream for donuts in honor of this sweet holiday! Donut Day was first...
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