Category: FAMILY

Black and Brown Families United in the Era of Political Dysfunction

Paige DeLoach

July 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. By Paige DeLoach When I visited home for the first time after the 2016 election, my mother spoke to me in a voice I had never heard her use before. Her heart was heavy, she said. Her heart was like stone. She stammered through the conversation, quietly […]

Little Girls Are Busting Gender Norms in a Year That Hasn’t Been Super Kind to Women

Fred McKissack Jr.

November 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

Photo credit: Aberdeen Proving Ground via Flickr Creative Commons Originally published on The Huffington Post.   In our Fort Wayne neighborhood, Halloween is a serious candy free-for-all. We bought 12 pounds of candy and were out within an hour, and this as kids were still dashing from house to house, parents in tow. But the […]

Stop Using Children as Props in the War on Opiods

Angela Pupino

October 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Originally published on the Huffington Post. Photo credit: DJWess via Flickr Creative Commons.  It is no secret that the opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the United States. In my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, it seems like every nightly news broadcast brings stories of still more opioid overdoses and deaths. But there was a local […]

My Multiracial Son Embraces His Black Identity

Fred McKissack Jr.

September 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Originally published by the Indianapolis Star.  The wispy-haired 4-month-old Mark is held timeless in a frame in front of me. The 12-year-old, shaggy-haired Mark is fast asleep in the room right above my makeshift office. I used to read Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Little Brown Baby” to him, as my mother read to my brothers and […]

Announcing, my forthcoming memoir: MAID: A Single Mother’s Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home

Stephanie Land

September 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

On June 16th, I celebrated my youngest daughter Coraline’s second birthday. While she opened presents, I relished the memory of her entering my life. She was born a month after I’d graduated college, during a time when I was totally unsure of how I’d find enough work or how to make it as a freelancer. […]

Surburbia Isn’t Just Soccer Moms and Perfect Lawns Anymore

Angela Pupino

August 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

Photo credits to Cameron Parkins.  Originally published on TalkPoverty and The Nation. When my father, aunt, and uncle decided to pool their money to buy my grandmother a house closer to one of her children, they didn’t need to look far. The house next door to mine had just gone up for sale. I had […]

What Happens When You Can’t Afford Self-care

Stephanie Land

June 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Originally published on Talk Poverty. For the last year, I have been keenly aware of my dire need for two things: therapy and exercise. But for those who struggle to make ends meet like I do, it’s normal to live a life without these perks—even though many consider them necessary elements of a healthy lifestyle. […]

The Answer is Muhammad Ali: Who else?

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

June 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Originally published in the Huffington Post. For most of my life, I haven’t idolized sports heroes. I may be the exception to the great American male rule-of-thumb. There have been a few exceptions – mainly historical sports figures. I’ve always admired Jesse Owens, and the story of his victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. […]

Sheryl Sandberg Thinks She Finally Gets Single Moms, But She Doesn’t Get Me

Stephanie Land

May 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Originally posted in SheKnows. I read Sheryl Sandberg’s recent Facebook post from the trenches of a horrible Mother’s Day weekend. The youngest had thrown up on Friday night, and we slept on the couch, sitting up and surrounded by towels, and didn’t move much the next day. Mother’s Day came, and I tried to put […]

Saying Your House is Messy Because You Play With Your Kids is a Privilege

Stephanie Land

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Originally published in the Washington Post. I grew up in what some would call an immaculately clean home. I hated my mom a little for it. I wasn’t allowed to paint my nails, since they’d chip and “look trashy.” My brother and I didn’t run around in clothes that had holes or were stained. In […]

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