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What Happened to Big Mama?

Black_grandmother_and_children2If you haven't been living under a rock these days you've witnessed a paradigm shift in the cultural concept of what a grandparent used to be.

Culturally worldwide, grandparents, grandmothers in particular, use to fit a certain archtype: benevolent, prideful and most of all, full of advice so wise and valuable that you could trust it blindfolded. But increasingly, especially as we watch the news these days, we see a character that is alien to our familial sensibilities in every way.

Last year, a Florida grandmother was arrested after she brokered a deal to sell her grandchild for $30,000.  In December, a Miami-Dade grandmother left her two young grandchildren in a running SUV while she went into stores to shop. The woman said...

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Hey! Hey! Hey? The Absence of Black Cartoons

bill_cosbyIn a world full of multiculturalism and in the era of Obama, one would think there would be more cartoons and shows for black children. The '70s had “The Jackson 5ive,” a fictional cartoon about the adventures of the boy band. “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” ran for more than 15 years, until 1985, and targeted black youth from low-income families. in the early ’90s, Rapper MC Hammer enjoyed the short-lived success of the animated series “Hammerman."

Similarly, the new millennium...

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Are Black Woman Guided More by the Advancement of African Americans or Women's Rights?

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February and March are important months in black women's history.  In February, we celebrate the important strides people of color have made and this month we observe women's history in America.

Since the beginning, Black women have been on the forefront of civil rights, supporting greats like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Stokley Carmichael and have celebrated the strides people of color made in the U.S.  Black women have also been on the front lines of the women's...

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Census 2050: Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner?

multiculturePicture this: you’ve been invited to a dinner party in the year 2050. Of the ten invitees at this dinner, two are black, three are Hispanic, four are White and one is Asian with a little Native American in the mix. This isn’t just any dinner party, though. The arrangement is a simplified representation of the projected racial makeup of the country in the years to come.

It is estimated that by the year 2050, the aggregated number of minorities will compromise the majority population in...

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The Obama Girls Growing Up Grounded

sasha_malia__obama_On weeknights, the television goes off. Outside of school assignments, computer use is severely limited. In the evenings, piano lessons rule. You would think if your father was the leader of the free world, you’d have some, well, freedom.

But for first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, staying low key––out of the spotlight and into their books––has been a carefully crafted plan executed by President Obama and his wife Michelle during their historic tenure in the White House.

In a...

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Haiti Her Journey From Then To Now

HaitiOn January 12, 2010, the earth shuddered beneath Haiti, ferociously shaking walls not fortified to withstand the violent onslaught until they cried for mercy and begrudgingly swallowed over 230,000 people in a mess of blood, dust, flesh, soot, bones and massive pieces of rubble. A stronger earthquake of the same type hit California in 1989, leaving a comparatively minuscule 63 causalities. What accounts for the difference? In a word: wealth. Ironically, during colonial times, Haiti was once...

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Struggling Against Stereotype: Domestic Abuse

black_woman_sad2010-medDespite commonly held assumptions about “Strong Black Women,” African American women bear the heaviest burden when it comes to sexual and physical abuse. According to a Department of Justice study in 2000, Black women experience intimate partner violence at a rate 35 percent higher than that of white females and approximately 22 times the rate of women of other races.

In “Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse,” author Hillary Potter conducted extensive interviews...

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Depression and Black Women

depressed-black-woman_bcouleurBlack women are at high risk for depression. According to Psychotherapist and Author Julia Bond, one out of every five black women is depressed.  Often it is because they play numerous roles in the family, community and in the workplace.  They are conditioned to take care of others at the expense of their own needs. 

I was reading an editorial in the newspaper about how feminism has made women increasingly unhappy over the last 30 years.  Despite being...

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America's Black Jewish Women

blackjewish-womenChristianity is by far the dominant force in African American religious life. However, a growing number of blacks are choosing a less common path to salvation. There are roughly 200,000 Jews of African descent in the United States. While some are directly from the continent, a surprising number are African American. For women who identify as black and Orthodox Jewish, bridging the two worlds can be a challenge.

Yavilah McCoy is the New England director of The Curriculum Initiative, an...

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