My Ancestors Were African Rice Farmers Who Were Enslaved to Produced Rice In America.

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One of my dreams as a child was to know what part of Africa my family was from. I grew up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which was full of immigrants and ethnic Whites who had strong ties to their “homelands.” I am proud of my Arkansas heritage, but that’s not […]

Confession: I’m a Faux Ally To The Transgender Community

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Yesterday, Dejanay Stanton, a Black trans woman was killed in a shooting.  It barely made the news.  Last year, there was an incident when the host of “The Breakfast Club” made bigoted commentary and controversial comments about transgender women.  I, like the rest of Black America who regularly listens to “The […]

Chrissy Teigen Inspires ‘Say My Name Right’ Challenge

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This week, the Twitterverse exploded when Chrissy Teigen—supermodel, social justice activist, wife to the first Black male EGOT winner, John Legend, and Twitter bad-ass—confessed, that for the last 10 years, she has been too scared to correct people on the pronunciation of her name! Teigen’s, last name is pronounced “Tie-gen” […]

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

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Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at the U.S. Open in the final match between her and Naomi Osaka, Williams—who was competing for her 24th Grand Slam tournament win—was charged with three […]

A Back To School Love Letter to Parents of Kids With Special Needs/Disabilities

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Dear Fellow Parent Warriors, While every parent has strong feelings as a new school year approaches—excitement, nerves, even a little worry—our special tribe of parents with children who have IEPs (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 plans feel all those feelings plus some. Our worries are much more complex than just […]

What Kids Want Teachers to Know Before the First Day of School

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Back to school time makes everyone a little nervous: parents, teachers, staff and especially students. Conventional wisdom tells us that students are primarily worried about their friends’ and classmates’ opinions of them. But students are also worried that teachers have the wrong impression before they even walk in the door. […]

My Lessons and Tips For Parents Navigating Disabilities, Special Needs, Schools, and Stigma.

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I’ve learned soooo much about the special education process.  The process has sucked but I’ve learned that early intervention is key.  I want to figure out a way to share what I have learned, so that ALL children, can be given the tools they need to thrive. One day, when […]