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 […]

White Women, Racism, Lies, and #MeToo

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*This piece was inspired by the Aziz Ansari’s sexual assault allegation a few months back.  “White Women’s fear of Black men and men of color as dangerous is often wrong” and that is the danger of “Grace’s” allegation against Aziz Ansari. *“Grace” is completely anonymous and we have no idea of […]

Even When Your Kid Has Disabilities, Sometimes You Gotta Back Off and Let Them Make Their Own Choices

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My younger daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life. She is full of energy, gives great cuddles and has a fantastic imagination, often involving her Marvel friends Black Widow and Captain America. She also has disabilities. It has been a long, uphill battle to make sure she […]

Black Women Vote At High Numbers In Spite of A Lack of Equality by White Funders

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Today, the Democratic victory of a senate seat in Alabama is our nation’s  top news story.  Alabama, the most Republican of Republican states,  one of the red-est of the red states, turned blue.  And, for the first time, many news outlets are giving credit to the demographic responsible for this […]

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

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There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up in awe at Michelle Obama’s portrait. In her official first lady portrait, Michelle is gorgeous, regal and no doubt inspiring. Michelle is amazing and she […]

My Black History Is Knowing My Mother Africa and Her Descendants Throughout the Diaspora

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This post was inspired by a Nayyirah Waheed poem, “African American II,” from her book “Salt.” In the 1400s, Europeans first arrived to my Mother Africa’s house. My Mother Africa’s house was, and still is, rich and full of treasures like gold, diamonds, copper, aluminum, petroleum and many other resources. People who […]

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

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To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would run longer than the entire Harry Potter series! My hopes for you, my two beautiful Black girls, are so simple and yet also entirely grandiose. […]

We All Have Blind Spots About Race. Here Are More Racial Crossfit Exercises to Keep You Morally Fit.

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I recently wrote about my White teacher who badmouthed civil rights in 1995. She willfully did not want to let go of White supremacy. There are other White people who want to see a better country, but they have so many blind spots related to race. This led me to […]