I Am Disabled. Disabled Means Different, Not Broken.

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The most difficult part of this whole, “admitting I am disabled” journey, has been, well, admitting I am disabled. And, since I don’t “look disabled” usually I can pretend. I just hang out at home, or church, or at my “office” the wonderful LIVE cafe, and mostly in my bed, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Employers: Please Stop Requiring Anti-Racism and Diversity Training for POC With Their White Bosses and Co-Workers.

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JUNE 19, 2017 SHARHONDA KNOTT DAWSON BLOG I have a new, crazy idea! How about NOT EVER mandating anti-racism trainings for POC (people of color) at work with the White people who have the power to fire them? Yeah, I’ve never seen or heard of a scenario that brought racial […]

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 […]