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Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Our Kids in School

How important is it for our kids from lower-income households to have a Black teacher? Very important, it turns out. A recent study conducted by researchers at American University, U.C. Davis and Johns Hopkins reveals that having just one Black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced low-income Black boys’ probability of dropping out […]

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Tell Your Sons About Myron Rolle: NFL Player Turned Neurosurgeon

When Myron Rolle was 17 and a promising football player from New Jersey, he told the coaches at Florida State University during his official recruiting visit that he wanted to be an NFL player, a Rhodes Scholar and a neurosurgeon. Thirteen years later, he is checking the box on the last of these goals. Rolle […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Keeping it Real with Ross Gay

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday is a solo show by the poet Ross Gay. Gay is the author of three poetry collections, most recently “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the […]

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What’s in Your Parent Playbook?

I was having a conversation with a wise mom recently about the eternal quest to raise children with good values, and we acknowledged 1) how much tougher it is to expect them to know these values if you haven’t been clear about what you want to encourage and what you won’t tolerate, and 2) it […]

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Saving Our Sons: Helping Them Cope with Mental Health Issues

The stigma of talking about mental health issues is alive and well in the Black community. We’ve heard the comments: “Black people don’t do therapy”, “Nothing wrong with that boy that a little __________ (spanking, time out, grounding, fill in the blank) won’t fix”, and even “Black people don’t commit suicide”. But recent stats show […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: It’s Spring!

It’s officially Spring! To celebrate the season, the Spring Breaks some of our children are enjoying this week, the worst of the winter storms behind us (we hope), this Thoughtful Thursday offers some Spring poetry. Today’s we have odes to Spring from several masters: two poems by the great African American poet Claude McKay, one […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Some Irish Blessings For Us All

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. While skimming through poetry relating to St. Patrick’s Day, frankly expecting to find nothing to hit my fancy, I was pleasantly surprised to run across a poem celebrating motherhood which, while written about an Irish mother, has universal application. I also found a couple of lovely Irish blessings which […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Woman’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, today’s Thoughtful Thursday features poems by well known African-American women poets: “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton, “Legacies” by Nikki Giovanni, and “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. The following biographies, courtesy of, gives you some insight into their brilliance. A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille […]

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Summer Jobs– Deadlines Approaching!

Is your high schooler or college student thinking about what he will be doing this summer? He needs to be!  The hunt for high school and college summer jobs is in full swing, with deadlines for many opportunities coming up very soon.  (Note for next year: the best time to start looking around is in […]

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Oscar Snafus and “Presidential” Tweets: Teaching Our Sons the Power of Integrity and Grace

Some Life Lessons from the Oscars last night for us to pass on to our sons (and daughters): The importance of telling our stories: Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who along with Barry Jenkins won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Moonlight”, dedicated their Oscar to “all those black and brown boys and girls and non–gender […]

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