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Thoughtful Thursday: A Birthday Poem

Today is my youngest son's 21st birthday!  I am dedicating today's Thoughtful Thursday to him,  and gifting him (and you all) with a poem to mark this very special occasion: "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley.  I came to know this poem first through my older brother Paul, who at one point attended The (now closed) Henley School in Jamaica, [...]

Big News: Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis is Featured in Apple Podcast Curated Collections!

Great News:  Apple Podcasts is featuring Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis in several of their curated collections!  We were featured in their Black Lives Matter collection, and are currently the first podcast featured in their Be A Better You--Be a Better Parent collection (as seen above) , and we're also in their Honoring Black Voices--Connection and Self [...]

By |2020-08-11T15:58:41-04:00August 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TOMORROW on GCP with CSL: Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis: Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell,  President of Spelman College.  Dr. Campbell recalls wonderful parenting moments from her childhood and talks about how she raised her three sons to pursue their unique paths.  This conversation is chock-full of great parenting advice! You can listen to it starting TOMORROW, July 29th on Apple [...]

Coming WEDNESDAY on GCP with CSL Podcast: Depelsha McGruder

This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis: Depelsha McGruder,  Founder of Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United. Inc. and MOBB United for Social Change.  On top of her exciting day job, Depelsha leads these sister organizations with over 175,000 members that are dedicated to positively influencing how Black boys and men are perceived and treated by [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: On Being Called “Articulate” and The Nod

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we feature two poems that highlight touchy subjects in the Black community: being called "articulate" and the head nod. I learned the definition of "articulate" from my uncle Percy Sutton, who included in its definition the fact that you should not regard it as a compliment when white people directed it at you.  Uncle Percy, [...]

TODAY on GCP with CSL Podcast: Suzanne Kay

                      Suzanne Kay   The new episode of the Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis podcast is LIVE!!  Writer and award-winning filmmaker Suzanne Kay is this week’s guest. Suzanne, daughter of beloved actress Diahann Carroll,  shares her journey to racial awareness and reveals how it helped her parent and educate [...]

By |2020-07-15T12:48:40-04:00July 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thoughtful Thursday: Current Voices

Today's Thoughtful Thursday showcases more current voices in poetry, courtesy of poets.org's  focus on featuring Black poets in its poem-a-day offering throughout the summer.  If there were ever a time to subscribe to poem-a-day, it would be now, so that you can have Black poetry pop into your inbox on a daily basis for the next few months.  What [...]

TOMORROW on GCP with CSL Podcast: Anne Williams-Isom

This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis: Anne Williams-Isom,  Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service and former CEO of  The Harlem Children's Zone.  Anne is a passionate child and family advocate who shares her extensive professional expertise and her remarkably good common sense in this great parenting conversation. [...]

What To America Is The Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?".  He acknowledged the Founding Father's ideals of freedom, but lamented that these ideals were painfully hypocritical in light of the existence of slavery in the U.S. Five young descendants of Douglass recently gathered [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Let America Be America Again

  We are a few days away from Independence Day 2020. As in prior years today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Independence Day with two poems from one of America's most beloved and well-known poets, Langston Hughes (1902-1967).  These poems are even more powerful in light of recent events. Share and discuss with your children. Enjoy, and enjoy the 4th!   I, Too, [...]