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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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Helping Our Teens Stay Safe and Smart Online

Cybersecurity is very much in the news these days. How savvy are you and your children about protecting yourself in cyberspace? The Christian Science Monitor recently published “Cybersecurity in Seven Minutes, found here, which gives a quick and info packed summary of how to keep yourself safe online. Once you’ve gotten smart on how to […]

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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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Tell Your Sons About Women’s History Month

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. March is National Women’s History Month, so these achievements can and should receive a month-long celebration. As with Black History Month, we really shouldn’t limit the celebration of such achievement to just 31 of 365 days each […]

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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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