Silence Is Sometimes Best

Parenting is tough enough without strangers asking insensitive questions about our children. After a Michigan woman assumed Jeremy Verdusco had adopted his daughter, he wrote about his reaction. How have you handled similar situations? For more posts from Jeremy, visit his blog, blocletters. By Jeremy Verdusco © Jeremy Verdusco I fathered a mixed-race child. Honestly, I […]

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Impact of Race

    Wannabeathlete, a newlywed, writes about the questions she and her husband tackle. I am glad the author, who doesn’t usually write about race on her blog, penned this essay. It has one of the best comeback lines I’ve read for those times when strangers ask ignorant questions. Full Disclosure: I used to be her […]

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Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon Written By Maya Soetoro-Ng Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Ladder to the Moon rests on a bookshelf, in my bedroom, where I can keep an eye on it. I bought it for Simone and Nadia, but it is all mine. Mine, I say. I am in love with the writing. It is, […]

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Argan Oil

The beauty aisles are lined with products touting the benefits of Argan oil. The oil has been added to skincare, nail, and hair potions.  If the law of supply and demand is in effect, then a lot of people are demanding a relatively low supply of this oil. I’ve seen it online for as much […]

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Mommy First-Grader

There I was, sitting in the tiny blue chair, parked at the miniature desk. My knees were hiked up to my chest as I listened to the teacher explain all the rules, procedures and expectations. I looked up to her, Simone’s first grade teacher. I had no choice. She stood during the talk while we […]

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Overheard On The Playground

Beautiful Little Girl: Do y’all speak Spanish? Nadia: No, we don’t speak Spanish. Beautiful Little Girl: You look like you do. Simone: Do you speak Spanish? Beautiful Little Girl: Yes. I cannot place a value on overhearing such conversations. While the rest of the world is debating the validity of a fictional book and movie, […]

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The Tanning of America

In THE TANNING OF AMERICA: How the Culture of Hip-Hop Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (Gotham Books; On-Sale 9-8-11), Stoute draws from his diverse background in the music industry and brand marketing to chronicle how an upstart art form – street poetry set to beats – came to define urban culture as the embodiment of cool. […]

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Mixed Marrow

Athena Asklipiadis is the director Mixed Marrow, and I met her at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. I wanted to know more about Mixed Marrow and asked her to answer a few questions. Enjoy! 1. What is Mixed Marrow? Mixed Marrow is an outreach program affiliated with A3M that recruits for the Be The Match, […]

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The Marriage Ref

Really? An interracial couple couldn’t agree on what to do with their daughter’s hair, so they went on national television to have entertainers tell them who is right and who is wrong. I’ve watched The Marriage Ref once or twice, and I don’t find it all that funny or enlightening. In this episode, which aired […]

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