Six-Word Essay On Race

The answer is within the children. That’s my six-word essay on race. I believe Simone and Nadia’s generation is going to put the issue to rest. I submitted my essay to Michele_Norris.com, a web site for the book The Grace of Silence. Norris, co-host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” unearthed two truths about her […]

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On Being THE Parent

Can we stay up and watch … ? No. Why do we have to go to bed? So that you will be rested in the morning. Can we have some chocolate? No, it’s time for bed. Can we read one more book? No. It’s time to go to bed. Just call me The Enforcer. I […]

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Mixed Up Clothing

The picture above is one of Sonia Kang’s beautiful creations. She is the owner of Mixed Up Clothing, and I met her at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in Los Angeles. I asked her to tell me the story behind her clothing. Her response is below. Enjoy! I was born to an African-American father […]

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Sweet Story

Simone, Cars, and Race was published on theroot.com this week. Today, slate.com picked it up. Below is a response I received from a Slate reader who said she didn’t mind if I shared her story with Honeysmoke readers. Enjoy. I am so white I am almost translucent.  My husband (now ex-) is Italian, of immigrants […]

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Roots

Who am I? For me, the answer goes something like this: I am a no-nonsense journalist, teacher, art lover, wife, and mother of two. As one-half of the parenting duo who will help Simone and Nadia decide who they are, I’ve been giving the idea of who I am a lot of thought. For much […]

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