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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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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School Bus Blues

  Add in your own bluesy guitar riff between verses   My daughter is a first-grader Can ride the bus to school It’s a five-minute ride Makes so much sense too   Well, she boarded the bus Told the driver her name Sat next to a girl Went on the first day   Picked her […]

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Affordable Organic Skin Care

It wasn’t long ago that I went to the spa and got a talking to from my beauty expert. Get your skin act together, she said. You are not a young thing anymore. You must take care of your skin. After she whipped my skin and me into shape, she sent me home with an […]

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From The Inbox

  What to do when someone you care about shows his thoughts. Q: I would love to get your opinion on the following…My husband and I are a happy interracial couple (I’m black, he’s white) living in the South. Race is not an issue for us and this is how we hope to raise our kids. […]

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Quote, Unquote Classic

Ibby-Dah.  Simone, developing her vocabulary. Simone spent two years in the home of what I like to call her Dominican Day Family. While in their care, she learned several Spanish words. We’re not sure whether she was trying to speak English or Spanish when she uttered the word above. Believe me, we asked. She repeated […]

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