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My Life Mondays: Broke and Saved By a Free McDonald’s Asian Salad (SMH!)

The other week I was broke. Not, I don't have any money in the bank broke, but broke in the sense of  I promised-to-stick to-my-weekly-spending-budget-but-found-myself-having-depleted- said budgeted funds by Thursday- kind of broke.  My budget busting had gotten so bad I had to start imposing stiff penalties on myself if I run through my cash [...]

My Life Mondays: Broke! And Saved By A Free McDonald’s Asian Salad (SMH!)

I had blown my weekly budget yet again. And rather than face my self-imposed punishment for going to the ATM for more cash, I rummaged through my bag and found some free coupons for Mickey D’s Asian Salad I received from a recent First Taste. Do things taste better when they are free or when [...]

Memo for 2013: Please Do Not Wish Single Moms (especially me) a “Happy Father’s Day”

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I’ve said this before and it bears repeating: Please don’t wish me a Happy Father’s Day. Mothers are not fathers. We could never be fathers and the more we act as if fathers are replaceable the more damage we do to our families and to the psyche of our children. Last year, I was sitting [...]

A Difficult Shout Out to Amazing Black Fathers

Father's Day is always a little tough for me. I'm reminded of all the doting, involved fathers and how my children are missing out on that experience. Mostly because he lives 3,000 miles away in London, but the other part is just because of who he is(n't). So I like to bury my head under [...]

B-Ball Wives Cast at Essence Music Festival “Empowerment Experience.” Really Essence?

I've been meaning to talk about the show Basketball Wives for some time now. But when I learned that cast members Shaunie O'Neal, Evelyn Lozado and Tami Roman (among others) would be appearing at EMF as part of the "Empowerment Experience", I really could not hold my tongue any longer. Really Essence? Empowerment? I'm not [...]