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    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO is a story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world. Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he’s Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he’s a chess club devotee known as a “Grandma’s Boy,” a label that makes [...]

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    What I learned about race at Starbucks and their #RaceTogether Campaign

    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Good thing Starbucks pulled the plug on Race Together.  Everything I’ve learned about race at Starbucks lands in the SMH column. For example,  as a mother of two, my morning routine includes two school drop offs. My daughter’s drop off is about 30 minutes earlier than my son’s and to pass the time in between, we [...]

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    My Teenage Miracle & The Annie Movie—Now Out on DVD and Blu-Ray

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Last week a miraculous thing happened. My 14-year-old daughter (yes, a teenager!), in the midst of high  school applications and summer camp applications and exams, asked me to sing her a song to help calm her nerves so she could sleep. She had me at hello. The requested song was Opportunity from the movie Annie. [...]

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    Fit Family: 6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    by Esther Animalu, contributing reporter Between 16 and 33 percent of children, as well as adolescents, are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but the most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to a poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year, according to [...]

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    Dear Elena Medo: You Can’t Claim to Support Black Breastfeeding and Attack Black Breastfeeding Advocates; Now Detroit Moms Have Spoken

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    I have been quiet long enough. Dear Ms. Medo, Nobody likes a bully. Or a hypocrite. Or someone prone to bending the truth into a version that suits their own agenda. But sadly, you are repeatedly showing yourself to be definitely a bully and clearly a hypocrite with revisionist tendencies. Let me explain. As a [...]

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Pregnant this Summer? 3 Tips for staying cool

Being pregnant any time of the year can be uncomfortable, but pregnancy during the summer months has a reputation for being even more difficult. The hot, sticky days combined with all the activities you still want to take part in can take a toll on you both mentally and physically. Erika Boom, certified pre and postnatal [...]



Campaign Aimed to Improve Breastfeeding rates in kansas

In 2011, Kansas ranked 42nd nationally when surveyed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on their hospitals’ (statewide) efforts to encourage mothers to breastfeed. Dr. Robert Moser, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary stated “We have a lot of room for improvement,” on Thursday at the Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding. [...]

Babies & Toddlers


Prevention: Hot Car Alarm Alert Helps Parents Avoid Tragic Nightmare

It’s a parents worse nightmare. The rush rush of modern life and multitasking causes you to accidentally lock your child in the car. A hot car. This summer alone, it seemed that far too many parents were being arrested every week for these life threatening accident. According to researchers at San Francisco State University, last [...]

Big Kid


Back-To-School: 9 Budget-Friendly Tips for School Essentials

It may seem like you just got the kids off to summer camp, but many retailers this season are already starting to promote back-to-school sales. And according to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 24% of Americans last year started shopping for back-to-school products two months before the school season; this year that number [...]

Tweens & Teens


Parents Take Note!: What Every Teen Should Know About Facebook & Their Privacy

With Facebook facing new fraud complaints about how it uses personal data, Stanford computer science professor and online privacy expert Monica Lam has an important message for  teens and their parents:  Be careful about how you use Facebook because you may be giving away your privacy and empowering teen marketers without even knowing it. Lam [...]

Life & Family


Planned Parenthood & BET Host Breast Party Ever For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that according to Susan G. Komen statistics, breast cancer is the most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death to African-American women, exceeded only by lung cancer? In 2013, and estimated 27.060 new cases of breast cancer and 6,080 were expected to occur among African-American women. Planned Parenthood [...]

Kimberly's Blog


Why Ferguson Has Everything to Do With Black Breastfeeding Week

The tragic events in Ferguson have exposed an inconvenient truth about which lives matter in the United States. About how stereotypes and unspoken fears lead to unsubstantiated actions with dangerous, life-ending consequences. As we learned that Michael Brown’s body laid in the street for over an hour without detectives’ attention, we saw firsthand the power of [...]

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Our Stories: Mocha and In The Military

It’s Military Appreciation Month, and to mark the occasion we’re sharing stories of some of the mocha-fabulous women featured in The Mocha Manual to Military Life and sharing some tips for military bliss.   Vernice Armour, Marine Corps. Captain Vernice Armour has seen a lot in history. She holds the distinction of being the first [...]

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