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Your Rescue Guide For Black Skin During Pregnancy

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There are several ways our bodies can surprise us during pregnancy but some of those changes are unwelcome. Here are a few tips from Dr. Susan Taylor to deal with the unwanted ones:   Problem I’ve got acne. It’s like I am a teenager all over again.   The Fix It’s those hormones. You may [...]

National Lung Health Week: A Mother’s Story, Her Kids’ Resilience and Ms. Patti LaBelle

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By: Chandra Lye   Susan Lee was in her 30s when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Over 20 years later, Lee had to live through her own journey with lung cancer. Today she is an advocate for Lung Cancer survivors, serving as a spokesperson for the LUNG FORCE during National Women’s Lung Health [...]

Tears For My Black Boy: A Very Public Breakdown and a Message on Mothering While Black

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Last week, while standing on a stage and giving a presentation at a national conference, I broke down crying. I never saw it coming. I was talking, as I often do, about the historical trauma of black women as mothers and breastfeeders–sharing how enslaved black women were forced to breastfeed the children of the white [...]

Forget the WHO Code. It’s The Street Code That Undermines Mothers in Detroit

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It’s the 33rd anniversary of the international effort to curb unethical infant formula marketing practices. But you wouldn’t know it from the streets of Detroit. By: Kimberly Seals Allers If you thought we were past the days of blatantly egregious infant formula marketing and that hospitals, doctor’s offices and subtle messaging and innuendo were the [...]

Mother’s Day is Coming: What Moms Really Want! HINT: It’s Not What You Think

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With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, many find themselves stumped deciding the perfect gift or gesture to their show appreciation.  Sure moms love macaroni necklaces and paper tissue flowers…or do they?? This leads to the posing question: What do moms really want for their day of homage? According to the National retail Federation, most Americans will spend [...]

The REAL Problem with the TIME magazine cover. Why are we so afraid of being nurturers?

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I’ve been scratching my head for 48 hours, trying to figure out why the nation is in uproar over Time magazine’s recent cover of a 26-year-old mother breastfeeding her three-year-old. The tweets, Facebook postings and emails have been relentless. What’s the big deal? Is my first question. And why does what one California mom do [...]

Support for First Generation Breastfeeders

For those who don’t have a mother or grandmother that breastfed, Mocha Manual CEO Kimberly Seals Allers has a few tips to get you started.

Black Marriage Day 2009: Words from a Twice Divorced Black Woman

Black Marriage Day is Sunday, March 22nd. And as a participating member of two failed black marriages, you’re probably wondering what I have to say about this matter. Me too…Well, first of all I’m still a staunch believer in the beauty and power of marriage. Between the right people, it can be one of the [...]

Harlem On My Mind: A Young Black Boy’s Blues; A Black Mother Laments

The other day I was up in Harlem after a great book event at Hue-Man bookstore, taking in the vibes, the street and the scene that is quintessential Harlem U.S.A. As I walking up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, I heard and saw a young boy, about 10 years old, being scolded by his father. Like [...]