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An Open Letter to LeBron James: Does Father Anger Motivate You or Destroy You?

By Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director, Fathers Incorporated Hello Beloved Brother, My name is Kenneth Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated. My work for the last 23 years has been in business and not-for-profit leadership on behalf of vulnerable communities and Black men and boys. Today, I read with pain, excitement, angst, horror, delight, fear, concern [...]

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Winter Travel Special: Set Sail on Freedom of the Seas with Royal Caribbean

By Tiffany Forte Enjoy the innovative dining and entertainment options and children’s programming on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship as part of the Royal Advantage revitalization and enhancement program. Freedom of the Seas alternates an Eastern and a Western Caribbean seven-night, round-trip itinerary from Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast. Added bonus: [...]

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Winter Travel Special: Universal Orlando Resort Reveals The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

By Tiffany Forte This summer Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment are partnering up to launch 2014’s most anticipated new theme park experience. Harry Potter’s wonderland and adventures are brought to life in a new expansive area, which will feature The Hogwarts Express ride, spectacular shops, dining and more. After climbing aboard the Hogwarts [...]

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Winter Travel Special: Universal Orlando Unveils New Cabana Beach Bay Resort

By Tiffany Forte Need a break from the polar vortex or ice-ageddon? Check out our winter travel special this week featuring the latest news and fresh reviews from Universal Orlando and Royal Caribbean. In need of a winter break? Hop on a flight down to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., for affordable family fun and [...]

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New Clothing Line Promotes Self-Esteem in Black Children

By Tiffany Forte A lot of popular images in the media are not so positive. However, Steve Johnson is fighting to change this with his “Be… Fearless” clothing apparel line. The Fearless Five concept is based on a team of young, black children spending their free time using their imaginations to be superheroes. “As parents, [...]

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Putting Down The iPad: 7 Ways To Raise A Reader

These days it is easy to let your children get engrossed in the world of their iPads; there’s educational games, movies and even interactive stories that can be read to them highlighting reading words just like mom and dad.  However, this may not be the best way for our children to get a love of [...]

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Do Your Kids Feel “Entitled”? 4 Tips to Get Them Back on Track

As a parent, there are several things that make us cringe, and the word “entitled” is one of the big ones.  It not only means our children think they are owed something, but most of the time they think we  are the ones from whom it is owed.  How are we to teach them the value [...]

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FREE STUFF!! Our REAL. BIG. Fathead Giveaway! Win Your Life Size Wall Graphic

It’s Sports Week on MochaManual.com and in addition to great info and tips, we giving away TWO, that’s right, TWO FREE REAL. BIG FATHEADS–you know, the life-size, action-packed wall graphics that  are perfect for the sports fan in your family.  REAL.BIG. Fathead wall graphics are so much more than sports posters, kids wall decals, or home [...]

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Tasty Tuesday: New ANNIE’S Organic, Whole Grain Graham Crackers & New Cheddar Squares!

Annie’s, the family favorite maker of natural and organic comfort foods, snacks and condiments, has three new products that we love. And by we, I mean my children and I who are big fans of Annie’s healthy foods and even bigger fans of the always great taste. Check out all the new varieties! Certified Organic [...]

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Kim & The Kids in the City: ANNIE, THE MUSICAL. A Must-See!

I admit, I’m biased. Annie is one of my childhood favorites. When I was about eleven years old, me and my BFF attempted to organize a neighborhood production of Annie in my parents’ basement. LOL.  My BFF and I both wanted to play Annie and before our friendship imploded over the issue, we nixed the [...]

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