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7 Hacks For the Perfect Road Trip

Going on a road trip has its pros and cons. Pros, you’re going on an awesome adventure; cons, it can be costly. Here are some hacks you can try to balance those pros and cons to reach vacation nirvana. 1. Download a gas app: One of the most costly aspects of any road trip, especially in [...]

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Helping Kids To Be Present In This Pokemon Go Age

During a family vacation this summer I was strolling along the harborfront of Lake of the Woods in Ontario. The lake is my spiritual home, a refuge to escape into the almost five thousand square miles of sun spackled water dotted with 14,000 wooded islands. The beauty and tranquility soothes my mind and provides an [...]

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More Than Just Talking Equity: Why Black Breastfeeding Week is Central to Achieving Equity

Lately there’s been a lot of talk in the public health and breastfeeding circles about equity. And rightly so. The scope and depth of racial disparities across various health indicators and in breastfeeding—life’s earliest health intervention—cannot be ignored. Yet every year, many in these same circles, both publicly and privately question why Black Breastfeeding Week [...]

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Why I Forgave $38,750 in Child Support: Revaluing Fathers This Father’s Day.

As we celebrate the fathers and father figures who have impacted our lives, let’s also think about championing fatherhood. Not just as a holiday to buy ties and tools, but also as an opportunity to redefine and revalue fathering as important work. Last year, I made the apparently very controversial decision to forgive $38,750 amount of my ex husband’s child support arrears. Read why below in my piece on NYTimes.com, and let me know what you think..

But too often, fathers are seen as accessory parents or bumbling second rate caretakers. On the other side, our society only defines fathers as deadbeat or not, solely by financial contribution. And we lump the unwilling to pay and the unable to pay in the same prison-bound barrel, regardless of what other meaningful contributions that father may make to the child’s welfare.

Here’s my story:

Earlier this year, I spent three hours sitting on a hard, wooden bench in the Queens County Family Court, waiting for a judge to approve my petition to forgive $38,750 in child support arrears from my ex-husband.

The judge said, “Well this is a rare one,” then asked me several times if I was aware of what I was doing and if I had received legal counsel. When I told my single mom friends, they looked at me as if I had committed an act of treason. “Child support is all we have!” one friend exclaimed.

Is it?

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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Kids We Love: Meet 14-YO Dusan Brown, Voice Actor in New Disney Junior Series, “The Lion Guard”; The Oscars, His Parents & Never Giving Up

By Briyahna Rice, Teen Talk Writer This month, Disney Junior launches its newest hit series, “The Lion Guard,”  a spin-off of the classic The Lion King that continues the epic storytelling of the movie. The show follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse group of friends as they [...]

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Have a Kid With Food Allergies? Going Lactose or Gluten Free? New App Lets You Scan Food for Contents

By Briyahna Rice   If you have food allergies,  Celiac disease or are just living wheat or lactose free, now there’s an app to help simplify food shopping. Simply scan the bar code of the product and the new app, Ipiit –The Food Ambassador, will tell you what’s in it.  Every person with a food allergy understands [...]

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National Popcorn Month & Halloween Come Together! –Oh YES! Great Ideas for You

Looking for a great Halloween craft or gift idea? If pumpkin carving isn’t your forte, decorate a popcorn ball instead!! Genius! Check out the 3 1/2 gallon 3-flavor popcorn tins, great gift ideas, Popcorn Decorating Kits and more  from The Popcorn Factory!  You can thank us later!  

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#BBW2015: Kimberly Goes Inside Her Story with Jacque Reid on TJMS!

Kimberly goes Inside Her Story with Jacque Reid on Tuesday on the Tom Joyner Morning discussing the 3rd Annual National Black Breastfeeding Week and the first ever national coordinated Baby “Lift Up”, which place in several cities- Including Detroit, Atlanta, Brooklyn and more- on August 29th at 3PM EST. Click here to listen.    

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