Bell Avenue (Childhood)

I grew up waiting for the day that my father would finally make my mother breathe her last breath. From the outside looking in you would have never known the horror that existed in my life as a little girl. My parents were living the American dream as a young, black couple in America. We […]

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It’s Not Jordyn’s Fault

So, I have been tuned in very little to this whole Jordyn Woods/Tristan/Khloe Kardashian saga. It just wasn’t something that caught my interest until I watched this young girls’ interview on Red Table Talk. As I watched, I cried tears for this 21-year-old. Her life has been turned upside down by a split-second decision to […]

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A Call to Action – support KIPP ENC libraries

I need your help! In honor of Black History Month I need for you to purchase a copy of my book PIECES OF ME! $2.50 from your purchase will be donated to KIPP ENC libraries. KIPP ENC is dedicated to a quality education for ALL children, regardless of zip code or socioeconomic class. As a […]

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On Stereotyping…Let’s Take It A Step Further.

In my recent piece, On Stereotyping…am I a bad person?, many of you were very supportive of my hyperawareness and unfounded fear. For that, I am thankful. The feedback I received basically excused my behavior and attributed it to the society that we now live in. One person thoughtfully pointed out that gun control might be […]

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On Stereotyping…am I a bad person?

I was headed up to my room from the hotel lobby. As the elevator door opened, another guest walked up and entered the elevator with me. Our conversation was limited to me asking “which floor” so that I could push the button for him since I was closest to the buttons.  Within the short period […]

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Silenced – Was I wrong??

We were in Middle School. My friend, well…she hit puberty well before the rest of us girls. As a result, she walked around with a body that the rest of us only dreamed of possessing in the near future. With that body came an air of confidence that suggested that she was somehow superior to […]

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Montgomery, Alabama

In my recent column for the Bertie Ledger-Advance I wrote about my travels to Montgomery, Alabama to visit The Legacy Museum:From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This was such an inspiring trip that I decided to share my journey with you, my SouthernmomJD readers. As an African-American woman […]

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Man POWER Monday – Bryan Stevenson has “Justice” Swag

Man POWER Monday is back!!! As part of my holiday adventures I had the opportunity to travel to Montgomery, Alabama with my nephew and daughter solely for the purpose of visiting The Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The Museum and Memorial came into existence thanks […]

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Take Away Their Power

I have been a self-proclaimed feminist since my college days. In fact, in undergrad I majored in Political Science and minored in Women’s Studies with the dream of getting into a Women’s Studies PhD program. My plan was to plant myself on a campus somewhere and spend the rest of my life empowering young women. […]

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