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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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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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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Southerners and Snow

The thought of snow out here in our “neck of the woods” throws us into a “tizzy”. It is quite different from my experience growing up in New York where the city didn’t stop even if there was a foot of snow on the ground. A foot of snow on the ground around here would […]

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My Families “Bucket List”

As I shared in “The Big Panty Crew” Bucket List, I love to read people’s bucket list. So, since I decided to share my friend’s bucket list, I definitely wanted to share my families. So, here we go☺️☺️: My mother’s bucket list: Own a small condo in NYC a moving company to help me move some […]

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Anderson Cooper Should be the “Poster Boy” for Affirmative Action

from CNN.com

I love Anderson Cooper. I really do. I feel I need to get that out first. Okay, now that I got it out…the other day I was looking at the news feed on my phone and came across an article similar to this one: Why Anderson Cooper Won’t Receive an Inheritance from Mom Gloria Vanderbilt […]

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Celebrating My Teenager, Honoring Our Ancestors

Lately, me, and mine, have been in a celebratory mood as we watch the possibilities unfold for my teenager, Alyssa.  Alyssa, my middle child, has always been the academically focused one.  She has consistently, despite any challenges, kept her “eye on the prize” and excelled academically. In an effort to provide her with the best […]

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My Teacher

On December 21, 1990 I bought a future teacher into the world.  Of course. I had no clue at the time of what was in store for her.  And, through the years, as she was deciding which direction she should head in, I must honestly say the last thing I ever encouraged her to do […]

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