It's Black Breastfeeding Week -- and Yes, We Need It

World Black Breastfeeding Week begins on August 25, 2015 and I am already hearing the negative, disapproving buzz in the lactation community. I will never understand why anyone—especially lactation consultants—disapproves of World Black Breastfeeding Week. As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, we have an ethical responsibility to support all cultures, and this includes African-American women....more

Why Feminists Should Be Concerned About Trump's 'Anchor Baby' Comments

The term “anchor babies” — a throwback to the right-wing immigration reformers of the 1990s and early 2000s— is in the news again. And as this debate over whether this is term is derogatory (and the American Heritage diction has listed it as offensive) or not gets going once again, feminists should be watchful of how the term frames and blames women for these so-called unwanted immigrants....more

The Alpha Phi Sorority Controversy Shows We're Not Really Talking About Gender and Race

Instead of a sorority video, why don't we focus attention on police brutality or the attempts to defund Planned Parenthood?...more

Charity Tuesday: Under the Same Sun

Charity Tuesday.On a Wednesday.Because yesterday was a teacher workshop day.And I didn’t plan ahead and schedule a post.So, we’re doing it today.But usually it will be on Tuesday.Just so we’re clear…Charity Tuesday.What day? TUESDAY. But instead we’re doing it today because of aforementioned reasons.Moving on....more

It's Black Breastfeeding Week -- and Yes, We Need It

World Black Breastfeeding Week begins on August 25, 2015 and I am already hearing the negative, disapproving buzz in the lactation community. I will never understand why anyone—especially lactation consultants—disapproves of World Black Breastfeeding Week. As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, we have an ethical responsibility to support all cultures, and this includes African-American women....more

Lindsey - part of a series, "Be True to Thyself"

With the spirit of encouraging and inspiring everyone out there to become acquainted with oneself and learn to be comfortable and accepting of oneself, I have started a series, "Being True to Thyself," wherein I will include snapshots of individuals who dare to be themselves, imperfections and all, and are becoming stronger, full-of-life people.Lindsey is the first individual in my series....more

Why Feminists Should Be Concerned About Trump's 'Anchor Baby' Comments

The term “anchor babies” — a throwback to the right-wing immigration reformers of the 1990s and early 2000s— is in the news again. And as this debate over whether this is term is derogatory (and the American Heritage diction has listed it as offensive) or not gets going once again, feminists should be watchful of how the term frames and blames women for these so-called unwanted immigrants....more

The Alpha Phi Sorority Controversy Shows We're Not Really Talking About Gender and Race

Instead of a sorority video, why don't we focus attention on police brutality or the attempts to defund Planned Parenthood?...more

Hawaii's Secret Mermaid Cave (and some lessons on culture)

I often see people, quite often those who are sent to live here for a few years, frustrated that others won’t share the location of some of the hidden treasures of the island with them. These people are typically the ones who don’t like Hawaii and I have seen it over and over again since moving here. It led me to this post where I wanted to share some notes on the culture of this island paradise which most of us are a guest of....more

Cultural Appropriation in America

Everywhere we turn our heads, there is always a person of color or ethnicity being criticized for their nativity and culture, such as Black men with their locs and afros, Black women with their voluptuous physiques and kinky hair, Hispanics/Latinos being stereotyped for their "hairiness" and thick figures, or Native Americans being mocked for the genocide of their people....more

The African American Experience: Accentuating the Positive despite our Past

My great grandfather was born into slavery, my great grandfather was born into slavery, my great grandfather was born into slavery AND I'm 36 years old.  Those were the thoughts that resounded in my head as I read my family's history....more

diversity in learning( my thoughts on how one teacher addresses stereotypes in educating black males)

I recently read an article entitled " My struggle with teaching black males" The title alone had me curious as to what this fellow blogger was going to talk about. So many thoughts went through my mind as I waited for the article to continue to load on my laptop. My first thought was is this going to be a biased article? will the blogger share their actual experience with educating black males? And most importantly how will what I am reading affect my children after all this article is everywhere not just in the blog community magazines....more