Dear Janay Rice, I Was There Once, Too

I'm so sorry, Janay. I'm so sorry that you are once again made to endure the scrutiny of the public. You know? If my personal business was revealed to all the world, I would be mortified. ...more

I Did Investigative Journalism Through My Blog, You Can Too

“If you don’t like the news,” an old saying goes, “make your own.”Doubly so when you’re an education news blogger and parent of a school-aged child. ...more

Doc McStuffins is Good, But Kids Need to Learn a Lot More About Race

Doc McStuffins, Disney's black doctor character, is a"crossover hit." Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of colorblindness, as reported by the  ...more

Do the Events in Ferguson Reflect Voter Suppression?

I suspect St. Louis County, Missouri, has a voter suppression problem. ...more

VIDEO: 7 Leaders Talk Race, Gender, Feminism at BlogHer '14

In 2013, with the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, talk about race, privilege, and what to do about it exploded on the Internet. In addition to the important discussions about race, gender and feminism came to ...more

Women on the Verge: Helping Women In India Come Into Their Own

Disclosure: I spent last week in India as a guest of Coca-Cola India, who brought me and seven other internet influencers there to learn about their work supporting women and girls, as well as sustainable practices around water. The trip was paid for in full by Coca-Cola, but I attended as a journalist and a longtime advocate for women and children in developing countries, and the reporting and opinions below are my own....more
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Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis....more
Aww man, how did I forget this was Banned Books Week? When I was in school two years ago, I ran ...more

Family Demographics Are Changing ... and So Are Our Children's Economic Opportunities

We’ve all heard about the growing numbers of breadwinner moms (40 percent of all U.S. households, in case you were wondering), but American families are diversifying in more than one way, and recent studies show that those changes aren’t just affecting our culture: Family structure may have a huge impact on the next generation’s economic opportunities. ...more

FINALLY we look like we know what we’re doing

Yes, I do realize that I’m probably far more excited about our new website coming on line that is normal. Several points here on a Friday night: I completely disagree with those entrepreneurs who say, “You sell the sizzle not the steak” when what they mean is that they really don’t have a good product but just a good story a.k.a. a line of bullshit. I think we have benefited from never hiring anyone in our company who has experience as a middle manager ....more

Laurie Penny, you’ve lost me

A much-revered excerpt from Laurie Penny’s most-recent book, “Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution,” is published over at Salon. The headline reads: “Mainstream feminism is tepid and cowardly: Work, sex, race, ‘having it all’ and true liberation.” Tips for newcomers: the hot and trendy thing to do in feminism these days is shit on it. Everyone is simultaneously too radical or not radical enough and no one’s really sure what radical means anyway ....more

Janay Rice and the #WhyIStayed Movement

On September 9, the NFL decided to suspend Ray Rice indefinitely after footage of him abusing his then-fiancé, Janay Rice (née Palmer) was released by TMZ. Many people have applauded the NFL for the harsh punishment. The NFL’s previous decision to suspend Rice for only two games caused...more

Thank Goddess It’s Friday

Thank goddess it’s Friday. How was your week? I might actually stay up late tonight ....more

Open Thread with Basset on a Beach

This pensive Basset Hound is your host...more

Women on the Verge: Helping Women In India Come Into Their Own

Disclosure: I spent last week in India as a guest of Coca-Cola India, who brought me and seven other internet influencers there to learn about their work supporting women and girls, as well as sustainable practices around water. The trip was paid for in full by Coca-Cola, but I attended as a journalist and a longtime advocate for women and children in developing countries, and the reporting and opinions below are my own....more
What an incredible story. Great post!more

My Open Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell

     Dear Commissioner Goodell,In your press conference today, you mentioned over and over again the fact that you, and the NFL need help. Specifically that you need expert advice on the organization's conduct policy.As a professional in student conduct, but really more so as a human being with basic where-with-all, my advice is simple:...more

Our 8 Year Old’s First Date

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Ending Domestic Violence: Talking with Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle

CBS' anchor James Brown's statement on stopping domestic violenceRay Rice's indefinite suspension fr...more