Not an ounce of Jubilee for Bachlorette fans

First and foremost, I think it’s important to note that I’m team Jojo all the way. The idea of sitting through a season with Caila as the Bachelorette brings tears to many an eye, however that being said,  Bachelor/Bachelorette fans are angry and rightfully so, that the network implied a diverse Bachelorette only to announce the all too familiar southern belle with strong family ties and older brothers that will surely make for an awkward and entertaining hometown episode....more

20 Diverse, Body Positive Books For Kids That You Def Need

Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy. It was only a few years ago that a search for “body positive children's books” would have brought up a disappointing and limited amount of options.But it is officially 2016, and our world has progressed! HURRAH! The measly list is no more!...more

Take The Leap (Day) to Make Your Own History

It’s Leap Day! February 29 is the every-fourth-year calendar adjustment for the Gregorian calendar’s imperfections. The extra day appended to February inspired a leap of vision and blazing hope for women in 5th Century Ireland, when St. Bridget persuaded St. Patrick to declare that a woman could do what was then the unthinkable: ask a man to marry her....more

Why I won't be watching the Oscars this year

Another year, another set of Oscar nominations. For the second year in a row, no black actors have been nominated. Sadly, many of us will read the #oscarssowhite controversy as just another news story triggered by disgruntled Hollywood actors who are outraged at having been overlooked for their talent. Admittedly, Hollywood actors themselves, most of them white, have expressed indifference over the diversity in representation. And I hesitate to ask, perhaps this is because they have the luxury of not having to think about it? ...more

The 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge Begins Today!

It's time for diversity! Last year I started a diversity reading challenge for myself and I was amazed at the number of people who were drawn to it. It's so great to know that I'm not the only person who realizes that more books need to feature diverse characters AND that mainstream readers demand them too! ...more

7 Books to Help You Talk to Your Child about being Biracial

 As a school counselor, I’ve learned that kids in general usually have some sort of identity crisis in middle or in high school. Why add the confusion of who am I (race wise) to that? I’m still working on our book collection, but I put together a review of 7 books that I think are great for talking to your kids about what it means to be biracial. And for those of you who aren’t raising biracial children, these books are good for the classroom, church or even for parents who adopt outside of their race. Here we go… ...more

How Not To Respond To Your Teen Interacially Dating

My beautifully brown daughter (African American) began high school last September. She's been talking about dating, boyfriends, and body piercings. All of which cue the “Psycho” film shower scene music to ring in my head. Because last school year was her first Homecoming, the dances were the focus of many of our talks. She surprised me one evening and announced, “I'm probably not going to this year's dance with a black guy.” She explained there were a host of other cute boys (from different racial backgrounds) she would consider....more

Is Your Teen At Risk for Homophobia or Sexistism? Try These 7 Conversation Starters

My teen is at risk.  I hate to admit it, but the signs are there.  I hear the whispers when we see flamboyant boys on television or young men at the grocery store with pastel attire.  I am a quiet bystander as my husband preaches the guy code rules to our two boys.  These include:  “No school choir”, “No crying when you are hurt” (even if bleeding is involved, and of course, the most important “You must play contact sports” (even though my oldest boy has two left feet like me).   I hear the sneers (and the eye rolls) when there is a same-sex kiss scene on ...more

The Importance of Role Models in Tech Diversity

I first realized I was the exception, not the rule, around the age of 19. I was a second-semester freshman taking Intro to Programming at Johnson C. Smith University, a small HBCU in Charlotte, NC. At the time, I intended to major in Marketing and minor in Computer Science, so this was the first of my minor requirements....more

What The Michael Brown Incident Should've Taught Us

I've been thinking a lot about race relations in this country....more