Coming to a screen near you: Netflix’s drug cartels, Reading Rainbow and a Spanish dramedy

Have you guys noticed more dragons on your Netflix? Us too. And soon there’s going to be more drug cartels, Reading Rainbows and smart girls.I’m writing this as a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and even if I wasn’t, I’d still be a fan of its original series. They’re better than most of what’s on TV and don’t take the time commitment of a movie. (Unless you binge-watch, which admit it, always ends up happening despite your best efforts.)...more

Mom bullied at the beach for wearing a bikini

 It was my friend’s first time in a bikini in 13 years. She was on the beach in Alberta, Canada with her two kids, relaxing under the sun when three people began to taunt her.“It started with, ‘oh my god, look. Look! That’s f—— gross!’” Tanis Jex-Blake wrote in a private Facebook group we share. She opened her eyes to see what the commotion was to find two guys and a girl standing above her....more
sheswrite people can be so cruel. I admire the woman for celebrating her hard working bod!more

Achieving Martin Luther King's Dream: Are You Doing Your Part?

Today is Martin Luther King Day, when we look back on a courageous man and the movement for equality. Has King’s dream been realized? No, it hasn’t....more

Talking About Martin Luther King Jr. and Race With My Biracial 5 Year Old

It’s interesting being a parent of biracial children in that -- like with most things with motherhood -- I’m fumbling around in the dark.Digging through my five-year-old’s backpack, I ran across a worksheet on Martin Luther King, Jr. Curious, I asked him what he learned about King in school. Image Credit: Ron Cogswell via Flickr ...more
It's a balancing act in the truest sense of the word...and you're doing great at it. Your son ...more

How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

   Trayvon Martin. A name forever etched in the annals of America’s complex relationship with race.We all know the story. A 17-year-old armed with only a bag of Skittles, a hoodie and mocha skin is followed by a neighborhood watch man. At this moment, neither are breaking the law. Then there’s a confrontation. A few minutes later, Trayvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman is accused in his death....more

When Will We Meet The Need For Paid Parental Leave?

What do you value most in life? Don’t think hard about it, just quickly rattle off two or three things.Got em’ yet?OK, so I betcha included in that list is your family. We all generally agree that family is important and needs to be prioritized. So why, oh why don’t we put our money where our mouth is?...more

Surprise Date Night: Rihanna's Concert In Chicago

We were driving to the city for our date night and I had no idea where we were going. Hubby knows how much I love surprises, so many date nights are like this.Though I knew this date was different since I asked him earlier in the day whether I should wear heels. He advised against it. Hmmmm. That usually means I’ll be dancing....more

Telling my story for One Billion Rising's call to end violence against women and girls

I remember the moment he slapped me. If I listen hard enough, I can still hear the ringing in my ears. We both just stared at each other, shocked that he’d actually hit me....more

Alabama Standoff: We Can All Breathe a Sigh of Relief Now That Ethan's Free

Some stories just grab you by the heartstrings and don’t let go. I can’t always predict which stories are going to immerse themselves in my thoughts. But when I heard about the boy in Alabama who had been snatched from his school bus, I knew this was one tale that would be woven into my daily life....more

Spotlight on Memorial Day: Semper Fi, A Marine's Run

Looking to change up my exercise routine, I ran a race Sunday that honored those in the military. The real honor came at the end when I cheered for Yuyri Zmysly, a man who doctors said could forever be in a vegetative state....more