Where Are the Brown Girls in Teen/YA Books?

I went to the 2014 National Book Festival with two of my daughters.  Elle, a high schooler, is the voracious reader of the family.  Often times, before any of the rest of us can finish reading – or even begin to read – a book that we’ve checked out of the library or bought at the bookstore, she has “borrowed” and finished the book, then handed it back with a quick review.  No book is safe in her arm’s reach (and she has long arms.)  Nat came along, too; still in elementary school, she reads when and if she feels like it. ...more
Yes, it matters. To young people of color, it's so important to see representations of ... more

Study Says Home-Cooked Meals Burden Working Mothers. What Can We Do About It?

If you were a child in the 1970s, you’ll remember the lyrics to the Enjoli perfume commercial: "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan." But in reality, it’s hard enough to work to earn a living and put healthy meals on the table, even without the smelling good and looking sexy. ...more
PeggyinProgress And yes, working with the school system to bring back an example of the kind of ... more

Study Says Home-Cooked Meals Burden Working Mothers. What Can We Do About It?

If you were a child in the 1970s, you’ll remember the lyrics to the Enjoli perfume commercial: "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan." But in reality, it’s hard enough to work to earn a living and put healthy meals on the table, even without the smelling good and looking sexy. ...more
PeggyinProgress I think Home Ec is so important, especially for teens who may be raised on ... more

Fundraising in Elementary Schools: Preying on Kids' Fear of Being Left Out

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a packet of information that no parent wants to receive. It's time for the annual school fall fundraiser! I do not like fundraisers and hate selling things. I think it stems back to when I was young and my mother had me go door to door selling boxes of candy for Camp Fire. The goal was to sell 100 boxes. I rang a lot of door bells until I met the quota. Granted, my mother was the leader of our Camp Fire group and felt like we had to meet the goal. (Camp Fire is a youth group kind of like the Girl Scouts.) ...more
The special prizes and parties for kids who sell stuff really bothers me, too. I'd much rather ... more

Photos from the National Moment of Silence

Since unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, BlogHer’s Love & Sex editor Feminista Jones took to Twitter to plan a National Moment of Silence at 7p.m. EST/ 4p.m. PST today. ...more
Nordette Adams Thanks for sharing the video! more

Why Adults Need Diverse Books Too

Why aren’t we reading more adult fiction by writers of color or about the non-white experiences? As much as the news outlets like to tout it, reading isn’t dead. At least once a week, a Facebook friend will ask for book recommendations. Social media has made reading more social. We share status updates about our current reads, rave about books we love, and even track our reading progress all through social media. ...more
I've heard so often that publishers worry that people won't buy novels about characters of ... more

Why Indra Nooyi’s Work-Life Comments Are Important to Asian American Women

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the latest female executive to chime in to the never-ending discussion about balancing work and life. ...more
chatoveracuppa thanks for sharing your take on Nooyi's interview. If anything, I'm glad that ... more

Sudan Releases Meriam Ibrahim, Then Re-Arrests Her

[Editor's Note 6/24/2014 11:00 a.m. PST: Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested just 24 hours after her release as she attempted to board a plane for the U.S. --Grace] ...more
April Byrd Just heard about that. Thanks for the heads-up. We'll be following her story! more

More "If Asians Said Stuff White People Say"

Because this "If Asians Said the Things White People Say" video is the story of my life, and I can't let it pass without comment because it's so awesome.  And I need to add some other things Asians could say to white people. This video was produced by BuzzFeed and has gone viral. Before we begin: ...more
The bowing thing drives me crazy. I've had regular adults (not in yoga class or at a temple) do ... more

Looking for Multiracial TV Characters I Can Show My Biracial Kids

Recent media on media coverage of the upcoming Fall Television Season (does TV even still have seasons? Doesn't it feel like new shows are just constantly premiering?) has focused heavily on television becoming a lot less "whitewashed," mostly due to the multiple productions of Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) and a few others, including upcoming pilots with Hispanic and Asian leads. ...more
It's hard enough to find non-white characters on prime time, much less interracial families. The ... more