What We Can Learn From Coverage of A Mother Thing's Walmart Post

There was a girl at camp who told us stories that didn't quite add up. They may have been true, or they may have been outright lies; as kids, we had no way to know. My friends and I sometimes privately joked about the stories, which always ended with someone pulling the girl back from the brink of death, but we never confronted the girl, or publicly humiliated her, or called her mother to corroborate the story. Mostly because ... what if? ...more
Forget the Internet -- this sort of lying damages real people. Adults, who lie, take away other ... more

Best Quotes From the BlogHer '13 Sessions

I'm like Jenny Chiu of Mommy Nani Booboo -- I just can't quit BlogHer '13 quite yet (go watch the video and come back -- so funny!). So I've been reading the panel transcriptions, and just had to share the nuggets of wisdom I've come across so far. BlogHers floor me every year -- so smart, prepared, powerful, willing to share. Read on for my favorite quotes. I'll be adding more as I find them, and stay tuned: We should also be getting the presentations attached to these transcriptions by next week. ...more
Although I thought I was going to pass out beforehand, being on that panel about Blogging the ... more

Announcing the 1st of our BlogHer '13 Keynotes: "The Walking Dead" Producer Gale Anne Hurd

Sarah Connor. Ripley. Michonne. Talk about some powerful women. They are all brought to you courtesy of the first of our BlogHer '13 keynote speakers: Gale Anne Hurd....more
I'm trying to not freak out right now because if I wake up my kids I will be the walking dead ... more

After Quvenzhane, Michelle and Beyonce: Why Black Girls Need "The Talk"

For the last couple of months, I’ve been helping out a friend by occasionally babysitting her four-year-old daughter, who was adopted from Ethiopia. My friend, who is white, is a single mother and a teacher and has made considerable efforts to make her daughter aware of her ethnicity, but I can’t help but fear for the trials and tribulations this little girl will endure when she gets older. She is a remarkably beautiful and sweet little kid, and I find myself treating her differently from how I treat my our-year-old niece and my nephews....more
@Denise  don't forget the title, too. more

After Quvenzhane, Michelle and Beyonce: Why Black Girls Need "The Talk"

For the last couple of months, I’ve been helping out a friend by occasionally babysitting her four-year-old daughter, who was adopted from Ethiopia. My friend, who is white, is a single mother and a teacher and has made considerable efforts to make her daughter aware of her ethnicity, but I can’t help but fear for the trials and tribulations this little girl will endure when she gets older. She is a remarkably beautiful and sweet little kid, and I find myself treating her differently from how I treat my our-year-old niece and my nephews....more
I love the sentiment of this piece, but you misspelled her name. It's Quvenzhane. more

If You're White, Do You Ever Think About Being White?

Earlier today, BlogHer Contributing Editor Nordette Adams shared a video with me on Facebook. It was part of a series of videos that got together black women and white women and let them ask each other questions regarding race. I now want to watch the entire series. The video Nordette shared asked two questions: 1) Do white people think about white privilege? and 2) What are the barriers to black women and white women being friends?...more
I think about being white a lot and I credit that to my college experience and learning about ... more

What Will You Find When You Download Your Twitter Archive?

I was recently reading this post from BlogHer’s Blogging and Social Media editor, Melissa Ford, about backing up your social media content, which said one of the things you should do to protect yourself is download all of your tweets. Did you know you could do that? ...more
Love this! My first tweet on 10/29/08 was " trying to figure out what the heck twitter is and ... more

Are We Losing Friendships Over Social Media?

What would never happen in the face-to-face world happens without thought online daily. Of course, the rules for social interactions can't always carry over from the face-to-face world into the Internet; we just don't have the emotional bandwidth to read and respond to dozens (or for some people, hundreds) of status updates daily. And most updates don't carry with them emotional weight. But major life news, accomplishments, losses, emotional anniversaries -- these have the potential to bring out a lot of hurt feelings when we can see that our words were heard but elicited no response. ...more
I have been hurt once because it was someone I considered a friend offline (I was in their ... more

Things I Don't Want to Hear: "Mom, Are Those My Jeans?"

Have you seen that commercial with the mom trying on her daughters' jeans? Every time I see it, I think, "I don't like this commercial but I don't know why." I'm thankful to Alex at Late Enough for putting words to my feeling. In short and to quote her: "It's creepy as crap." Read on and see if you agree. ...more

Things I Don't Want to Hear: "Mom, Are Those My Jeans?"

Have you seen that commercial with the mom trying on her daughters' jeans? Every time I see it, I think, "I don't like this commercial but I don't know why." I'm thankful to Alex at Late Enough for putting words to my feeling. In short and to quote her: "It's creepy as crap." Read on and see if you agree. ...more
@www.m-aam.com I think when that's the highlight of your relationship with your daughter, she ... more