Things I Said At Work Today: Picture Day Edition

It's been a long week at work with bizarre October temperatures, picture day shenanigans, and awful songs with ridiculous ranges. Today was Picture Day which meant that I made sure students didn't scowl at the camera so I tried making them laugh by dancing off to the side out of view of the camera. I ended up making the kids laugh who were standing in line to be next which meant I had to step up my dancing game ....more

EngenderHealth: WTFP?!

There are few things more important to me, as a woman and mother, than making decisions for myself about my health. This includes, but is not limited to, choosing my own contraception. Choosing when to get pregnant and making my own choices about having children are things that I have taken for granted at times ....more

I Speak Girl

There are few things in life I do better than speaking the secret language of teenagers when I'm at work. In fact, I'd say that I am fluent in speaking Girl. Whether it's a 6th grader or a junior in high school: I can get them to talk to me ....more

Personal Finance for Teens: The H&R Block Teacher Challenge

Personal finance was never an option for courses for me to take when I was in school. I did, however, learn how to write a check (this was in the 80s, mind you) and create a budget for my non-existent future at the time. I was to pretend that I had a swinging loft and took city transportation to my fabulous job as a Rockette dancer ....more

EngenderHealth: WTFP?!

There are few things more important to me, as a woman and mother, than making decisions for myself about my health. This includes, but is not limited to, choosing my own contraception. Choosing when to get pregnant and making my own choices about having children are things that I have taken for granted at times....more

The BlogHer '14 Keynote Closing Panel: Intersectionality on Race, Gender, Feminism, & The Internet

Our American Christians are too busy saving the souls of white Christians from burning in hell-fire to save the lives of black ones from present burning in fires kindled by white Christians....more

The Narrative: Fannie Lou Hamer and Ferguson, Missouri

Last night I told myself to stay away from the news and yet my father picked up the remote control and changed it from the Little League World Series to MSNBC. There's something about talking to our parents, especially if they're Black and lived through the Civil Rights Movement in this nation, about seeing patterns repeated. While it was more of the same I went to bed consciously thinking of other things ....more

Teaching Outside the Box

Nearly 18 years ago I was a classroom teacher to 8th grade students and the flavor of the day was Literature Circles which I can sum up as being a Book Club for kids. Since I was new to teaching junior high students I wasn't familiar with the novels I collected in a bin from the book closet. I just grabbed several titles (some I had read, some I hadn't) and set up my classroom so that groups of 3-4 could read a book together and really get to the meat of it in small groups....more

Celebrating Girls & Women

If I were ever in the position to be a beauty queen (nope, not happening) and had to choose a platform I know exactly what I'd promote: anything that celebrates girls and women. It's not that boys aren't important and I have 2 sons of my own so I see a need for them, too. But this passion around girls and women has only been fueled in the last several years ....more

Girls & Essence Fest 2014

While this is going to mostly be a photo essay of the last few days I have to pause and thank Coca-Cola for inviting me to something that is so perfectly up my alley that I saw my interests converge all in one weekend. Traveling to New Orleans was a bit of an ordeal, but I cherished having some free time one of the days to visit my family down there and eat to my heart's content. My cholesterol would disagree with that but it was only for a few days....more