4 Reasons to Marry Your Child’s Father or Mother

Most people do not plan to have children with people they are not married to but it happens more often than not to Black children. More than half of Black children born in America are born to single parents. There are many reasons why people are marrying as much as they used to. Rising costs…

Reconnecting With an Absent Father

Reconnecting with an absent father is not an easy task. About 40 percent of children born are coming in the world to a single parent household. It is hard to pin point how many of these single parenting households are to absentee fathers and how many are to single fathers doing the best that they…

Connecting With Your Child’s Teacher

Going back to school for Black children can be tough. Connecting with your child’s teacher is one of the most important responsibilities that a parent of a Black child has. It is much easier than most parents think. After the preschool age some parents start dropping the ball. Some parents think that the school system…

8 Ways to Protect Your Community

There are eight easy things that all homeowners and renters can do if they want to protect and improve their community. Protecting the community increases values and keeps the community safer. As a parent of a Black child, you owe it to your child to keep your community as safe and thriving as possible. Most…

4 Step Guide for Dealing with a Police Stop

Getting pulled over while Black by the police is usually uneventful. The average Black person dealing with a police stop over does not make the news. They are usually given a warning or a ticket and sent on their way. But there are times when this is not the case and the unusual happens. Driving…

Dealing with Deadbeat Dads

Dealing with deadbeat dads is never pleasant. Almost three out of every four Black children are born in single parent homes. The reasons for this are vast and complex. Some of the culprits are government programs that seem to encourage single parent homes if the assistance is to be continued. others may be past practices,…

4 Problems with Private Schools

Private school can be a great alternative when parents with extra money are looking for an alternative to public schools. Private schools offer many amenities that can be attractive to parents and students. Still, private schools are not perfect. Here are four things that private schools get wrong. Running from Problems Private schools at times…

4 Problems with Charter Schools

Charter schools are all the rage in many cities in American with high populations of Black or Hispanic people. They offer a solution to some students and parents who are seeking an alternative to public education that does not have the costs of a private education. Although they do get some things right, here are…

Why Black Fathers Still Matter

I wrote this piece when I was invited to participate in a symposium organized by Brother Rann from Urbanedmixtape.com. This might help other teachers who are dealing with students growing up in a single parent household. No matter what anyone says Black fathers still matter.   Oscar Brown sang a song called Dat Dere. It…

Why I Gave up Black Consciousness

I gave up claiming support for Black Consciousness. I can remember images of what a conscious Black man did, said and how he acted. Before the internet boom Black Consciousness was something else. I remember seeing videos with my father of Public Enemy telling America to fight the power and that Elvis was not their…