Reconnecting With an Absent Father

Reconnecting with an absent father is not an easy task. Being a father is no easy job. Being a single father is even harder. 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…

Tips for Single Black Fathers

I wrote some tips for single Black fathers because I felt that there are so many fathers out there who are trying to be better dads and just may need some help to get started in the right direction. The relationship is over with your child’s mother; maybe you never had one with her from…

Driving While Black: The Guide to Getting Pulled Over by Police

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Why I Became a Black Feminist

I am a Black feminist. I do not think women should burn their bras. I don’t like the idea of women growing their hair under their arms. But I am okay if women enjoy doing all these things. I am a different type of feminist. I am the feminist that believes that men and women…

Why is Football Still Legal in America?

On the surface Lebron James, President Obama and Malcolm Gladwell have little in common. They all have at least one Black parent but the buck seems to stop there. Two have written books. Two enjoy basketball. But one thread that these men all share is that they would not let their children play football. Banning…