9 Video Premiere!! SPEECH featuring Kamren “I’ma Fight Back Now”

Video Premiere!! SPEECH featuring Kamren “I’ma Fight Back Now”

Song available for purchase: www.ArrestedDevelopmentMusic.com Photograph courtesy of Eric Payne Photography *Special thanks to Lamar Tyler for video production and cinematography Share on Facebook


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#NWNW 2014 Essay Contest Winner, Jevon J. Joseph

NAME- JEVON J. JOSEPH SCHOOL: SIXTH FORM GOVERNMENT SCHOOL/ POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE ADDRESS OF SCHOOL: #2 ETHEL STREET, ST. JAMES, PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, W.I. TOPIC: No wedding, no womb project: “The poverty cycle increases when there’s an uneducated single mother: Discuss.” Uneducated Single mothers have become a new epidemic which is spreading worldwide. Mark Twain [...]


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Announcing the 2014 No Wedding No Womb Essay Contest Winner, Christina Thomas

The No Wedding No Womb initiative has gone international, and is now an official program at Sixth Form Government School in Trinidad and Tobago! Two essay winners were selected, with Christina Thomas taking first place and receiving a $75 cash prize. Congratulations, Christina! CHRISTINA THOMAS SCHOOL: SIXTH FORM GOVERNMENT SCHOOL/ POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE ADDRESS OF SCHOOL: [...]


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0 Time to Have a Conversation about the Connection between Sex, Children and Responsibility

Time to Have a Conversation about the Connection between Sex, Children and Responsibility

“Marriage–of the legally and spiritually binding type–is the safest way to raise children here in America. I think it’s about time for Americans to ask themselves what do we need to do to make our marriages more like the kinds of marriages that Europeans are experiencing–even if the ‘marriage’ that Europeans are partaking of is not one that involves standing before a judge and pledging ’till death do us part’. Clearly, Europeans–and German’s in particular–know something we don’t know or have yet to acknowledge.”


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0 Lamar Tyler: “The Wire” Star Tray Chaney Promotes Fatherhood in New Music Video

Lamar Tyler: “The Wire” Star Tray Chaney Promotes Fatherhood in New Music Video

In a time when Fatherhood is a hot button issue in the African American community actor/rapper Tray Chaney releases a music video for his new song titled Fatherhood that hits the mark. Many will recognize Chaney from his role as Poot Carr on HBO’s hit show “The Wire.”


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0 What Da Cuss?! Grandmothers In Their Thirties Get There Own Reality Show

What Da Cuss?! Grandmothers In Their Thirties Get There Own Reality Show

Lawdhammersee with a cherry on top, but news has it that a major cable network just sent a cattle call for all 30-something grandmothers.


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0 Gwen Cannon: The Value of Adoption and Foster Care

Gwen Cannon: The Value of Adoption and Foster Care

So in 1999, I was able to adopt. It was the best thing I could have done for the both of us.


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0 “Map Your Future” Update: Platform to Break e-Ground!

“Map Your Future” Update: Platform to Break e-Ground!

Thanks to a very generous private party donation (TODAY!!) we know have enough to start building the social media platform for “Map Your Future!” MYF is the first- of- its- kind mentorship program operated completely online. Twenty children will be selected to participate for one year to interface with 100 mentors in various areas to [...]


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0 Predators and Pimps: Saving Our Girls from Oakland’s Streets

Predators and Pimps: Saving Our Girls from Oakland’s Streets

“When you been molested your whole life, sometimes these girls be hoes. They do it to cover up the pain of what happened to them. “ –Former prostituted teen


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0 Video: Giving Away A Treasure; EPIC Father-Daughter Dance Routine!!

Video: Giving Away A Treasure; EPIC Father-Daughter Dance Routine!!

This video will have you laughing, cheering and clapping your hands.


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0 Paul Carrick Brunson: A Father’s Voice

Paul Carrick Brunson: A Father’s Voice

“It’s called “No Wedding, No Womb,” but in the effort to fix the broken homes of the African American community we are forgetting an important member – the father.”


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2 NWNW Reaches the West Indies: Student is Inspired to Write Rivoting Report

NWNW Reaches the West Indies: Student is Inspired to Write Rivoting Report

If this report came to fruition because of the initial blog-a-thon, just think how far we can go with the resources we need to move ahead!


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0 Lorraine Spencer: I Am My Mother’s Child Well…Kinda Sorta

Lorraine Spencer: I Am My Mother’s Child Well…Kinda Sorta

“Understanding that there are exceptions to every rule, many many children of single headed households do wonderfully in life and love. But they are exceptions. The overwhelming majority of children in these households will suffer at some point during childhood.”


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0 Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt: “No wedding No womb is not a judgment. It’s an option.”

Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt: “No wedding No womb is not a judgment. It’s an option.”

“No wedding No womb is not a judgment. It’s an option. There is a difference. More should know it and respect it and collectively, we all may go further, faster.”


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0 Shun Jackson: My Testimony as a Single Mom

Shun Jackson: My Testimony as a Single Mom

When you are a single parent, EVERYTHING that is done in a normal household (with 2 parents) is on the shoulders of the 1 parent.


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0 Like “The Interrupters,” No Wedding No Womb Might Save Lives. Is That Good Enough?

Like “The Interrupters,” No Wedding No Womb Might Save Lives. Is That Good Enough?

The No Wedding, No Womb (NWNW) movement is no different in this respect. “Those who support it are demanding to know: Are you with us or against us?
Well, I’m neither… “


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0 Kathy Henry: “Do You Have a Girlfriend?”

Kathy Henry: “Do You Have a Girlfriend?”

It is amazing to me that in almost all cultures, there is intense pressure on females to remain chaste and pure but men are encouraged to spread their seed with as many women as possible without any ramifications and this paradigm of thinking is dangerous.


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0 Why No Wedding, No Womb Is Common Sense

Why No Wedding, No Womb Is Common Sense

“As a happily married woman and expectant mother, I have personally experienced some of the benefits of being in a loving marriage before becoming pregnant. I’ll just discuss a few reasons why “No Wedding, No Womb” is a good darn idea.”


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0 No Wedding No Womb: An Open Letter to My One-Year Old Son and All Black Baby Boys Who Will Inevitably Grow Up

No Wedding No Womb: An Open Letter to My One-Year Old Son and All Black Baby Boys Who Will Inevitably Grow Up

“The hip hop artists who religiously rap about black women as bitches and hoes deserving nothing but sexual domination were once toddlers and their first words for black women were mama and nana.”


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0 Bekki Davis Keller: A Note to the NWNW “Haters”

Bekki Davis Keller: A Note to the NWNW “Haters”

To those who highly object to NWNW and call it a stupid idea, I have to wonder if you have been following what NWNW has been doing long enough to call the founder’s idea “stupid”?


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0 Elizabeth Marquardt: Marriage Isn’t Just a ‘Piece of Paper’

Elizabeth Marquardt: Marriage Isn’t Just a ‘Piece of Paper’

As long as mom and dad are living together with their baby, why does it matter if they have this piece of paper that says they’re married? It turns out that marriage is more than just a piece of paper.


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0 Klarque Garrison: What’s a Community to Do? Babies Having Babies

Klarque Garrison: What’s a Community to Do? Babies Having Babies

“I recently, did a program on my talk radio show about “Why are our babies…having babies”? We barely had anyone call in for comments. I most certainly was perplexed by the notion that we’ve become so de-sensitize by this epidemic that no one thought it was an issue!”


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0 England Simpson: Twelve: An Important Conversation

England Simpson: Twelve: An Important Conversation

“Minors are becoming parents and bringing children into unstable homes and some are getting fame and notoriety for it. Ew, that’s wack… “


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0 Homespun Wisdom: What a Mother Will Tell Her Baby Girl

Homespun Wisdom: What a Mother Will Tell Her Baby Girl

“My daughter is only 6 and she has already told me several times about what’s going to happen when she has a baby.”


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0 Things Must Change

Things Must Change

The struggles of the African American community have cost humanity.  The wellbeing of our youth has been sacrificed at a very dear price.  Unlike most people around the world, we do not have a tribe or clan we can attribute our heritage to and therefore this produces a restless displacement in the psyche of many [...]


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0 The MadLab: Out of Wedlock Births on Film that Play Out in Real Life

The MadLab: Out of Wedlock Births on Film that Play Out in Real Life

“Often than not, the picture of out of wedlock births, especially among African-American women tend to be similar to “Claudine” starring Diahann Carroll or “Lean on Me” starring Morgan Freeman.”


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0 Afua Boahene: Where Do We Go From Here?: “No Wedding, No Womb”, One Year Later

Afua Boahene: Where Do We Go From Here?: “No Wedding, No Womb”, One Year Later

The central thesis of my argument was and still is that the social costs of “out of wedlock” births is too high a price for us to pay.


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0 Isis The Blogger: The Unexpected outcome of Motherhood

Isis The Blogger: The Unexpected outcome of Motherhood

I had a full term pregnancy without any complications besides an unstable
relationship. When my son was born he was not responsive, although he looked like a normal, healthy baby; there was something going on in his brain that I would not fully understand until later.”


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0 LaShaun Williams: No Wedding, No Womb,The Real War on Child Poverty and Abuse

LaShaun Williams: No Wedding, No Womb,The Real War on Child Poverty and Abuse

“A new generation of nuclear households starts with black women and self-preservation, not just for personal sanctity but also for the mental health of their children. They don’t deserve the heartache that comes with being born into poverty.”


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0 Married Girl in a Weird World: Marriage is Excellent for Practical Reasons Too

Married Girl in a Weird World: Marriage is Excellent for Practical Reasons Too

“I know marriage isn’t for everyone, it just isn’t. I’m not trying to argue that point. I’m trying to say for all of those folks who feel that co-habitating is the same as marriage well; I’m here to tell you that’s not true, not even close to true. “


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0 Tracy Renee Jones: Strong Families Are About Having Options: Protect A Family’s Right to Have a Choice

Tracy Renee Jones: Strong Families Are About Having Options: Protect A Family’s Right to Have a Choice

“A stable partnership of any magnitude stands a better chance if each partner is willing and able to share responsibility and commitment to the children.”


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0 Grief: “Mom, Can you bring my Econ books please?”

Grief: “Mom, Can you bring my Econ books please?”

“My son experienced two different households from birth. When I shared with him my plan to write for the NWNW blog-a-thon he was more than willing to have his perspective shared. “


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0 Martin Lindsey: “The Children Are Not Alright, But We Can Make It Right”

Martin Lindsey: “The Children Are Not Alright, But We Can Make It Right”

“As an “actionist” I try not to whine about a problem but actually do something about it.”


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0 Dee Dee Russell: Village Ghetto Land

Dee Dee Russell: Village Ghetto Land

NWNW is highlighting the reality of the obscene numbers of African “American out of wedlock births resulting in fatherless households. Too many fatherless kids fail, go to jail and have horrible lives. Stop talking about slavery stop blaming the white man go help raise your kids. Your excuse is not an excuse anymore!”


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0 Jennifer Vaughn: When the Price Is Too High

Jennifer Vaughn: When the Price Is Too High

“Unless and until key factors within the market fundamentally change, we can’t realistically expect the girls to change their behavior.”


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0 Nisa Muhammad: Raise Your Hands High!!!!

Nisa Muhammad: Raise Your Hands High!!!!

“The facts are clear. The children of marriage parents do much better on nearly every scale of health, education, wellbeing and more. Marriage is the best environment to raise children. Marriage is where men and women can be all they want to be with the help and support of a caring spouse.”


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0 Deborrah Cooper: When The Children of Single Parents End up Dead

Deborrah Cooper: When The Children of Single Parents End up Dead

“There is no need for you to have a baby when you are not married and have no one to help you love, care for and support that child’s growth and development.”


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0 Zabeth: Lessons For My Daughter About Power

Zabeth: Lessons For My Daughter About Power

“The lesson: Women have more power in relationships than they realize.”


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0 Halima Anderson: Shared Responsibility not depending only on the Energies of Black Women!

Halima Anderson: Shared Responsibility not depending only on the Energies of Black Women!

“I don’t think anyone can legitimately argue against people’s rights to make specific choices in life, but what if those choices, have an unfavourable impact not just on them but others and in this case their children? Are we simply to ignore all of that?”


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1 Janine Latus: You should be a model!

Janine Latus: You should be a model!

“We need rites of passage in this world that don’t include having babies. We need girls to stop feeling like women because they have babies and boys to stop feeling like men because they’ve spread their seed.”


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0 Rainebeauxese Redux: We ARE the problem.

Rainebeauxese Redux: We ARE the problem.

“TRY TO PRETEND Christelyn is not penning an IR book alongside getting this
movement going. Apples and zebus, people–macro, not micro.”


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0 Another NWNW-Inspired Class Project: “What If?”

Another NWNW-Inspired Class Project: “What If?”

*Special thanks again to Ana Cedeno, instructor at Sixth Form Government School in Trinidad for presenting No Wedding No Womb to her students and inspiring them to apply it to their class projects.


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0 “The High Cost of Single Parenting: Anyone Surprised?”

“The High Cost of Single Parenting: Anyone Surprised?”

I wrote this post in my column on Madame Noire in response to recent Census data the once again, shows the high rates of poverty amongst single parents. “The High Cost of Single Parenting: Anyone Surprised?” I’m not. Yet ANOTHER article that tells more of the truth. Parenting a child without a contributing partner is [...]


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4 No Wedding No Womb Unveils New Logo!

No Wedding No Womb Unveils New Logo!

Special thanks to graphics designer,Lindsey Breeden, who did this wonderfully creative work of art pro bono. Look close. See the smiling baby? Share on Facebook


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0 NWNW Launches “Map Your Future” Campaign!

NWNW Launches “Map Your Future” Campaign!

First of it’s kind online mentorship program targeting at-risk high schoolers and first year college students, matching them with mentors across the world through video, instant messaging and social networking.


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0 Press: NWNW Mentioned in “Washington Times”

Press: NWNW Mentioned in “Washington Times”

Fellow NWNW participant, writer, radio host and attorney Jeneba Ghatt wrote a thoughtful piece, Marriage activists use Beyonce’s pregnancy to send message to single moms for the Washington Times community pages. It trended upwards to the most read piece that day.


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2 Lawd, There’s Hope! Puffy’s Son “Gets It!”

Lawd, There’s Hope! Puffy’s Son “Gets It!”

His message went out to over 200,000 followers and was re-tweeted over 100 times.


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0 Video: “Can’t Handle the Stress”

Video: “Can’t Handle the Stress”

17 year-old girl buckles under the stress of single parenthood.


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29 Partial List: 2011 No Wedding No Womb Participants

Partial List: 2011 No Wedding No Womb Participants

Working list of the brave who will enter the battlefield. This year’s motto: “If you don’t see a problem, then…that’s the problem.”


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0 True Stories: Kathy Henry Talks Frankly About No Father, Molestation, and Feelings of Inadequacy

True Stories: Kathy Henry Talks Frankly About No Father, Molestation, and Feelings of Inadequacy

“When I think about the molestation and my father abandoning me, I am filled with so much anger and hurt, it scared me and for years, I blocked it out. How can a man leave his child to fend for herself in such a harsh, cruel world? “


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2 No More Excuses: Free Birth Control for All!

No More Excuses: Free Birth Control for All!

No more whining about no access. You got it. Now–no more excuses.


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10 Why Was Lenny McAllister Fired from WVON?

Why Was Lenny McAllister Fired from WVON?

Lenny McAllister was fired from his popular radio show because he messed with the wrong black people. SMDH!


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4 Black Women “Holding it Down” is Killing Us.

Black Women “Holding it Down” is Killing Us.

How all the stress black women face wears on our health


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8 Conservative’s Cluelessness Makes Black Audiences Miss the Message

Conservative’s Cluelessness Makes Black Audiences Miss the Message

As usual, extreme conservatives alienate the very people who could help them carry an important message.


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0 Video: Why I Love My Dad.

Video: Why I Love My Dad.

On this Father’s Day, let’s remember the importance of having one, and BEING one.


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0 Urban Midwifery Gives Pregnant South Carolina Girls an “A-ha” Moment

Urban Midwifery Gives Pregnant South Carolina Girls an “A-ha” Moment

Rural Baby Mamas have the same obstacles and pain as Urban Baby Mamas… The issues are the same, and a woman, is a woman, is a woman… regardless of her geographical location here in the US. The issues were mostly about financial struggles, having to “do it all”, and not having the much needed emotional support.


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1 Founder and Organizer Mentioned in “World” Magazine

Founder and Organizer Mentioned in “World” Magazine

‘No wedding, no womb’
Facing grim statistics, a neighborhood group in New York City and others are trying to do something about out-of-wedlock births


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2 PSA via Dr. Boyce Wakins: The Impact of Fatherless Homes

PSA via Dr. Boyce Wakins: The Impact of Fatherless Homes

It’s time to WAKE UP. Get out of all the denial or we’re all doomed.


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0 Carolyn Edgar: Marriage At All Costs is Too High a Price to Pay

Carolyn Edgar: Marriage At All Costs is Too High a Price to Pay

I was nine months pregnant with my son on my wedding day, one week from delivering our second child. I’d insisted on getting married because I couldn’t stomach the thought of having another child out of wedlock. But I knew the whole time that he was the wrong man to marry. I’d known that during the five years we lived together before the marriage.


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6 Janks Morton: “Are We There Yet?”

Janks Morton: “Are We There Yet?”

My scream-out-loud moment came when I saw that a staggering 59% of African American women with multiple children had multiple fathers (National Longitudinal Survey of Youth: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Date of publication unavailable). My immediate thoughts were, can we go any lower? have we hit rock bottom? are we there yet?


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1 Video: “Why I Support No Wedding No Womb!”

Video: “Why I Support No Wedding No Womb!”

There’s a smidge of profanity in this video, but the point she drives is worth a cuss or two. Share on Facebook


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1 ESPN Discussion on Hill/Rose Controversy

ESPN Discussion on Hill/Rose Controversy

When being an “Uncle Tom” means being a functional and law abiding citizen, then we REALLY have a problem.


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0 Relationships Matter Now: “We are tired of people minimizing the importance of family in our community.”

Relationships Matter Now: “We are tired of people minimizing the importance of family in our community.”

Why can’t we applaud strong black families when we have the opportunity? Why can’t we praise them for raising upstanding citizens and passing on that legacy to their kids?


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0 See, Even Elephants Need Their Fathers!

See, Even Elephants Need Their Fathers!

Boys need men to guide them. Period. End of sentence.


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0 Founder and Organizer of Viral No Wedding No Womb! Initiative to Speak at Emory University

Founder and Organizer of Viral No Wedding No Womb! Initiative to Speak at Emory University

Christelyn D. Karazin to speak at the 14th Annual Herstory Conference, Thursday, March 24.


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5 Who Gets to Speak the Truth?

Who Gets to Speak the Truth?

Whether is Mike Huckabee, Bill Cosby, or Barack Obama, it seems that NOBODY is “qualified” to speak the truth.


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0 Madame Noire: Are We Setting Our Daughters Up to Be Single Mothers?

Madame Noire: Are We Setting Our Daughters Up to Be Single Mothers?

Career-driven women with no balance are validated by their education and designer handbags. Cold, guarded, callous, they don’t need a man because they have diplomas.


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0 Single Mothers ‘Bad For Society’, Pew Research Center’s Latest Poll Finds

Single Mothers ‘Bad For Society’, Pew Research Center’s Latest Poll Finds

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows that an overwhelming number of people still believe that one of the most widespread “alternative” family arrangements out there–single motherhood–is bad for society.


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0 Kalediscope: Breaking the myths of single parenthood.

Kalediscope: Breaking the myths of single parenthood.

I love it when people own their stuff and take responsibility.  At some point, we all have to.


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2 No Wedding No Womb!â„¢ Announces Advisory Board

No Wedding No Womb!â„¢ Announces Advisory Board

Speech Thomas, Sophia Angeli Nelson, Dr. Linda Malone-Colon, and Elizabeth Marquardt joins NWNW in the fight to quell the out-of-wedlock problem in the black community.


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3 Video: “Did I Wake You” What Motivates Me to Fight for No Wedding No Womb.

Video: “Did I Wake You” What Motivates Me to Fight for No Wedding No Womb.

Take a look at who is in the movie, then get some insight into why I’m so passionate about this cause.


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