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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 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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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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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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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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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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1 USA Today: “Our view on kids–When unwed births  hit 41%, it’s just not  right.”

USA Today: “Our view on kids–When unwed births hit 41%, it’s just not right.”

When someone alerted me to the article, I thought, well FINALLY! But take a special look at the stats on black children–looks like we ticked up to 73%!


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2 Mad Chucky Cheese ‘Baby Mamma’ Brawl Makes You Tube Debut

Mad Chucky Cheese ‘Baby Mamma’ Brawl Makes You Tube Debut

What a mess.  I only preview this event here, because this video will most likely go viral.  It will because this is the STEREOTYPICAL impression of how young, black, uncouth and unmarried men and women often act when two mothers of one father get together.


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7 Steve Harvey: “We Have Lost a Generation of Black Men”

Steve Harvey: “We Have Lost a Generation of Black Men”

This is a prime example of what NWNW is all about. I have my issue with Mr. Harvey, but the message he and his wife are teaching is one I wholly agree with. It’s time to face this head-on, stop LYING to ourselves while our kids suffer.


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0 Video: A Man to Watch…And Listen To.

Video: A Man to Watch…And Listen To.

Just a little example of what many young girls go through every day. See more of Vision here. Share on Facebook


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0 What Men & Women Can Learn from Emperor Penguins

What Men & Women Can Learn from Emperor Penguins

These semi-aquatic birds seem to have parenting skills superior to some human beings.


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0 Decline in Marriage = Decline of the Middle Class

Decline in Marriage = Decline of the Middle Class

Higher-educated people are adopting a more traditional family model, while less-educated people are more and more cavalier about a cohesive family unit, which threatens the cornerstone of the U.S. economy: The Middle Class


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0 Unwed Fathers Make Less Money, Study Says

Unwed Fathers Make Less Money, Study Says

A study conducted by Princeton University and the Brookings Institute revealed that fathers not cohabitating with the mothers of their children earned 20 percent less than married or cohabitating men, with the gap widening over time.


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2 Video: 90 Students at Memphis High School Pregnant or Already Mothers

Video: 90 Students at Memphis High School Pregnant or Already Mothers

11% of the high school population is gestating or lactating. Shame, shame on us.


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0 NWNW Featured on “Relationship Playbook!”

NWNW Featured on “Relationship Playbook!”

Host Will Wavvy and I had a great conversation. Take a listen! Listen to internet radio with Will Wavvy on Blog Talk Radio Share on Facebook


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0 New CDC Report Links Children’s Health with Family Structure

New CDC Report Links Children’s Health with Family Structure

CDC comes out with health statistics on children in two-parent families vs. single-parent homes


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0 Heartbreaking Mini-Film: 16-year-old in Foster Care for 14 Years

Heartbreaking Mini-Film: 16-year-old in Foster Care for 14 Years

This is part of a post about the out-of-wedlock problem in the Black Community. And while I don’t completely agree with social support being the panacea to solve the problem, because it COMPLETELY deflects personal responsibility. It’s still worth reading.


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0 Poynter: How social media can facilitate difficult conversations about race

Poynter: How social media can facilitate difficult conversations about race

“…the “No Wedding No Womb” debate gave Washington’s story fresh perspectives from the black community. It gave voice (or voices) to those who are most investment in that statistic. “


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15 Why No Wedding No Womb DOES Work.

Why No Wedding No Womb DOES Work.

For me, No Wedding No Womb is as simple as 1+1=2. Why do people have to make it so complicated?


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0 Are Times Changing or Are We Just “Jacked Up”? (Via Fresh Express)

Are Times Changing or Are We Just “Jacked Up”? (Via Fresh Express)

When did getting our women pregnant and not sticking around to raise the family become the “norm”?


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0 NWNW December Gift Giveaway!

NWNW December Gift Giveaway!

Tell us your story or give us ideas on how to spread the NWNW message and get a prize just in time for Christmas!


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5 NAACP: 1 in 30 Black Women; 1 and 16 Black Men Infected with HIV

NAACP: 1 in 30 Black Women; 1 and 16 Black Men Infected with HIV

My commentary: The rise of AIDS and the 72% out-of-wedlock rate are epidemics in the Black Community that go hand-in-hand. Managing one will get a handle on the other.


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0 Get hooked on this like The Soaps: “Diary of a Single Mom”

Get hooked on this like The Soaps: “Diary of a Single Mom”

Now in it’s third season, Diary of a Single Mom is sad, funny, compelling and true-to-life.


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0 Back in the FOXXHOLE with Zo Williams

Back in the FOXXHOLE with Zo Williams

In case you missed Zo Williams’ “No Wedding No Womb” show on Thursday, November 18 on the FOXXHOLE on Sirius Satellite Radio, here’s a clip of my commentary on the program, which was primarily focused on abstinence. While NWNW is not SPECIFICALLY an abstinence program, we support WHATEVER WORKS to turn the tide on the [...]


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2 Must-Watch Series: “A Week with my Father”

Must-Watch Series: “A Week with my Father”

Giacomo Knox launches a web-TV series all about sons estranged from their fathers.


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0 Author Spotlight: April Gabrielle

Author Spotlight: April Gabrielle

With a son, 22, and a daughter, 14, this single mother knows a thing or two about the struggle of a single mother.


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1 Herb Way: A Picture is Worth 1,000,000 Words.

Herb Way: A Picture is Worth 1,000,000 Words.

Photographer Herb Way is a man to watch. He was kind enough share this beautiful family photo because he’s a BIG supporter of NWNW. His beautiful photography book, “Protraits of Eve” is absolutely amazing.


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16 Since when is it “lame” to save yourself till marriage?

Since when is it “lame” to save yourself till marriage?

13-year-old gets heckled for wanting to wait for sex till marriage. Anyone see a problem here?


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3 Chicago Sun-Times Critic of NWNW Takes Heat from Readers

Chicago Sun-Times Critic of NWNW Takes Heat from Readers

Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Mary Mitchell’s piece, “Kicking Single Moms While Thier Down,” was a critical piece in response to NWNW got blowback from readers sick and tired of the same old excuses.


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0 Down In The District: “Baby Mama Drama”

Down In The District: “Baby Mama Drama”

Down in the District
Washington, DC, United States
The Black Public Health Student Network (BPHSN) of The George Washington University (GW) was established to develop Black leaders in the Washington, DC public health community. We exist to support and guide Black public health students in academic, professional, service and social endeavors, to encourage cooperation and closer ties between Black students of GW’s School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), to establish a vehicle through which our concerns are brought to bear on GW policies, and to advocate for sound public health for the community at large.


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3 Austin Weekly News: “No Wedding No Womb Does Have It’s Place”

Austin Weekly News: “No Wedding No Womb Does Have It’s Place”

There is something very wrong when a man is good enough to father your children but not good enough to marry and build a life together.


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2 Essence.com: Dealing with the 72 Percent Unwed Mothers Rate

Essence.com: Dealing with the 72 Percent Unwed Mothers Rate

Amy Wax: “The 21st century for the Black community is about building human capital. That is the undone business. That is the unmet need. That is the completion of the civil rights mission.”


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0 Field Negro: “Daddy’s Home”…(Not)

Field Negro: “Daddy’s Home”…(Not)

But I submit to you my brothers that we could start bringing these numbers down tomorrow if we would just remember to strap on “jimmy” before we jam.


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0 BlackVoices.com: 72 Percent of African-American Children Born to Unwed Mothers

BlackVoices.com: 72 Percent of African-American Children Born to Unwed Mothers

We must get it together, black people. Maybe marriage is not necessarily the answer, but a committed relationship would definitely go a long way to ensuring the well-being of our children.


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0 FamilyScholars.org: A New Marriage Leader…Who, Me? ;-)

FamilyScholars.org: A New Marriage Leader…Who, Me? ;-)

My dad on my wedding day as he wipes tears from his eyes after he told me he was “so proud.” I hope I still do, Dad. Until we meet again in Heaven…


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19 NWNW Associated Press Article!!

NWNW Associated Press Article!!

This feature hits full force on Sunday, November 7. Kudos to Jesse Washington for his great reporting.


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2 101 Ideas To Strengthen Marriage: Featuring Hampton University Professor, Linda Malone-Colon

101 Ideas To Strengthen Marriage: Featuring Hampton University Professor, Linda Malone-Colon

These 101 ideas are offered by David Blankenhorn and Linda Malone-Colón, and do not necessarily represent the views of the scholarly contributors to this Marriage Index or No Wedding No Womb.


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