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.”
The struggles of the African American community have cost humanity.Â The wellbeing of our youth has been sacrificed at a very dear price.Â 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 [...]
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?” Iâ€™m not. Yet ANOTHER article that tells more of the truth. Parenting a child without a contributing partner is [...]
Rural Baby Mamas have the same obstacles and pain as Urban Baby Mamasâ€¦ The issues are the same, and a woman, is a woman, is a womanâ€¦ regardless of her geographical location here in the US. The issues were mostly about financial struggles, having to â€œdo it allâ€, and not having the much needed emotional support.
I was nine months pregnant with my son on my wedding day, one week from delivering our second child. Iâ€™d insisted on getting married because I couldnâ€™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. Iâ€™d known that during the five years we lived together before the marriage.
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?
Look at the data. Out-of-wedlock pregnancies are a broad spectrum problem across most demographic groups. It has real ramifications for family income levels, educational attainment and more. As an investor, one of my goals is for the average family to be as successful and financially independent as possible. The pregnancy crisis threatens that goal.
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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.
Is Marriage Still for Everyone? by David Lapp, Family Scholars.org Over at First Things, I haveÂ an essay in which I argue that, a changing economy notwithstanding, marriage remains a vital institution for people from all classesâ€“including the less-educated. I also suggest that itâ€™s precisely traditional norms like lifelong marriage and bearing children within marriage that [...]
And now the whole world knows… http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p009yfwg/ From the BBC It’s hard finding your man in America if you’re black and single. Recent US studies have shown that the number of college educated black women getting married has decreased by a third since the 1970s. Although part of a wider trend, African American women are [...]
Real Clear Politics October 1, 2010 It’s the Marriage Rate, Stupid By Mona Charen Income inequality, we learn from the Census Bureau, has reached the highest level since data were first collected on the subject in 1967. Poverty has increased dramatically, with one of seven Americans now falling below the poverty threshold. Additionally, the Census [...]
The topic of online activism, and the difference between dissenters and saboteurs came up during a recent conversation. I believe that far too many African-American bloggers are dangerously naive about the difference between these two categories. I believe this is because most of them have never had the opportunity to participate in an actual, sustained movement (as opposed to agitating about a single individual or incident).
This past week has been a rollercoaster for me. Â While launching what could be the biggest and most important social activism I might ever be a part of in my lifetime, I have sat as both particpant and observer in all the fray and ruckus around this movement. Â I have witnessed people come together who [...]
Lyn Twyman Courage Network There is a difference between being a single parent by choice and being a single parent by “accident”. Those who have chosen to be single parents engage a support system of family, friends and access resources in their community to provide an environment that is nurturing to their children. The African-American [...]
1.Â To show me unconditional love. My father was a strict and stern man, but he always let me know that I would always be loved by him no matter what I did.Â I was always secure in this, and never questioned if I would be accepted in my home. 2.Â To be a friend.Â [...]
No commentary from me, except that I LOVE Rachmaninoff’s The Rhapsody, I walked down the aisle to it. Â Special thanks to NWNW participant, Jennifer Vaughn for finding this. Â Makes for an interesting discussion, don’t you? Conjures all sorts of criticisms about women’s sexuality, even has a mildly violent scene. I wouldn’t recommend watching this around [...]