Get Ready for Some Real Change: No Wedding, No Womb!

Get Ready for Some Real Change: No Wedding, No Womb!

Get Ready For Some Real Change: No Wedding No Womb!

Author : Christelyn Karazin

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Christelyn is married with four children.

No Wedding, No Womb Launch Campaign PSA – September 22, 2010 from Courage Network on Vimeo.

Contact: Christelyn D. Karazin (951) 203-1313;

Who: Christelyn D. Karazin is bringing together top bloggers, artists and journalists for the first online movement aimed at bringing attention to the ever-increasing instances of out-of wedlock births – which they believe is a key factor in the emotional and economic enslavement that Black women and their children continue to experience.

What: On September 22 – the 148th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation – African American writers throughout the United States are being encouraged to flood the blogosphere for an entire day of online debate, information, and commentary under the auspices of “No Wedding, No Womb!” (NWNW) an initiative that seeks to address the problems of-and provide solutions to-the unplanned pregnancies among African American single women. Nearly half of all families in the African American community are headed by Black women. In addition, more than 70 percent of live births in the Black community are to unmarried women.

When: September 22, 2010.  All bloggers will be featured on along with links to their respective sites.

About: Christelyn D. Karazin will spearhead the online blitz. Karazin is the founder of and co-authors the forthcoming book, Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed with Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn.  Contact (951) 203-1313 or via email at

Participant List (As of September 4, 2010; participants join daily)

  • Gina McCauley, blogger and activist,
  • Mortan Janks, film maker,
  • Karyn Folan, author, Don’t Bring Home a White Boy and blogger
  • Danielle Belton, blogger,
  • Paul Carrick Brunson, Matchmaker, Relationship Coach and Founder, OneDegreeFrom.Me
  • Cherryl Aldave, writer, poet, blogger,
  • Cynthia Griffin, Editor,
  • Aja Jackson, freelance writer,
  • Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt, attorney, Blog Talk Radio Host, Right of Black, blogger,
  • Tim Alexandar, writer/producer/director Diary of a Mad Black Man and blogger of
  • Shanon D. Murray, radio host and blogger,, columnist for
  • Roslyn Hardy Holcomb, co-author, Stolen and blogger,
  • Lisa G. Riley, co-author, Stolen and blogger,
  • Lamar Tyler, blogger,
  • Connie Whitener, blogger for The,, and
  • John T. Wills, author, Just A Season and blogger,
  • Cherilyn Smith, blogger,
  • Betty Chambers, blogger,
  • Deborrah Cooper, blogger,
  • Regina Townsend,
  • Citizen Ojo,
  • Cicely Johnson, founder, CJR Publishing and host of Blog Out Loud
  • Jenee Darden, journalist,
  • Kellina Craig-Henderson, psychologist and author, Black Women in Interracial Relationships: In Search of Love and Solace and blogger,
  • Jo Bai,  blogger,
  • Kimberly Woods, blogger,
  • Renee Tecco, blogger, Sardonic Sistah Says at
  • Onica Cupido, blogger,
  • Onica Cupido, blogger,
  • Lyn Twyman, founder of  Courage Network,
  • Zabeth, blogger,
  • Javonne Stewart, blogger,
  • Faith Dow, blogger,
  • LeslieBeth Wish, Ed. D. MSS, social worker and blogger,
  • Arielle Loren, advocate and blogger,
  • Torrey Spears, Truth from a Non-Hyphenated American,
  • Eric Payne, Makes Me Wanna Holler, Man, Dad Husband
  • Frederick J. Goodall, blogger,
  • Veronica Miller, blogger,
  • Afua Boahene, blogger, Conversations With My Sisters at
  • Keshia Robertson, blogger,
  • Jenni Lewis, special to
  • Velouroyale Luvv, blogger,
  • Lorriane Nowlin, blogger,
  • Tiya Cunningham-Sumter, certified life and relationship coach and blogger,
  • Nisa I. Muhammad,
  • Vanessa Jean-Louis, blogger,
  • Martin Lindsey, blogger,
  • Tara Pringle-Jefferson, blogger,
  • Danny Rodriguez, blogger,
  • Walter Myers III, blogger,
  • N. Maurice Williams,
  • Thembi Ford, blogger,
  • Kweli Wright, blogger
  • Jennifer Kay, Uncommon Sense,
  • Pioneer Valley Woman,
  • Jamie Flemming,
  • Tracie Frank,
  • Kimberly Jessy, magazine publisher,
  • Brittany Bacon, blogger,
  • Angela Nichelle Bradley, blogger,
  • Brooke Brimm, blogger,,
  • Natashia Burch, blogger,
  • Angela Nealy, blogger,
  • Willie Whitehead, guest blogger for
  • Jennifer Vaughn,
  • Black American Brides,
  • Tracy L.  Scott,
  • Adwoa K. Boahene,
  • Robin Martin, Blog Talk Radio host and blogger,
  • Vonmiwi Culvera, blogger,

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User Comments

  1. Lola Gets
    September 16, 2010

    Id like to take part in this campaign! Please add me to the list of participants.



  2. Well needed....
    September 17, 2010

    This is something that is really need for both our men and women.,and especially the children.


  3. Beauty Is Diverse
    September 19, 2010

    This is great finally a real issue being dealt with.


  4. Ellen
    September 30, 2010


    I am a 25 year old black woman and I’m married to a black man. I am college educated, so is he. We’re a cross between urban/hipster/bohemian. We don’t really fit into a category.

    And I DO NOT support this movement.

    NOT because of what it is trying to do (the fatherless/baby momma issue is serious and needs to urgently be dealt with) but because of the RACIST ROOTS of this push.

    I file NWNW under Tyler Perry in my “things that have good intentions but ultimately suck” category. Why?

    Frankly, because black men have been demonized/scapegoated in this discussion and white men have been elevated.

    Politically I’m an independent/libertarian, with Republican leanings… so I’m ALL about social responsibility. I hate welfare, along with most government programs. But I think that in critiquing ANYTHING, it’s IMPORTANT to have NUANCE and separate the PROBLEM from the individual people, instead of conflating the two.

    In this NWNW debate, BLACK MEN have been CONFLATED with irresponsible, low-quality, uneducated, abusive baby daddies. There is NO ROOM AT THE TABLE for my responsible, loving husband. Who — himself the product of a ‘baby momma’ — decided to turn the corner and do better. He attended an Ivy League school, was sexually responsible, and married the woman (me) he loved at age 26.


    It is a SMALL FRACTION of the solution.

    Instead of ESCAPING to other cultures, we need to learn to TEACH and INVEST in our own culture.

    Instead of hearing NWNW supporters talk about reforming the ghetto mentality that baby-daddy-hood stems from… I hear a CONSTANT DRUM BEAT encouraging/pushing INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS and debasing black men.

    So no, I DO NOT support this. I don’t support bashing black men. I don’t support self-hatred. I don’t support looking to non-black men and mixed babies as our ONLY answer.

    In this environment I wonder how your oldest daughter feels, Christelyn. You should PAY ATTENTION to how your talk is affecting her. You KEEP PUBLICLY casting your current husband in an angelic light in comparison to your no-good former flame. YOUR DAUGHTER is the result of that “no good” flame. Our young black girls are facing ENOUGH. We cannot now have them feeling foolish for being interested in black men, or feeling ashamed of being born of black fathers.


  5. E
    October 15, 2010

    Ellen, interesting the you use the term ESCAPE. If all is so well and good in black love land, what’s there to escape from? I see that you didn’t get knocked up by a no good loser before marriage. You chose marriage to a man with an education, but don’t support other black women doing the same?

    Christelyn, keep talking. These Ellen types are talking out the side of their mouths, making good choices for themselves and their kids, while touting bad choices for other black women. I know your oldest daughter will choose better for herself.


  6. Lorraine Terry
    October 17, 2012

    two words…add me!