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.”

Author : Christelyn Karazin

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Christelyn is married with four children.

Lyn Twyman, lead organizer, Courage Empowerment Network

Lorraine Spencer, lead organizer, Black American Brides

Sophia Nelson, author, Black Woman Redefined

Dr. Linda Malone Colon, Chair of Psychology Department, Hampton University

Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford law school professor and author of Is Marriage for White People?  How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone

Janks Morton, film maker, Dear Daddy

Dr. Joyce Morley-Ball

Dr. Lori Wilson

Sixth Form Government School, of Trinidad Tobago, organized by instructor, Ana Cedeno

Speech Thomas, Emmy-award winner, song writer, producer, leader of Arrested Development

Paul Carrick Brunson, life coach, match maker, and founder of One Degree from Me

Lenny McAllister, political pundit, advocate

Kola Boof, author The Sexy Part of the Bible

Mikhail Lyubansky, psychology professor at the University of Illinois, to discuss structural and institutional influences of out-of-wedlock births.

Nisa Muhammad, Executive Director of Wedded Bliss Foundation

Lamar Tyler, Black & Married with Kids

Elizabeth Marquardt, vice president for family studies and director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values

Klarque Garrison, radio show host and author, Survive the Next 365

Janine Latus, domestic violence advocate and best-selling author, If I Am Missing Or Dead

Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt, writer, attorney, political commentator

List of esteemed bloggers and guest writers for NWNW

Betty Chambers
Deborrah Cooper
Juan Newsome
Ali Butts
Audrey Sivasothy
Raenite Wallace
Alfonzo Rachel
Stacy Swimp
Takia Hollowell
Meah Wilson
Afro City Brown
Cherilyn Smith
Elizabeth Henderson
Eboni Stephae
Cherryl Aldave
Lorraine Nowlin
LaShaun Williams
Jenee Dardon
Clarrissa Burton
Jeannie Mitchell
Brenda Thompson
Tracy Renee Jones
Jennifer Vaughn
Javonne Stewart
Dee Dee Russell
Kathy Henry
Lashonda Anthony
Elle Melody
Jacquie Minerva Georges
DeNeen Kazan Attard
Shanica Stewart
Marilyn Pendleton
Tiffany Smith
Tracy Williams
T.D. MacLam
Kai Blackman
Brandale Randolph
“Miss Glamtastic”
Keith Reed
Y. Lattimore
Afua Boahene
Demita Usher
Jess V
Kim Crouch
Dr. Phoenyx Austin
The Angry Independent
Shun Jackson
Jimi Izreal
Faith Diggs
Ama Karikari-Yawson



*The list grows daily.  If you would like to participate in the upcoming blog-a-thon, simply reply to this post.  You email (not public) will be added to our master list and informational updates.

MEN are especially invited to join this conversation–for those who will stand with us, we welcome you.  Wayward males listen to men.

To the LGBT community: you are invited and welcome to join the conversation.  You have children too.

The criteria to join in is the same as last year: you are free to write what you wish, as long as you advocate that we ACKNOWLEDGE the problem with 73% of black children born out of wedlock, and you have suggestions for solutions and change.

No blog?  Come in as a special guest to NWNW and we’ll post your essay along with the bloggers on September 22, NWNW Day.




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  1. Jenny
    August 21, 2011

    Can you add links to everyone’s website or blog on your list? It would be nice to take a peek at them now. Thanks.


    • Christelyn Karazin
      August 21, 2011

      Jennifer, it takes a ridiculous about of time to do…I’m building the list as I write and blog names (no links) will be on the official press release. Adding links to a press release costs a ridiculous amount.


      • Christelyn Karazin
        August 21, 2011

        I should also add that everyone’s links will be active on this site on NWNW Day.


  2. Dee Dee Russell
    August 21, 2011

    Yes would love to be part of this!!


  3. Dee Dee Russell
    August 21, 2011

    Thanks Christelyn! Looking forward to participating and getting the word out as I do believe in this cause.


  4. I am completely in..


  5. Marilyn Pendelton
    August 22, 2011

    I would love to submit an essay.


  6. Swirlqueen
    August 22, 2011

    At this rate, you will surpass 200.


  7. Eboni Stephae
    August 22, 2011

    Christelyn, I’d be honored to be added to the list of writers/bloggers… I have a lot to say about this topic!
    Consider me please.


  8. Pat Anthony
    August 23, 2011

    Although I am not blogging at this time, I would be honored to write about this topic again on my examiner page and elsewhere. It is time to move forward.


  9. Cocoa Fly
    August 24, 2011

    Where do we send our posts?


  10. Jessica Peck
    August 28, 2011

    I love this group. I’m a newly single mom and love who you are committed to transcending racial, partisan and gender lines. George W Bush got a lot wrong but he was right when he said we must fight against the soft bigotry of low expectations.


  11. T.D. MacLam
    September 2, 2011

    Male supporter here.

    You are doing a lot of good work. I identify boy-men (white and black)as a substantial part of the out-of-wedlock problem. Until we can instill a sense of responsibility in boys/men, the problem will continue. Getting a woman pregnant, sometimes intentionally, neither makes one a man or a father.

    Television glamorizes unwed motherhood for teenage girls. As for women – I honestly do not have a clue why one would elect the road to poverty (in many cases, or what is so attractive about nomadic boy-men.

    Where can we send blogs/essays to you on this topic?


    • Christelyn Karazin
      September 2, 2011

      Hi T.D.! I’ll add your name to the list and send you the informational email shortly.


  12. Mrs. Glam
    September 3, 2011

    Yup, I want in :) Can I please be added to the list?


  13. Nicole/MadlabPost
    September 4, 2011


    I came across your blog from a link on the BMWK website and would like to participate in this year’s event. Can you add my blog to the list and also provide me with more information on how to best prepare for and implement my contribution to your blogathon?


  14. Jess V
    September 6, 2011

    Can I guess write please? This is a topic close to my heart, as it affected my mother with the kids she had before me.


  15. Nikki J
    September 13, 2011

    Hey Christelyn,
    If you are still accepting participants I would love to be apart of this. At my university I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on adolescents and sexuality. I would love to write a piece on how this relates to no wedding no womb.


  16. Shun Jackson
    September 14, 2011

    Please add me. Thanks!


  17. Valerie
    September 20, 2011

    Not a blogger, but a perpetual tweeter:)

    Can I join?? I’d love to!!


  18. Ezo
    December 25, 2012

    The post here reminds me of seomone I knew (middle class white female) who was one of those people who fall in with the SSI mental disabilities crowd. She knew all the right things to say to docs to get prescriptions for various pills, had an ACCESS card, and had a personal life filled with drama and misery even though she didn’t really do anything or go anywhere. She lived in her mother’s basement and would complain about how horrible her mother was to her, both in child- and adulthood. Suggestions of Well, why don’t you get a job and move out? were met with I CAN’T. I JUST CAN’T DO THAT! and I can’t talk about this anymore, I can’t take the pressure. What pressure? I never found out. The main thrust of this post seems to be that No Wedding No Womb, that is Black woman waiting to bear children until after marriage, is racist because it fails to acknowledge white privilege, institutionalized racism, and the prison industrial complex that locks up young Black men for profit. All three are vague entities hard to pin down, but easy to use when seomone brings up anyone taking responsibility for themselves. Yet no tough choices are ever proposed, just a continuation of the status quo. More gov’t money and more social programs, lowered standards, social promotion and no discipline in schools, use of cultural differences as an excuse for bad behavior, and the reelection of the same poverty pimp politicians year after year. The same solutions keep getting fronted again and again expecting different results. And don’t bring up segregation, anytime white people try to move in, rehab some houses, open a coffeshop or plant a community garden they are met with blatant hostility and sometimes violence for daring to move into the Community.What too much of the Black community has become is an ethnically monochromatic incubator of crime, drugs, death, and hopelessness dependent entirely on taxpayer money. Yet with the nation’s debt crisis the well of taxpayer money is getting tapped out. White people have problems of their own and bigger fish to fry. Yet the ghetto continues on like nothing has changed. What happens when the ACCESS cards go insolvent, when the Section 8 funds dry up, when the schools will have to be comepletely dependent on local property taxes, when the WIC check no longer comes in the mail, and when the gov’t lays off disproportionately Black civil service workers due to budget cuts? Then what? Dr. Goddess is in a great position to tell young Blacks buy a belt to keep your pants up, use a condom, stay in school, how to apply for a job (hint #1: Don’t go up to the booth at the Diversity Job Fair and say in a rough voice WHATCHEW PAY?! ), that if you look like the stereotype expect to be treated like the stereotype, that you make your own way in life and that the big bad world doesn’t owe you a thing. That the Black community can become a viable self-sustaining subset of America that lives apart from the mainstream. The Chinese do it. The Amish do it. But no, it’s just more of sleeping in Mom’s basement and complaining about how horrible Mom is.