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“All My Babies’ Mamas”: A Single Mother Speaks Against Shawty Lo’s Critics

This letter from a BMWK reader who asked to remain anonymous, is in response to an article that originally ran yesterday titled:  Reality TV? New Show “All My Babies Mamas” is Our Own Doing . Please read it and let us know what you think in the comments section. Were we too harsh? An Anonymous Letter Hi.  I’d like to keep my name anonymous because of the sensitive nature of one of your  Facebook posts today.  You posted a  video  about a man and his baby mamas getting a show on Oxygen.  I have to tell you.  I’m one of those women. No, I won’t appear on the show and never met, Shawty Lo, but I’m an African-American woman who fell in love with a man who had more kids than he could count and am now one of his baby mamas.  At first, I took your attack on the show very personally, but kept reading the comments of people and I definitely see the point.  Yes, we as a culture need to do better by our children by putting them in two parent homes with long-loving relationships as their guide, but we all know that’s just not the world we live in.  To enslave us, White people would often separate African-American families.  I see a lot of people thinking this show does the same thing in 2013, but I also know something else to be true.  There was a time no matter how right or wrong someone was we embraced each other and raised our children in a village.  There were all kinds of reasons parents didn’t have nuclear families (masters raping slaves comes to mind, and the aforementioned separation when families were sold), but in the end we didn’t sit around and gossip or if we did we made sure that when that child or even his mother came around they had food, shelter, and the wise counsel of the elders on how to push on.  I consider you to be that elder.  You have counseled many on various shows, why not step in to counsel these people or at least give some insight as to how to go on versus looking back. READ MORE Read More »

Sandy Hook Students Head Back To School On Thursday For The First Time After Three Weeks

Classes are starting Thursday at a repurposed school in the neighboring town of Monroe, where the students' desks have been taken along with backpacks and other belongings that were left behind in the chaos following the shooting on Dec. 14. Families have been coming in to see the new school, and an open house is scheduled for Wednesday. An army of workers has been getting the school ready, painting, moving furniture and even raising the floors in the bathrooms of the former middle school so the smaller elementary school students can reach the toilets. Connors, a 40-year-old engineer, felt reassured after recently visiting the new setup at the former Chalk Hill school in Monroe. He said his children were excited to see their backpacks and coats, and that the family was greeted by a police officer at the door and grief counselors in the hallways. Teachers will try to make it as normal a school day as possible for the children, schools Superintendent Janet Robinson said. "We want to get back to teaching and learning," she said. "We will obviously take time out from the academics for any conversations that need to take place, and there will be a lot of support there. All in all, we want the kids to reconnect with their friends and classroom teachers, and I think that's going to be the healthiest thing." Teachers are returning as well, and some have already been working on their classrooms. At some point, all those will be honored, but officials are still working out how and when to do so, Robinson said. via Sandy Hook students, teachers head back to school Thursday - NY Daily News . The post Sandy Hook Students Head Back To School On Thursday For The First Time After Three Weeks appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Instilling “Black Pride” In Children Helps Them Perform Better Academically

It is imperative that you share black history with your children because it really pays off in the longterm. New research shows that when parents engage their children in activities that promote feelings of racial knowledge, pride, and connection, it offsets racial discrimination’s potentially negative impact on students’ academic development. “Our findings challenge the notion that ‘race blindness’ is a ... Read More »

Louisville Football Coach Sued for Covering Up Violent Locker Room Fight

Head football coach Charlie Strong has placed himself and the University of Louisville under fire for coercing a former football player to cover up a violent locker room fight that nearly cost him his eyesight. Former Cardinals defensive lineman Patrick Grant of Sunrise, FL, alleges that two teammates attacked him in the locker room on October 24, 2010, and beat him ... Read More »

Martin Lawrence Allegedly Suing Trinidad James for Portrayal of Jerome Rome Character

It looks like the $2 million record deal that Trinidad James was allegedly paid may not be enough to secure his future from the legal threat that lies ahead. Rumors are swarming that Martin Lawrence is not pleased with Trinidad James’ portrayal of his character Jerome Rome. Lawrence’s famed sitcom Martin featured Jerome — a loud talking, gold teeth wearing, afro rocking, ... Read More »

Stephen McCrary: What You Need to Re-think To Be Successful in 2013

By Rev. Stephen M. McCrary As we dive into the year of 2013, many of us are anticipating great, potent, and prosperous things ahead. Many of us write out New Year resolutions, goals, ambitions and dreams. We want that model body, more money, better relationships, or just becoming more effective at what we do. I have a key that could possibly unlock some doors, in our lives, that have been shut. No matter what day, time, or year it is, if we use this key, life will begin to afford us every dream to realization. If we ever want to change our YEAR we must begin to change what is coming into our EAR. Look at the word Y-EAR, what do you see? Could there be a correlation between what we HEAR and the way we live and the decisions we make? Ultimately, the decisions we make will affect our YEAR, and the decisions we make will come from what we H-EAR. We cannot listen to negativity day in and day out without developing a defeatist mindset. It is this mindset that will never allow us to rise above the circumstances we find ourselves in. We should take our pen of independence, dip it in the ink of positivity and sign our EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION for 2013. I have never seen a society that lives in the abyss of ” REALITY EVERYTHING “, but never ” REALIZE ANYTHING ” we must do, to live better. We worship people for the accomplishments they have procured but rarely look inward to mine the treasure within us. If we want the sweet symphony of success to play on the violin of our 2013, we must begin to H-EAR positive, uplifting words of purpose, destiny, potential and POWER! When this happens, no matter what year it is, LIFE WILL BE SWEETER, the grass will seem greener, and the heavens will open up for you. Rev. Stephen M. McCrary is a minister from The Abundance of Grace Ministries Read More »

Democratic Strategist Says All of Washington is to Blame For Fiscal Cliff…Not Just Republicans

Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene had some harsh words for the lawmakers in Washington D.C. who’ve allowed this country to go over the fiscal cliff because they can’t reach a deal. Greene, a Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor, said on Tuesday that although this problem did begin with Republicans, it does end with them. Greene said “what is happening in D.C. is p*ss poor and pathetic.” She then blasted House Republicans for forgetting their “serious responsibility of making government work.” But Greene didn’t stop there, she also slammed the media, and even voters for putting in place a group of rigid freshmen lawmakers who refuse to govern. The Tea Party caucus was also mainly responsible for the failure of House Maj. Leader Boehner’s “Plan B”, which was supposed to be a Republican alternative to avert the fiscal cliff. Boehner had said he was sure his “Plan B” would pass the House, but the bill had to be pulled because Boehner couldn’t get his own caucus to support his legislation. The bill would have  extended the tax cuts for most people, while allowing rates to increase to 1990s levels on income over $1 million, but even that was a bridge too far for Tea Party types, who are opposed to any tax increases. Last night, the Senate approved a fiscal compromise, which means now everything rests with the House of Representatives. Read More »

86-Year Old Hugh Hefner Marries a 26-Year Old Woman

Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner finally did it, again. Hefner, 86 finally tied the not with his long time fiancé, Crystal Harris, 26. The happy event took place at the Playboy Mansion on New Year’s Eve.  The couple had been engaged since, 2010, but Harris called the wedding off in 2011. In an interview with US Weekly Harris said “ When the wedding didn’t work out the first time, it was because of me. I needed to explore out there and take the time away [from Hef and the Mansion]. The time away really helped make me realize that where I’m meant to be is here with Hef,”"Our relationship is better than it ever has been before. I’m very happy and Hef’s very happy and we’re excited.” Harris is Hefner’s third wife. He was married first to Mildred Williams. The couple had two children together. They divorced in 1959. He then married Kimberley Conrad and had two additional children. They divorced in 2009, after an eleven year separation. Harris assures that the union between Hef and herself is solid. Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City. Follow @asalovechild www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup www.asalovechildworld.com Read More »

Goal Achievement, What Most Successful People Know Very Well

Based on my experience, I’m learning that the problem for most does not come with setting goals. The problems come with achieving goals. Therefore today I want to focus on just that, the achievement of the goals that you set.  Most people set goal just for sport. Just to be able to say “I have a Read More »

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