It’s National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Considering that youth violence is the second leading cause of death for most youths ages 10-24, according to the CDC, I’m not sure a week is long enough. As a parent statistics like that are frightening and overwhelming, but we can’t hide from it we just have to dig in and deal. [Read more...]
I watched one of my favorite characters on Television last week, Olivia Pope on Scandal, take a stand and symbolically announce to the world that she is a black woman. That may seem like a strange thing to say, but trust me it’s not. As people of color striving for our own personal greatness we are often put in a position of having to deny or simply not mention our ethnicity as it can impede our progress in many ways, distracting from the narrative we are trying to adopt. [Read more...]
the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
We call art escapism for a reason. We use movies and television to depart from our everyday life, to take a breather and have a respite from reality. Everyone needs a break, to let off some steam. It’s healthy.
The other day I had a huge parenting fail. I did something wrong, really stupid and thoughtless. I revealed something heavy to my son in a very casual, offhanded manner, which was extremely inconsiderate of his feelings. Like Giuliana Rancic said the other day, I didn’t mean to. Like Brian Williams said recently, I didn’t intend to. I would never set out to hurt my child’s feelings, but I did. So what did I do next? I apologized. [Read more...]
My 11 year-old daughter is a self described “Geek”. I discouraged her, worrying that the word carries far too much negative connotation. But as usual she is schooling me, embracing the word in her own way, pushing the boundaries of its’ outdated definition. Jaedyn is a young black female focused on science, history and the technology that opens a bigger window to both. [Read more...]