A Letter To Mom

Originally posted on BLACK&GIFTED:
On your 19th birthday you stood in your soon-to-be mother-in-law’s pearl white living room in front of the pastor and a small crowd of family and friends. All were assembled around her white couch and loveseat, trimmed in red with their skin hot and sticky, molded to the plastic…

Blame it On My Dad

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I had things other girls wish they had. Don’t look at me. It wasn’t my fault. I blame my dad. It all started in 1973. My pops was the greatest because he delivered me. My mom and he were married. We lived in Germany. And I couldn’t wait to…

Top 10 Girl Trip Rules

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We’ve all done it – planned a Girls Trip expecting to have the time of our lives. But plans quickly deteriorate and soon besties are fighting like ten-year-olds at recess. If you want to avoid the drama, let your hair down and enjoy yourself, prepare in advance for the…

Top Four Lies Of A Middle School Girl And What Adults Can Do

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“Teach middle school,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Twelve years later, and I have experienced my share of heartache, love, and laughter with teenage girls. Middle school is the time when a girl transitions from braids with beads to body waves and pin curls. It’s also a…