What the Royal Marriage Meant to One Black Woman: Me

Generation X: Love and Economics When I was coming of age in the late 1980s, a white friend told me that he would never consider an inter-racial marriage with a black person because the cost would be too high.  Having an inter-racial black family would be a real...

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For Black Women, Grit Doesn’t Fit

In the U.S., we love to tell ourselves that grit, or "courage, resolve and strength of character," determines where we get in life. This is how the story goes. "You are the master (or mistress!) of your own destiny." "You are your best chance for success." "Lean in."...

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What Black Women Want for Our Children

Black women are always thinking about children - our own, other peoples', and youngsters, whom we think of as our children in some way. We talked to a few Black women (including each other!) about our desires for the little and big people in our lives - the precious...

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Before #Metoo: HOW ANITA HILL CHANGED AMERICA

At a reception this weekend, I saw Anita Hill sitting quietly at a table while she waited to receive an award for her leadership as an activist.  I felt emotional when I saw Hill, which felt strange to me, so I tried to dissect my feelings. This post is in honor of...

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For Black Women, the Wealth Gap is Worse than the Wage Gap

If you spent any time on social media this week you saw that women still have a LONG way to go to reach pay parity with men.  We celebrated (if that's the correct way to say it) Equal Pay Day on April 10th.  This is the day when ALL women - Black, White, Latina, and...

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