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A Memorable Memorial Day star
I love getting together with family and friends! Here are few recipes to help kick your weekend into high gear, as we celebrate our men and women in service this Memorial Day!

A Mother's Worth star
Wishing every mother a blessed Mother's Day. The worth of a mother is priceless. And each and every day you deserve to be honored for all that you do.

A Soulful Christmas star
Making the most of the holidays with your loved ones. Enjoying Christmas and making memories that last a lifetime.

A Stress Free Holiday Season star
The Holidays are fast approaching. No need to feel stressed or overwhelmed. With preparation and delegation, you can enjoy a stress-free Holiday. Well, almost stress free!

An Old School Thanksgiving star
Are you feeling a bit nostalgic this holiday season? I miss my Grams. I miss the way things used to be. I am determined to have an Old School Thanksgiving! How about you?

Being Accountable star
There are many things that are happening in our lives that we don't like, don't understand, and wish never happened. In deed there are some circumstances that are out of our control. But when do we stop and begin to be accountable for the things which we do have control over?

Black Women and Daughters star
What is it about the Black woman? What is it that makes her who she is, and determines where she is going? Was it the women before her; her mother, grandmother, great grandmother? Who gives the Black woman her strength and character? We have a generation of daughters that need guidance...

Black Women and Money...Getting Finacially Fit star
A new series on getting finacially fit. Statistically speaking, men have a higher ratio debt than women. However, it is has been more difficult for women to get out of debt; most debt coming from credit cards. More women use fifty percent of their income on paying off their debts...

Caring For Our Seniors star
We must begin to take certain measures to ensure that the care of our seniors begins to be a crucial matter on our lists of things to do. We must be prepared, concerned and equipped to handle all matters that may arise expectantly or unexpectedly.

Celebrating Black Fatherhood star
Not found on any calander, this week we celebrate Black Fatherhood. So often we hear about the father's that leave, and the mother's that do it alone. But there are many Black men that not only exemplify fatherhood; but they are seeking to mentor others and open up dialogue amongst one another.

Celebrating Mother's Day star
Mother's Day is upon us once again. And it doesn't take much to let the mothers in our lives know that they are loved and appreciated. What are your plans for celebrating Mother's Day?

Celebrating The Fathers in Our Lives star
The power of a father's presence can be felt for generations. His impact upon his family can be seen through the actions of his children. As we celebrate Father's Day, let us really take into account the importance of not just a father, but a godly father.

Celebrating The Women of Your History star
Before you begin to celebrate women you have never had the opportunity to meet, but have idolized from afar; remember those women that are in your life. That, have raised you, nurtured you, and provided for you. Give them their honor now.

CelebratingChildren.com star[offsite link]
An African-American parenting website offering articles, books, tips, cards and gifts primarily for African-American families with children ages 0-10.

Conversations Affecting Our Black Children star
It's time to make a change in the conversations and dialogue taking place amongst our Black children. It is time to stop putting personal issues, frustrations, experiences and placing them on the shoulders of children to carry.

Domestic Violence Can Harm Your Health star
Studies show that healthy relationships lead to better physical and mental health and longer life. Did you know that an unhealthy relationship can create a lifetime of health problems?

Economic Stress and Relationship Strife star
There is a link between economic stress and relationship strife. How well is your relationship fairing?

Effective Communication With Our Children star
For many students, returning to school signals a time of fear and pain; especially if they are the victim of bullying. It is vitally important that open and consistent dialogues are occurring between parent and children. Parents must foster healthy and effective communication with their children.

Encouraging Our Fathers star
Encouragement of our black fathers is vital in their developing relationships with their children. When they have a strong support system in place, and can come and express the things that are going on—even just as men—it allows them to navigate fatherhood, becoming the parent their children need.

Ensuring A Future For Our Children star
There's a fight going on. A fight for the life and future of a new generation. A generation of promise and of greatness. A generation that may never see the fulfillment of their dreams because we didn't take steps or the sacrifices to ensure that they have something worth fighting and living for.

Every Dad Deserves His Day...Happy Father's Day! star
Celebrating the father's in our lives. Be sure to check out the recipe ideas! Happy Father's Day!

Family Traditions Highlighted This Easter Season star
We all have family traditions. This Easter season, what traditions are you and your family keeping or passing on? It is wonderful when we can pass along traditions that help us to remember who we are, where we came from, and where we want to go.

Fatherless Sons in the Black Community star
There is more than enough blame to go around concerning the responsibility for our fatherless sons. However, the blame game must cease, and true, sincere, honest, and open dialogue must begin. All children need their fathers; especially sons. Only another man can teach a young boy how to be a man.

Feeding Your Spirit star
Happy Father's Day! God wants to restore fatherhood. He wants men to step up to the plate and become the man He has ordained them to be. God has a plan. And, we should never take lightly the impact a father has on a child's life.

From The Heart of A Woman star
Happy Mother's Day to each and every mom and mom to be! God has blessed you with a strength that is unmatched by any other. Enjoy your day, as we celebrate you!

Happy Fourth of July! star
Happy Independence Day! A light cash flow doesn't have to mean a bland holiday. Here are a few tips and recipes for a memorable holiday with all the fireworks!

Helping Our Children Navigate Social Media star
It is quite sobering to find out how much of an enormous impact that social media have on our children. October has been designated as National Bullying Prevention month. Since its inception, social media has been a blessing for some, and a curse for many others; especially the victims of bullying.

Honoring The Men In Our Lives star
Happy Father's Day to each and every father. For every man that has stepped into those very big pair of shoes. Thank You! Thank you for all that you do. You are appreciated and celebrated. May God bless you and prosper the work of your hands!

Hungry In America star
Hunger in America is on a steep incline. Its most vulnerable victims being children. 18 million children in America live in poverty. Many fighting starvation. 2/5 of children that die from hunger are under the age of 5. As the recession continues, the rate of starving children escalates.

In Case of An Emergency star
Most people are not prepared for an emergency. Here are a few tips to help you be prepared.

Incorporating Traditions This Easter Season star
With a world that is constantly changing, how do yo hold on to family traditions? Or, do you let go of the past to create new traditions for yourself and your family? Easter is the perfect season to reflect upon our life lessons and traditions; determining where we want to go next.

Intolerance For Domestic Violence star
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. As a community we have the ability to come together and help bring aid and comfort to those who are suffering at the hands of someone that they believed would love them, and not harm them.

Just In Time...A Holiday Guide star
So much is going on this holiday season, and the last thing you probably want to do spend a lot of time searching for that special recipe, or tip on how to keep your holiday as stress-free as possible. Here is a guide to help you along with all your holiday needs.

Keys to A Stress Free Holiday Season star
The best way to ensure the minimalist amount of stress during the holidays, is preparation. The key to reducing anxiety is to be sure and prepare one’s self for the rigorous activity that takes place during the holiday season.

Marriage & The Black Family star
How does one begin to work on a marriage, when they feel that it may already be too late? What steps can be taken, before deciding on a divorce? What is the worth of marriage? There are reports that the divorce rate is down. That is not so amongst African Americans...

Mother's Day star
A day to celebrate the women in our lives. Our mother's are precious, and deserve to be recognozed for all that they do.

National African-American Homeschoolers Alliance star
A resource for active homeschoolers, NAAHA wants other home school families to be well-informed, well-prepared and well-connected in order to provide the best home education for African-American children.

National Foster Care Month star
May is the national Foster Care month. It is estimated that nearly 600,000 children are now in the foster care system. Thirty-five percent of those children are African American. Learn more about what we can do change lives, one child at a time.

No Excuse For Abuse star
The statistics are staggering. 1 in 3 women will be raped, abused or beaten in her lifetime. 1 in 3! That means that for every three women that is reading this, one will have suffered some kind of abuse! There is no excuse for abuse, and we need to put an end to it...now!

Observing Memorial Day star
A Memorial Day tribute to those men and women who serve and protect, and fight for our freedom. And for those that have sacrificed their lives.

Quick Reminders For A Stress-Free Holiday star
Here are four quick reminders for a stress-free Holiday.

Reaching Our Teenagers star
Recent statistics show that there has been a significant increase in alcohol and marijuana abuse, as well as physical abuse and suicide amongst our teenagers. As parents, educators, community leaders, we have to step up and do our part to reach our teenagers before they become another statistic.

Reaching The Next Generation star
Are we raising leaders or followers? Are we raising trailblazers and world changers? Or, are we raising a generation that will destroy themselves before they reach the age of thirty? There is a need to be fed with truth, encouragement and hope. Are you willing to make the difference?

Reviving Our Black Communities star
The decline of our Black communities began decades ago—many neighborhoods looking like third world nations ravished by war and famine. It is time to organize and plan, and revive our communities, while giving our youth something to fight for.

Saving Generation Y star
We are at an ominous crossroads in which we must either take a stand and do something, or sit back and wait for some non-existent superhero to come along and save the day. Choices need to be made. Lives needs to be saved. Lineage needs to be protected. And a future needs to be guaranteed.

Seven Keys to a Stress-Free Holiday Season star
There is no time to be stressing out this holiday season! Here are seven keys to help make your holiday season a stress free holiday affair.

Single Black Mothers and Their Sons star
Can we be honest with one another? Can we lay our cards on the table and just shoot it straight from the hip without taking offense? Good. I was hoping you would say that. Because, I have a few things on my mind that I'd like to address when it comes to single Black mothers and their sons.

Surviving Abuse star
The numbers are high, and they continue to escalate. They live in our homes. They work beside us. They sit on the pews next to us during Sunday service and Mass. They are survivors. Those who have made it through to the other side of abuse...and are not afraid to talk about it.

Surviving Abuse...Elaine's Story star
Surviving abuse takes determination. If one is not willing to delve into the past, and confront the issues that caused so much pain, they will only continue to have power over your present life, and dictate how you live.

The Future of Black Children star
Selfishness is not an option when it comes to the future of Black children. There must be the regard for human life that takes precedent over self-preservation. We cannot continue to sit idly by and watch the lives of Black children be snuffed out. Their future is in our hands.

The Giving in Thanksgiving star
I find it's true when they say that it is better to give than to receive. What do you think? Perhaps we will learn more and receive more when we learn to put the giving back into Thanksgiving.

The Love of A Mother star
Mother's Day is just about here. How do we celebrate the life of the one who seems to do it all? A mother's love goes far beyond any gift we can get her. Let the mother's in your life know how much you care, and how much their love has inspired you.

The Measure of a Great Father star
Happy Father's Day! What makes a truly great father? How do we measure the greatness of man? It's in his heart and the legacy he leaves to stand.

The Power of Family star
Coming off the proverbial high of Thanksgiving; relishing in the joys of coming together to fellowship and break bread with those we love, I am convinced more than ever before that there is power in the family.

The Strength of Black Communities star
The strength of the black community lies within the black family. When families are united and are determined to make a difference in their homes--regardless to the current circumstances or challenges--that show of strength and commitment bleeds into the community as a whole.

Walking Away From Abuse star
Whether it is physical, emotional, mental, psychological, or financial; abuse is, and always will be unacceptable. Yet, there are many women, and some men, that continue to stay in relationships that are harmful and most often, deadly.

What Are We Teaching Our Black Children? star
What are we teaching our Black children? What are we instilling in them? What lessons are we passing down? Black children are owed an opportunity to see past tomorrow; to see past and hope for more than what their eyes can see. It's time for the village to step in, giving our Black children life.

Where Has The Village Gone? star
It seems as though every time we turn on the news, that some tragedy has befallen a child. In the past week alone, there have been more reports on children that have succumb to the deadly attack of either a stranger, or worse—their own parent.

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