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Mixed Like Us: How to Support Biracial Children and Their Shifting Identities

Growing up biracial, I’d learned that negative social perceptions of biracial, multiracial and transracially adopted children were largely impacting the growth, well-being, and resources available to members of our own community at home and in schools. Asserting that biracial children were more “mixed-up” than mixed-race only served to further perpetuate negative stereotypes about us…

Great Expectations: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joins Forces With Marvel for ‘Black Panther’ Comic

His joining forces with the Marvel Empire at time in our history when the #BlackLivesMatter Movement makes national headlines protesting police brutality against African-Americans isn’t coincidence. It should be interesting to see the ways in which he will lend his voice to the comic genre. And of course, I’m most curious on how well it’s received by the public once published…

The #OpenTruth: How Big Soda Targets Minority Youth

My role as gatekeeper to the “sugar express” isn’t made any easier by the ploys and strategic marketing campaigns by the sugary beverage industry pushing sugar-loaded beverages through educational incentives for parents and teens. As if the showdown for sweets at the check-out aisle with my teenager isn’t enough, Big Soda is also spinning the consumption of their products through scholarships and tuition toward higher education…

‘Fed Up’ Documentary Hits Home in Los Angeles…

“I don’t want that to happen to me,” my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We’d just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up – which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children. Motherhood provides a myriad of situations where I am faced with supplying just the right words to comfort my son in times of despair. However this time I was well equipped with what to tell him…