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After the Eviction Notice | The New York Times

In North Charleston, S.C., a struggling family pulls together for the bitter experience of moving out. Shanatea Turner’s landlord filed eviction papers against her in mid-November. By early December, the pile of belongings she had no choice but to throw out was starting to grow on the curb. And the family she had tried to hold together was breaking up. A year and a half ago, Shanatea’s daughter Twanda Porterfield was pregnant and living in a hotel. She had lost her two children to the state’s foster care system. Shanatea moved from Orlando vowing to find a home for her […]

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Being a protective black mom isn’t a parenting choice—it’s the only choice | Quartz

Salena Alston is an involved parent. The 40-year-old mother of seven describes herself as a “liberally strict” mom who keeps track of her kids’ friends and whereabouts but also encourages their independence and accountability. Alston wouldn’t call herself a helicopter parent per se, but it’s a trope that she sometimes identifies with, simply out of necessity. Raising black children in a predominantly white suburb of Atlanta sometimes requires an extra bit of “hovering.” Recently, Alston and her husband saw their youngest, an 11-year-old boy, swinging on the net at their neighborhood’s tennis court with his friends, who were white. The […]

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Jennifer Hudson Reveals She Has 26 Siblings: “I’m The Youngest, Or At Least In The Last Two Or Three” | Madame Noire

Jennifer Hudson may have grown up in a relatively small brood, but according to the 38-year-old singer and actress, she actually comes from a pretty large family. Huge actually. During an interview with The Guardian to promote her latest film, Cats, Hudson talked about about her family, her relationship with her sister Julia, and their upbringing. It was brought up that the girls, and late brother Jason, were raised solely by their late mother, Darnell Donnerson, because their father was absent. When she was a teenager, the Oscar winner said she decided to track him down to make him a […]

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First female, African-American Bishop to lead West TN Episcopal Diocese | WMCTV

Kontji Anthony, WMCTV Most Rev. Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, was chief consecrator on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Hope Church, for the Rt. Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf’s consecration service. Roaf is the Fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. (Lisa Buser/Special to The Daily Memphian). Featured Image , TN (WMC) – The stained-glass ceiling has shattered, as Reverend Phoebe Roaf is poised to step into the shoes of retiring Bishop Don Johnson. “The fact that in a couple of days I am about to be the fourth bishop of The Episcopal […]

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Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits | NPR

Killer whales, Japanese aphids and Homo sapiens — they’re among the few organisms whose females live on long past the age of reproduction. Since the name of the evolutionary game is survival and reproduction, the phenomenon begs explanation — why live longer than you can reproduce? In the 1960s, researchers came up with the “grandmother hypothesis” to explain the human side of things. The hypothesis is that the help of grandmothers enables mothers to have more children. So women who had the genetic makeup for longer living would ultimately have more grandchildren carrying their longevity genes. (Sorry, grandfathers, you’re not […]

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Baltimore Organization Helping Fathers, Families with Sustainable Employment, Life Skills | The Washington Informer Twenty years ago, Christy Lee Shockley was a single mother living in a shelter and unable to keep a job. The trauma she had experienced in her childhood caught up to her and she needed support to realize her potential.

Twenty years ago, Christy Lee Shockley was a single mother living in a shelter and unable to keep a job. The trauma she had experienced in her childhood caught up to her and she needed support to realize her potential.

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She Was Left At a Daycare Doorstep, Now N.C. Woman Is Reconnecting with Biological Parents Thanks to DNA Testing | Atlanta Black Star A newborn Precious Bradley was left on a daycare doorstep in Greensboro, North Carolina with zero clues or idea of who her biological parents were. All that changed after a night of genealogical digging at the North Carolina A&T library.

A newborn Precious Bradley was left on a daycare doorstep in Greensboro, North Carolina with zero clues or idea of who her biological parents were. All that changed after a night of genealogical digging at the North Carolina A&T library.

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