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Please Baby, Please: Making the Mommy Move Later

by Aliya S. King and S. Tia Brown

When reports surfaced that 50-year-old Janet Jackson was pregnant with her first child, there was an outpouring of support—and many questions. Although Jackson has... Read More

The Coolest Black Family in America No. 74: The Coopers

The Coolest Black Family in America No. 74: The Coopers

by Joicelyn Dingle

Ralph Cooper III first glimpsed the beauty called Truth on his friend’s MySpace page.  After expressing some interest to his friend, Ralph declined to... Read More

The Coolest Black Family in America No. 73: The Johnsons

The Coolest Black Family in America No. 73: The Johnsons

by Joicelyn Dingle

The Johnsons, LC and Sheldon, possess a joie de vivre—joy of life, that is contagious. Perhaps, it’s the concentration on what they love most—family,... Read More

Jermaine Spradley

Living My Life for the Love of My Son

by Jermaine Spradley

Charles Dickens once penned, “In the little world, in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing more finely perceived... Read More

The Coolest Black Family in America No. 72: The Wares

The Coolest Black Family in America No. 72: The Wares

by Joicelyn Dingle

Three generations of savvy, New York women comprise the Ware family. When Michele Ware, owner of Hoodwinked Escape in Upper Manhattan, left her job... Read More

richard beavers ebony magazine september 2016

Turning His Life Into Art, Then Into Business

by S. Tia Brown

Richard Beavers wasn’t a bad guy, but as a kid he made some terrible choices. “I left high school in the 9th grade, and... Read More

Kouren Thomas Could Have Been My Baby

Kouren Thomas Could Have Been My Baby

by Laura Miller

“What can I say? He was a good boy. He didn’t bother nobody.”  “He was a good kid, and I don’t have him anymore…there’s... Read More

On Raising Children When Black Lives Still Don’t Matter to Some<br />

On Raising Children When Black Lives Still Don’t Matter to Some

by Josie Pickens

Sending my daughter out into the world without me is proving to be the greatest trigger of my anxiety, and yet every day I... Read More

How Yoga Brought One Mother Peace After Her Son’s Death

How Yoga Brought One Mother Peace After Her Son’s Death

by Mable Ivory

The day after 36-year-old MacArthur Harrell was killed in a drive-by shooting, his distraught mother, Daphne Ivory, knew she needed a therapeutic outlet to... Read More

[VIDEO] The Coolest Black Family in American No. 71: The Bacons

[VIDEO] The Coolest Black Family in American No. 71: The Bacons

by Joicelyn Dingle

Randall and Deena Bacon took part in organizing one the richest American traditions, The Black Family Reunion. Watch as we take a peek into... Read More