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First and foremost, I was (and still am, though my sons are full-grown adults) a single mother; so I have more than an outsider’s “baby mama histrionic drama” glance into the facts. I’m not all about the mainstream media’s histrionics that come out of the conservative/corporate mindset about single Black motherhood. I was/am a single mother who was, at one time–a couple of times really–married. I finally figured out that I could truly “do bad all by myself.”
While it is almost never a good (great?) idea to raise children alone, as it does provide many systemic problems that end up affecting children for the rest of their lives, I was raised in a household where my father was absent — and needed to be. I later found out, as an adult, why my mother left my dad; and frankly, God rest her soul, I’m glad she did.
That said, I repeat: A child should be raised by both parents, whenever and wherever possible.
However, I think I (and many of my Black single mother constituents) are about fed up with watching Black women being targeted and singled out for media abuse, as if single mothers of other races don’t have the same -nearly the ‘exact’ same- issues. In that sense alone, our “Black Leaders” have failed us all.
I am a digital media specialist working with small businesses and non-profit organizations to help them set up operations, market and promote their businesses, companies and/or events. Founding member of King's Town Family Foundation & Trust (kingstownfamilyfoundation.us); The Empowerment Leadership Academy, Co-Co County, CA; and Black Mens Quarterly (bmq.mobi).
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