1. For All the Single Mommas … Who Are Mother AND Father

    For All the Single Mommas … Who Are Mother AND Father I was raised by two single moms (at separate times) - Momma and Nanna. Here’s a photo of them both walking across graduation stage at Stanford, and another in the Rodin Sculpture Garden. #iamloved It was a lot for each of them, in different ways. Momma was taking care of her four siblings AND her own four kids. Nanna was just getting by on …Read More

  2. For My Dad

    Last weekend was Father’s Day. For me, there’s only one small problem: I don't know who my dad is. I don’t know what he looks like. Here’s a stock photo I found. In my imaginings, I think he might look a bit like a poet— lean and tall, with deep, intelligent eyes, and high cheekbones (what we on the streets would term a “pretty mf”—with swag for days!). Here’s what I DO know: He …Read More

  3. Our Father, President Barack Obama

    When I thought about the Fathers I wanted to honor this month, you KNOW I thought of our president. I mean … yes, he is our first Black President, of course. #holla!! But we (Black America) fell in love with him as Our Father, too. Here’s just some of what I love most about this man: ♥ He is a model for Black Men – for ALL men, worldwide – to be great fathers. ♥ He LOVES his girls. Bla…Read More

  4. God The Father

    Last month, I honored Mommas. Now, it’s time to appreciate and acknowledge the brothers and fathers among us who love us.   For me, that starts with God.   Momma always took us to church. All my life, I have memories of being part of one. The denomination was irrelevant. The church provided food, clothing, babysitting, vacation bible school, after-school programs, etc. I even had my …Read More

  5. For Uncle Jesse

    This month, I’ve featured mothers on the blog, to acknowledge the impact they have made. But today, I want to make sure to acknowledge the MEN who mother us, as well. Generally, women are considered natural "mothers," thereby "nurturers." In fact, a number of us have been nurtured by fathers, brothers, pastors, and uncles. The man who has "mothered" me the most in my life is my Uncle Jesse. Uncl…Read More

  6. For Nanna

    If you’re part of my tribe (and you are, because you’re here reading this!), you probably know my story. And if you know my story, then you know about Nanna. And if you know about Nanna, then you know she saved my live. That’s why I want to honor her today, with this post, during this month of celebrating Mothers. As you probably know, at 16, I was living on the mean streets of Baltimore ami…Read More

  7. For Ivy

    For Ivy Meet my friend—my baby sister—Ivy Moore. Yes, she is my biological sister (same momma, different daddy) … she’s also one of my closest friends and trusted colleagues … and she is hands down one of the FUNNIEST, most brilliant moms I know!   Ivy and I (along with my older sister and my brother) were taught from a very young ago to take care of each other. And we do, still to this…Read More

  8. For Momma

    Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day. This year, I want to take a moment to thank Momma. (I know she won’t see this post, but I’m thanking her anyway.) Now, if you know my story, right now you’re probably goin’, “Whoa, girl! What in the world do you have to thank her for?? Didn’t she throw you out on the streets? Didn’t she hurt you??” Yes. She did. But she was also the vessel th…Read More

  9. Black Women Artists as Entrepreneurs Part 4 – Oprah

    I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Oprah—one of the richest and most powerful women in the entertainment industry today. Talk about a sister I can relate to! Oprah was born in Mississippi, into extreme poverty (we’re talkin’ potato sacks for dresses, sis … for real. And if you know my story, you know I also know what it’s like to be hungry!). Like me, she was neglected b…Read More

  10. Black Women Artists as Entrepreneurs Part 3 – Shonda Rhimes

    One of my all-time favorite TV series is Scandal. (Tell me you’ve watched it!) I mean it has it ALL. Great actors. Conflict and off-the-chain storylines. Politics. Suspense. SUPERIOR writing. Murder. Sex. EVERYTHING. Lisa and I love it! And that’s just one of the many reasons I’m choosing to honour Shonda Rhimes today—the executive producer of Scandal. She produced Grey’s Anatomy, too. #…Read More