Have Courage & Be Kind: What Cinderella Teaches Girls About Abuse

"Have courage and be kind." Those are the words that Cinderella's mother tells her right before she dies. When I was growing up, my father used to tell me to be careful of others because often people will take an act of kindness as a sign of weakness. In other words, in my effort to be nice, some may attempt to take advantage of me. ...more
For me as a survivor of multiple forms of abuse, it took courage to keep living, it took courage ...more

Here's How American Girl Responded to My Open Letter on Diversity

BlogHerFamily yes, we need to teach more kids to vote with their pocketbooks, er I mean ...more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

Ebola and Our Misplaced Outrage

Lisa www.mysocalledglamlife.com...more

Why I Write About Race

" Why do you write so much about race?" It was a question put to me by a reader who also happens to know me personally. She is White and is surprised by some of the things that I have said. I responded that this blog, My so Called Glamorous Life, is about my very unglamorous and normal life. It's my perspective on a lot of things that affect me on an ongoing basis—like being a wife and a mother. Sometimes I post recipes, because I love to bake. Or I write about books, because I love to read, particularly children's and Young Adult books....more
mom21mom2all  "red, yellow, black, white was reserved for their crayons." I like that.  Thanks ...more

A Mom's Eye View of Ferguson

In 1973, when I was 7-years-old, my parents bought a house in a small bedroom community near the town where we lived. While Mom and Dad agreed that they both wanted to move, this particular house was my mother's doing. The middle class neighborhood full of neat little mid-century split-levels and ranch style homes with tidy yards was 100% White and my father wanted nothing to do with it. Yes, from 3rd through the 6th grade I was one of only 5 to 7 Black children in a school of approximately 400 students. The other Black families lived in a subdivision on the other side of the school....more
The riots/protests were a direct response to what the people perceived to be a blatant and ...more

An Open Letter to American Girl: Why Are You Retiring Girls of Color?

As many of you may know, my girls and I are huge fans of American Girl dolls. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have several dolls in their collection, as well as books, clothing, furniture, and all kinds of fun accessories. Last week American Girl announced that it will be retiring four of its Historical Dolls: Marie-Grace, Cecile, Ruthie and Ivy. With this announcement I am forced to focus on what has become for me a troubling marketing practice of this doll company" their lack of diversity in their product offerings. ...more
AlexandreaMerrell Lisa Owen I agree that American Girl has a wide variety of Like Me dolls for ...more

Things We Should Have Learned from the Dust Up between Jay and Bey's Baby Sister

Jay Z & Beyonce perform at CoachellaPhoto Credit: vibevixen   ...more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
TriciaNightowlmama I never said that white people (please point me to the paragraph that I made ...more

In Grandma's Footsteps