motherhood

Katy Perry’s Choice: Single Mother vs. Baby Mama

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Recently in a Rolling Stone interview, singer Katy Perry discussed her plans to have children—with or without a man. “I don’t need a dude,” Perry told Rolling Stone. “It’s 2014! We are living in the future; we don’t need anything. I don’t think I’ll have to, but...

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

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In last week’s Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for “abandoning” her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s. (Just yesterday we learned that Harrell has been let go from her job.) I had...

NJ Judge Rules Mothers Can Bar Fathers From Delivery Room During Childbirth

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This week, a New Jersey judge expanded the rights of pregnant women when he ruled that expectant moms have the right to bar the father of their child from the delivery room. The ruling, which is the first of its kind in the nation, also...

Should We Teach Our Kids to Expect Racism?

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As the mother of an 8-year-old boy who is all long limbs and curly ‘fro, I often think about what his life will be like when he grows into a six-foot-plus Black man. Unlike me, my son is not growing up in the ‘hood. He’s...