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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chris Bosh, Jermaine Jackson, Terrell Owens, Usher, and Halle Berry are all either rich and/or famous people embroiled in high-profile, sometimes bitter child support and custody battles. And just as I was about to hit send, a new alert hit my email box.  The headline reads, “Steve Nash child support: NBA star contests support payments for ‘spoiled kids.’”

Every once in a while though, a case involving ordinary people will make the news, like this one involving a [...]

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Not Watching ‘Scandal’ is Scandalous

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Can you even remember what you used to do on Thursday nights before  you got hooked on ABC’s hit TV show “Scandal?”  I know, right.

Every few years a series comes along that just clicks with Black America.  Just off the top of my head, and in no particular order, there was “The Game,” “Soul Food,” “Living Single,” “Def Comedy Jam,” “The Arsenio Hall Show”, the “Dave Chappelle Show”, “The Cosby Show”, “In Living Color,” “Soul [...]

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Tragedy Deserves More Than 140 Characters and a Hashtag

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

So many things that we say sound like clichés when we run them off almost with not thought. “Tomorrow isn’t promised,”  “make every moment count,”  “hug your kids everyday”…until a tragedy like the Boston bombing strikes.

Many of us, myself included, immediately turned to Twitter and Facebook to send out our sentiments.  Most of the messages were poignant, motivating, and inspiring.  Sadly this has become the new normal.  From catastrophe to catastrophe we bond via [...]

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Parenting Gay Children: Choose Love Above All

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Last week the world learned what basketball great Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie had known for many years—that their son, Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. was gay.  If you didn’t already respect Magic for appearing to be a stand up guy, a philanthropist and a businessman who has invested heavily in inner-cities, then perhaps he’ll earn it with his response to the “outing” of his namesake:  “Cookie and I have always been proud of EJ [...]

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Belts, Cords or Switches: Let’s Stop Hitting Our Kids

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, April 4, 2013

The controversial video of an African American father whipping his two teenaged daughters has gone viral and is sparking lots of conversation, which is always a good thing.  (See video below)I just hope some of the conversation brings about change and not just more of the same.  At some point we have to realize that everything our parents and grandparents did wasn’t right, and perhaps there are options to physical discipline.

In defense of hitting our [...]

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