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Are You My Daughter: A Mother’s Day Yearning

By Fallon 9:35 am May 7, 2010 Daughters eased their mothers’ burdens – helping with the spinning, the grinding of grain, and the endless task of looking after baby boys, who were forever peeing into the corners of the tents, no matter what you told them. But the other reason women wanted daughters was to […]

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Single Black woman says, “I ain’t the Problem, Nightline, Black Men Are!”

By Fallon 8:19 am April 30, 2010 So, that we are crystal clear I do not run behind black men. I do not beg them to spend time with me. I am not desperate for their attention, money, or third arm. I am so tired of Nightline, CNN, ABC, and yes the great matriarch himself, […]

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The Legacy of Mentoring Lionesses: From Mary McLeod Bethune to Dr. Dorothy Height to Dr. Marian Wright Edelman

By Fallon 8:33 am April 23, 2010 “Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.”–Mary McLeod Bethune “As more women enter public life, I see developing a more humane society. The growth and development of […]

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Says Seven year-old, “Big Sister let them Rape Me:” Trenton, Irresponsible Black Girls, and Savior Russell Simmons

By Fallon 8:18 am April 16, 2010 TRENTON — City police have charged a 15-year-old girl as an accomplice to the gang rape of her 7-year-old sister. Police said they believe the older sibling was paid for having sex with multiple partners Sunday night during a party at the troubled Rowan Towers apartment complex, and […]

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The Old Black Woman says: “Do you got yo big girl’s drawls on? Can you stand a fight?”

By Fallon 8:00 am April 9, 2010 I really love this Huggies’ commercial because it shows a little girl professing she’s a big kid because she knows how to wear pull-ups which is the first step toward wearing big girl panties drawls. [Song in the tune of the Huggies’ commercial] So, she’s a big girl […]

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Seven Women at the Cross: A Black Feminist Speaks of Widows

By Fallon 8:00 am April 2, 2010 This week I had the opportunity to speak at Spelman College’s 8th Annual Seven Women at the Cross. For those who are not familiar with Seven Women at the Cross Services it is a time when women preachers and speakers recount the last seven days of Christ living […]

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Women’s Her-story Month: Why Not Sex Workers (Sofia Maldonado’s Mural)?

By Fallon 7:14 am March 19, 2010 There is a “moral panic” that Keysha Whitaker highlights in “Latin Female Artist draws criticism for Times Square Mural” brewing on the streets of Times Square where Sofia Maldonado, a young Puerto Rican-Cuban woman, is under fire for creating a mural that for many embodies the sins of […]

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Women Her-story Month: Do You Have a Chosen Sister?

By Fallon 9:30 am March 12, 2010 I speak as a – a sister of a sister. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on my birthday. And for over 30 years, Coretta Scott King and I have telephoned, or sent cards to each other, or flowers to each other, or met each other somewhere in […]

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Women’s Her-story Month: A tribute to Old Black Women Healers

By Fallon 9:06 am March 5, 2010 The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. –Maya Angelou So, how do you make a little black girl believe that all she has gone […]

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