My Brown Baby : on the joys and challenges of raising African American children / Denene Millner.

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      Summary: ""The best site for thoughtful, fierce advice about parenting from a Black perspective" -Ebony For almost a decade, national parenting expert and bestselling author Denene Millner has published thought-provoking, insightful, sometimes wickedly funny commentary about motherhood on her critically acclaimed website MyBrownBaby,com. The site, hailed as a "must-read" by the New York Times, speaks to the experiences, joys, fears, sorrows, and triumphs of African American motherhood, from pregnancy and child-rearing to relationships and the politics of parenting black children. After publishing almost 2,000 posts aimed at lifting the voices of moms and dads of color, Millner has now curated The Best of MyBrownBaby, a collection of the website's most important and insightful essays. This one-of-a-kind parenting book offers perspectives on the issues moms of color and mothers of children of color face as they raise their kids-from birthing while black to negotiating discipline to preparing children for racism. Through her website, Millner has created a space for African American moms and parents of black children, many of whom long to lend their critical but all-too-often ignored voices to the national parenting discussion. Full of essays that readers of all backgrounds will find provocative, The Best of MyBrownBaby acknowledges that there absolutely are issues that African American parents must deal with that white parents never have to confront if they're not raising brown children. This book chronicles these differences with open arms, a lot of love, and the deep belief that though we may come from separate places and have different backgrounds, all parents want the same things for our families, and especially for our children"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: "A collection of essays from the author's critically acclaimed parenting website,, which explores the joys, fears, sorrows, and triumphs of African American motherhood, from pregnancy and child-rearing to relationships and the politics of parenting black children"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Birthing while black: the journey to motherhood -- New motherhood -- Raising them up: the nuts and bolts of parenting black children -- Behind the lights: loosening pop culture's hold on black children -- Hair stories: the joys, pains, and politics of black children's kinky curls -- The souls of black folks: parenting beyond stereotypes -- They'll wear the armor: black children and racism -- The martyrs: on black children, race, and lives that mattered -- My brown baby matters: the politics of raising black children -- Mother love.
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      9781572842120 (paperback)
      1572842121 (paperback)
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Booklist Reviews 2017 February #1

Journalist Millner created the popular and critically acclaimed website in 2008, and this volume collects essays from the site on a variety of parenting topics, all aimed at parents of color or parents raising children of color. The brief essays are grouped into sections such as "They'll Wear the Armor: Black Children and Racism"; "New Motherhood"; "Hair Stories: The Joys, Pains, and Politics of Black Children's Kinky Curls"; and "Mother Love." Many of them are humorous, some are profound, and more than a few are thought-provokingly political. In the essay "Birthing While Black," Millner describes the not-so-subtle ways she was treated differently in her "posh" Manhattan hospital; in "Black Boy Swagger, Black Mom Fear," she discusses the worries that come every time her teenage son leaves the house. Millner is a natural, conversational writer, and these bite-size essays deserve a wide readership. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 March #2

Best-selling author Millner (Dream Girls) here delivers the finest selections from her award-winning blog, which soulfully and hilariously depicts the delights and sorrows of child rearing from a black perspective. While few blogs on this topic make it to publication, Millner's deserves every prize earned. Her writing is acutely on target. Holding nothing back, and speaking through raw truth, she gives a keen yet grounded take on parenting from the black viewpoint, both educating and validating readers along the way ("Unless you're parenting a little black girl, you have absolutely no earthly idea how exhausting it is to be media whipped for not being a white girl"). Verdict Millner is on top of every political, media, and cultural front, making her one of the most relevant and aspiring writers on the issue of black parenting. Lucky is the library that lands her for a speaking engagement.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.