Gwen Samuel: A Black Mom’s Perspective

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin For this mom, being the Founder and a very conscious, unapologetic Black parent leader of an all-volunteer, parent led organization, leaves little time and energy to gather my thoughts to write a timely blog. Yet, I felt I could not go into 2018 without sharing some of my … Continue reading Gwen Samuel: A Black Mom’s Perspective

Motherless Child: A Black Boy’s Trauma

He was seven years old, riding in the backseat of his fathers black Bronco. I drove up alongside him happy that I’d come across them at the light. My nephew pointed a toy gun at me that looked more real than fake and ducked back down below the window. When he noticed me his eyes lit up as he turned to his dad. “It’s Auntie … Continue reading Motherless Child: A Black Boy’s Trauma

Vivett Dukes: Black Boy Trauma and the Criminal Justice System

When I think of Black boy trauma, I think of Corey L. Sutton, Jr. At the age of 14, Corey was arrested and held without bail in jail for an alleged crime he upholds that he did not commit. At the age of 16, he was sentenced to 58 years in prison for this crime that he continues to adamantly contend he did not commit. … Continue reading Vivett Dukes: Black Boy Trauma and the Criminal Justice System

Sharif El Mekki: Black Boy Trauma Gets in the Way of Black Boy Joy

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglass I think about this quite a lot and it often leads me to reflect on the trauma that our Black boys face growing up. To help nurture strong Black boys, we need to address the trauma that many of them face inside and outside of school. Trauma undermines children’s inherent curiosity and desire … Continue reading Sharif El Mekki: Black Boy Trauma Gets in the Way of Black Boy Joy

April Edition: Black Boy Trauma

Welcome to our April 2018 edition of One Voice Blog Magazine! One Voice dedicates this month to Black Boy Trauma. When we speak of Black boys, we tend to use statistics to describe where they are and projections to inform us of their destination. It’s rare that we talk in terms of the situations and systemic forces waiting for Black boys upon entering the world … Continue reading April Edition: Black Boy Trauma

Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved

Black children are not allowed to be children. They are perceived by mainstream America, from out of the womb, as being armed, dangerous, and suspicious. They are constantly scrutinized, chastised, and over-managed. How many Black parents have had to sit their young Black child down and explain to them how to conduct themselves in public, aka around White people, so as not to be misconstrued … Continue reading Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved

Black Girls Turning Trauma Into Triumph, A Special Kind of Boss Behavior

When One Voice founding members agreed to dedicate the magazine’s March edition to Black Girl Trauma, I completely checked out. Each of us could write a tome on the subject, choosing a from a long list of sub-categories within the framework of Black Girl Trauma. Just the anecdotal information alone I’ve collected in my heart and consciousness throughout my four and half decades is enough … Continue reading Black Girls Turning Trauma Into Triumph, A Special Kind of Boss Behavior