Ultimate Blog Party 2012: Welcome To MyBrownBaby!

Ain’t no party like a MyBrownBaby party ‘cause a MyBrownBaby party don’t stoooop!

Yup—it’s a party over here, y’all. The sun is shining, life is good, and MyBrownBaby is droppin’ it like it’s hot at 5 Minutes For Mom’s Ultimate Blog Party 2012! I’m having a blast meeting new bloggers and showing off my digs to the #UBP2012 crew. There are lots of prizes. Recipes. Music. Drinks. Great conversation. Definitely my kind of party! If you’re a blogger, stroll on over to 5 Minutes For Mom to list your blog or sign up for prizes (be sure to read the details on how to participate) and then click away to meet new blog friends.

If you’re new to MyBrownBaby, here’s the quick and dirty on the site: I’m Denene Millner, a 19-time author and freelance writer who, for seven years, penned the Reality Check column for Parenting magazine, contributes regularly to Essence magazine and doles out parenting, relationship and etiquette advice on the Today show, the Nate Berkus show, NPR and the Huffington Post. And my New York Times best-selling book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” which I wrote with Steve Harvey, is making its way to the big screen in a couple of weeks, starring Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy.

More importantly, I’m a mom of three amazing kids, the wife of the ridiculously talented author Nick Chiles, the proud owner of a spectacular Goldendoodle, Teddy, and a passionate woman who loves the written word, intelligent discourse and my people. I try to remind myself every day how blessed I am for good health, sound mind, strength and, above all else, the good, hearty, everlasting love of an incredible family.

Jill Scott puts it best in, “So Blessed,” her hit song on her album

I woke up in the morning feeling fresh to death
I’m so blessed, yes yes
I went to sleep stressed, woke up refreshed
I’m so blessed, yeah yes
Water in my face and everything is in its place
Peace of mind even my grace
I’m so blessed, yes… yes… yes…

Yup, I’m blessed. If you’re new to MyBrownBaby, come on in and take a look around. You’ll find that I love ART, my dog TEDDY and good MUSIC and great BOOKS featuring children of color. I’m passionate about encouraging more African American mothers to BREASTFEED, protecting women’s reproductive health and rights and especially improving the BIRTH EXPERIENCES OF BLACK MOMS and the lives of black children. Check out what legendary actress DIAHANN CARROLL whispered in my ear, how I feel about BLACK DADS, PLAYING IN THE SUN, and LEARNING HOW TO LOVE MYSELF, FLAWS AND ALL.

Listen to some of my favorite music, including songs by artists like INDIA.AIREANGIE STONELEDISI, and ERYKAH BADU—and maybe whip up my favorite cocktail, a delicious GODIVA CHOCOLATINI , while you’re grooving. Looking for great recipes? Find some of my BEST DISHES HERE. Know, too, that I don’t mind speaking my mind, particularly when it comes to issues affecting SINGLE MOTHERS AND THE POOR, and I get nervous for my AFRICAN AMERICAN SON. No conversation is off-limits, and sometimes it can get a little ROWDY around here. But my amazing stable of MYBROWNBABY CONTRIBUTORS, comprised of New York Times best-selling authors, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, award-winning poets and blog superstars have my back and keep the site full of fresh, interesting, thought-provoking perspectives on today’s biggest issues. But every post is meant to give voice to black moms looking to get in on the parenting debate, and certainly to invite ALL moms to talk about what we love to talk about most: motherhood.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

So crank up the tunes—Jill Scott is putting it all the way down up in here! Then check out the site, and introduce yourself in the comment section. If you’re interested in contributing posts to MyBrownBaby, email me at denene at gmail dot com. I’m happy you stopped by!

{Note: The beautiful picture illustrating this post is called “Sugar Shack,” by renowned artist Ernie Barnes.}

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Love the post! Glad to meet you. Happy UBP!

  2. I think I will join too! 🙂

  3. That picture is THE FIRST piece of artwork we buy when we finally buy a house in the “A”. A close second is That “Sunday’s Best” piece with the five boys sitting on the old-school car in Chicago.

    Yeah, I know WAY OFF TOPIC, lol!

    • Denene@MyBrownBaby

      LOL! Not off topic at all, Brotha Tech! I LOVE ART and can talk about artists like Ernie Barnes, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Basquiat ALL DAY! Gotta get together for that neighborhood tour, my dude!

  4. Hello, I came to your site from GSMM and I love the look of it. The green and brown is so fresh and clean!! I will surely be revisiting your site!

    I love meeting and connecting with new bloggers too! I plan to check out the Blogger party!!

    Nice to meet you!

  5. How fun! Love, love, love this song. Can’t wait to see Think Like A Man!

  6. high five to a fellow middle school flute player and Jack Donaghy crusher 😀 Thank you for stopping by my blog. Seems we were separated at birth!! I am seriously in awe of all that you have accomplished and wish you the best with the upcoming movie. Steve Harvey is a hoot! Love him (but not as much as JD ‘course)…

  7. By way of the Ultimate Blog party, I was going to stop by quickly and I’ve already spent around 10 minutes or so catching up here. I like the spirit of your blog and love that you give voice to the voiceless.

    • Denene@MyBrownBaby

      What a kind thing to say—thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog and I do hope you come back and share with us!

  8. Hello! It’s so nice to “meet” you =) First congrats on the book/movie! Second, I love that you don’t mind speaking your mind.

  9. Stopping by from the UPB12 party. I love your musical choices. Whenever I feel down I can’t wait to listen Blessed by Jill Scott. Even through all of it I’m still blessed. It is so cool that you co-wrote Think Like a man. I can not wait to see the movie. your blog is so awesome.
    Janiera @ This is From My Heart

  10. And I’m a new twitter follower. 🙂

  11. WOW, nice to meet you! I am also from the blog hop! I’ve only been on your blog a few minutes and know it’s one I’ll love. I’m an educator, team natural, and I love Jill Scott too! I will follow by a few of the options you have available. Nice to meet you!

  12. Kia Morgan Smith

    You’re just a bad mamma-jamma! #Thatisall

  13. I am popping over from UBP to say hi. Hope your enjoying party week.


  14. Love your taste in music and it’s great to meet you!

  15. It looks like this is WHERE IT’S AT! I hope you are enjoying the blog party : )

  16. Hi there! Hopping on by from the UBP, I am so excited to be here, and can’t wait to read more of your blog, I am incredibly inspired by your writing! 🙂 Hope you will stop by forgetthedognotthebaby.com and say hello.

  17. Stopping over from UBP12. What a fun blog! It is a Party! I can feel your passion in your writing. So glad to “meet” you!

  18. glad to have found you thanks to UBP12! I’m looking forward to reading more fun posts on your site! take care!
    visiting from:

  19. I’m blessed too! : )
    Stopping by to say hi during the UBP2012!

  20. With Sugar Shack & Ms. Jill Scott in the house there’s no way to deny it’s party time!:-)

    Rock on Girl! #UBP2012


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