Apology To My Brown Boy: Bassey Ikpi On Trayvon Martin, Mothers & Raising Black Boys (VIDEO)

Friends: MyBrownBaby contributor Bassey Ikpi penned this post and recorded the accompanying video, “Apology To My Brown Boy,” for her site, Bassey’s World. She very...

– Mar 28, 2012

{Bringing Up Boogie} Birthdays Are the Worst Days: Bassey Ikpi On Turning 35

By BASSEY IKPI I love birthdays; mine especially. Every year for the last decade, I've thrown a party called a Basstravaganza! Yes, I am a...

– Jul 25, 2011

{Bringing Up Boogie} Jesus, Boogie & the Bible: Wading in the Sticky Waters of Religion

By BASSEY IKPI Boogie loves Jesus. I'm not sure he's clear on who exactly Jesus is, but he's fully into him these days. He gets...

– Apr 24, 2011

{Bringing Up Boogie} The Longing: A Single Mom Searches For Magic In the Darkness

By BASSEY IKPI So this sadness returns quietly. Always quietly. No great trumpeting or horn blast. No drum circle or full bodied gospel wail. No...

– Mar 28, 2011

{Bringing Up Boogie} The Place From Which A Mother’s Love Flows

By Bassey Ikpi I love my son. That seems like a really base thing to say. Mothers are supposed to love their children. If you...

– Mar 14, 2011

{Bringing Up Boogie} Grammar Police

By Bassey Ikpi Boogie: Oh, mommy! Today I saw some gooses… Me: Geese Boogie: What’s a geese? Me: Geese is plural for goose. Boogie: What’s...

– Feb 27, 2011

{Bringing Up Boogie} Ready or Not? Deciding When and Where My Black Boy Goes to Kindergarten

By Bassey Ikpi This afternoon, my father handed me a brochure for St. Mathias Catholic School. It's that time. Boogie will turn 5 next November...

– Feb 5, 2011

{Bringing Up Boogie} Holy Batman and the Big Boy Bed: My Baby Is Growing Up

Bassey and Baby Boogie Boogie turned four on November 30th. We had a superhero party for him because he's obsessed with Batman and Superman. Or...

– Dec 13, 2010

{Bringing Up Boogie} There Is No Comfort In Silence

Editor’s note: If you follow poet and Bringing Up Boogie columnist Bassey Ikpi here on MyBrownBaby, you know that she is a tireless advocate for...

– Dec 6, 2010

{Bringing Up Boogie} For Black Moms Whove Considered the Cuss Out When the Playground Banter Is Too Much

Editor's Note: I dug deep into the MyBrownBaby Crates for this piece, which I gathered together one Sunday afternoon while I was fussing around on...

– Nov 22, 2010