Meet the MyBrownBaby Team
New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is a hotly sought after award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting and book publishing industries. She is the writer behind Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-selling Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, named the best selling non-fiction book of 2009 by Nielsen, and the author or co-author of 18 other fiction, non-fiction, children’s and teen books. Millner worked as an advice columnist and contributing editor for Parenting for a decade and, during her tenure, founded MyBrownBaby.com, the critically acclaimed blog that examines parenting and motherhood through the multi-cultural experience. She is a frequent contributor for Essence, Jet, Ebony and a plethora of national publications; her extensive television experience includes regular appearances on the The Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show, HLN, CNN, and the Rachel Ray show. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two daughters and son.
Bringing Up Boogie
Bassey Ikpi is a Nigeria-born, Oklahoma-bred, PG County-fed, Brooklyn-led writer/poet/neurotic. She’s half awesome, a quarter crazy and 1/3rd genius… the left over bit is a caramel creme center. She’s also the single mother of an amazing man-child, Elaiwe Ikpi.
A strong advocate of mental health awareness, Bassey is currently working on a memoir about living with mental illness and producing Basseyworld Live, a stage show that infuses poetry and interactive panel discussions about everything from politics to pop culture. Find more Bassey on her site, Bassey’s World. Get more Bassey at basseyworld.com.
My Four Sons
Derrick D’wayne Barnes is the author of eight children and young adult books, including the saucy MyBrownBaby favorite, the Ruby & The Booker Boys series. He’s given his insights about fatherhood on GreatDad.com, and is an incredible role model for brown babies everywhere. He lives in Kansas City, MO, with his wife and their four sons. Read more about him on DerrickBarnes.com.
Lorraine Sanabria Robertson is an author, freelance writer and successful public relations consultant. She is the creator of AskWifey.com, her blog where she manages marriage, motherhood and all the mayhem, and is co-founder of TheBlogRollers.com, a site dedicated to promoting the power of female bloggers and the brands that support them. Excited to merge her passion for social media with her PR background, Lorraine recently added social media consultant to her resume with the formation of The BlogRollers Media, a social media marketing company. She is author of Help! I’m a Newlywed What Do I Do Now? Wife-Saving Advice Every New Bride Must Know to Survive the First Year of Marriage (30 Miles Media, Inc.). She lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two children. Visit her at www.askwifey.com.
Baby Making Mama
On the air, Jennifer Johnson delivers the news to the great people of the Lone Star State. Off the air, she’s a new mom and wanna-be Domestic Diva. In both worlds, she’s trying to find out if it’s possible to truly have her cake and eat it, too. She started documenting her journey through motherhood long before the baby was in the picture and has since blogged for Conceive Magazine, Parenting.com‘s Project Pregnancy, and Bravado Design’s Breastfeeding Diaries. Her journey bagan and continues on her blog Baby Making Machine.
Michelle Bond is a writer. A mother. A Flower Child. All of these things… not necessarily in that order. She’s written for Today’s Black Woman and regional publications. Visit her at CoffeeBreakDMV.
Daddy Knows Best
Nick Chiles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestselling tome The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms, co-written with gospel legend Kirk Franklin. Nick also writes for several publications including Essence, where he frequently pens stories about fatherhood and manhood.
The Side of the Wall
Britni Danielle, a writer and poet, blogs about her experiences raising a son while his father is incarcerated. She is a teacher, writer, and avid music junkie, and mothers over 100 brown babies a day in her classroom before coming home to her own. Check out more of her incredible writing and poetry at ThisSideoftheWall.
Stephen Chukumba blogs about what he thinks. It’s not always popular. Nor is it “PC.” But it’s always straight from the heart. With almost eleven years of marriage under his belt, four kids and a strong Black woman by his side (or slightly ahead of him he’s gotta play catch-up), Stephen offers a unique perspective on the Black (parental) experience, as well as a different angle on Black marriages. Buckle up and hang on! Check out more of his writings at Stephen Chukumba Says.
Kia Morgan Smith, author of the delightful children’s book, Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too, is a passionate and dedicated educator and former award-winning education reporter from Philadelphia. She has five kids and balances life like nobody’s business all of which she chronicles on her blog, CincoMom. She lives with her husband and their family in Atlanta.
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