raising black boys

My Biracial Son Needs to See Himself as Black and Proud

This mom of a biracial son knows the world will view him as African American. She wants him to see himself as a young black man too.

– Oct 30, 2017

I Don’t Want To Have A Black Son

This Black mom is gripped by fear that having a Black son will someday lead her into picking out a suit for his casket rather than his prom.

– Feb 15, 2017

Raising Dion: A Comic Book Imagines A Black Single Mom Parenting Her Superhero Son

Raising Dion is a delicious new superhero comic book series with an unlikely here: a Black single mom whose only superpower is love for her superhero son.

– Sep 3, 2015

Confronting My Fear: Lessons from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me made this mother consider just how much she limits her own children's freedom—and why doing so is wrong.

– Aug 10, 2015

Love, Black Boys: A Conversation About Growing Up Black In America (VIDEO)

In this short documentary, young Black boys and men explain the particular challenges they face growing up Black in America.

– Jun 2, 2015

To the Lady Who Called My Toddler a ‘Thug.’

Stereotyping Black boys, even toddlers, comes a tad too easy for some, as discovered by this white mom of a Black son.

– Apr 7, 2015

Black Boy Childhood: When Birthdays—And Race—Steal Innocence

Black boy childhood flies by all-too-quickly when race steals the innocence of children of color—and this mother is worried about it.

– Apr 1, 2015

What Will I Tell My Son? Parenting In the Age of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown

As the Eric Garner grand jury decision winds its way through the news, one mom contemplates what her fear means for her biracial son.

– Dec 4, 2014

Thirteen, Black & Afraid to End Up Like Ferguson

Black teen boys react to Ferguson, wondering what the grand jury decision says about their place in America.

– Dec 1, 2014

What Black Educators Are Saying About the Effects of Race On Our Sons

Does a white teacher's inability and unwillingness to deal with their own racial biases lead to stressful interactions with black boys? Educators say yes—and then some.

– May 30, 2014