Raising strong African American sons

Denene Millner, Bestselling Author & Founder of MyBrownBaby, shares advice for parents on how to raise strong, smart African American sons in America today
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Raising strong African American sons

There's a huge challenge that comes with raising black sons. I have a son who's almost 20. He's brilliant. he's in college studying to be an engineer. And back home, someone may see him walking down the street. His pants may be hanging down a little bit too much for someone's taste. He may be listening to his iPod and not paying too much attention to his surroundings. And because he's 6'1", 270 pounds, you might have some kind of idea that he might do something to you or that he may be up to no good, just because he's a black man in America. And so we're constantly talking to him about how to present himself, how to make people understand that he's brilliant, he's beautiful, he's kind, he's honest, he's smart. That conversation comes from having a good strong dad in the household, who's, at 46, has had to deal with that all of his life. That comes from his mom instilling some wonderful advice about how to move through the world. And that comes from me, his stepmom, trying to talk to him constantly about how to present himself to the world that not only makes other people comfortable but allows him to be who he is.

Denene Millner, Bestselling Author & Founder of MyBrownBaby, shares advice for parents on how to raise strong, smart African American sons in America today


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Denene Millner

Author & Founder of MyBrownBaby.com

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. Millner spent the last decade working as a columnist, contributing editor and blogger for Parenting, a national magazine for which she provided witty, engaging, mom-to-mom advice on ethics and etiquette in everything from childrearing and marriage to work and friendship. Currently, she also is the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a critically acclaimed, award-winning blog that examines parenting and motherhood through the multi-cultural experience. Millner frequently contributes as an entertainment writer for Essence, the most well-read and respected magazine for African American women, and has written for a plethora of national publications and prestigious websites, including Parenting, HealthEbony, JetHeart & SoulReal Health, Money, iVillage, Parenting.com, TodayMoms, and The Root, among others. Her extensive television experience includes regular appearances on the The Today Show, CBS Early ShowThe Nate Berkus Show, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, VH1, and the Rachel Ray show. Millner also is the author of 21 books. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two daughters.

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