Dying, Living and Resisting in American Society: Radical Black History, Radical Care & Why Black Breastfeeding Matters

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If you’ve ever been curious about what my presentations looks like I thought I’d share this one from recently (can you tell school is out and I have some time on my hands?!). This presentation was from just a couple of months ago, when the graduate students held a conference so we could share parts of our research […]

Are IBCLCs The ‘New’ Infant Formula? — A Webinar (Video)

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There was such a large response to an article I wrote previously about International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and why, even though many breastfeeding advocates have been proponents of more professionalism believing this increase may work to make breastfeeding a normal biological and social process and increase the amount of women who initiate and sustain it, I believe IBCLCs, although […]

WHAT WOULD MALCOLM DO?: Why Breastfeeding Counts As African American Political Thought — A Webinar (Video)

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Have you ever wondered what Malcolm X’s thoughts would be on Black breastfeeding? Do you think a figure like this would care? I think he would. What about Harriet Tubman’s or W.E.B. DuBois’ thoughts? Marcus Garvey? MLK, Jr? Any other Black ‘revolutionary’? The fact that Black women in America statistically have the lowest breastfeeding rates of any group in […]

Are IBCLCs The ‘New’ Infant Formula? — A Webinar (Video)

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There was such a large response to an article I wrote previously about International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and why, even though many breastfeeding advocates have been proponents of more professionalism believing this increase may work to make breastfeeding a normal biological and social process and increase the amount of women who initiate and sustain it, I believe IBCLCs, although […]

Why Karlesha Thurman’s graduation picture is so dangerous to the racist and sexist American society

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  Over the past few days I’ve had a few people send me the link to this story about the ‘controversy’ about a mother breastfeeding at her graduation. The first time I saw it, when I clicked to open it I literally had to calm myself down because I felt like I was almost hyperventilating. […]

Will I become a certified #doula, after all?

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Since I took the ICTC doula training at the end of 2012 I’ve worked to complete the list that you see, in order to work towards certification. I’ve been able to check off several items, but in the past number of months (or more) it has not changed. As you’d probably imagine being a full-time graduate student (and TA) I’ve […]

What I’m Reading (AND Writing) :: The History of #Anthropology — African Diaspora Trajectories

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Seriously, what am I not reading? I had to sign up for a History of Anthropology course for this quarter. It was a requirement and one of the core classes we are to take in this program. The bad thing is that not much really changes, with sitting around hearing about a lot of racist white men […]

Keep your medical experiments and research projects away from my (historically vulnerable) Vagina!

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A couple of months ago, the medical center that is part of the university I attend got a hold of my name and mailing address and sent me a letter saying they were conducting a study on women to see if being screened for cervical cancer in a clinical setting (you go in – they give […]

BLACK BREASTFEEDING AND THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND: Do our women hold the answers to our own ‘gaps’?

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Below is a paper I wrote for my anth theory class. The assignment was to conduct a short ethnography making some connection with a reading we had done over the quarter. As you will see I chose to focus on Sigmund Freud and examining the mind because of a conversation I had with a woman […]