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Thank you for visiting us! Beccastone was created by a Black mom as a resource for moms and others working to raise healthy and successful Black children with a strong sense of history and self. Beccastone is a safe place to discover articles, tips and practical advice on every day parenting challenges and the special issues facing Black children. Read more about our founder and Rebecca’s stone marker, the inspiration for our name.

Separation Anxieties

Parenting

by Pholesha Johnson

Most women (and men) somehow recover and find that life goes can go on after divorce. At some point to move on you accept that the life that you once dreamt about, lived and loved — is over and there’s a new normal. As adults even when we don’t always have the answers to life’s …

A Conversation with Dr. Jessica B. Harris, Culinary Historian

Culture & Entertainment

by Beccastone Editorial

Dr. Jessica Harris is a noted author, journalist, professor, and culinary historian. Dr. Harris is a professor of English at Queens College in New York City, and was the inaugural scholar of the Ray Charles Chair in African American Material Culture at Dillard University in New Orleans. Dr. Harris’ latest book, “High on the Hog: …

An Interview with Debra Martin Chase

Culture & Entertainment

by Beccastone Editorial

Ms. Chase is a successful motion picture and television producer and a Harvard educated lawyer by training. Her credits include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Just Wright and the movie franchises The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, The Cheetah Girls, The Princess Diaries and Lemonade Mouth.

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A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

What is the most valuable piece of advice your mother gave you?

“Life is not fair.” My mother told me that throughout my childhood. She said I should be prepared to work twice as hard as anyone else and not to fret or complain; just work hard and good things will follow. Don’t worry about what …

Inspire Today By Teaching Our Past

Values & Beliefs

by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Recently during a meeting with high school seniors to talk about the Civil Rights Movement, I learned their graduation was on May 17th.

“Wow,” I exclaimed. “How wonderful to be graduating on such a historic day.” Seated at a round table in front of me, all of the students looked at me quizzically.

“You do know the …

Everyday Actions Help Combat Childhood Obesity

Health & Beauty

by Stephanie Phillipps

The statistics about obesity in America are grim. Recently, an important government report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) warned about the grave public health problems associated with rising obesity rates among adults and children and recommended that our nation take collective action now. The report called on industry groups, businesses, schools, health care providers …

A Few Minutes with Erica Reid

Parenting

by Beccastone Editorial

(Author, The Thriving Child–Parenting Successfully Through Allergies, Asthma, and Other Common Challenges (Foreword by Jennifer Lopez))

Beccastone: What is your book about and who is your audience?

Erica Reid: My book is for all parents and caregivers who want to live a more stress-free, healthy lifestyle. My book shows how they can make changes in their homes …

In Conversation with Kelly Rowland

Culture & Entertainment

by Beccastone Editorial

Kelly Rowland is a Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter, actress, model, TV host and philanthropist. Kelly was one of the founding members of the famed singing group Destiny’s Child. Kelly’s next solo album is due out later this year.

Q. What piece of advice did your mother give you that has stayed with you?
A. As a kid, I …

In Conversation with Kem

Culture & Entertainment

by Beccastone Editorial

Kem is a musician and philanthropist. He was nominated for two Grammys this year.

Q. What piece of advice did your mother give you that was particularly valuable and useful in life?
A. My mother always encouraged me to be true to myself. The older I get, the more I appreciate and understand the value of her …