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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.

An Interview with Dr. Maya Angelou

Culture & Entertainment

by Beccastone Editorial

Beccastone had the great privilege of speaking with Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the literary giants and artistic treasures of our time. Dr. Angelou gave Beccastone some of her thoughts on parenting and her mother’s and grandmother’s advice.

Q. What is the best advice your mother gave you?
A: My grandmother gave me one …

Hair Care

Health & Beauty

by Pholesha Johnson

When I had my own little girl I just couldn’t wait for her hair to sprout, not ever thinking she would be almost completely bald until she was a little over a year. Fast forward a few years, after a slow start, she now has a head full of thick hair that continues to change …

Success and Nothing Less: A Few Words with Bill Keyes

Values & Beliefs

by Bill Keyes

Bill Keyes, President of the Institute for Responsible Citizens, sits down with Beccastone to share how they are developing successful leaders of tomorrow.

Q: What is the mission of the Institute for Responsible Citizens (I4RC)?

A: The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is an intensive leadership program for America’s best and brightest African-American male college students. We bring …

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Conversation with a Step Mom

Parenting

by Beccastone Editorial

Janice, 55-year old ex-stepmom to 2 children (grade school, teens) from a previous marriage and current stepmom to 3 children (middle school, college). In both cases, the children had/have a regular visitation schedule with their dads.

Q: You have established and maintained close relationships with all your stepchildren, including the ones whose father is no longer …

Conversation with an Interracial Family

Parenting

by joshua@remotesocial.com

Conversation with Leslie Lewis, a former teacher and mother of two adult children, a son, 32, and a daughter, 23. Leslie lives in Washington, D.C., is Jewish, and is married to an attorney who is black.

Q: How long have you been married?
A: I first met my husband in 1970 when we were both in college.. …

Conversation with a Working Mom

Parenting

by Beccastone Editorial

Beccastone talks to Marsha R., Washington, D.C., married, mother of three (2 girls, 17 and 14, and a boy, 8); business school graduate and senior executive at an international banking organization.

Q: What do you find most challenging about being a working mom?
A: There are lots of challenges, and this may sound trivial, but one of …

“I’m Hungry!”— After-school Snacks

Parenting

by Beccastone Editorial

When our children come home from school, often they are hungry before it’s dinner time. Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RDN, CDE is founder of SuperKidsNutrition.com, where she helps grow healthy families and communities through national partnerships. She talks with Beccastone about leftovers as after-school snacks, recipes for our children and different nutritional needs for boys and boys.

What are …