Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

As a newly licensed foster parent, I prepared myself for heartache and red tape. Despite that, as we waited for our first placement I was excited more than anything to be a mom.

When the day came and the reality didn’t match my understanding or expectations of motherhood, I struggled to come to terms with it. I felt ashamed to tell anyone that I was feeling anything less than total, overwhelming love for this small, disruptive addition to my life.

Society’s expectations of mothers are steep, and don’t allow for real conversations about what it means to be a parent. It’s a huge sacrifice of your lifestyle, and the expectation that we enjoy it even half of the time can be crushing, mentally and physically.

This Black History Month, let’s also recognize the influential black women creating change today

This is an opportunity to highlight women such as Dominique Dawes, Nafessa Williams and more

I have a hard time making decisions, but I realized taking the risk is better than losing out

Our lives are made up of a series of choices

One year after the Parkland shooting, we need to remember these words

We should recall the voices of those who spoke up in the aftermath to demand change