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Let's Get This Started

Being a mom of four kiddos is no easy task! Especially in this day and age, it is so hard to talk to my children about the issues that we, as African Americans, face on a daily basis. My focus for this year is to have open conversations with my children on social issues to hear their opinion, their ideas for the future, as well as get them to start thinking about the path that lays ahead.. Join me :)

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