Black Boys Wear the Crown!

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Black Books Matter: Children's Books Celebrating Black Boys

We at Denene Millner Books are deeply appreciative of Moms of Black Boys United, Inc. (MOBB United) and The Conscious Kid Library for putting together this incredible list of books featuring Black boys—and especially for including “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick Barnes on the list. MyBrownBaby is proud to republish the list with permission. Want the PERFECT Christmas present for the sweeties on your list? Grab one—or a few—of these incredible books and put them under the tree. There is no greater gift than the gift of literacy—especially when our babies are celebrated in the pages! Plus: a special announcement about a super special reading of CROWN!

[Word To Muva] You’re Missing Out By Not Going Bald… Downtown

By IDA HARRIS I've been hair-free for a minute, now. It's a choice I don’t regret. Most women aren't willing to go that route, but every women should—at least once. Going completely bald is the next best thing to being naked. I should be clear: I ain't talking about a bald head. At least not the one on your shoulders, but rather the one that rest between your legs. [ 720 more words ]

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LIVE Book Club Party with Top Authors - Gifts for Kids

About to go live—I got my books and my drank. Come through!

Why I Don’t Grieve for My Daughter at College

“But a part of me simply wonders, ‘Isn’t this what we as parents want to happen?’ There is a natural order to it all. Right? Now I can’t lie. There are moments when I worry about Chloe. But I worried a bit when she started full-day preschool, went to sleep-away camp and, perhaps most terrifying, drove to the mall for the first time. As I did in those times, I talk myself down with faith that angels are with her when I can’t be. In other words — grace.

But unlike in the early days of parenting, I now have lots of reasons to have faith in Chloe herself.”

This is a beautiful read from Ylonda Gault Caviness. I can cop to being slightly unhinged when we sent Girlpie off to Yale, but what got me through—what keeps me getting through—is trusting my Mari soaked in the lessons and is putting them to good use.

This empowering photo shoot aims to normalize breastfeeding in the black community

One of them, 26-year-old Charity Moore, shared with Yahoo Lifestyle the intention behind the photos. “We wanted to do something to capture the essence of how natural breastfeeding is,” she said. “We used crowns to remind each other that we are queens and to keep one another lifted. We chose to come together to normalize breastfeeding. And it’ll never be ‘normal,’ unless it’s seen.”

Jay-Z Discusses Rap, Marriage and Being a Black Man in Trump’s America

"...fairness and compassion and empathy and a loving heart. And those things translate in any environment. Those are the main base things that... I would want my child to have. You know? Treat people as they are, no matter who they are, no matter where they sit in the world, not to, like, be super nice to someone at a high position or mean to someone who they've deemed to be below them. I can't buy you love, I can't show it to you. I can show you affection and I can, you know, I can express love, but I can't put it in your hand. I can't put compassion in your hand. I can't show you that. So the most beautiful things are things that are invisible. That's where the important things lie." —Jay-Z <-- YES. This is beautiful.

Let the Church Say Amen: Plies is a National Treasure

Listen: my homegirl Ida Harris​ BEEN tagging me on those Plies IG videos, but I'm just not coming to understand the pure genius of this man. He country, Black AF, and full of the good sense God gave him. Today, a tribute to Passuh Plies, a bonafide national treasure that makes our hearts leap with joy. Bless ya life. Read this.

Let The Church Say Amen: Plies Is A National Treasure

By IDA HARRIS Since the first African footprint marked our Black ass arrival onto American soil, Old Negro Spirituals have been instrumental in transforming us, up from the bowels of slavery into the most glorified symbols of resilience. This form of gospel is a staple in Black culture. Inspiration for negro spirituals come straight outta text from The Bible: "Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. [ 717 more words ]

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Best Picture Books of 2017 to Give Readers Strength (pg. 1) | Kirkus Reviews

And another one: only a week after Publisher’s Weekly named “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” one of the year’s best books, now, too, does Kirkus! We at Denene Millner Books are so proud of this work! It’ll make a GREAT Christmas present for every little in your life!

Explaining Thanksgiving to Brown Babies

Yes, the school teachers are still telling the babies that Thanksgiving lie about the pilgrims and the Native Americans and that sharing of a big meal and recipes and whatnot. Don't let it go down like that. This mom didn't. Instead, she told the truth. She tells how to break the news and why it's important to do so, today on MyBrownBaby​. http://mybrownbaby.com/2017/11/thanksgiving/

Explaining Thanksgiving To Brown Babies: The Truth Doesn’t Have To Hurt

By K. J. EDWARDS Here we go again—it's Thanksgiving. Time to break out the macaroni & cheese, collard greens, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie and turkey—all the holiday foodstuff we Americans are used to. I had long forgotten the narrative of Thanksgiving Day’s origins, until my kindergartener’s take-home folder, filled with coloring sheets of pilgrims, reminded me. My daughter was over-the-moon as she shared her newfound knowledge: “Mommy look, this is a picture of my pilgrims.” [ 659 more words ]

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Is Natural Potty Training The New Throwback?

Black parenting ain't no easy task. When it comes to shaping beautiful brown babies into fully functioning adults, our work is definitely carved out for us. Thankfully, modern technology eases some of the doodies, I mean duties. The breast pump allows us to nourish babies in our absence and to relieve milk-heavy bosoms. The bottle warmer is a safe and quick fix to heating baby formula without resorting to the old-school fuss of boiling water at the stove or nuking milk in the microwave. [ 570 more words ]

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Why I created a Facebook group for black moms only

I absolutely adore it when moms of color come together and bond over, teach and grow from our shared experiences—those that get largely ignored by "mainstream" parenting magazines, sites and stories. This is beautiful!

Reminder: Your Daughter Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at The Holidays.

“Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.”

Reminder: Your Daughter Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at The Holidays.

“Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.”

12 New October Picture Books That Make Perfect Gifts

And who would argue with Barnes & Noble? “CROWN: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” most certainly is the most perfect gift—in October and every other month. Grace the bookshelves with this Denene Millner Books star!

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Speaks 'Directly, and Aggressively, Without Apology'

I had the great honor and pleasure of profiling Congresswoman Maxine Waters for Glamour's "Women of the Year" issue. Yes, she is every bit the firecracker she is on Twitter. But please know: she's not new to this. Auntie Maxine BEEN doing the work.

My Biracial Son Needs to See Himself as Black and Proud

My Biracial Son Needs to See Himself as Black and Proud

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Best Books Best Books 2017 Publishers Weekly

Yooooooooo! Publisher's Weekly named Derrick Barnes' "CROWN: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," one of the best books of 2017! I couldn't be more proud of Derrick, the illustrator Gordon C. James, or Agate Publishing and Denene Millner Books for this unabashed celebration of #BlackBoyJoy!

Writes PW: "In a book as gorgeous as it is important, empowering text and lustrous portraits celebrate the ritual of the barbershop haircut: how good that fade or shape-up can make a person feel, and how, for many boys with black or brown skin, it's a chance to be treated like a king in a world that too often views them with suspicion or contempt." <<-- SAY WORD! Buy your copy TODAY. http://bit.ly/CrownDMB

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This. Right. Here. No need for hitting; just sound, logical, smart problem-solving for little humans. Bravo!

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This is the work. Thank you, Tarana Burke, for loving us so wholly, so deeply. #MeToo

How A Black Barbershop In Kansas City Inspired A New Children's Book

Derrick Barnes captured the very heart of barbershop culture for Black boys in his new book, "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut." Listen to his NPR interview to hear about his inspiration: his childhood barber, Mr. Tony. Also, crown your baby's bookshelves with his gorgeous book: https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/crown-derrick-barnes/1125714086

12 Moms On What They’ve Taught (And Learned From) Their Daughters

"If there’s any mission that I’ve ever had as a mother, it’s to raise some girls who can leave this house and be proud of themselves—not just for being brilliant, but for being beautiful. I got two badass girls. For me, raising a badass Black girl means having her understand that she is enough."

Happy Book Birthday, ‘Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut’!

Happy Book Birthday, 'Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut'!

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A Tale Of Two Divas: Why There Can Only Be One

I like being a woman. I like my femininity and all my feminine parts—my butt, my boobs, my hips, and my... well, you know. Down there. I'm proud my body is a vessel—that it has the software and vigor to incubate and birth beautiful brown babies. It never bothers me that I must consign myself to the menses cycle every 28 days. [ 804 more words ]

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"Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, for Denene Millner Books. Purchase it today! http://bit.ly/ESMDMB

Caldecott Medal Contender: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

"'Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut' is a spirited and invigorating re-enactment of an experience and its speculative aftermath that has brought success to those who understand a trip to the barber is anything but a routine chore. It is an incomparable work that is as psychologically therapeutic as is aesthetically beautiful. Caldecott scrutiny seems a given. Spike Lee also take note." My God--folks are calling for "Crown" to be considered by the Caldecott committee! Yuuuuussssssssssssss!!!!!!!! Y'all. Y'ALL!

Detroit Public Library presents Denene Millner

Detroit! I'm coming to you today, at the Main branch of the Detroit Public Library from 2 pm to 3:30 pm TODAY. I'm reading "Early Sunday Morning" to the babies, plus showing off "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," AND "There's a Dragon In My Closet!" Denene Millner Books fresh! L-Boogie, aka Trouble, aka Totally Lila is with me! See you there! Click this link for more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-public-library-presents-denene-millner-tickets-38295155842?aff=efbneb

Detroit Public Library presents Denene Millner

Detroit! I'm coming to you today, at the Main branch of the Detroit Public Library from 2 pm to 3:30 pm TODAY. I'm reading "Early Sunday Morning" to the babies, plus showing off "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," AND "There's a Dragon In My Closet!" Denene Millner Books fresh! L-Boogie, aka Trouble, aka Totally Lila is with me! See you there! Click this link for more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-public-library-presents-denene-millner-tickets-38295155842?aff=efbneb

CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut Author Derrick Barnes Shares 5 Favorite Rap Albums

Back when he was a struggling, yet hopeful, sixth grade hip-hop superstar, writing rhymes on the back of his math notebook and battle rapping at recess, Derrick Barnes desperately tried to mimic the style of some of his favorite MCs. Big Daddy Kane’s high-top fade. L.L. Cool J’s sneakers and swag. Rakim’s cadence and overall cool. What his friends didn’t know is that his love of writing rhymes led him to become a fan of Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Derek Walcott, and Sir Laurence Dunbar, and, ultimately, to him become an incredible writer in his own right, penning jewels like the upcoming Denene Millner Books title, "CROWN: An Ode to the Fresh Cut." Check out Derrick's Top 5 on Barnes & Noble and, while you're over there, buy a copy of "CROWN"!

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is Getting RAVE Reviews

The reviews for Derrick Barnes' new Denene Millner Books offering, "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," are NUTS! But I knew they would be. This book is something special; I knew that from the first read. This isn't just a story about a kid getting a haircut; it is a pure, stunning celebration of Black boys and their royalty. Please, if you do nothing else today, share this post and BUY THIS BOOK. This is one the babies need to see.

Review of the Day: Crown by Derrick Barnes, ill. Gordon C. James — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

"Imagine if Muhammad Ali were to write a picture book but instead of using his verbal linguistics on his own magnificence he turned those words towards the child reader. I mean, I don’t even know who to really compare author Derrick Barnes to with this book. Lin-Manuel Miranda couldn’t do it better." Yes. He. Did. That. Check out this incredible review of Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Fine Art and Illustration's beautiful new Denene Millner Books offering, "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut." GRACE YOUR BOOKSHELVES WITH THIS INCREDIBLE PIECE OF ART! Buy it here: http://bit.ly/CrownDMB

Forbes Top Influencers: Meet The 30 Social Media Stars Of Fashion, Parenting And Pets (Yes, Pets)

Oh, hey. Look who's one of Forbes' Top 30 Social Media Influencers in the country. ((An honor for running my mouth... and other things. Aye!)) #MyBrownBaby Denene Millner Books A Seat At The Table

All Def Digital

And this, my loves, is how you sing your ABCs. Good morning!

Simply 7 interview with Vanessa Brantley Newton–“Grandma’s Purse”

"Write about what you know or what you have experienced. Stop measuring yourself to others. There is something that only YOU can bring to the creative table and you need to get busy doing, loving and expressing what you do. It’s magical!" Inspiring words from the extraordinary Vanessa Newton, whose new book, "Grandma's Purse," is sure to be a stunner!

Reading, Writing and Refugees

While folks out here in these streets banning Muslims from our country, writers are creating art meant to shine a light. #HateIsNotTheAnswer

Neonatal Negligence & The Evil That Naval Nurses Do | MyBrownBaby

Ida Harris​ writes it right: The racist Naval corps workers who abused newborns for sport on SnapChat are the worst kind of trash—and they should pay for what they did to those babies. Their actions are terroristic. And worth, at the very least, an ass whopping and a nice, cozy spot on a national child abuse registry.

Book giveaway for Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes Sep 20-Oct 20, 2017

Listen: I know you're going to support Black business (and your girl) by buying Derrick Barnes'"Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," the latest offering from my imprint Denene Millner Books. But you can win a second copy in this Goodreads giveaway. Click the link and follow the directions for your chance to win.

10 Must-Read Book Releases For Fall 2017

On this powerhouse list: Toni Morrison. Nikki Giovanni. Ta'Nahesi Coates. Dick Gregory. AND DERRICK BARNES' "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," the picture book next up on Denene Millner Books. Marinate on that: this children's book is being hailed as the kidlit version of pure brilliance. I keep trying to tell y'all: let it bless your life--and your bookshelves. Congrats, Derrick! Buy "Crown" here: http://bit.ly/CrownDMB

‘The Way to Survive It Was to Make A’s’

Bill and Marvin decided that the best way to respond to the exultation they saw after King was killed was to outpace the whites. It was not enough to outrank their classmates by a few decimal points; it had to be clear and unquestionable who was best. So they pulled away. Bill and Marvin were the top two students in their class their entire four years at V.E.S. They became the head counselors in the dorm. They were on the football team, which won a state prep-school championship, the first integrated team to do so, a year before the public-school team made famous by “Remember the Titans.” “Those white boys knew,” Marvin told me. <--This is an INCREDIBLE story--and gorgeously written. God bless each one of these men, thrown in the lion's den, only to emerge the victors, each in their own way.

10 Great Ways To Get Your Child Reading Now | MyBrownBaby

New York-based educator, poet and writer DuEwa Frazier put together a kick-butt list of great ways engaged parents can get their children to be reading rock stars. Check out these fantastic tips.

Interview: Mother of 8-Year-Old Nearly Hanged in NH Speaks Out on Moving Forward With Her Son

"In short order, not only did young Quincy get an early lesson in injustice, but he also got a searing taste of a tried-and-true American dictum: Black lives don’t matter (also, the criminal-justice system protects white men; also, nooses are just play things for silly kids; also, white kids who make mistakes will be protected; also, your body is less important than someone else’s “future;” also, racism is OK; also, you’re not safe)."

The Gift of Black Children's Books: a $1,000 Donation for Denene Millner Books | MyBrownBaby

The passionate plea I gave during a recent National Book Club Conference panel on the state of black children’s books is one I’ve long made: that it’s high time Black parents embrace the idea that the most thoughtful, educational, beautiful gift one can give to kids is black children’s books. An audience member HEARD me and responded in a way that blew me away: she donated $1,000 to get Denene Millner Books into the hands of 100 children here in GA. YES!

The Gift of Black Children’s Books: a $1,000 Donation for Denene Millner Books

The passionate plea I gave during a recent National Book Club Conference panel on the state of black children's books is one I've long made: that it's high time Black parents embrace the idea that the most thoughtful, educational, beautiful gift one can give to kids is black children's books. It's a simple concept, really, but it still strikes some parents as an extravagant expenditure: who, after all, has $17.99 to spend on a picture book? [ 375 more words ]

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books)

Oh heeeeeey: "CROWN: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," Derrick Barnes' new picture book celebrating how little boys feel when they climb into the barber's chair to get fly, is on deep discount at Amazon. What you waiting for? Get the pre-order price. You want this Denene Millner Books offering on your baby's bookshelf. Ask Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and the School Library Journal, all of which gave "CROWN" ridiculously dope reviews. YES!

Turn Down For What: How To Sleepover Like A MOM

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Teacher rewrites rap song for geography lesson, kids go crazy (and learn)

Yessssssssss! Meeting the babies where they are, appealing to their interests and natural rhythms will help them bring home the win--every single time. AND MyBrownBaby assistant editor Ida Harris wrote that home run!

Yo, I completely remember the day in sixth grade when a classmate, Kim, got her period for the first time. It was still warm out—summertime—and she was wearing white pants. All the boys were pointing, the girls were equal parts giggly/terrified. And poor Kim, already the class outcast because she was quiet and poor and considered not-so-cute, had one more thing to overcome: the embarrassment of getting her period and having everyone know it. I was so sad for her that day. And paranoid that the same thing would happen to me. I let that be a lesson and put together my own ragtag kit from an assortment of pads I collected from a kit my mom bought for me at the behest of our health teacher. And when my own daughters started going through their own puberty phase, I tucked a similar kit in their book bags just in case, so that they wouldn’t be caught in the hallway like Kim was back in the day. I was reminded of this when I saw this dope @AmazeParents period kit how-to graphic that helps us moms get those period supplies together with the same get-to-it that we have when it comes to stocking backpacks with pencils and notebooks for back-to-school season. Check out "Puberty in Girls: Getting Your Period" video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX4NJrJxwss), too, for great info on how to get your baby—and you—ready. Because you know, if you stay ready, then you don’t need to get ready. Share this post with your parent friends/communities to help prepare girls with the supplies/info they need! #AmazeBTS

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