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New Haven Native is the 2013 InfluenceHER Community Award Recipient.

May 13, 2013 1 comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usLast Thursday evening, Carla Morrison, Founder/Executive Director of Sisters of Today and Tomorrow was recognized with the 2013 InfluenceHER Community Award in Atlanta, Georgia. The InfluenceHER Awards is an evening of empowerment, celebrating influential women through-out the nation, created and executive produced by Rhonda Wilkins, CEO of DIVAS Unlimited Inc.

“One woman can’t do this job alone,” stated Morrison. “It takes a village to raise a child and I am asking all of you for your support, so we can continue to be the village to transform the lives of girls and the women who raise them”. Read more…

I Made A Baby With the Devil: A Black Mom’s Story of Parenting and Domestic Abuse

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment

http://mybrownbaby.com/2011/08/black-women-and-domestic-violence-during-pregnancy/

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By MICHELLE BOND

Many years ago, I met a man who seemed normal, but was actually the devil. Well, not literally the devil.  He was more like the guy the devil would turn to when he needed to be amused or inspired. This escaped me when we met and I fell in love with him. I thought, “Yes! This is who I wish to create a child with.”

I should have seen the red flags—there were plenty. I can see them clearly now, but the thing about red flags is that they wave quietly, like a soft whisper. Red flags should come with loud horns or a Justin Bieber CD—you know, something that makes the soul shudder and ache.  But no, they just wave back and forth like a gentle tropical breeze, caressing the illusion of happy and cloaking poor judgment.

When I was pregnant, my son’s DNA provider promised me that he would stop being verbally and physically abusive. I should have known he was lying when he also promised me world peace and a moon-walking Unicorn. Domestic abusers don’t stop the violence because their women are pregnant—in all-too-many cases, they increase it. But I believed every word he said. It was easier to believe and accept this fantasy instead of facing the life I had created for myself. Read more…

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