Saluting the ladies who forge an older — or single — path to being a mommy

Viola Davis and her daughter, Genesis Tennon, in 2017 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Recently Tiffany Haddish revealed that she is taking parenting classes in preparation for adoption. Haddish, 41, told E’s Daily Pop show that she wanted to adopt an older child, age 5 or older. Today, more and more women are choosing motherhood later in life — and choosing to love on older, adopted children as well. There are more options than ever before to help achieve these goals including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI), surrogacy, and, of course, adoption.

Haddish is not the only celebrity looking into adoption as a pathway to motherhood. Celebrities including Academy Award-winner Viola…


by Lottie L. Joiner

On March 16, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Ga., killed eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas. Long was arrested about 150 miles south of Atlanta after his parents reported him to authorities. The next day, Long, who was headed to Florida to commit more crimes, was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center where he was interviewed by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta police, and the FBI. Long was charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault with no bond.

During a press conference after…


Last August, the city of Charlottesville,Va., made national headlines for a White supremacist rally that turned violent. James Alex Fields Jr., drove into a group of protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring several others. And recently, three White men were convicted for the vicious beating of DeAndre Harris, a 20-year-old African American man, in a parking garage during the Unite the Right rally.

In May, RaShall Brackney-Wheelock was appointed Charlotteville’s first African American female police chief. A native of Pittsburgh, Brackney-Wheelock received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon. She earned a Ph.D. from Robert Morris University in…


Today the nation celebrates what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. The beloved South African leader led a revolution against apartheid, spending a brutal 27 years in prison. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and a year later Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. As the world remembers the great leader and peacemaker who fought for equality and justice, Mandela’s grandson Ndaba Mandela, shares another side of his grandfather in his new book, Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela. …


Today the nation celebrates what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. The beloved South African leader led a revolution against apartheid, spending a brutal 27 years in prison. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and a year later Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. As the world remembers the great leader and peacemaker who fought for equality and justice, Mandela’s grandson Ndaba Mandela, shares another side of his grandfather in his new book, Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela. …


Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory dedicated his life to civil rights and social justice.

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Thousands lined up outside the City of Praise Family Ministries church outside Washington, D.C., on Saturday to celebrate the life of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who died Aug. 19.

As the crowd waited for the doors to open, some sang freedom songs like “Ella’s Song” and the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” …


Bree Newsome takes down the Confederate Flag at the South Carolina Statehouse

Two years ago, a young woman did something nearly unthinkable: Brittany “Bree” Newsome approached the South Carolina statehouse, scaled a 30-foot flagpole, and took down the Confederate flag.

“You come against me with hatred, oppression, and violence,” Newsome shouted with the flag in her hand. “I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”

Newsome’s move, for many, was nothing short of cathartic. Weeks before, white supremacist Dylann Roof gunned down nine parishioners and injured three more during Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The day before Newsome climbed the…


On February 14, 2017, I fainted in SunTrust Bank on Capitol Hill.

I was rushed to Howard University Hospital where it was determined that my blood pressure had dropped too low and I was dehydrated.

I posted my status on Facebook and within minutes the calls started coming.

First it was Kendra, who was glad I fainted in the bank and not home alone.

Then it was Benita. “Do I need to come up there?” she asked.

Well, Gladys had already text me. She would be coming to pick me up when she got off work in Rockville.

And the…


Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City. It was titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” King criticized the war in Vietnam, calling on those of draft age to seek status as conscientious objectors and saying, “we should take the initiative in bringing a halt to this tragic war.”

Exactly one year after giving that speech, King was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee, brought down by a sniper’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel.

During a recent speech at…


Dr. Maya Angelou on the set of “Oprah’s Master Class,” circa January 2011. Credit: OWN OWN

The new documentary film, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” begins with her quote, “We must encounter defeats but we must not be defeated, but in fact it may be necessary to encounter defeats so that we’d know who the hell we are.”

Indeed, Angelou, who was literally transported with a tag on her arm and no adult supervision at the age 3 to Stamps, Arkansas, did not allow life to defeat her. She was a teenage mother who survived rape at age 7, had three marriages, worked with Dr. King and Malcolm X, and wrote a poem for a…

Lottie Joiner

I write about social justice issues, inequality, women, Black history and pop culture. I like to read, see and hear good storytelling that speaks to the soul.

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