Author: Yolanda Jenkins

I need you to SEE My Little Black Boys

I am a mother. My husband and I are raising two little Black boys. Little Black boys that will become Black men. We see our boys in the entirety of their humanness; their strengths and weaknesses, their pains and their joys. However, I know that when society looks at them they are two things: Black and Male. Unfortunately, those two things combined can be dangerous. So, I must say with love and requesting empathy: Society, I need you to see my little Black boys.   There are countless studies showing Black and Brown boys and girls are perceived as...

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The End of Superwoman

When I found out we were expecting our second child something inside me shifted. I had no idea what I was in for, but I knew that having two children would completely change the game… my game. Working a full-time job, managing a full-time nonprofit organization that I co-founded and managing a full-time family of four was going to require a level of super powers I was unsure I possessed. Giving birth to our second child earlier this year meant the end of Superwoman. In my mind, Superwoman had a fabulous career, an impeccably clean home, a home cooked...

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The Makings of a Great Leader

For the last five and a half years, I have had the privilege of leading some amazing people that have volunteered their time, talent and treasure to the nonprofit that I co-founded. Over the life of my career, I have reported to a diverse mix of leaders and I have taken away many lessons from each of them. Although ‘success’ is subjective, I have noticed some commonalities among the leaders that, in my opinion, have been successful in their roles. As I aspire to be one, here are my observations on the makings of a great leader: They trust...

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I’m a Middle Schooler All Over Again

Sometime over the last five years, I shifted into a new phase of life.  In a very general sense I am no longer ‘young,’ but anyone older than me rolls their eyes when I say that. Somehow, I have become a middle-schooler all over again and this is how I know… My music isn’t old enough to be considered old school, but I can’t vibe with most of the new music on the radio. When I do feel adventurous and listen to the radio instead of my phone, I can pick out every song that has been “sampled” and...

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I’m Not Who I Used To Be To You

Dear family and friends, A little over three years ago something big happened in my life. I was fortunate enough to have you all there to celebrate the occasion. We were full of love, joy, and hope. Although I knew this event would change my life, I was utterly unprepared for one big thing. I had no idea that becoming a parent would change ‘us.’ I am no longer who I used to be to you and I am sorry. I used to know every aspect of your life. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but we...

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Meet Martine

Born-n-raised in Brooklyn, New York, I now live in the suburbs of Maryland with my amazing husband and three hilarious kids. Thanks for visiting. Kick it for a bit and I'm sure you will find something to help you improve the relationships that matter to you most and live a healthier, happier life. Read more...

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