(Los Angeles, CA) – Paying homage to the history, heritage and culture of people of African descent, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. will host its annual Celebrate Healthy Babies extravaganza beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7860 10th Avenue, Los Angeles, where the Rev. Seth Pickens is senior pastor.
Under the theme, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Straight Out of Africa-We Are Who We Were,” Great Beginnings invites the public, and especially former members of its Black Infant Health program (BIH), to join in the celebration, which will include a Children’s Village, griot storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, African dancers, drummers, resource vendors, free lunch and more.
A woman five months pregnant had gone missing, but over the weekend, was found dead in the home she shared with her boyfriend and father, who lived downstairs in the Bronx residence.
Andrea Caruth appeared to have been beaten to death, as cadaver dogs located her partially buried, decomposing body in a crawlspace in her basement. It lay beneath plywood, gravel and cement and was discovered sometime around 3 a.m.
The home also served as a daycare.
Cops had done an initial search, but found no evidence of Caruth’s body being in the home. Yet something made them suspect foul play, and they doubled back with the dogs, who then discovered the woman’s body. Continue reading →
*Spies Travel in Denmark wants Danish citizens to have more sex. And because they believe that travel inspires intimacy (they swear research backs this up!) the real deal is they are attempting to boost the country’s low birth rate. To help this along they created an amusing new ad with a step-by-step guide.
And they don’t just want you to “Do it for Denmark,” the new inspiration is, “Do it for Mom.”
*Did you know that it is legal to physically abuse your child in the state of Florida? So the Florida police thought nothing of it when the father of a pre-teen did what he thought was lawful – he called the cops over to watch him beat the child .
The unnamed dad wanted to beat his 12-year-old daughter for fighting with her sister. But he didn’t want the assault to land him in jail for child abuse, so he put a call in to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to oversee the whipping.
If you think that’s a tad strange, check this: They came. They saw. They gave him the thumbs up and left. Continue reading →
*You know how Oprah sometimes asks her guests, “What do you know for sure?” Well we can pretty much assume with a level of certainty that the man who shot and killed a little girl because he wanted to torture her father, will go straight to hell.
According to the Associated Press, 24-year-old Raymone Jackson of Inkster, Mich. has been charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting 2-year-old Kamiya Gross on Tuesday evening. Reports say, Lt. Michael Shaw of the Inkster Police Department, said Jackson “was going to kill the child in front of this guy and then kill him afterward so that it would be the last thing he sees.” Continue reading →
*A suburban Atlanta father who was recently charged with murder for leaving his 22-month-old son in a locked car for hours, causing his death, has been denied bond. According to Cobb County Detective, Phil Stoddard, Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, was in an unhappy marriage and wanted a “child-free life.”
This revelation comes in light of news that Harris had been sending nude photographs to women the day his son died and had looked at websites that promoted a life without children, a detective testified Thursday. Continue reading →
*When it comes to the topic of black fathers, and you actually have something ‘good’ to say, people may respond, “Excuse me?” or even, “Come again?”
Why, you may ask, do we do this?
Because for so long, conversations heard around the topic have only been, “they are nowhere to be found.” In fact, a number of studies and reports claim that black fathers are overwhelmingly absent from the home.
While the conversations about absent fathers should be taken very seriously, it should not overshadow, nor ignore, the fact that there are many, many fathers out there who are taking care of their daddy duties just fine, thank you.
*Giving dutiful African American dads their recognition, a recently released federal survey of American parents defies the enduring stereotypes about black fatherhood. It shows that African American fathers who live with their children are just as involved as other fathers in the same position, maybe even more so. Continue reading →