BBM Revisits: Black Adoptive Mother Nefertiti Austin

In April of 2013, Nefertiti Austin wrote an essay for us about her choice to adopt a son as a single black woman. Hers was one of our most popular posts, in part because of something she mentions in her essay: the lack of reporting on black single adoptive moms. It seemed our readership was […]

Love Quadrangles: Ciara, Future, Russell, and Co-Parenting While Dating.

This weekend, singer-dancer-model Ciara became the latest celebrity subject of single-mom scrutiny after a photo that surfaced of her, her one-year-old son Future, and her new beau, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson made its way to Hot 97 host Ebro’s Instagram account: The online debate hit its peak when T.I. weighed in on the Instagram post […]

BBM Revisits: Yasmine McMorrin

Spelman graduate and single mother Yasmine McMorrin made her writing debut on the Beyond Baby Mamas nearly two years ago in August 2013. Her first post, “The Sometimey Guilt of Single Motherhood,” about her experiences as a young mom and law student with an estranged co-parent remains one of the site’s most-read posts. She followed up with […]

Single-Mom Squad Goals.

When I started Beyond Baby Mamas in 2013, my daughter had just turned 3 and I was working part-time as an adjunct professor, trying to take my freelance writing career to the next level. I knew I wanted BBM to be an online support group for single mothers of color, and I thought I understood how […]

I Am Recovering From Fatherless Daughter Syndrome.

  The picture above is from 5th grade. It’s an important picture because my dad did my hair that day. My dad… …was tall and slender. …could throw down in the kitchen. …was artistic and musical, and was the person who taught me how to sign my name. …did drugs. …hit my mom. …made empty promises. […]