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. […]

The Myth of the ‘Ready-Made Family.’

  Think back to the beginning, when the break-up with your co-parent was still a raw, unhealed wound and everyone seemed to be taking turns throwing salt into it. Stormy predictions about your future were coming in from all sides, and, because this was all so new — pregnancy, co-parenting, and/or solo parenting, you weren’t […]

Tanya Fields, Melissa Harris-Perry and the Single Mom Moment Heard ‘Round the Sister Circle.

People focus on the parts of single motherhood narratives that make them feel comfortable/superior while discarding single mothers' dynamism — stacia l. brown (@slb79) November 8, 2013 On Friday, The New School hosted an historic conversation between black feminist academics bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry. A public meeting long anticipated, the talk yielded high online […]