I’VE PARENTED both as a noncustodial father and as a married father, and the experiences are vastly different – both for the parent and for the child. As a noncustodial father, a man can be reduced to little more than a voice on a phone, a playmate on a weekend or a name on a…

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I TOOK MY family to see “Selma,” the Golden Globe-nominated film that portrays the bloody battle for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I took them, not because of the film’s historical lessons or cinematic splendor. I did so because my children must see their story on screens large enough to hold…

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I TOLD HER not to go outside dressed like that. If she did, she was not only inviting ridicule. She was asking to be verbally abused or, worse, attacked by some maniac on the street. Of course she didn’t listen, not even when I tried to deliver the message through her fellow females. In fact,…

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“Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses…” – Black Sabbath, War Pigs If you’ve ever seen the movie “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka!” you know that the way you can tell if someone is a real hero is if he has a band behind him playing his theme music. [blocktext align=”right”]Thanks…

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A COUPLE of weeks ago, I found myself at 30th Street Station, eating a pretzel and drinking some much needed coffee. Because it was 9 a.m., and I had just gotten off of the 5:30 a.m. Megabus from Washington, D.C., I was bleary-eyed, kind of incoherent, and not really paying attention to the people around me.…

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THE CANDY RING is a short produced by Solomon Jones and optioned by NBC. It is based on a Philadelphia Daily News column. Oh, and one more thing. The Candy Ring is hilarious. Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com, and the true…

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Question of the Day: You’ve recently married and your spouse has a child from a previous marriage. You and the child totally despise each other. The child is 13. Do you attempt to get along with the child, even though the stepchild hates you and has warned you he’ll never like you and has told…

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