Motherhood is full of joy and heartbreak. But for a Black mother in America, it also means fiercely protecting her child by fending off an unrelenting onslaught of racism and ignorance.
Reflecting on her childhood fear of the serial rapist-murderer, who was recently arrested in her hometown, the actress and writer wonders how her parents were able to ultimately make her feel safe.
Laws are set up to allow non-custodial parents to owe billions in missed payments with little consequence, putting some single mothers and their children at risk of poverty.
The mother of a child with a rare genetic anomaly is constantly asked by strangers what's "wrong" with her son. Does she owe them an answer?
A longtime child welfare advocate uses her skills to locate next of kin for unsolved cases, bringing closure to grieving families, and making peace with her own painful past.
It takes a lot for women to recount their stories of assault and harassment. But as this author reminds us, lingering trauma can make coming forward all but impossible.
The writer has been gripped by a lifelong terror of her own mortality—but her son may finally have shown her that's no way to live.
A longtime smoker reflects on the cultural history, appeal, and vilification of the cigarette—and why so many of us still light up, whether publicly or in secret, despite knowing its risks.
On the eve of her son’s 10th birthday—his first living away from home—the writer grapples with her changing expectations for him as she contemplates his future.
A native New Yorker and author of 'An Abbreviated Life' searches for the type of mindfulness that doesn't require her to slow down.