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BOOK CORNER: Parenting book targets mothers of black children

It is no secret that African-American mothers are missing from the discourse about parenting. Author Denene Millner combats that issue through her first parenting book, “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children.”

Her book offers guidance and insight into the unique issues and obstacles faced by children of color and the parents raising them. Millner also addresses the joys, fears, sorrows and triumphs of African-American motherhood from pregnancy and child-rearing to relationships and the politics of parenting black children.

“My Brown Baby” is a “best of” collection of Millner’s essays penned for her parenting website, As an African-American mother and former editor of Parenting magazine, Millner was inspired to create her website when she recognized the lack of parenting advice geared toward black moms.

It is “part parenting memoir, part parenting guide — a love letter for those raising black children at the intersection of pop culture, politics and race,” Millner said. Her book acknowledges that there are issues that black parents deal with that white parents never have to confront.

Denene Millner
Denene Millner

Her book includes reflections on everything from breastfeeding, self-esteem in black children, to navigating the effects of the high-profile killings of black children. It also demonstrates that although people come from different backgrounds, all parents want the same thing for their families.

“These essays, each one written with from my heart, are meant to be eye opening, helpful and, above all else, a recognition that black parents care about intentional parenting,” Millner said.

Millner is a best-selling author of more than 25 books and is a contributing editor at Agate Publishing. She lives in Atlanta.

My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children” is available for $16 at bookstores and online at