The sisters of iask, Inc. are proud to announce our support for the groundbreaking blogger project “No Wedding, No Womb”. iask Chairman Sophia A. Nelson will be the guest moderator along with NWNW founder Christelyn Karazin. Please see the official press release below. Ms. Karazin will be the iask feature weekly message from a sister this Monday, September 20, 2010.
About NWNW: BeyondBlackWhite.com, a black women’s empowerment and relationship website, (www.beyondblackwhite.com) is bringing together top women bloggers and journalists (and a few good men) for the first online movement aimed at bringing attention to the rampant out-of-wedlock births – a key factor that has kept scores of black women and their children in emotional and economic enslavement.
On September 22 – the 148th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation – African American writers throughout the United States will flood the blogosphere for a day of online debate information and commentary under the auspices of No Wedding, No Womb! A trademarked slogan, No Wedding, No Womb! is an initiative that seeks to address the problems of – and provide solutions to — the unplanned pregnancies among African American single women. Nearly half of all families in the African American community are headed by black women. In addition, more than 70 percent of live births in the black community are to unmarried women.
New York Times columnist Bob Herbert addressed the issue in an August 20, 2010 article:
That the black community has not been mobilized en masse to turn this crisis around is a screaming shame. Black men, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, have nearly a one-third chance of being incarcerated at some point in their lives. By the time they hit their mid-30s, a solid majority of black men without a high school diploma have spent time in prison. Homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men, with the murderous wounds in most cases inflicted by other young black men. This is a cancer that has been allowed to metastasize for decades.
And it’s time to put an end to it once and for all…
Christelyn D. Karazin will spearhead the online blitz. Karazin, founder of beyondblackwhite.com and co-author of the forthcoming book, Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed – will post individual commentaries and reports addressing the issue. She will be joined by over 100 top African American bloggers and noted journalists (see list of participants on the next page) who will provide their own new and information posts galvanizing a movement toward strengthening black communities and families.
For media inquires contact:
Christelyn D. Karazin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-203-1313