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About tinafakhriddeen

Tina Fakhrid-Deen is a writer, LGBTQ family activist, and educator. She enjoys writing young adult and children's literature. She loves her family, nature, learning Spanish, and cupcakes.

Great post by Bryant Cross on being Slaves to Consumerism You all know that I love the youth and I love it even more that Bryant Cross is discussing some of the psychology behind the murders of many young black … Continue reading

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Turn Up! Turn Down for What? A Message to Chicago Teens

By Tina Fakhrid-Deen The catchphrase for 2013 seems to be TUTDFW or “Turn up! Turn Down for What?” The phrase “turn up” was initially used as a party term, meaning to get really wild and party hard. However, now it … Continue reading

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Rape and Hip-Hop Do Not Mix

We have to do better hip-hop – MUCH BETTER and I think this message has to come from those of us who love and represent hip-hop culture, as I do. Promoting rape in hip-hop is the bastard child of the … Continue reading

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Getting Your Share of Happy

Happiness is not just about rolling around in a million crisp dollar bills. It’s actually better because it’s something that is constantly replenished by you and for you. Moreover, no one can take your happiness away unless you allow it. … Continue reading

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As the massive manhunt continues for former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, Reverend Jesse Jackson has stepped in and penned an open letter to him… I hope Jesse uses his clout and…

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Are We There Yet? The Journey to Love

Many of my single friends are stressed about finding a good man. Some are in true panic mode. Most are in their late thirties and forties and have been around the block and had their share of knuckleheads. They are … Continue reading

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How to Keep the One You Love

1.) Make sure he/she loves you back. Love needs to be reciprocal and just because you love someone doesn’t mean they are obligated to love you in return. Be honest with yourself and determine whether this person is really deserving … Continue reading

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Great Review of Let’s Get This Straight in the Journal of LGBT Youth

Caitlin Law Ryan reviewed my book, Let’s Get This Straight:The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents, in the Journal of LGBT Youth and this is what she thought of the book: Queerspawn Speak Out: A Review of Let’s Get This … Continue reading

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Hugging the Monster Within

I’ve been upset about all of the violence percolating in Chicago, primarily concentrated in poor African-American communities like mine, but I’ve not been upset enough. I haven’t marched or attended a vigil or worn a hoodie. I haven’t written letters … Continue reading

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Writer Reborn

I took the summer off. I thought I’d do more writing with more time. I kicked it instead. I borrowed writing books from the library and read the good parts. I thought it’d make me a better writer. I bought … Continue reading

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