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About tinafakhriddeen

Tina Fakhrid-Deen is an author, consultant, activist, actress, and educator. She enjoys writing young adult, plays, creative non-fiction, and children's literature. She loves her family, nature, learning Spanish, hip-hop culture, and cupcakes.

A Moment of Reflection in Antigua

Antigua is my happy place. The imposing and picturesque volcanoes are alluring. They allow me to appreciate the power of nature, de la tierra. The climate is always moderate, so much so that they call it the land of eternal … Continue reading

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The Super Mom Myth

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Before I married and had kids, I just knew that I would be able to do it all. I knew that I would be the perfect wife and mother, while living my dream of…

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They Don’t Dance No Mo

All right. Stop whatcha doing, cause I’m about to ruin the image and the party that you’re used to. I’ve been partying hard since 1978 when they called me “Tina Travolta.” It went beyond staying alive for me and I … Continue reading


The Day After: A What Now Guide

Many of us are scared right now. Terrified. Disappointed. Sad. Angry. Shocked. Sickened. In disbelief. It’s in this moment we realize that we are under active threat of a Trump presidency. We were absolutely sure that in 2016 we’d made … Continue reading


soiled spectacle

many of us are social media peeping seeking seething we scroll to see if there is a blip on your screen that interrupts cat videos, date night pics, HRC debates, your lush garden with tomatoes you didn’t know could grow … Continue reading

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Why It’s Hard to Get Excited About My Child’s Acceptance into a Selective Enrollment School

My child got into one of her selective enrollment school choices for fall 2016. I’m happy for her. Really happy. My husband has already posted the great news on Facebook. I haven’t. There’s some anger, sadness and guilt which prevents … Continue reading


Why Melissa Harris-Perry’s Voice Matters

Melissa Harris-Perry walked off of her MSNBC show or rather, she chose to keep walking firmly into her destiny.  The rumor mill reports that MSNBC has severed ties with Melissa Harris-Perry. In her letter to her staff, Melissa shares why … Continue reading


Black History Beyond February

I wrote a recent piece for Jet Magazine on the importance of going beyond Black History Month when developing culturally competent curricula about the experiences, history and perspectives of Black people. Enjoy!


An Unanticipated Vagina Monologue

Last night I went out to see a friend’s band at a BBQ joint in Pilsen. I expected to chill with my homegirl and laugh the night away as we always do. I expected to sneak and eat some brisket … Continue reading


The Vagina Monologues at Oakton

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