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My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children (Denene Millner Books) Paperback – March 7, 2017

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Praise for Denene Millner, her blog, and My Brown Baby:

“[Millner] here delivers the finest selections from her award-winning blog, which soulfully and hilariously depicts the delights and sorrows of child rearing from a black perspective. While few blogs on this topic make it to publication, Millner’s deserves every prize earned. Her writing is acutely on target. Holding nothing back, and speaking through raw truth, she gives a keen yet grounded take on parenting from the black viewpoint, both educating and validating readers along the way. . . . Millner is on top of every political, media, and cultural front, making her one of the most relevant and aspiring writers on the issue of black parenting.” —
Library Journal, starred review

“Many of [the essays] are humorous, some are profound, and more than a few are thought-provokingly political. . . . Millner is a natural, conversational writer, and these bite-size essays deserve a wide readership.” —

“[A] must-read . . . more destination than blog.” —
New York Times

“The best site for thoughtful, fierce advice about parenting from a Black perspective.” —

“For brown moms looking for a space to write and talk about pregnancy, parenting, healthy eating and pop-culture portrayals of parenting, this blog is their utopia.” —
The Root

“Insightful and powerful. . . . A must-read for mothers raising children of color—and for parents everywhere.” —
The Parenting Patch

“While the shelves are full to bursting with pregnancy and childrearing books, Millner tackles the subject from a different angle, one that’s perhaps more rare and that speaks directly to parents without a lot of fuss. Millner uses humor, but it’s clear when she’s being serious; she’s also common-sense and offers a nice mix of old-school, modern ideas, and new viewpoints on things your Mama never had to consider.” —Terri Schlichenmeyer,
The Bookworm Sez

“I'm flagging page after page in this must-read.” —
White Sugar, Brown Sugar

“There are so many good nuggets of information and great essays found in the pages of
My Brown Baby. . . . While this book is geared towards African-Americans raising Black and Brown children, it can be read and enjoyed by people of all races.” —Here Wee Read

“Required reading for parents of all shades―and it will help them understand the perspectives of their fellow parents.” —

“An eye opening read . . . . A must read for anyone that has a child ‘different’ than themselves.” —
Kelly’s Thoughts On Things

“There is no one size fits all manual, but Denene Millner is knocking down the fourth wall of Black Parenting in her newest book. . . . This is the parenting book we all need, and it is carving out a new lane in the Parenting Genre.” —

“What you’ve come to expect since 2008 from the My Brown Baby site—that purposeful, gleeful recognition of parenting while black—you’ll get in the essays in this book.” —

“Revealing her own trials and triumphs, Denene fosters a community of [parents] dedicated to making the next generation as powerful as it can be.” —
For Harriet

About the Author

Denene Millner is a contributing editor at Agate Publishing where she directs the Denene Millner Books imprint. She is the founder and editor of, a blog focused on parenting and race. Millner authored or coauthored 25 books, including four New York Times bestsellers.
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Agate Bolden; Illustrated edition (March 7, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1572842121
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1572842120
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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New York Times best-selling author DENENE MILLNER is a highly respected and sought after award-winning journalist whose captivating books, columns and essays have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting, book publishing and social media industries. The veteran author has written and collaborated on 31 critically acclaimed and bestselling books, penning tomes with Taraji P. Henson, Will Smith, Charlie Wilson and Jessye Norman, among other celebrities, and co-authoring “The Vow,” the novel on which the hit Lifetime movie, “With This Ring” was based. She also has been a frequent contributing entertainment, parenting and relationships writer for some of the nation’s most well-read and respected magazines, penning high-profile cover stories on everyone from hit filmmaker Tyler Perry and Scandal’s Kerry Washington to super star George Clooney and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, for Essence, Women’s Health, Ebony and other top publications.

Denene also is vice president and publisher of Denene Millner Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint that publishes books featuring African American children. In its debut year, "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," won Newbery and Caldecott honors and the Kirkus Prize for Children's Literature. She has since gone on to publish a plethora of critically-acclaimed picture books and young adult novels, all with a singular focus: to celebrate the everyday humanity of Black children. As the sole African American woman with her own children’s book imprint at a Big 5 publishing house, Denene acquires, conceives and edits books for the imprint, oversees their artistic development, and helps conceptualize and execute all aspects of the publishing process, including marketing, publicity and sales, with a focus on creating opportunities for marginalized writers, artists and their stories.

In addition to running her imprint and penning books and magazine cover stories, Millner spent a decade working as a columnist, contributing editor, and blogger for Parenting, a national magazine for which she provided witty, engaging, mom-to-mom advice on everything from childrearing and marriage to work and friendship. Denene is also the founder and editor of, an oft celebrated, award-winning website that examines parenting and motherhood through a distinctive multicultural lens. Her work as a parenting and relationships expert has been covered extensively on national television, earning Millner regular appearances on the Today show, The Meredith Vieira Show and HLN, and guest appearances on CBS’s The Early Show, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, VH-1, The Nate Berkus Show and The Rachel Ray Show. In 2018, she became a founding co-host on Georgia Public Broadcasting's "A Seat at the Table," a talk show about black women, which led to her founding of the critically-acclaimed NPR podcast "Speakeasy with Denene," a celebration of the beauty of the African American experience.

Denene lives is a graduate of Hofstra University and lives in Atlanta with her two daughters and their adorable Goldendoodle, Teddy.

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