My Mastering Motherhood workshop is the other thing that I’m working on right now. It will be for Northside moms. I’m hoping to really get some moms into this because I feel like the only difference between African American people who are in poverty and African American people who aren’t in poverty is parenting—if  you can get some moms to understand what it takes to run a household and to be committed. My motto is by making moms better moms you make dads better dads, children become better adults and ultimately, communities become better communities. That’s the only way to do it. There is no other way. You can address education. You can address poverty. You can address health. But if you don’t address the parent, nothing is going to change because parents are going to pass on their good and bad habits to their children no matter what.

What do you want people to know about your #goodmama movement?

The #goodmama movement is born out of a lack of good media images of African American mothers. I refuse to accept the stereotype that black women are not good mothers. We’re excellent mothers. And I just want to showcase that wherever I can because I feel like you don’t get to see good black moms. We only get press when we are doing something bad. I’m appreciative of NEXTpittsburgh and any other media outlet who would choose to show black moms in a good light because most of us are doing the very best that we can with the information that we have and knowledge and support that we’ve been given.

Tell me about you motherhood workshops.

We are currently doing a campaign on ioby.org to raise money for the Mastering Mothering workshop as well as to continue to build the space on Perrysville Ave. and Perryview Ave. We are asking people to make a donation of $20 or more.

What is the best thing about the Northside?

I love my home. The homes on the Northside are gorgeous. On top of that, I love living within walking distance of a park. There is a park five blocks from my house so my kids and I can walk there and they can play and swim, and I can walk or run. It’s a beautiful place to live.