Tyrese L. Coleman

Tyrese L. Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, student, and attorney living in Washington D.C. area. She is tired. You can reach her in between naps at her website, tyresecoleman.com, or follow her on Twitter. @tylachelleco.

Serena Williams Is A Role Model For Black Working Moms

On April 19, 2017, Serena Williams, arguably the best tennis player of all time and goddess supreme, confirmed that she was 20 weeks pregnant after debuting her baby bump in a cryptic Snapchat story. The internet was delighted, with tennis fans…
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I'm A Mom Proudly Marching On Washington

Yesterday, January 20, 2017, was an ordinary day off from work for me. We have house guests, so I made breakfast. I cleaned up the office. I went to the mall with my friend. My husband and I went out with our guests. They stayed up late, but I went…
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I Let My Kids Cry It Out, & They Turned Out Fine

Very early on in my pregnancy, at about 12 weeks, my husband and I had friends over. They had twins who were maybe 2 or 3 at the time. I watched from the kitchen as their boys wrought havoc in the living room. Our friends were pros: they were wiping…
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I Talk Openly About Having PCOS So Other Women Aren't Ashamed

I've lived with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) ever since I was 13 years old. However, it wasn't until I was in my 20s that I actually began treating the disease. That's because, up until then, I never knew I actually had a disease at all. My…
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Actually, I Love Being A Working Mom

I've spent the last few days in Raleigh, North Carolina on a work trip. Today was especially hard for me. I haven't been able to sleep well, suffering from headaches and nausea all day. I returned from a long day of collaborating with my coworkers…
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Honestly, I'm Exhausted By How America Has Failed My Family

Days ago, I woke up to the news of Alton Sterling's murder. The rage, the indignation, the resignation, the fury — it was already in full swing as I scrolled through my Twitter feed. I saw a video link. Wondering what went on and not knowing the…
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Why Daisy Ridley's PCOS Instagram Means So Much To Me

I already liked actress Daisy Ridley. Her performance as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is inspiring. Her character is fierce; she's a woman who is not going to back down to any man. And she is just as capable as they are, so why would she?…
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The Important Reason Why My NICU Nurse Told Me Not To Breastfeed

The pumping room in my office building is actually pretty nice. There are two partitioned-off desks like the ones in libraries, equipped with reading material, a refrigerator, cabinets, and a bulletin board. On the boards are pictures of babies…
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How 'Lemonade' Has Shaped The Way I'm Raising My Black Sons

Beyoncé's new visual album Lemonade is playing on repeat everywhere. It's visually stunning, the musical influences vary from rock to country to trap, and the poetry... my God, the poetry! Warsan Shire's poetry gives me life. Lemonade is Beyoncé's…
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When I Listened To Prince, I Learned How To Be Myself

When I was 16, Notorious B.I.G was shot dead in LA. It was as if an older cousin of mine had died, but I felt ashamed to let anyone see me cry. I wept silently, wiping my eyes while sitting in the passenger seat of my mother’s black Nissan Altima. I…
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What Being Raised By A Teen Mom Taught Me About Motherhood

I remember being 8 years old and watching my mother get dressed in the bathroom. It was the late '80s, and my mom leaned in close to the mirror to draw black eyeliner around her lips, then blended it in with red lipstick. Her hair was short and…
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Why 'The Passion' Mattered To Me As A Black, Christian Woman

Fox's The Passion was a star-studded event televised all over the world, yet to me it felt as intimate and touching as if it were an Easter pageant given at any local church. Watching the story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection with who…
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Why I'm Not Watching The Oscars This Year

I'm so over the Oscars, but it's not because of #OscarsSoWhite. Of course, I'm angry and upset and I agree with Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Spike Lee, and the countless others boycotting the show for its blatant lack of nominations awarded to…
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Beyonce's "Formation" Lyrics Celebrate My Own Southern Black Roots

The haters came for Beyoncé after her now infamous Super Bowl 50 performance on Sunday night. People were incensed, claiming her performance was tantamount to hate speech, race baiting, and was so anti-police that many now plan to protest in front…
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My Nanny Quit & It's All My Fault

We hired a nanny to take care of our twin boys when I returned to work after maternity leave. This woman had the perfect job: a salary of $31,200 a year, two-weeks paid time off plus federal government holidays, reimbursement for health insurance,…
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2016 Golden Globes Diversity Report Card Looked Better For Men, But Not Women

The 73rd Annual Golden Globes, on its surface, reflected a stellar year of diversity in film and television in most categories: Denzel Washington was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award; Oscar Isaac won Best Performance by an…
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I Checked The "Has A Kid" Box On My Online Dating Profiles, & This Is What Happened

In 2007, I met my husband on a little website called MySpace. (You may have heard of it.) One evening, I was cruising the site for dates, entering all the criteria that mattered to me — height, education, facial hair — when a picture of the man who…
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I've Never Met My Best Friends IRL, Because They're All Online

Any new mom can attest to the verity of this scene: you place your 6-month-old baby on his belly for tummy time and he freaks out. He screams. He cries. His face turns red. He doesn't reach for any of the plush animals on his jungle gym mat.…
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