Blogger Christelyn Karazin sparked controversy on the blogosphere last month when she organized the online campaign, “No Wedding, No Womb,” to address the fact that 72 percent of Black children are born out of out of wedlock. According to Karazin, too many sisters are raising children alone, and too many Black men are not stepping up to accept the responsibility of fatherhood. Karazin’s supporters say the campaign (which is 100+ bloggers strong) raises important questions in our community, while critics say it portrays marriage as the primary solution. On October 20, we examined the pro’s and cons of “No Wedding, No Womb” with founder, Christelyn Karazin, a blogger and former single mother in a live chat. Also joining the conversation with the ESSENCE.com community was ABC News correspondent, Deborah Roberts, psychologist and ESSENCE.com blogger, Dr. Janet Taylor, and political strategist and attorney, Sophia A. Nelson — who has written about “NWNW.” Read the conversation.
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