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Through the Eyes of Art: Millennial Parenting

MoPOP’s Black History Month Celebration

Join us as The Chosen Few and MoPOP present the 9th annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration. Each year we bring together artists, community leaders, elected officials, and tastemakers from across the state of Washington to celebrate the Black experience.

This year we explore parenting in the Black community through the lens of the millennial caregiver. From Beyoncé ballads dedicated to her daughter Blue Ivy, to hit shows like Black-ish that dive deep into topics that make us laugh and cry, the exploration of parenting through a Black lens has always been both present and powerful in pop culture.

Featuring celebrity guest Mashonda Tifrere plus a panel of millennial parents, this special livestream event will allow us to center the diverse experiences, observations, and approaches that impact and inform how we are raising the next generation and create a safe space for Black parents to dialogue, grieve, laugh, and reflect on the parenting journey.

Watch the recorded livestream below.

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Through The Eyes of Art: Celebrity Guest Mashonda Tifrere

About Celebrity Guest Mashonda Tifrere

In January 2010, founder of ArtLeadHER Mashonda Tifrere and music producer Swizz Beatz finalized their divorce. When Swizz married award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, a new dynamic was born — three adults who loved and were deeply committed to raising Mashonda and Swizz’s four-year old son Kasseem. In her book Blend, Tifrere draws on the insights they gained from their journey as well as advice from family therapists, parenting experts, and other blending families to provide an invaluable resource for families like theirs.

Mashonda Tifrere, author of Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family, will join us for Through the Eyes of Art as she shares details on how she and her co-parents used communication, patience, and love to create an environment where they were able to work as a team and help their children thrive.

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Instagram: @mashondatifrere
Twitter: @MashondaLoyal
TikTok: @originalmashonda

Meet the Parent Panel

Every generation of parents swears they had it the worst and, more often than not, has gone on one of those "these kids are wilder than when we were kids" rants. But this event isn't about trying to delve into those age-old debates. Our hope is to simply explore and center the diverse experiences, observations, and approaches that impact and inform how we are raising the next generation.

We pulled together two panels of parents ready to sit down and share their story. Their openness allowed us to dialogue, grieve, laugh, and reflect on the parenting journey.

We hope you can join the conversation at 7:00pm PT Friday, February 25 on MoPOP’s Facebook or YouTube channel.

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Alvin Snow

Alvin Snow

Damico and Myeesha Parker

Damico and Myeesha Parker

DaNell Damon

DaNell Damon

Darell and Yvonne Powell

Darell and Yvonne Powell

Dwayne and Yolanda Alexander

Dwayne and Yolanda Alexander

Latrice Wyatt

Latrice Wyatt

Lea Edwards

Lea Edwards

Talia Carter

Talia Carter

Parenthood Playlist


Reconvening the Village: Parenting Through the Black Millenial's Lens


In January of 2020, my partner and I welcomed our little one into the world, and it’s true what the TikTok-ers have been saying: these pandemic babies are built different. Every moment with him has been incredible—every leap, milestone, and first, more exciting, head-scratching, and at times, more hilarious than the last.

But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that raising a little human amidst a global pandemic has been challenging—family gatherings over Zoom, no home visits from friends or relatives without a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination, and always feeling guilty over how small our little one’s world is because our anxiety won’t let us travel.

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BeyoncÉ Suit Worn in "Upgrade U" Music Video Now on Display at MoPOP



In earlier songs like "Upgrade U," Beyoncé makes the point of taking up space as an independent woman full of self-love, pointing out to her man how he can benefit by being with her, not the other way around. Songs like this not only empower her fans but stand as an example to her children.

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by Good Black Reads

Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix by Nicole Russell


Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life

by Nicole Russell

B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd


B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings

by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry


Hair Love
A New York Times Bestseller

by Matthew A. Cherry
illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Skin like Mine by Latashia M. Perry


Skin Like Mine

by Latashia M. Perry
illustrated by Bea Jackson

Tuskegee Heirs


Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny

by Greg Burnham and Marcus Williams

Good Black Reads

Book picks by Good Black Reads

Great Community Resources for Parents and Families

Museum of Pop Culture Education Programs
325 5th Avenue N  
Seattle, WA 98109


After-School All-Stars Puget Sound

932 Industry Drive  
Building 24, Suite 210
Tukwila, WA 98188



The Big-Brained Superheroes Club
Yesler Community Center
917 E Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122


Creative Justice
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


N The Kutt Dance Studio
21917 Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 429-2479


PFLAG Seattle
1122 E Pike St
PMB 620
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7724


Within Reach
155 N.E. 100th St., #500
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 284–2465

More Through the Eyes of Art Content

In 2021, we focused on how food captures stories of heritage and lineage including stories of race, power, and (in)justice, with our theme “The Cookout.”

If you’re looking for a little musical inspiration in the kitchen, we built a smoking hot Spotify playlist.

Featured Videos

Previous Through the Eyes of Art programming has featured Black-owned businesses in a series about Building Black Wealth. Check out the videos below.

Building Black Wealth | Me & The Bees | Hosted by Draze

Building Black Wealth | Hot Sauce Shero | Hosted by Draze

Building Black Wealth | Laila Ali | Hosted by Draze

Building Black Wealth | The Honey Pot Company | Hosted by Draze

Black-Owned Food Establishments

Here's a list of Black-owned food establishments we can support today.

Fat’s Chicken & Waffles
(206) 602-6863
2726 E Cherry St. 
Seattle, Washington 

Island Soul Run Bar & Soul Shack
4869 Rainier Ave S. 
Seattle, WA 98118 

2122 NE 65th St 
Seattle, WA 98115

Simply Soulful
(206) 474-9841 
2909-B E Madison St 
Seattle, WA 98112

Jerk Shack
(206) 441-7817 
2510 1st Ave 
Seattle, WA 98121 


Delish Ethiopian Cuisine
(202) 409-9469 
5701 Rainier Ave S 
Seattle, Washington 

Pam’s Kitchen 
(206) 696-7010

Taste of the Caribbean
1212 East Jefferson Street 
Seattle, WA, 98122 

Soulful Dishes

Avole Ethiopian Coffee
6630 Rainier Ave S 
Seattle, WA 98118 

1412 E Union
Seattle, WA 98122 


The Comfort Zone Restaurant
5016 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant
2605 E. Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122

Emma’s BBQ
(206) 413-1523
5303 Rainier Avenue S. Suite B
Seattle, WA, WA 98118 

East African Imports & Restaurant
(206) 322-7717
306 23rd Ave S #104
Seattle, WA 98144

Heaven Sent

Ezell’s Famous Chicken



Find and support Black-owned food establishments using this interactive map view of the above list.

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