No Wedding No Womb! 100 Bloggers Write for What’s Right on the 148th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

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100 bloggers, artists, influencers and entertainers join forces to address the out-of-wedlock epidemic in the African American community.

Bob Herbert of the New York Times wrote, "That the black community has not been mobilized en masse to turn this crisis around is a screaming shame." Well Bob, here we are.

On September 22, 2010, writer, author and journalist, Christelyn D. Karazin, galvanizes a virtual army for a “blog blitzkrieg,” to decry the normalization of out-of-wedlock births in the black community. Provocatively dubbed, No Wedding No Womb! (NWNW), liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat, Christians, Muslims, Jews and agnostics will flood the blogosphere for an entire day of online debate and commentary.

All bloggers will be featured on http://www.noweddingnowomb.com along with links to their respective sites.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 70 percent of black children have unwedded parents. The out-of-wedlock rate is the highest of any other race and ethnic group in the U.S., and in many cases, has disastrous results that take a toll on all Americans--from tax dollars, crime and unspent intellectual capital.

“While lifetime commitment is often dismissed as unnecessary or passé, the psychological needs of children have not evolved. Kids still need a family to thrive,” says Karazin.

A Multi-media Event
NWNW is old-school activism with a new-school twist. Sophia A. Nelson, founder and chairman of Iask, the “go-to” organization that seeks to positively impact and transform the lives of professional black women and women of color, and popular conservative Lenny Mcallister, will take the day to blog and be available as lead celebrity commenters on September 22. Tim Alexander, family advocate,screenwriter, producer and director of "Diary of a Mad Black Man," and the upcoming movie, "A Mothers Love," will produce a PSA and rally his followers to support nearly 100 bloggers for the first-ever online protest.

Under the supervision of executive producer, N. Maurice Williams of AYCE Media, a hip-hop/R&B theme song, "No Wedding No Womb!" written by Lorraine Spencer, sung by Kyndra Pruitt (debut album to be released in 2011), produced by legendary Brian Alexander Morgan, of Universal Music Group, and Leland Sharp of Sharp Faces Entertainment, will be released and played on various R&B and news stations throughout the United States and available for free download online at http://www.noweddingnowomb.com.

About No Wedding No Womb!
No Wedding No Womb! is a declaration and acknowledgment that the out-of-wedlock rate (72%) in the black community is at a disastrously high level. It is a call for both men and women to take into account the trauma that motherless and fatherless children experience when procreating is taken so lightly. NWNW advocates that men and women abstain from creating babies that they cannot financially, emotionally and physically care for. One hundred bloggers, artists and entertainers hope to spark a culture change and reverse the course for many black children, who are 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders, 14 times more likely to commit rape, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, ten times more likely to abuse drugs and 20 times more likely to end up in prison than children living with both their parents.

About Christelyn D. Karazin
Karazin is the co-author of "Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed." She also runs the popular blog, http://www.beyondblackwhite.com. No Wedding No Womb! is in homage to her oldest child, who was born out-of-wedlock.

For more information, interviews or commentary about NWNW, contact founder Christelyn D. Karazin (951) 203-1313 or email at karazin(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. For a full list of participants and FAQs go to http://www.noweddingnowomb.com.

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