My mother and the Pope

My mother and the Pope have a lot in common. Here’s a story about the lessons I learned from my mother. This past weekend I happened to tune into TED talks and I saw Pope Francis talking about- the only future worth building includes everyone.  And it made me think of my mother and here […]

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Heading South To Visit North

   I am heading South to visit North. North, South Carolina. The town my mother is notably from. And this weekend, January 14th 2017, the town of North, South Carolina, will celebrate my mother, her legacy and the fact that this January 17th 2017, on what would have been her 90th birthday, will be the […]

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Mother Eartha Says Thank You

My mother gave thanks every day. She understood the blessing of waking up each morning and being able to see. That’s right, just see. Because, the gift of sight, as well as hearing, albeit simplistic, is, in fact, just that, a gift. And, my mother understood the profound power of the simple blessings many of […]

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Raised by Mother Earth(a)

  Mother Eartha, Eartha Kitt, taught me to that we are ALL made to be UNIQUE and the importance of loving and accepting that fact. I was watching Shark Tank recently (yes, I love that show), and saw two young girls, kidpreneurs, Madison and Mallory, pitch their company Angels and Tomboys, and make a deal […]

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How Nice. Eartha Kitt Teaches Kindness

“No one has less to live for than one who lives for himself alone.” ~ Eartha Kitt As a young girl, conversing with a few of my mother’s fans at a stage door, a woman made a comment about how nice I was. Her words filled my heart with pride and appreciation. Pride, because that […]

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Walking With Eartha

  There were no shortcuts growing up with my mother Eartha Kitt. In fact, when it came to exercise, the long route was often the one she chose. Walking, she felt was the “simplest thing in the world to do – and the best and cheapest form of aerobic exercise (no fees, no equipment),” and […]

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Eartha’s wisdom- Don’t Panic

Ah, Eartha’s wisdom was simple, yet profound. She didn’t need many words to make a point. She would often say, “Don’t Panic. It doesn’t change a thing, and only makes it difficult to see the options that may be in front of you.”   Easier said than done, I know, but as a person who […]

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What Do You Do For Fun? Lessons in Gratitude.

Question: “What do you do for fun?” Answer: “I find fun in every day.” I was raised by a mother who found beauty and joy in every day. Even on the days in her life, that were challenging. On those days, the only beauty kind of beauty may have been that she opened her eyes. When […]

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Kitt Shapiro, talks about growing up multi-racial

My interview with Alex Barnett on the Multiracial Family Man podcast discussing issues confronting multiracial people and multiracial families. It continues to be a very timely topic, and I really hope you’ll download, listen, and share. You can find the podcast here. And you can read my most popular blog post, ‘Why don’t you look […]

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Eartha’s daughter, Kitt, finds a souvenir in Vienna

I was counting the painted floor tiles, purposefully placing each foot heel to toe, creating a soothing rhythm as I walked. I loved the way my newly straightened feet filled the fancy new footwear, every toe snuggled into a space of it’s own. Since being freed from my corrective shoes, I looked for every opportunity […]

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