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Tina Ikpa

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Tina lives in Norman with her husband Nsisong, daughter Idara, son Nsisong Jr., and mother-in-law Josephine. When she's not practicing law or shuffling kids between soccer, basketball, and piano, she enjoys reading, writing, lifting weights, boning up on useless trivia, and communicating in GIFs.

Mask Wearing for Dummies

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If you’re not a medical professional or in a field that regularly uses protective gear, you’ve spent the past few weeks getting used to wearing a mask in public. If you are in a field...

5 Ways Allyship is Like Helping a Friend Grieve

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By now, most of us have developed, or are in the process of developing, effective language for supporting a friend through a crisis. Whether it be a friend who is dealing with fertility struggles...

Making peace with what may never return to “normal”

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In my nearly four decades on earth, I've adjusted to my fair share of New Normals. Be it post-Columbine, post-Oklahoma City Bombing, post-9/11, or anything else, the meaning of "life as we know it"...

Coronavirus and Kids: Walking through Grief Together

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I began the day like any other day of The New Normal: juggling my roles as educator, referee, and remote employee. Things were going decently well. I was preparing to tackle the week's deadlines...

When “Unfriending” is Self-Care

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As an online content creator and fledgling online business owner, disengaging from social media altogether is simply not an option for me. Gone are the days when I could just decide to take social...

If I “Adulted” Like My Kids

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By now it's no secret to any of us how much of a scam adulthood is. We can go to bed whenever we want, and "whenever we want" tends to be 9:00 p.m. We...

An OKC Streetcar Black History Tour

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Even if you aren't a die-hard history buff, learning about the hidden stories beneath things you walk by all the time can be fascinating. Museums and libraries, of course, have those stories in abundance....

5 Things Your Child’s Dentist Wishes You Knew

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The Tooth Fairy in our house has pretty much retired, and not a moment too soon, because she was quite forgetful. Seriously, I don't know how she had a job. Even though she occasionally...

The Conversation We Can’t Afford to Avoid

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When our children are born, they are like empty vessels. For the first few years, we parents like to think that we are the ones filling them. We're not always, though. They are constantly...

Enjoying the Elementary School Oasis

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Between the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and piano, between the spelling tests and the student council campaign posters, the babies disappeared. Oh sure, my kids will always be my "babies", but they have not...

The Question I Never Expected My Rainbow Baby to Ask

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"Hey Mommy, you know the other baby you were going to have before you had me? How come you had me instead of them?" So, out of all the things I agonized over in the...

A Black Little Mermaid is Precisely the Little Mermaid We Need

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Thirty years ago, I met a plucky, inquisitive redhead and decided she was my soulmate. She loved collecting weird things and bucking the status quo, and longed to see a world outside of what...