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Mother and Child - A WydeOpen Review


mother-and-child-1-382x550A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

 Movie Title: Mother and Child


review by Jonathan McMillan

Studio: Everest Entertainment

Director: Rodrigo García

Cast: Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits

Rating: Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language.

Bottom Line: 5/5

With “Sex in the City 2” (complete with the rumored cat fighting among the stars during production) set to hit theaters this summer the “chick flick” genre is attempting to hold it’s own among the action, family oriented and comedies movies already out and set to be released in the next few months. However, “Mother and Child”, another movie also featuring a predominantly all female cast, is by no

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Fathers Raising Children

1123144_walk_on_pierHave you ever heard the expression "Mama's baby, poppas maybe?” I bet you have and a lot of times that is the case because, a mother cannot deny she is the mother of her child. However, a man can deny his children any day and time, until a DNA results proves him wrong.

Mothers are often forced to raise babies on their own and they hardly get the credit they deserve. Now days anyone can be a guardian to a child. Especially if one or both parents are not in the picture or can not provide financial support for the care of their children.

I remember when I was working for ACS, also known as Agency of Children Services, and came across some cases that did not have a mother in the home. As I began my research I started thinking if the mother was not deceased then why were they not in the picture? I was stunned about what I found. This particular case really touched my heart.

A Special Friend

empty_boxI have a special friend who is more like a son to me.  He’s got a heart filled with nothing but love for everyone.  This young man was born into a family who just doesn’t extend him the love he deserves.  When he was born, his mom didn’t want him.  He was adopted to an outside family.  His biological family is many in numbers, yet no one wanted him at birth.  I don’t understand how this family could let someone as nice as him be placed elsewhere.  Sometimes I see sadness within his face.  He longs to be loved and treated with the respect which he deserves.  He told me how evil and hateful his biological mom was, and even his dad never wanted him in his life.  He has aunts and uncles who’re all the same and just cast this young man aside as though he never existed.  I’ve tried to help him in many ways, to overcome all the hurt and pain.  At last this pain has built up so much over the years that this young man wants closure in his life.

My friend told me when he was 13 years-old, he went to seek his biological mother just to ask, why did she give him up for adoption?  He knocked on her door, she answered and he asked her why?  She cursed my friend and told him to never come near her again.  She also told her innocent, 13 year-old son that she hated him.  To this day, he never asked her why the anger or even why the hatred?  I was in shock when he told me his story.  My heart began to hurt and I felt his pain as he remembered his mother telling him to stay away from her.  He just wanted some answers for closure in his life.  She didn’t have to decency to tell him the truth.

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