Kids Books, Books for Adults . By Maya Smart | January 07 , 2014

A Writer to Remember – Zora Neale Hurston

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Maya's Favorites, Personal Development . By Maya Smart | March 12 , 2014

Win Anyway

The scene plays itself out several times a game.  There comes a moment when an official’s whistle blows (or doesn’t blow)

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | August 22 , 2014

The Freshmen ABCs

I was invited to give a Welcome Week speech at VCU and the occasion provided a great opportunity for me to reflect on my college

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | September 23 , 2014

My Natural Hair Journey

When I was born on September 14, 1980 in Ravenna, Ohio my Afro was, in large part, unremarkable. It was expected. It was natural.

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Maya's Favorites, Kids Books, Literacy Skills, Early Language . By Maya Smart | January 21 , 2015

Books: The Greatest Gift of All

I think books need some cheerleading these days as gift options for kids. They aren’t (usually) shiny, they don’t (hopefully)

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Parent-School Partnership, Community, Diversity & Inclusion . By Maya Smart | October 21 , 2015

How To Address Misleading History in Texas Textbooks

I had the honor of participating in a lively discussion on HuffPost Live recently about an outcry over the misrepresentation of

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Kids Books, Books for Adults . By Maya Smart | November 25 , 2015

Into the Go-Slow

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