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The History Of My Chocolate Milk

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Hard to believe but America is still asking, “Why don’t Black women breastfeed?”

I’m Afrykayn Moon. I am the eldest of 5 children, born and raised in Detroit. I am a Mother of 3 beautiful babies. Many people know that after the birth of my first Sun there was a bit of drama because a bus driver tried to put me off the bus because I was breastfeeding.

That incident sparked a movement that lead to protests and nurse-ins and me founding Breastfeeding Mothers Unite.

Through BFMU I have run a blog talk radio program, put on community events and appeared on a number of news programs, all geared towards shining a light on breastfeeding in the Black community.

I have received letters from parents in the Black community seeking help with their breastfeeding journey. Those letters helped me decide to take things further. My family and I are getting on the road. What I’m working on is a webseries centered around my travels with my family. We’ll be going into different communities and putting your questions to other families and communities.

We’re working to expand our community. Right now I am here to beg for your help. Traveling is not cheap. On top of that I going to need to send my videographer (the man with the plan), my raw video footage for editing. We need music licensing, photo rights, travel, web hosting, and insurance.

Black children are 2.4 times more likely to die before their first birthday and according to the CDC this could be lowered by as much as 50% with the increase of breastfeeding.

Black Women breastfeed?” Be a part of the conversation.

For this series, we are interviewing scholars, activists, midwives, historians and Mothers discussing topics that effect how Mothers view themselves and their history:

*Mothers were adored for their ability to birth and breastfeed.
*How slavery changed the way women view their bodies.
*Breast formula companies: Friend or foe.
*Secret war on women
*Effects of watching black children die from violence and how it can change the Mother child bond.
And much more.

This series will be of interest to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or cultural background, because the rich history of the people discussed. It will be the first film of its kind made specifically by women who have decided to stop waiting for someone else to tell their story and going out and telling their story in their words and just putting the truth out for the world to see.

The minimum funding goal is $35,000, but we aspire to exceed that goal and make The History of My Chocolate Milk a series and an influential brand critically and academically around the world.


Moon Afrykayn Aku
Pittsburgh, PA

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