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The day to honor motherhood is celebrated on second Sunday of May and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures, expressing gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child.
You go online and find a flurry of touching posts and old photos from your friends thanking their moms and mother figures. Heartfelt words exchanged.
It is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide.
"Michael has three sisters who are mother figures to him since the sudden death of their mother Paula just three years ago, age 44.
He was always looking for his women to be mother figures," she added.
Prof Nigel Eastman said: "For anybody who's been abused by a mother it's not uncommon for them to attach themselves to alternative mother figures."
In creating intense mother figures in fiction or recalling them in memoir, African American writers have paid tribute to the beauty, struggles and sorrows of black motherhood.
Even though many of the characters and their narrative lines can be found to have their origins in either the motherless or mother figures which determine the form of the novel, there is more happening in the form of Yonder Stands Your Orphan than just the oscillation of these two figures.
"There are a lot of people who value the mother figures in their life and they want to do something to recognise their good work."
Richard Brooks treated the "juvenile delinquency" crisis of the '50s in The Blackboard Jungle and is credited by boyish critic Leonard Maltin with forcing Hollywood to "grow up." Nicholas Ray not only blew the lid off an epidemic of castrating mother figures in Rebel Without a Cause, he warned of the growing perils of cortisone addiction in Bigger Than Life.
In their place are thoroughly modern mother figures who prescribe heavy doses of tough love.
After discussing Tar Baby he makes several general claims about Morrison's mother figures. Although Weinstein acknowledges that "a full-scale reading of Morrison's black mother is outside the scope of this discussion," he attempts to address each mother figure in Morrison's entire canon and therefore treats none of them in sufficient detail, which weakens the impact of his argument.