Love Redefined

Dumplin looking into m

Dumplin and mommy

Motherhood is truly the rebirth of a woman.  People focus their attention on a new bundle of joy that has entered the world. But look at the mom… She has a new spark in her eye.  Her world has changed…forever.  The blinders are gone.  Rose colored lenses are no more.  She sees things crystal clear.  I’m consumed with this new role called “Mother” and won’t be writing on this blog anymore.  My love has been redefined as Mother.  I’m filled with thoughts of showing my daughter who and what she can be.  She’s only one but I need to get the thoughts out now.  Maybe she’ll get it when she’s older.  Maybe she will understand all of the lessons I will try to instill in her.  Maybe, just maybe, we will see eye to eye. For now, I’ll just blog about it.  I hope she’ll thank me later. Want to read my letters to her?  Click below.

Dear Dumplin

Where Have I Been????

Well… I’ve been growing a person!  LOL.  I’m 8 months pregnant now and very excited to meet my little mama.  Impending parenthood has me thinking a lot about what I want to teach my child, and who I want to be.  As a result, there may be changes to this blog or I might just start a new blog.  I feel as though a whole new world is coming my way and I feel very happy, excited, and blessed about it.  Stay tuned!  I didn’t forget you so don’t forget me.  :)

Awkward Black Girl – Season 2!!!!!!!!

I LOVE THIS SHOW.  Let me repeat.  I love this show.  If you don’t like Awkward Black Girl, you should just stop reading my blog now because I am going to keep posting about it.  Somehow I missed that a season 2 trailer was out!  Click the link below to watch the trailer and get ready for Awkward Black Girl nation.  It starts Thursday, June 14th.  I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!

If you want a little background on the show’s creator, her name is Issa Rae and she’s the bomb.  Check her out here.  And oh yeah, if you missed season one, catch it here before the start of season 2.  You won’t be disappointed!

*The video below contains adult language

Awkward Black Girl Season 2 Trailer

Transition – The Personal Journey from Relaxed to Natural Hair

Zina Saro-Wiwa

The New York Times has posted a video spotlighting a filmmaker named Zina Saro-Wiwa who is documenting her journey after transitioning to natural hair. The video is short and worth the watch. I also think the hair she shows is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Take a look and tell me what you think.

Transition

Why You Should Be Watching Scandal

ABC’s Scandal

I crave network television that portrays women of color as more than a video vixen, a brawling bully, or a somebody’s materialistic wife.  My wish has been granted in ABC’s new television series Scandal.   Based on real life crisis manager Judy Smith, Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope in the drama.

March 2012 Essence Magazine. Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, and Judy Smith

I can’t express enough how much I love this show.  It’s intelligent, slick, intriguing, and plain old juicy T.V.  I had a hard time finding a show that would replace 24, but I’ve now find it.  Are you watching Scandal?  If you aren’t, here’s my reasons why you should be:

  • It is the only network television show where the lead character is a woman of color.
  • Kerry Washington ALWAYS looks fab.  Did you see the Tory Burch jacket last week?  Or the Calvin Klein dress?  As a paralegal, I love to see fabulous professional clothes and this show gives me a weekly dose of fabulosity.
  • Watching an intelligent female lawyer go head to head with the world’s most powerful people, is much better, and WAY more creative than watching people fight on reality television.
  • It was created by the awesome Shonda Rhimes of Gray’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge fame.
  • It’s just good TV!!!

Do you watch Scandal?  Tell me what you think of it!!!!

The Lessons Whitney Taught Me

On Saturday, February 11, 2012, we lost an amazing woman.  Her name was Whitney Elizabeth Houston.  It took some time for me to process this.  I was extremely heart-broken at this news.  Although I did not know her, I could not help but to feel robbed for her daughter, her mother, the rest of her family, and her fans.  I’ve asked myself, what is the lesson here?  What can we all learn from Ms. Houston’s untimely death?  Here is what I have come up with:

  • We cannot overestimate what our bodies can handle.  We must take care of ourselves as if we were children.  It is easy to forget that as we get older, we may not bounce back as quickly as we used to.  Be good to yourself.  Treat yourself gently.
  • Say what you have to say now.  Tomorrow is not promised.  This isn’t a new concept but it needs to be said.  If you have something to say to someone, say it now.  Don’t wait.
  • Live your life, now.  If there is a goal you want to attain, don’t wait to work for it. Chase it and go after it.  Work towards your life’s purpose.  You don’t know how much time you have left on this earth.
If there is something else that Whitney’s life or death has taught you, please feel free to comment below.

In honor of Ms. Houston, I’ve posted two videos showing the God-given talent that she had. May you rest in peace Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

I Am Changing:

I Love the Lord:

Black Gold – Esperanza Spalding with Algebra Blesset

I love Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding.  Her album “Esperanza” is simply genius.  Check out her contribution to Black History Month.  I love everything about it!