I love an uplifting song with meaningful lyrics—bonus points if the person delivering it can blow. Ledisi gets a star, an A+, and a super-sized bag of generic bodega chips for her single, "Alright." I make a point of playing this song every day, usually while I’m cooking dinner or just relaxing with my girls, not just because Ledisi is singing like it’s early Sunday morning, but because the words she’s saying send an incredible message—that no matter how broke/sad/confused/blah you are, you have to know that really, it’s going to be alright. It's about resiliency, see? And there's not a group on the planet more resilient than African-American mothers. This one is one of my theme songs, fo’ sho. Loves it!
And speaking of loves it, I’m so pleased to announce that the winner of the first MyBrownBaby contest is LaTonya Yvette of Che’ Demi’s Boutique, a loyal MyBrownBaby follower who has a terrific upscale baby boutique and a lovely blog, to boot. LaTonya wins three books in the Ruby & The Booker Boys series, autographed by the author, Derrick Barnes. Congrats, LaTonya!
Finally, I’d like to thank Jennae at Green Your Décor, Mama’s Got Moxie, and Angelika for showing me bloggy love last week for my posts, Our New First Family and Neighbors Gone Wild. Each of you encourages me to think longer and write harder—more than you’ll ever know. And a special thank you to Preston over at Me and the Blue Skies, who hit a sistah off with a Super Scribbler Award for Our New First Family. I wrote that piece from the heart, and I’m so glad that it touched so many others in the way that it was given—in the spirit of love and unity.
And now, as Preston did for me, I’m going to pay it forward by doling out some blog love to five of my favorites. I read these blogs faithfully because the people who run them can, quite simply, write their behinds off (and y’all should know by now how I feel about the written word). Here they are, presented with fond admiration in no particular order:
• Naked With Socks On
• Tea and Honey Bread
• The Mama Spot
• Is There Any Mommy Out There
• The Wind In Your Vagina
Oh, and the rules. Of course there are rules. The rules are:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Link me for giving it to you.
3. Link the originating post here.
4. Pass the award on to five more deserving people.
5. Post these rules for your recipients.
Be sure to come back tomorrow—I’ll have some exciting news about another MyBrownBaby contest as fabulous as the first! Until then, remember that it’s gonna be alright…