Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Day of Fall & School Picture Day!

Before she even said," Good Morning," the first thing out of my baby's mouth when she rolled out of bed was, "Today is fall, Mommy!"

Yes it is! And not only that, it's School Picture Day! So even though the temperature will reach 90 degrees on this first day of fall in Atlanta, I had to dress my big girl in something representative of the season. The nearly 40-year-old crochet standout of this lovely ensemble is courtesy of my talented mother, who crafted this piece for me when I was a toddler. Amazing, huh? Hot for 90 degrees? Yes. But, I'm not cruel - I did leave a change of cooler clothes so she wouldn't pass out.

Of course, we had our own little photo shoot before school this morning because 1) she's just so darned cute; and 2) you know how you drop off your child on picture day and their hair and outfit are just right, but the photos you get back showcase a child who obviously rolled on the floor from the time you left until the photographer snapped the picture? I am not taking a chance. Just in case things go awry, I think we've got a winning shot right here!


Look at that enthusiasm! I love children that love school. Happy First Day of Fall, y'all! I hope you're enjoyceinglife, because we certainly are!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Love Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Movie Posters......



I don't know how the film is going to be, but these posters are HOT! If you don't know what movie I'm talking about, it's the Tyler Perry-produced adaptation of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by the incomparable Ntozake Shange.



I've been deep in Ntozake-land this weekend, transcribing an interview I did with her a few weeks back and writing an article about her that will appear in an upcoming issue of Heart & Soul magazine. Her life story is nothing but amazing. And her creativity is a marvel.



I'm not the biggest fan of Tyler Perry's Madea plays or movies, but I definitely respect his path and drive. And I did like the first Why Did I Get Married. I'll probably get around to seeing the second one. Where do you stand on Tyler Perry's offerings?



And I'm reading Ntozake's new book, Some Sing, Some Cry, that she wrote with her sister, Ifa Bayeza. If you want to get lost in a lush post-Emancipation, multi-generational read, this is the book for you. It's so moving and has so much depth that I can't endure too much, too often. Reading more than 20 pages at one time for me is like eating too much chocolate cake. It's so rich, it's sinful. Plus I want it to last a long time. I'm always like that with books that have characters I know I'm going to adore, or who will live with me for years - so long that sometimes I think they're real people with whom I've had encounters.



Well actually, it's either read a book like that over months or devour it in nearly one sitting, like I did with Sapphire's Push. I started reading Push on the train to work one day back in the 90s. Got to work, closed my office door, and kept reading. By lunchtime, I knew I was being held hostage by Push when I hadn't even turned on my computer. I gave up for the day, made some excuse, and was back on the train with my book. I finished it that night, brought it to work the nest day to share with my co-worker, who proceeded to do the exact same thing - ignore work to read it immediately.

I love books that can snatch you from you life. I haven't seen Precious, the film adaptation of Push. But the trailer made me tear up and I'm sure I'll get around to it when I'm brave enough. This week I've been hearing lots about the star of the film's Elle cover. What do you think?


Back to For Colored Girls...



I find myself wanting to do something with these posters. I'm not a teen, so I wouldn't plaster them on my wall. But I may add them to the piles of images that I want to scrap book. I used to do a lot of journaling and my journals were peppered with stimulating images. I won't even go into how much my life misses journaling. It certainly does help a person work some things out. I guess I still do journal - on this blog. But it's really not the same. I need that private release. After years of typing and as I let the Internet seep into a larger place in my life, two things - I really hate writing with my hand (oh the shame!) and I love the instant gratification of the Web (even more shame).



And I LOVE Anika Noni Rose. She's been fabulous in everything I've seen her in, from the Jill Scott vehicle, HBO's "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" to Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog - a favorite of my 4 year old.


Glad to hear the For Colored Girls is heading back to Broadway, starring India.Arie and being produced by Whoopi Goldberg. It's been nearly been nearly 35 years since it debuted and received a Tony Award nomination. Gotta make a trip to the big city to check it out.

I have to give a shout out to The Smithian, who turned me on to Kiss My Black Ads, and the blog's original post about the For Colored Girls posters. If you don't follow the Smithian, you're really missing out.



Couldn't leave you without an image of the woman that started it all. This is us this summer at the National Book Club Conference (thanks Curtis Bunn, Terri Williams and Angela Reid). Ain't Ntozake fab? You should have seen her full back tattoo of orchids and lilies - a gift she said she gave herself for her 50th birthday! She's bad, in the truest sense of the word. A creative visionary.

Haven't read For Colored Girls? It's never too late. Now, off to a Sunday walk and more writing - the kind that pays bills. Hope you're enjoyceinglife, because I certainly am.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Win Terry McMillan's Sequel to Waiting To Exhale!


Can a woman be happy without a man?

I heard Terry McMillan on The Takeaway this morning talking about her new book, Getting to Happy, the sequel to her best-selling novel, Waiting to Exhale (which is nearly 20 years old!?!?!). While there's betrayal, divorce and tragedy in the new book, McMillan talked more about how the characters Bernadine, Savannah, Gloria and Robin were all looking to themselves for happiness instead of to a man.

I wonder how many women realize this is the way to go - or even agree that you can be happy without a man. I've lived on both sides of this coin. Let me know how you feel.

To find out how the drama queens of Waiting to Exhale fare, check out Heart & Soul Magazine, which is giving away a copy of Getting to Happy. And it's so simple to win.

Before you click away, don't forget to leave me a comment about why you think a woman can or can't be happy without a man. I really want to know what you think.

Love y'all!



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