Washington peeps, this is an AMAZING deal!!! Anyone who can take advantage of it should! First of all, you get to work with one of my very best friends, and she's incredible. Secondly, Lake Fair is really fun! You can have fun with your family/significant other at our State Capitol, AND have beautiful memories captured by a phenomenal photographer. She doesn't do mini shoots often, so this is a great way to get photos by @kaystefanko at a great price.
And if you aren't able to book a shoot, you should still follow her page, if for no other reason than to have beautiful photos showing up in your feed!
You guys should all check out @swtblackberry 's page! Karyn Parsons, who we all know and love as Will's cousin Hilary from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is the founder of Sweet Blackberry. It's a non-profit organization, which aims to shed light on African-American achievement, geared towards children. They have a Kickstarter campaign (link in the bio on their page) to fund an animated short on Bessie Coleman. And donations to the campaign are tax-deductible! I'm sharing this in the hope that it does get funded. There can never be too many ways to inspire our kids!
The other Sweet Blackberry animated films, Henry Box Brown, Dancing in the Light, and Garrett's Gift, are all available to stream through Netflix! Check them out!
Happy Juneteenth! Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, the last of American slaves were not declared free until June 19th, 1865. June 19th is recognized as the end of slavery; a day to celebrate freedom. Another American Independence Day that should be remembered by all.
50 years ago today, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of interracial marriage, declaring anti-miscegenation laws to be unconstitutional. America owes a debt of gratitude to Mildred and Richard Loving, for being fearless enough to stand up for their love, and fight for it in the court of law. They set the precedent, and showed the world that true love sees no color. Happy Loving Day. #thelovings#lovingday
Photo credit: @kaystefanko
I'm so grateful that, in little ways, Lola continues to show how her lessons in Black History have stuck with her. ●The other day, Lola told us that her teacher said that our money has Presidents on it. I said that was mostly true, but that in a few years they plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, and asked if she remembered her- the brave woman who escaped slavery and helped others to freedom. She nodded and said, "On the tracks." I corrected her, saying it was the Underground Railroad, to which she replied, "But it wasn't a real railroad. It was a path to freedom." I said that was correct, and asked if she remembered how Harriet knew where to go. She said, "She used the stars, not a map." ●Not too long ago, she was reading some of her "Power words" from school, and one of them was Ruby. She exclaimed, "Like Ruby Bridges!" ●And this week, I was going through her backpack, and found a piece of paper with her name at the top, and Nina Simone written on it.
When I started our photo project, it was to teach and inspire her, and I hope it continues to do exactly that, and that she carries all of those women with her throughout her life... ❤ (The adorable illustration is by the extremely talented @vashtiharrison. Please check out her lovely work!) #blackhistory#teachthemyoung
Not only are these 2 brother and sister, they are best friends also. My husband is my best friend too, but in a different way, in the sense that he is my constant, and I can talk to him about anything. My lovely sister-in-law is a perk of my marriage, as I get to call her family and friend. ❤ #nationalbestfriendday
🎶Let me tell you 'bout my best friend(s)🎶 I have a combined 40 years of friendship with these girls. At this point, they are no longer just friends, but are family. I hope that I am lucky enough to continue to call them fr-amily for the rest of my life! I don't know what I did to have been blessed with the type of unique friendship I have with each of these women, but I am forever grateful. Happy Best Friends Day. #nationalbestfriendday
One of our other favorite poets shares a birthday with Miss Gwendolyn Brooks... Nikki Giovanni! As we celebrate great talent today, Lola is reading "Love is" by Nikki Giovanni.
Some people forget that love is
tucking you in and kissing you
no matter how young or old you are
Some people don't remember that
listening and laughing and asking
no matter what your age
Few recognize that love is
no fun at all
You and me
Today marks what would have been Miss Gwendolyn Brooks' 100th birthday. 100 years since her talent graced this world. Do yourself a favor and read a poem of hers today, in remembrance of her. You won't regret it. I'm so thankful that important works like hers will live on. ❤ #Gwendolynbrooks#missbrooks#gwendolynbrooks100#werealcool
Day 2 of new baby snuggles. We are so excited to welcome Wylder Thaddeus Littlefield into our extended family. He is absolutely perfect, and mom is doing really well! She's been a constant figure in my life for 10 1/2 years, and was there for me with the birth of both of my girls, and it's amazing to have the tables turned and see my dear friends' family grow. The girls love him, and Byron and I are a proud Auntie & Uncle. ❤