My Valentine

If you know about me, you know that (like many women) I lust after Idris Elba. Me and my cyber girlfriends fight over him like a bunch of schoolgirls all the time. (Seriously, he doesn’t even know we exist. We’re not even friend-zoned. We’re fan-zoned!!) The competition to be his imaginary boo has been increased by his latest promotion to win a date with him. (It’s a great cause – raising funds to help educate girls in Africa. Contribute if you can!)

I reposted a video of my future-baby-daddy consulting the experts on how to make our date special, and one of my girlfriends asked if I’d put my name in for consideration. I just tossed my name in the ring (but could still use a few sponsors). But her question inspired me to write a poem about what a date with Idris would be like. Fellow writer Elisabeth Velasquez inspired the cinquain format. (Check her out!! She’s AWESOME!)

My Valentine

Yam Smash
Criss-cross dancing
On fluffy clouds of joy
My Valentine’s Day date and I.
Oh yes!

Just look at him…so sexy..not too long! Look away!

Photo credit: Tina Franklin


Raising your child on “the classics”

I take great pride in exposing my daughter to the “classics.”  By my definition, those are stories and music that are timeless, or those things that I really loved when I was younger.  This list includes:

Movies Like:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Tom Jones (EVERYONE should see this)
  • Little Dorit
  • Purple Rain
  • Love and Basketball
  • Lion King
Tom Jones Movie, 1997

Singers/Rappers like:

  • Luther Vandross
  • Teena Marie (my daughter LOVES Teena!)
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • The Jungle Brothers (yeah…THAT song)
  • Elvis Crespo (yup…that song)
  • Santana
  • Missy Elliot

I was sure to raise my daughter on good television shows like the Cosby Show, Looney Tunes, In Living Color, and Animaniacs. (We like comedy.)  So, I was really disappointed in myself when I realized that I failed to introduce her to two of my childhood favorites.  When Bonnie Franklin passed, she looked at me and ask, “Who was that,” I told myself I would have to introduce her to the show.


But when the commercial below came on and she asked me, “What is that,” I felt like a COMPLETE failure!

I told her, “That’s K.I.T.T.”

“What’s a ‘K.I.T.T.?”

That question cut me to the quick!  K.I.T.T. was not a “what.”  K.I.T.T was/is a ‘who’!  And I was sure I told her about K.I.T.T.’s sidekick, Michael Knight!  Clearly, lessons must continue!

What are some of the classics you share with your kids?