Is it Saturday yet? Because it feels like the Sabbath. Yes, its 3:12 AM and Im up brewing Mint Tea and eating stuffed, roasted mushrooms. I think a trickster Spirit snuck in with todays groceries because while 2-strand twisting my hair I turned the water off to steep the Mint Leaves. All true tea drinkers know there is an art, a science to the perfect cup of tea. Start with cool water (some say cold), bring to a low, slow boil. Remove from heat THEN add tea leaves. Infuse for juuuust the right about of time, but not a second over. Or else! Well, the trickster Spirit turned the fire back on and on a high boil at that. By the time I discovered my Moroccan Mint Tea cooking.... too late.
So I asked Esu to play another game and at another time. My Mint Tea is part of tomorrow's menu and wasting time and leaves on tea I can't use aint helpful right now...
Back to 2-strand twisting and stuffed, roasted Portabella mushrooms- Yum. Before I go back in the kitchen, thought Ild follow a stream of inspiration and blog about last night's "Wild'In Out-Style SLAM Poetry" event.
Glad I went. Its been forever since Ive been to a poetry show and I miss the vibes. So, after interviewing the ladies of the 2017 Houston SLAM Team on Circle Sisters Podcast, I was invited to participate in the team's last fundraiser before Nationals. I hesitated to agree because I had no idea what to expect. I hadn't actually watched Wild'In Out since Nick and Mimi were married. However, this was the perfect opportunity to get out of the house. Plus it was in an Egyptian restaurant so I could bring my daughter and..... Egyptian Restaurant!
So, I went. And had a blast. My favorite part was the group poems! I love group poems! Honestly I love pretty much all group performances, including choirs and chamber music. There's nothing like organized synergy!
After the Poetry was the Wild'N Out segment. And that was hi-lar-i-ous. The guys started at each other quickly and it turned into a Dozens contest. Whats ironic is that one of the poets, the SLAM Captian @SupaVince, shared a poem earlier in the show about "The Dozens" and its origin in Black Culture. Its a powerful piece because it talk about the pain we are socialized to inflict upon one another. I caught a clip of it: (Caution Strong Language. Strong!)
Also check out a a clip from the Wild'N Out portion of the show and be sure to patronize the next SLAM Contest you are invited to:
This Saturday past, 07/22/17, I stopped by Texas Black Women's Expo "Meet & Greet." I wasn't fully sure what to expect but I went ready to network and support Sisters making moves. I found exactly that. A room filled with Sisters handing out business cards, discussing their services and marketing their products. In the hallway while waiting to catch the elevator up to the Meeting Room, I found a cellist to teach my daughter the basics of stringed instruments. Upstairs, while meeting and greeting I also met a financial consultant, a natural hair care specialist and a beauty queen. Not bad, eh?
The Meet & Greet was a brief pre-Expo event to give us a glimpse of what to expect in August. Im excited and making plans to attend. Well, I kinda have to since they talked me into volunteering. Lol.
I met a Beauty Queen that speaks fluent German! Cool.
Check Out the Expo Page on FB:
Last Sunday I accepted an opportunity to blog about the Officer's Club Room opening at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum. To summerize my experience in one word? Wow! The ladies behind the scenes of this event truly showed out. I had an exquisite time.
Let's begin with parking. There is a lot directly in front of the enterance to the building. I arrived at the beginning of the event and did not beat the droves of early birds. So of course the lot was already filled upon my arrival. No worries tho'. In that neighborhood plenty of street parking is available within walking distance and I was lucky enough to find an open space next to the HCC Campus Police Sub-Station. So, just a few steps and I was on the sidewalk alongside the Museum and high-stepping my way into the party.
As I approached the entrance, two warmly smiling women opened the doors and welcomed me into a large, brightly sunlit and pleasantly air-conditioned foyer. Two large registration tables were placed by the doors and two more smiling ladies were answering questions, handing out drink tickets and directing traffic as needed. Past those tables, people were bustling and chatting, laughing and snapping selfies at the Media Station. The glass-framed Office on my far right and the large, Meeting Room opposite, on my far left, were full of models and designers preparing for the Fashion Show. Although the rooms contained soldier's uniforms and other war memorabilia, the spaciousness of the rooms must have assured no-one disturbed the relics while attending to their beauty rituals. Note: If you are considering hosting a gala in a location with cultural ambiance and plenty of room for guests to feel comfortable, The Buffalo Soldier Museum is an ideal venue. This building is huge; rightfully so. We are honoring #Legends.
I was directed upstairs to view the second floor and at my leisure I could also visit the Officer's Room. I won't spend too much of my word count on the 2nd floor because the main purpose of this post is the Officer's Room. I will say that the Event Planner, Sister La'Torria Lemon of Lemon-Lime Light Media (Houston), deserves a bouquet of exotic flowers. The 2nd floor was #Lit. There was a cash bar with complimentary "Punch" for adults, three caterers serving everything from Crawfish Alfredo to Chicken Marsala, two Wedding Cake designers, plus a 60-minute Fashion Show hosted by a local news personality. The Main Room was so beautifully decorated and highly engaging that I didn't make it to the 3rd Floor until the majority of the crowd diminished. Check out the pictures I snagged of the Fashion Show in the Slides (above). I also made a quick FB Live of one of the two Meeting Spaces on the 2nd Floor:
Finally, we get to the 3rd Floor! Yes, it easily spoke "Officer's Room." When I throw my party at The Buffalo Soldier's Museum, I will reserve this space for VIP. Not only will my guests "sit high and look low" from the 3rd Floor balcony, we would also have our own, private party area. A short staircase climbs up from the 2nd floor, and I envision having someone stationed at the top checking names on the exclusive, VIP List. There is also an elevator available and that too would be monitored. One side of the room has a wall-to-wall bar with a sink and a flat-screen TV overhead. An ideal space to store bottles and disseminate drinks and other refreshments to serve at the second floor drink station(s). The room has plenty of space to set-up tables for caterers and other vendors. Although only a few tables and chairs were placed upstairs for this event, available space wasn't the reason. Im thinking Sister Lemon wanted traffic to flow in and out, rather than us pull up a chair and devour the caterers complimentary smothered steak and rice, chicken kabobs, and fresh, streamed green beans. #Yum. For me, the best part of the Club Room was the dance floor. Yasssssss! The design team for the Museum thought of everything.... Well almost everything- No Pole. THAT woulda been everything.... *wink, wink.* Okay y'all, its getting really late as I type this so excuse the nighttime K.Boogie. She's a little more playful that daytime K. Boogie.... So, dance floor. Yasssssss! On the other side of the room were 2 Casino Tables w/ Coushatta Casino-styled card dealers, encouraging attendees to "Risk it all" on Craps and BlackJack games. #Playa. The 3rd floor restrooms were on the indoor veranda, discreetly hidden behind a wall, leaving a moderately-sized area for VIP attendees to dance and socialize while peering over the banister at the 2nd floor happenings. Check out my tour of the 3rd floor here:
WOW! The Sisters at Lemon-Lime Light Media thought of everything. The theme was fluid throughout The Museum and exactly how I imagined an Officer's Club Room Reveal should be.
If you're interested in helping Circle Sisters 13 throw a party at the Museum, leave a message below in the comments. (Im pretty sure we can rent a pole......Ijs.)
Decided to join a professional Bloggers Group to help me figure out this Blogging World. It's amazing where being obedient to Spirit's directions and going with the flow with lead you. I've been blogging since undergrad, however it was simply a form to express myself- my online journal. I invited a few classmates to check it out and every Blue Moon I shared my posts on Social Media. I certainly wasn't seeking sponsors or marketing it to strangers. Actually, I ended up deleting it. Which in hindsight makes me sad, because I know I had some deeply introspective content on there that probably could'a been edited and fleshed out into a book. Oh well! "The Spirit of creativity is fertile."
A few years later, once I began teaching I began another blog. That one is still up: www.guidinggeniuses.blogspot.com. Be advised, those posts came from another side of heart. I debated with taking it down since it has potential to be polarizing. Im leaving it for now because the information shared are facts- hard facts, granted. And where my opinions kicked-in, I said so. If you do check that one out, please come back and tell me your thoughts and solutions. There's room for us all here at Circle Sisters 13. Post below in the comments.
So, back to HAAB. Hmmmm, I think I learned of them via a FB Group search. Something like: "Houston Bloggers." I joined a few from those listed, however this one appeared more engaging. Plus, they were advertising a Blogging Conference in August 2017. So, I asked to join and they sent their requirements. I took me about 3 weeks to take the leap (introvert that I am) and here we are. An active member and on my way to slaying the Blogging world!
About that Conference, Im registered and excited about the information and networking potentials: houstonafricanamericanbloggers.com.