Mar 5, 2017

Plans for 2018?

Boy I'm really feeling this quote for the new and upcoming year! Anyone else out there plan on going big in 2018? Hit me up and let me know I  they comments!

Feb 20, 2017

Shots From a Mini Car Show

So, here are a few photos I took from a while back of a small meet and greet car show. Some people from all over the city decided to show off their oldie goldies downtown and have lunch and a chat! What a treat!

Feb 10, 2017

Documentary Screening: Why Do We Have Black Dolls?

I recently ventured to the Cape Fear Museum here in Wilmington, NC. A customer came into the store an invited me to a screening of a short film called Why Do We Have Black Dolls. I honestly went in worried that I would fall asleep, but I left the viewing wide awake.

Studies show that dolls are useful in helping children develop motor skills as well as enrich their imagination and creativity. One visitor stated that dolls were once a prize you would find in a box of laundry detergent, just like finding a prize in a Cracker Jack box.

"Four Little Girls", a recreation of the four little girls who were killed in an act of terrorism in a church  bombing in 1963 in Birmingham

In the film, I learned that there are conventions for black doll lovers and creators alike. Women from all over the country come together to put these masterfully created dolls on display. They all have the same point of view: they love the dolls because they are a reflection of themselves. Over the past several decades, young black girls (in an ongoing case study) viewed black dolls as 'ugly'. However, youngsters with black barbies and other handcrafted black dolls loved their black dolls and their 'pretty hair and pretty skin'.


I had the opportunity to ask the films' creator, Samantha Knowles, a few questions after the film was done. Samantha is the proud owner of approximately 40 dolls. These dolls are almost as old as she is, these being her childhood 'friends'. Her favorite doll, Tanya, has natural, curly hair and a 'cute smile'. It was her go-to doll. She stated that she "was in love with that doll!"  When I asked what was the one message she wanted young girls and women to take away from the film, her response was exactly what I expected: ..."see the film and the variety of dolls and be inspired."

It's easy to slide into the 'norm' of things. You just walk into your local super warehouse or toy store and buy the first doll manufactured, and that's okay. That's your choice, there is no right or wrong choice. If in the future, I am to purchase a doll for the young girls in my family, I know I will buy a doll who looks like me and my people. That's my choice. Do you have any black dolls? What is your opinion on 'black dolls'?

Jan 23, 2017

Year 1 at the New Job!

Currently in the first year of my new job and I love it! What was your favorite job? What did you love most about it?

Jan 19, 2017

#205 Own a pair of Converse

Thanks to my best friend, Brenda, I can cross off #205 'Own a pair of converse'. I can't wait to deck them out with sketches and doodles of my future adventures (#242, by the way...) coolest Christmas gift ever!