#TBT: Happy 30th Birthday to Me!

I have a problem! A legitimate issue with follow through! If you’ve been following, I did this 30-day, one post a day countdown to my 30th birthday, but realized I started a day early so instead of my birthday being the 30th day, the day before was. So like the lazy person I can be…

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30 “Dates”–The Rest I Got Around To

11. Blueberry picking in summer–June 2018 I’ve been wanting to do this for years but would either forget about it until blueberry season was nearly over, or not really find people interested in going. I made it happen this year. We drove to the middle of nowhere Mississippi, really middle of nowhere to the point…

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30 Restaurants: Bennachin & Antoine’s

Bennachin Restaurant This is a West African restaurant, specifically based in Gambia and Cameroon, although there were some menu items from other countries int he region, located in the French Quarter. It’s tiny, you could miss it walking by, as I have on COUNTLESS occasions. It’s right near Verti Mart if you know where that…

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Book 18: Eloquent Rage, A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower–Brittney Cooper

What I loved about reading this book is that she spoke so directly to so many of my life experiences, particularly when it comes to Black exceptionalism, overachieving, and adherence to respectability. While we decidedly had very different economic upbringings, it was like we experienced the same social frustrations and racial animosity of instructors and…

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Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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30 “Dates”: 6 – 10

Date 6: Second Line Sunday, Treme Sidewalk Steppers–Feb 18, 2018 I lament how few Sundays I make it out to see the second-lines during the spring. Every social aid and pleasure club has a week where they take a route in the city to second-line. It is an event not to miss as folks come…

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30 “Dates”: 1-5

Part of my Journey to 30 was to go on 30 “dates,” with date loosely defined as going somewhere new or participating in something I haven’t done yet in the region. Date 1: Luna Fête–December 2017 The Arts Council of New Orleans describes Luna Fête as and event that “transforms New Orleans’ historic architecture into…

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30 Restaurants: Chubbie’s & Saffron Nola

Chubbie’s Fried Chicken This place has been down the street from me the entire time I’ve lived in Algiers and I didn’t know about it. I don’t think I’ve actually driven past the McDonald’s on General Meyer, so that probably has a lot to do with it. But I found out about from one of…

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