So many things have happened since Friday that I have to put it all in one post, lest I drag everything out. This post may be a little lengthy and reminiscent of when I first started this blog. You’ve been warned…
First, a HUGE congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens!!! They are my #2 team, after the Jaguars, of course. I’m kinda mad that I didn’t take any pictures last night in my Ray Lewis shirt… And no matter WHERE I go, it’s always the old men that end of talking to me…but I digress. It was an awesome game! I almost thought that Baltimore was gonna mess around and let San Francisco come back like they did during the NFC Championship against Atlanta. But Ray, Joe, and them held them off (barely) to win Super Bowl XLVII! All in all, it was a great game to watch, and I stayed at the party until the end, even though my girls left me high and dry!
Next, can we talk about Beyonce?!?! Now, I’m a HUGE Queen Bey fan, but treating her like an idol (Beysus) is NOT hot! I’m about to start quoting scripture, but you guys know what the Bible says about “…not having any other gods before me…” I was excited to see Kelly and Michelle on stage with her as well. Of course, I’m making plans to see her when she comes to DC on July 29. I’ve already got my crew together, and I’m SUPER excited! I’ll be playing the Beyonce Station all day on Pandora! (I just hope I don’t start singing out loud at my desk…) I also cannot forget Alicia Keys singing the National Anthem and Jennifer Hudson performing during the Pre-game Show. I felt so inspired seeing these talented Black women perform on a large, international stage. (And yes, I know we are not a fan of some of the personal choices that Ms. Keys has made, but this is a time of positivity. Plus, who am I to judge???) And speaking of feeling inspired…
I was in AWE on Friday evening watching the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards. I made a conscience effort (and decision) to sit down and watch this awards show. And I’m glad I did. Kerry Washington (my girl) racked up, Harry Belafonte is untouchable, AND Diahann Carroll is still amazing at 77! As a senior in high school, I made a decision and stated that I would not become a member of the NAACP due to their tourism boycott of the state of South Carolina. Even though the boycott is still in effect, I stated this weekend that I would consider joining the NAACP. Watching the awards ceremony made me so proud and excited to be a Black American. To see the accomplishments of my people from the past and the present brought joy to my heart. Tears were brought to my eyes as I heard Diahann Carroll speak about Kerry Washington as the younger actress was presented with the President’s Award. I was ecstatic to see Vice Admiral Michelle Howard win the Chairman’s Award; watching her story made me think of two of my favorite Black, female sailors-my “auntie” Madeline and my other play aunt/mother/friend and soror “Queen Tutt”. 🙂 And hearing about the things that Mr. Belafonte has done and continues to do in this country, specifically for young Black boys, made me realize that WE all could stand to do a little more to better our communities. And hearing him speak about the ills still affecting our people showed a passion and truth that not too many of us are willing to face.
So, all in all, this weekend was great. And busy… But I won’t complain. What were some of your favorite moments from the weekend? Did you catch any of the big shows? Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
Today’s Black History Fact: In 1899, African-American golf fan Dr. George Franklin Grant received a patent for the world’s first golf tee. Grant, however, never marketed his invention, instead giving the tees away to friends and fellow golfers. (Shout out to Southern Dad and Southern Uncles for being avid golfers BEFORE there was a Tiger Woods. :))
- Belafonte Challenges Blacks on Gun Violence at NAACP Awards Show (atlantablackstar.com)
- Black Hollywood Attends 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards | Photos (getmybuzzup.com)
- Actress Kerry Washington wins big at NAACP Image Awards (news.yahoo.com)
- Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl parade route set for Tuesday (wjla.com)
- Super Bowl XLVII Ends in Baltimore… – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)