Today is Thanksgiving in America. When I first moved here in 1998, I viewed the holiday as a day to enjoy a lavish meal with family, leading into a weekend of shopping overindulgence.
While it definitely is that (and I’m looking forward to enjoying the festivities), Thanksgiving is also a great day to reflect and take stock of the little things we take for granted.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, it’s important to notice and appreciate the people around you who make a difference, and how remarkable the journey of life is.

While I was making the green bean casserole, the radio station I was listening to played “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” by William DeVaughn. What an ideal song for today.

The message is totally ghetto fabulous, but you catch my drift:
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you’ve got
So, though I only drive a PT Cruiser, this year I have something new to be thankful for.
I only started Afrobella this August, and every day an average of 720 people read what I have to say. I come home to an inbox of comments from brilliant ladies all over the world, sharing in intelligent discourse about beauty and issues affecting women of color.

I’m thankful for you, dear readers.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, near and far!

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Shonquayshah says:
November 23, 2006, 3:16 pm
Thank you, Afrobella...for creating a wonderful spot where we can all come and get information, not only on the outwardly beauty that we all possess, but the inwardly beauty as well. Happy Thanksgiving! Shout out to all the Afrobellas that had to work the kitchen and elsewhere!
Coffy says:
November 23, 2006, 4:35 pm
your blog has become "the spot". i look forward to your post and all of the ladies responses. i say thank you Afrobella you are a true friend.
Carine says:
November 23, 2006, 7:25 pm
Hi Afrobella,this is my first visit to your blog and i must admit that i finally found a blog that i can relate too, i absolutely love it. Keep up the good work and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Tinevimbo says:
November 24, 2006, 1:56 am
Happy thanksgiving Bella, and may God continue to do great things in your life, this blog is wonderful.And happy thanksgiving to all the other sisters that make this site so interesting.
AppleDiva says:
November 24, 2006, 10:11 am
Thank you for what you do. I just started reading afrobella, and I have even recommended the blog to a few friends. Keep up the great work.
Von says:
November 24, 2006, 12:13 pm
I didn't even know what a blog was until I started reading yours! I'm so hooked. I check your blog before I check my e-mails at work! I love it and I adore your sense of humor! Thanks for all you do.
jerseybred says:
November 26, 2006, 11:21 am
I'm thankful for my family, friends and Afrobella.
newnaps4me says:
December 2, 2006, 10:22 am
I just want you to know that you have a serious thing going on here girl. I love this site. Stumbled on this site when on You have encouraged me to do a lot of things. Even start working out and doing something healthy for this plus sized body. I want to welcome you to check out our site occasionally and leave a comment. We would all be honored. Our site is called . We get together monthly and talk about our hair, religion, family, issues...share hair recipes...and good food!!!! We all love you girl!!!!


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