Didja miss me? My weekend got hijacked by one of my best friends, who came to visit all the way from Modesto, California! She’s on a plane back as I type this, and I miss her already. So instead of spending my Sunday plugged into the computer, I was dragged away from the screen and forced to have fun and get together with old friends. We had a fabulous weekend, and it’ll probably take me all week to recover. Now back to your regularly scheduled Afrobella.
Last week I was extremely honored to recieve a Thinking Blogger Award, bestowed unto me by Ebony Mommy. This came in a week when I was feeling particularly ambivalent about the balance of my blog, and struggling to fit Afrobella time into my real life. Her words really touched me. Thanks, Ebony Mommy! Now I will give the Thinking Blogger Award to five blogs that stimulate the intellect and inspire me. Here they are, in no particular order.
1. Racialicious. Written by Carmen Van Kerckhove, the site examines the cross section between race and pop culture with skill and sass. I admire Racialicious because it successfully bridges the gap between irreverent and intelligent, and I always feel like I’m learning something new. I read it every day.
2. The Manicou Report. I’m coming up on a decade of living abroad, and I’m surrounded by Americans pretty much 24/7. There are days when I feel completely disconnected from my Trinidadian culture. Whenever I want to reconnect, I either call Mama Bella, or I check out The Manicou Report. Mani’s posts are erudite, often funny, and always interesting. I love when he posts Trinidad at a Glance, an infrequent overview of everything happening at home that I can’t read in the newspaper. Mani helps to keep me in touch with my roots, and I really appreciate his site.
3. Four Fingers and a Thumb and The Modest Goddess. I’m bucking the rules a bit here and giving the award to two of my favorite bloggers. Why? Because both of them are busy, smart women who don’t blog on the daily, and they both produce the kind of writing that I truly admire. So I wanted to pay respect to both of them. Sue me!
Four Fingers and a Thumb is written by Trinidadian activist and journalist Attilah Springer. I’ve got a lot of respect for Attilah, and not just because we went to the same high school. Her blog helps to keep me aware of Trinidad’s environmental and racial issues, and shows me what a truly conscious activist can achieve when it comes to railing against social issues in Trinidad. The Modest Goddess is written by a brilliant Trini writer who goes by the online name Hottie Hottie. Her blog is often funny, sometimes personal, and always smart. She often writes in Trinidadian dialect, and usually writes about Trinidadian issues from a global perspective. Click here to read her wise words about the Akon issue. So happy you’re back in the blogosphere, Hottie!
4. Clay Cane. I always learn something new when I read Clay Cane’s site. Clay is a very successful freelance writer who blogs about pop culture, music, politics… whatever he feels like! Clay is a brave writer with bold opinions, and he isn’t afraid to share them. Most of my favorite posts of his are about the ballroom scene in New York, which I find absolutely fascinating. Clay is also working on a novel about the scene, and I’m sure it’ll be great. He’s a very engaging writer, and I love his site.
5. 55 Secret Street and Anovelista.com. – I’m not cheating here, because these two blogs are written by the same brilliant writer! There are many beauty blogs, but very few that successfully blend wit, good writing, and fresh beauty information. That’s why I love 55 Secret Street. Nichelle tackles beauty and fashion in a truly fresh manner, loading her blog with lush and desirable images and succinct text. Anovelista is where she reveals her deep thoughts and her writing is just beyond exquisite. I have mad respect for Nichelle, and I always look forward to her long-form writing posts. She’s a pro at dropping knowledge and still making her thoughts accessible to the everyday reader. Love it!
Do you have any blogs that you are particularly inspired by, bellas? Let me know! I’m always looking for new reading material!