How is it March already?  Like, seriously?

I was just browsing through to see what the new month has in store (sidebar:  Mercury is totally in retrograde until the 17th…can you feel it?) when I realized,”Yo, it’s March. March!  As in the third month of the year!”


Since this new, fresh month is officially upon us, I thought I’d jot down a few things that have been on my mind over the last few days.  Would you kindly indulge me?  Thanks!

Kendrick Lamar
Okay, I know I’m mad late, but “Swimming Pools” is such an amazing song.  I’ve been listening to it on repeat a lot lately and it is just so, so…I can’t quite think of the word.  Poignant?  Telling?  Depressing?  Cautionary?  Real?  I’ve been feeling Lamar since “The Recipe” was on constant rotation on every LA radio station last summer.  I remember thinking, Who is this dude?  It was only when I saw him perform on the BET Hip Hop Awards last fall that I finally realized who he was.  I was completely sold when he killed on SNL in January.  Remember that insane Yolo skit?  Yeah, he’s kinda dope.

A few weeks ago, I found out about a literary event that was taking place.  Actually, it was a tea party to commemorate the publication of Meredith Maran‘s latest gem, “Why We Write,” which is a collection of stories/interviews featuring 20 contemporary writers (think Jodi Picoult, Isabel Allenda, Terry McMillan, Walter Mosley and even James Frey).  Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend as the guest list was at capacity, but I recently picked up a copy of the book at my local Barnes & Noble and was happily-overwhelmed.  I’d planned to read a story or two, per sitting, but instead, I’ve been plowing through story-after-story, trying to absorb every bit of inspiration from each word, sentence, phrase…page.  If you’re a writer in need of a reminder about why you do what you do or an avid reader who wants to get inside the head of your favorite authors, this book is a must-have!

Award Season ’13
I love award season as much as the next girl (really, I do!), but what a wear-out!  The best part about this year’s experience was that for the first time in my life, I was in the same room as Oprah Winfrey – who, along with Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil, Naomie Harris and little Ms. Quvenzhané Wallis – was honored at ESSENCE’s 6th Annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.  Having penned a few pieces for O Magazine, I remember feeling rather special to know that Lady O, herself, had read my carefully-crafted words…and signed off on them!  But to be in a room with her, breathing the same air?  It was kind of like, “Whoa, Oprah’s here…and serving a big, au naturale hair moment.”

Just the other day, I was really saddened to hear that Bonnie Franklin from “One Day at a Time” had passed away.  I loved that show and truth be told, I can still hear the theme song in my head…”this is it, this is it!”  Then news came this morning, via People mag, that Valerie Harper (of “Rhoda” fame) has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  When I watched the segment on “The Today Show,” I nearly broke down in tears.  These are people whom I grew up watching, people who shaped my imagination and outlook on the world through their art.  I know that life is not forever, but this kind of news is always hard to hear and rather sobering.

As the seconds, minutes and hours, days, months and years go by, I realize just how low my tolerance is for nonsense..  Actually, my level of tolerance hovers around “below-sea-level” mark.  The world is moving fast, mediocrity is holding court at center stage and folks are trying to justify their existence by any means necessary.  I just can’t be a part of the shenanigans, especially because I am a true believer in these six, simple words – when in doubt, just be dope!  Period.


(inhale, exhale)

With all that said, I wish you a happy new month…March on!

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