World Pride!

Tens of thousands of denizens and tourists alike gathered in New York City to participate in what was billed the largest Pride March in history! This year ushered in the golden anniversary of the protest that began at the historic and now landmarked establishment in the village, the Stonewall Inn. However, While the main march was to start on 5th avenue at noon, a rival march had already begun at 9am at a nearby avenue heading north to Central Park. The “reclaiming the pride” march had it’s inaugural with the mindset of returning the event to what it once were before corporate giants took over the main march. Event organizers of the former were displeased at the overgrowing change of the latter taking commercial turn each year.

On another note, christian crusades were not to be missed. Taking a page from their ancestral protesters, they help anti gay/lesbian plagues with harsh biblical messages in big bold letters. While their pro-gay “cousins” held a contradicting message across the street “apologizing” for their fellow christians harsh words. I felt like I was stuck in a time warp in the 80s when it all began. It took a minute to remind myself that we were in 2019.

Alas! the march carried on without a hitch or sneeze! The merriment could be heard worldwide as friends and families of queer & straight nearest and dearest, legions of LGBT community from various countries were represented at the march. A record breaking 154 decorated floats paraded down 5th avenue. Until next year, stay flawless! ūüôā

Here are some of my favorite moments captured by me for your pleasure.

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Yasssss!
Andy Cohen & Nene Leakes
These ladies got here at 8am for a great spot!
Christian Protesters
Cast of Pose show
Cast of Pose show
“Melania Trump”
Actress Vanessa Williams
Talk show host, Wendy Williams
“Mike Pence”
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St. Paddys…Slainte!

Beannachta√≠ na F√©ile Padraig Ort‚ÄĚ. This literally translates to: Blessings of Patrick‚Äôs Festival Upon You!

It’s Saint Patrick’s day everyone! A time to be merry and drink up some ale with friends holed up in a pub. At least that’s the scenery at most American bars tonight. The day started with some brave men, some of New York’s finest in nicely tailored kilts, blowing pipes marching up 5th Avenue in celebration of the blessed day. Peruse some of my findings through the lens of my camera. Slainte!

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Barbie Turns 60!

Barbie turns 60 and the celebration went well without a bump. Naturally, I woke up early to beat the crowded lines at the pop up location in SOHO where the party was underway. With my 18 months daughter in tow, we made the best of it dressed in matching attires for memorable pictures. It was indeed just a girls day out while my son stayed home with his dad to do more masculine stuff.

My daughter Noa and I wore matching green floral African prints to contrast the pink backgrounds I predicted would be the norm at the Barbie set up. I wasn’t going to take any chances in blending with the background. I think we did ok judging by the images here. We felt right at home. Thanks for having us Barbie!

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A Political Costume Parade

If the Halloween parade in NYC was anything to go by, you can expect a massive turn out at the voting poll next week for the midterms. Political plaques and Donald Trump costumes were rife at the parade! The weather was the warmest during this time of the year in a very long time! New Yorkers and visiting foreigners turned out and showed out in full force. Patrolling cops said it was the most attendance of all Halloween parades they’ve seen in a while. The sidewalks was at least 12 rows deep with those at the front having saved their spots at least 3 hours before kick off. Adults and babies as young as 9 month old took in the merriment.

Armed patrols and mounted police officers could be seen everywhere. With the current political climate in the world right now, NYC wasn’t about to let the affair get ruined by any nut job. K9 dogs sniffed around while armed officers in bullet proof vests roamed the crowd. All in a days work. Needless to say, the celebration went off without a hitch! On that note, please remember to vote! Your voice matters!

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A Lady Turns ONE!

Exactly a year ago today, I became a mother of children. It’s been a very joyous, productive, blissful, nurturing and blessed year since having Lady Noa join our humble family. My beloved hubby and 2 year old son are overjoyed, my son in particular. There’s nothing like having a partner in crime to tear up the house with.

How time flies! She has¬†forever changed and blessed our lives abundantly. I’m forever grateful Lady Noa, thank you for choosing us. We love you soooo much!!! Happy first birthday my little angel!!!

Photography by mommy of course. ūüôā

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A Virgin at Diner en Blanc

Many of you know me very well enough by now that I would try anything in life…at least once. That can be said of the French Soiree making grounds on American soil in the form of Le Diner en Blanc, for the 8th time. It sounds so chic, and so French of course. I first spotted the member only group last year in Lincoln Center, fully decked out around the fountain in the plaza. It looked so heavenly seeing everyone and everything in white! I dug deeper in my research only to find out it’s now hosted in 80 cities worldwide and can only join after being waist listed since I didn’t know any of my friends doing it yet to invite me to join.

Less than a year later, I became a confirmed member! And so the preparation began with coming up with table decor, acquiring everything white for my debut. Many people get overwhelmed with over planning and spending too much, bring too much only to use too little. I was lucky enough to rely on ebay and amazon for my essentials. For instance, the roll up table (rolls up into a yoga mat!!! Awesome invention) I acquired brand new from ebay, built all white dolly bag for my cart, made everything compact and lightweight -mindful of the group subway ride to the secret location. Yes, you read right, secret. That is only revealed after gathering with your group just about an hour before the start of event, usually between 5 to 630pm. Choosing the attire was easy, they said no heels, grassy venue, might rain…that meant tone it down, go low key. I cooked some of my beloved’s favorite dishes, Nigerian jollof with Korean style braised beef called Kalbi Jim, ordered a bottle of wine from the event and everything went smoothly. We (6500+) danced the night away and made lots of new friends in the process.

While Hurricane Florence’s rain threatened to ruin the affair…the gawds must have heard our prayers. It held up nicely with only a few sprinkles just at the end of the event. Whew! We dodged that one! Besides having to wait long hours to get on the boat ride to this year’s secret location at Governor’s Island, it was an ok night, and according to seasoned patrons…a disaster! Hopefully the organizers would be mindful of that fiasco and keep the event free of any kind of boat rides to any location. Some patrons actually got sea sick en route to destination!

God willing, will try again next year. A bientot!

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Labor Day to Dance in Feathers

Wah gwan! Another year, another day to parade around in feathers and seem very appropriate in New York, unapologetically. It was a sunny day for West Indies infused cultural afternoon on Eastern Parkway in the heart of trendy Brooklyn, New York City. Of course after all the political dignitaries and luminaries have long gone after hitting the pavements, the lorries with mega loud speakers rolled through. That’s usually a good cue that it’s officially well underway and the festivities may commence. The affair wouldn’t be complete without the sidewalks full of Caribbean food vendors. I myself couldn’t resist if I may say so. By the time the last music blasting truck rolled by I was stuffed and covered in sweat! It was at that very moment I missed the snowy winter months. Alas! Summer 2018 is officially over! Bittersweet feeling.

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Namaste!

From India with love! Bollywood culture is alive and well in New York. I had no idea there was such a thing as Indian day parade until today while on my way out to get my daughter’s ears pierced. The cab driver, which himself is an Indian, shamefully lamented about his lack of knowledge about the festivity. I was stunned to say the least. How on earth could your country be celebrating pride and glory and you not know about it?!

In any event, it was very colorful and entertaining and particularly nostalgic for me to hear some of the classic Indian songs I grew up hearing being played out loud on Madison Avenue.¬† I wish I had on my silk sari I bought during my vacation in India to blend in properly…at least for pictures. It’s nice to see such diversity of people and culture living positively in today’s political climate and hate.

Well, New York City is doing her part in bringing the world together with one parade at a time. No one can be mad about that.


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Festival of Curls!

Oh my! Did I feel right at home or what! The annual festivity of all things natural and curly took place in Prospect Park, Brooklyn yesterday and I am just now slowly coming up for air! I haven’t had this much fun in a long time. My entourage included my beloved 9 months old daughter Noa, besties Tori and Ayo. Of course my daughter stole the show with her life sized doll in one of her old dresses.

The festival, cleverly named Curly Girl Collective, an experiential marketing group that specializes in multicultural beauty had enthusiasts travel from far and wide, many of whom had prepared for months! Choosing the right hairstyle, attire and getting the right entourage are vital ingredients to getting the full energy of the affair. Prior to the D-day, many questioned the validity of the need to get in with a ticket or not. Ticket scammers sold and resold tickets, some of which were originally free! The venue happened to be a free park, open to the public where you could stroll in without the need for a ticket. Unless of course you craved a goodie bag packed with sample products, then you are obliged to shell out a few coins for one. Other than that, you needed positive energy, selfie/photo op ready and good friends around you to enjoy the sun drenched festival of music, friendship, and afrocentric fashion. A good Saturday afternoon well spent!

Looking forward to next year…God willing.

Below are some of my favorite moments at the event. Watch video, click to enlarge photos.

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NY Disability Gets Heard

Disability Pride Parade! Yeap, you read right. If cannabis, LGBTQ, etc can hold their parades in the big apple why not the group of New Yorkers who need our attention the most! Proud citizens in wheelchairs, walking sticks, et.al all made their way from Madison Square Park to Union Square, roughly 10 city blocks away. The city took the opportunity to set up voting registration booths as well. The weather held up nicely to for the event. Disability Pride Parades have been held many times in many places across the United States. The first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston, MA in 1990.

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