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Photo of the Week No. 43: “Home”

October 26, 2018

This Photo of the Week is dedicated to a place I once called “home.” This image is the address of my paternal grandparents’ house on the westside of Detroit. It’s a beautiful brick wonder full of character, warmth (Grandma has the heat cranked up to 80-something degrees at all times), love and memories. When I was about 6 years old, my Marine father was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, and me and my little brother Robert went to live with my Grandma Clara and Granddad Freddie while he was overseas. When my dad returned safely, this would be our summer home every year when school was out. Last week I found myself back there for a much-needed visit with my dad. My grandparents are getting up there in years — Grandma is 84 and Granddad is 93 — and while their health isn’t what it once was, their spirit is stronger than ever. It did my heart well to go back home, even if for only a few days. (*Cues “Home” from “The Wiz.”)

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Photo of the Week No. 42: “Itty Bitty Toes”

October 20, 2018

Look at those itty bitty toes! They belong to my newborn nephew, Marquis, and they are the most precious star of this Photo of the Week. Last Saturday, I had the privilege of meeting my baby neph for the first time, and he is the cutest, tiniest bundle of joy. Of course, the little guy was sleeping most of the time, but that didn’t stop me from capturing a few precious moments. There’s something about babies’ tiny feet that make me swoon. So adorable, right?! I look forward to watching these itty bitty toes grow over the years. Congrats to my sister, Ayesha, and brother-in-law, Skylar, on their beautiful baby boy!

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Photo of the Week No. 41: “Paint It Black (And Yellow)”

October 11, 2018

This Photo of the Week is striking as an image that captures a special moment in time, as the paint on this petite, square canvas hasn’t yet dried. It’s fresh. It’s as if the artist is just outside of the frame pondering his or her next brushstroke, or whether the painting has reached its completion. The artist deliberately selected black and yellow to fill the canvas, and is generous with covering the block. The stripes and swipes in the piece make quite a bold statement in such a small space. Alternate titles: “Not-So-Mellow Yellow (And Black),” “Abstract Bee,” “Quaint Paint,” and “Madness on Canvas.”

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Photo of the Week No. 40: “Love on Top”

October 3, 2018

This Photo of the Week was captured a couple of months ago while I was strolling through my boy bestie’s neighborhood. The meaning behind title of this image is quite obvious: “Love” is literally on top of the coffee shop in that lovely shade of red. And of course, Beyoncé’s jam of the same name comes to mind. I also think about the notion of love always coming out on top. Consider the location. This photo was taken in West Hollywood, where a large population of our LGBTQ neighbors live. I’m reminded of how much strife this community faces for simply loving who they do. In any event, I hope you’re feeling the love as you read this!

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Photo of the Week No. 39: Tulips by the Twenties

September 25, 2018

This Photo of the Week features a beautiful flower bed filled with lily white tulips. This picture was taken this past spring during a jaunt to Magnolia in Waco, Texas, for their magical Spring at the Silos event. This image is fresh on my mind as I get ready to head back to Texas — this time Houston — for a quick work trip. I love the contrast here of the fresh, lush flowers against the backdrop of the rugged, rust-stained silo. I wonder if the local flora will be as impressive in the fall. I’ll report back, of course. In the meantime, get into these alternate titles: “Too Legit Tulips” and “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

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Photo of the Week No. 38: I Spy in the Sky

September 19, 2018

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a ginormous gold hand? So random! This Photo of the Week was taken during a recent trip to New York. I happened to glance out of an 11th-floor window and had to do a double take. What would possess a person to put a massive hand atop a building? A radiant gold one at that. Well, at least I now know the culprit (I’m convinced there’s nothing a Google search can’t find!). This shiny hand sits on top of the Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attraction in Times Square. I have to hand it to them though (See what I did there?! LOL). It’s quite the conversation starter. I just love how this sculpture(?) is out there shining, doing it big on a New York City rooftop — an Easter Egg of sorts hiding in plain sight. What a treat this is for those who are lucky enough to catch this scene! Keep your heads to the sky, observant ones 🙂

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Photo of the Week No. 37: Bouquet of Brushes

September 12, 2018

I could stare at this bouquet of brushes for hours. This Photo of the Week showcases the simple, effortless beauty of a jar of paintbrushes. For some reason, the brushes as a metaphor for people came to mind. Think about it. They’re all intertwined, each unique but experiencing this shared circumstance. The paintbrushes have varying degrees of wear and tear, and exude their own style. Which one are you? Maybe you’re the thin blue brush that’s just over it. Maybe you’re the exact opposite: The skinny white brush — poised, unblemished and ready for action. Or maybe you’re more of the strong, silent type like the brown brush directly behind it. Or the one completely out of place, on the table top. I think I identify with the wild-bristled little brush with the slightest flecks of white paint. It’s been through a lot. Its bristles are unruly but it’s standing tall. It still has work to do. Still has some fight in it. Here’s to seeing the extraordinary in the smallest, ordinary things.

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Photo of the Week No. 36: “Beautiful Bride and Groom”

September 4, 2018

This Photo of the Week stars the lovely bride and groom, my sister-in-law Karla and brother Robert, who tied the knot last Thursday. They got married in a short-and-sweet ceremony at the courthouse in San Diego, which was such a beautiful venue. America’s Finest City never ceases to amaze me! I, of course, had the pleasure of serving as these love birds’ wedding photographer. What I love most about this photo is that it very much says, “It’s us against the world.” Standing hand in hand, with the San Diego skyline before them, I know that these two will conquer anything that comes their way. Congrats, Rob and Karla! Here’s to many, many years of wedded bliss. Love you guys!

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Photo of the Week No. 35: Bestie Behavior

August 29, 2018

My bestie Yvette paid me a visit this past weekend, and it did my heart good to spend some quality time with her. This Photo of the Week stars her and my guy bestie Ronilo (well, his arm doing the absolute most). If you know them, you know that this image captures their essence: Yvette working her angles with subtle fierceness and Ronilo being more extra than guacamole at Chipotle with the finger pointing. He got that tattoo for Coachella, by the way. Hahaha. This image is hilarious to me because you don’t even see his face but you know it’s Ronilo. In any event, I’m such a lucky gal to have these two, who I’ve known since the fifth grade, in my life. Alternate titles: “Est. 1995,” “Dos Amigos, Dos Muchos,” “Besties Doing What They Do Best,” “Double Trouble,” and “Twice as Nice.”

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Photo of the Week No. 34: Baby M in the Making

August 22, 2018

This Photo of the Week centers on the cutest little piece of decor from my sister’s baby shower this past weekend. As you may remember, Ayesha and her husband Skylar are expecting a baby boy. My sister took care of the decorations, and I was so impressed by the M that she decoupaged with a world map background. (P.S. I have a feeling that some of her other creations just may appear as future Photos of the Week here). What does the M stand for, you may be wondering? It’s for my future nephew’s name, Marquis (the “s” is silent, as is with the French pronunciation). I can already tell he’s gonna be bougie! LOL. Totally kidding! I’m so excited to welcome him. He’ll be here before we know it!

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