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Photo of the Week No. 24: “Bath Time”

June 12, 2018

If there’s one thing Berkeley, my four-legged rapscallion, despises the most it’s bath time, without a doubt. This Photo of the Week captures the hate pretty well, in my humble opinion. I mean, check out his crooked muzzle. It’s like he’s saying, “Oh, so you really wanna snap photos right now?! Woooooow, Mom! I’m about to cuss.” I also enjoy the detail found in the droplets dangling from the whiskers on his chinny chin chin. And that his shnarly snout is in focus, while his eyes, ears and body are softly blurred in the background.

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Photo of the Week No. 23: “Langa Landscape”

June 4, 2018

This Photo of the Week is one of many from my recent travels to South Africa — the Langa township, more specifically. You guys, it really was a treasure trove of unique sights and sounds. Saddle up, because this isn’t the last of township images that are bound to make the cut as future Photos of the Week. This image is one of the stark reminders of beauty being any and everywhere. To the lay person, this is an unkempt lawn rife with reminders of scarcity. To me, it’s the manifestation of life at odds. It’s where beauty meets struggle. The colors, the half cab of the truck — they demand your attention. I couldn’t look away. Hopefully this image moves you in some way or makes you see things from a different lens.

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Photo of the Week No. 22: “A Peanut in the Belly”

May 29, 2018

This Photo of the Week was captured this past weekend at my good friend Amber’s baby shower, and she looked gorgeous — big baby belly and all! She and her husband AJ are expecting a baby girl, Daryn. I got to feel my honorary niece moving around in her mom’s stomach, which was the coolest yet weirdest feeling. There’s legit a baby in Amber’s stomach! And she’ll be here real soon. This image was taken when Amber picked the winning onesie from the little garden of onesies that guests decorated. There’s actually a really cute story behind it. Amber’s late grandfather used to call her “Peanut,” so I’m sure seeing the little peanut drawing on her baby girl will bring fond memories of him to mind. There’s hints of how special the name “Peanut” is by the smile on Amber’s face. I can’t wait to meet little Daryn! Alternate titles: “Baby’s Got Bump,” “I Don’t See Nothin’ Wrong With a Little Baby Bump and Grind,” “Peanut’s Pretty in Pink” and “Watch Out World — It’s a Baby Girl.”

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Photo of the Week No. 21: “Baby Boy Joy”

May 22, 2018

This Photo of the Week was taken on Mother’s Day, when my sister Ayesha found out she and her husband are having a baby boy! We had a gender reveal party to break the news, which came in the form of blue confetti and Hershey’s Kisses falling from a question mark-shaped piñata. My mom had the ultrasound sealed in an envelope and we opened it together via FaceTime. It was really a struggle to keep it under wraps. At the party, we had family members guess the baby’s gender in advance and the majority of people were expecting it to be a girl, as there are four nieces on my side of the family. However, my brother-in-law Skylar has a mostly male family. I can’t wait to meet my second nephew! We’re already offering name suggestions to my sister, who refuses to listen. The front runners based on input from me and my brother Jamaal are Ashley (hey, it traditionally was a boy’s name) and Da’Johndre. I’ll let you guess who’s responsible for which. Alternate titles for this photo: “Oh, Boy!,” “Blue Bundle of Joy,” “Blue’s Clues” and “Bracing for Baby Boy.”

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Photo of the Week No. 20: “Birthday Wishes”

May 14, 2018

Today is my nephew Jordan’s ninth birthday, so naturally he is the star of this Photo of the Week! Our family celebrated the occasion yesterday during a makeshift Mother’s Day/Gender Reveal/Birthday Party, and Jordan was the center of attention at several points throughout the day — just the way he likes it. LOL. This image was taken moments before he blew out his candles. I call this Photo of the Week “Birthday Wishes” for obvious reasons. I love how there’s a visible twinkle in his eye. It’s like he just came to the realization that he just might attain what he’s about to ask for. Jordan, I hope all your wishes come true and pray for many many more birthdays spent celebrating your precious life! Love you, nephew 🙂

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Photo of the Week No. 19: “Snack Attack”

May 8, 2018

This Photo of the Week is called “Snack Attack” and was taken as I dove head first into a bag of potato chips from Joan’s on Third. This shot captures the view of these delicious spheres from my perspective, and was achieved be me literally sticking my camera lens into the bag. Hey! Whatever it takes. These tasty treats were from a gift basket I received after my spinal tap. These chips weren’t just chips — they were magical, golden crisps of potatoes lightly salted to perfection. Imagine Lay’s Classic Potato Chips times a thousand! Alternate titles: “All That in a Bag of Chips,” “Feeling Chipper,” “Chipping Away at These Treats” and “When the Chips Are Down (You Go Get More Chips).”

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Photo of the Week No. 18: “Fresh Cut Calla Lilies”

May 1, 2018

This Photo of the Week, titled “Fresh Cut Calla Lilies,” stars a beautiful bunch of, well, fresh cut calla lilies. I captured this image while strolling through the Santa Monica Farmers Market last Saturday with my guy. I love the juxtaposition of these pure, white, delicate blooms in the foreground against the harsh, cracked, grey concrete in the background. These flowers have always spoken to me. In my dad’s house growing up, there was a print of a Diego Rivera painting, “The Flower Vendor (Girl With Lilies),” that featured the slender, stately, curved flowers. When I see them, they remind me of home.

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Photo of the Week No. 17: “Cloudy With a Chance of Magic”

April 23, 2018

This Photo of the Week was taken while on a recent safari in South Africa — cloudy but still perfect in every way. I mean, everything about that day was magnificent: the commentary from our tour guide Peter, the beautiful animals (obvi), the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, even the clouds. These fluffy cumulonimbus clouds had just as much personality as the warthog that zipped in front of our truck. Clearly he had places to be (I’ll introduce you to him in an upcoming “Out and About” post). I call this photo “Cloudy With a Chance of Magic” because I went into the safari with great expectation. What we saw was nothing short of magic. These clouds add to the joy felt that day. If that chubby one situated front and center were a kid, I’d pinch its cheeks.

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Photo of the Week No. 16: “African Art-ifacts”

April 17, 2018

This Photo of the Week, titled “African Art-ifacts,” was captured while on a walking tour of the Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa, last week. I love the juxtaposition in this image between the traditional African art (masks, sculptures, bowls, etc.) and the modernity of the handcrafted boombox with the Coca-Cola branding, bottle caps and metal wiring. This artsy boombox is definitely the one that got away, as I ran out of Rand while shopping in the township. Womp womp. I’m determined to return for it, among other missions I’d like to complete in the Motherland.

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Photo of the Week No. 13: “Man’s Best Friend”

March 26, 2018

My favorite pit bull, Jacc, is the star of this Photo of the Week No. 13. He belongs to my guy and he’s the absolute sweetest. This image was captured one Saturday morning in Inglewood while I was playing with my Canon. An inquisitive creature, Jacc is naturally drawn to the camera. Every time I have it out, it doesn’t take long for him to zone in on the lens. This photo also speaks to the inseparable bond between Jacc and Dash. Like a good boy, Jacc is always by Dash’s side and has proven to be a protector, cheer-upper and ultimate listener. That’s why this photo is titled “Man’s Best Friend.”

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