The VBA is a super cool award for us blogging folks. Here are the rules:
- extend a thank you to the person who nominated you
- share 7 things about yourself to the person who nominated you
- nominate 15 other bloggers
- tell them you nominated in a comment on their blogs
Pretty simple and super fun!
So, mwocie, here’s some quirky tidbits about me
- I have the most imaginative daydreams ever
- My absolute favorite shows are The Office, Shark Tank, and Dexter
- I never match my colorful ankle socks. I haven’t matched them since I was in middle school. I continue to do it to pay homage to my own legacy :-p
- I have a cat named Trixie. Her full name is Lady Bellatrix, after the most epic character in the Harry Potter series
- I cannot watch Bambi without shedding a waterfall of tears
- If I could have a conversation with one person, dead or alive, I’d go with Kurt Vonnegut
- I have a serious (and almost psychotic) disdain for eggs
Thank you again for the nomination. Life Measured in Coffee Spoons is a very original collection of posts that I’ll definitely be reading with profound respect.
And now for my nominations!
Dispatches from the Underclass: “My name is Rania Khalek and I’m an independent journalist covering the plight of the underclass and marginalized. My work has appeared at The Nation, Al Jazeera America, Truthout, Salon, AlterNet, Extra, Citizen Radio and more. I live in northern Virginia, just outside the rotting establishment cesspool that is Washington, DC. I think the establishment media, with a few very minor exceptions, totally sucks. This website is my way of combatting that.”
I’ve been following this blog for the past year and a half, and every time I read it, I am thankful that there is someone out there providing honest reporting about communities that are oftentimes overlooked.
Olivia A. Cole: “I am a writer and a ranter. Because I have no self-control, each post–with the exception of the occasional poetry/fiction post–will be limited to 1000 words or less. Topics vary between daily observations, micro-rants, and the discussion of writing and publishing.”
Olivia Cole offers fantastic and honest opinions about race relations.
Black Girl Nerds: “Black Girl Nerds is a place for women of color with various eccentricities to express themselves freely and embrace who they are. This is not a site exclusively for Black women. It’s for ALL women who are just as nerdy as we are. I named this site Black Girl Nerds because the concept of Black women as geeky-dorky beings is somewhat of an anomaly. It’s against the order of things in the “Black Girl” world. We represent a wide array of diverse women who embrace all cultures and refuse to conform to the status quo. If you prefer to cozy up to a book on a Friday night or listen music that stimulates your spirit rather than your hips, then perhaps this is the place for you. If its not that’s okay too…we still love you anyway ;)”
BMM owes a lot to Black Girl Nerds. It was at BGN where I discovered a wonderful community of intelligent, hardworking Black females who want their voices heard.
Youth and Hysteria: “With this blog, Bianca [Gracie] hopes to share her views on various topics with people with different opinions and interests as well as grow as a confident writer and an observant person. YouthandHysteria is not the typical blog; it’s based on random musings of a young girl trying to find her way through music, fashion, film, pop culture, and everyday life experiences.”
This is where I turn to when I want the latest on new music. Bianca is amazing at analyzing music with an experienced ear.
Better Than the Movies: “Everything you would ever want to know about a person of currently no consequence… I may be average but my aim is to make my life better than the movies…The Good, the Bad, the Amazing, the Beautiful, the Ugly, theWonderful… the Everything that is Life.”
I try to avoid self-help blogs about relationships, but Becca transcends fatigued pronouncements about life culture. She offers compelling insights that are unlike any other.
Annie’s Fashion Sauce: “Welcome to Annie’s Fashion Sauce, a street style fashion blog based in Boston for those who dress for themselves. I started the Sauce because I believe that fashion is alive and well here in the bay state, and because I seriously can’t stand hearing girls say, “I could never pull that off!” My philosophy is simple: fashion is not about status, style can (and should) have a sense of humor, and confidence is always your most essential accessory.”
I’m not the biggest follower of fashion, but Annie makes it easy with her witty blog about personal style.
Prose Before Ho Hos: “Dispatches from the Man Cave of Writerly Awesomeness”
A funny literary response to the blogsphere
Classic Ruby: Unadultered: “Delve into the beautifully twisted, painfully sensual world of word, wonder and realism that is Classic Ruby – Sit
back, relax, unwind…you’re invited in. You may never want to leave”
A straightforward response to race relations in America
Good Black News: “We believe in bringing you positive news and stories of interest about black people all over the world, and truly hope you will help spread the word so we can build and grow our vision together.”
All too often, we are inundated of negative reports about the Black community. Good Black News challenges our portrayal with positivity.
The ObamaCrat: “The purpose of The ObamaCrat.Com™ is to get Barack Hussein Obama re-elected “By Any Means Necessary”. Now that I have assisted the sane voters of America in accomplishing that task….we move on to ensuring that POTUS Obama’s agenda for his second term is realized. I am an ObamaCrat. That means I support President Of The United States Barack Hussein Obama in ALL that he does, 5000%. If that upsets you, or rubs you the wrong way or makes you scared, too damn bad.”
An insightful and unapologetic partisan blog in favor of President Obama. As a fellow fan of the President, it is refreshing to read a blog that unabashedly lauds him.
This and This and That: “One part of this blog deals with these questions: How should we lead our lives? How should we treat other people? How should we behave towards them? How can we be good? And what the heck does ‘good’ mean anyhow? (Expect: gender, social justice, lgbtqi, race, ethical behavior, ethical eating) I struggle with these questions.
And another part with: ‘Hey, that’s really funny to me!’ Let’s have a laugh together, before we continue dealing with this crazy world! Every now and then, I just want to goof around or rant!
And while I’m critical of labels, I’ll give you some clues to who I might be, so you know where I’m coming from: male, black, leftist, feminist, person of faith, student, kindergarten teacher. Oh, and I’m German and living in Germany. (You can tell, because I have no clue how commas work in English. No, clue!)”
It’s very cool to read a blog penned by someone who is the core definition of intersectionality!
Immerse in Differences: “I have a love for all things different than myself, especially other cultures and languages. I am a writer and an avid reader and encourage everyone to grow their love for reading. It creates an open mind. I do not have any children yet, but I do have two dogs that are soon to turn one years old. They are lab/Australian Shepard mix. Their names are Reaya and Esmeralda (Ezzie).”
A refreshing collection of vibrant pieces about the wonders of life
Ooh My Hair: I hope to provide you with useful information along the way to make the transition easier and help you fall in love with your
natural hair. I attended professional hair school and worked in the industry and I intend to tell you what I know to be true through experience in my own hair as well as those who have sought my assistance along the journey. I’m moving forward with locs, so as I leave one phase and enter into the next, I leave behind what I’ve learned. Enjoy!
As a natural gal, it’s fun reading about the experience and learning new tips along the way!
Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger: “I view the craft of writing as a performance art”
An array of fluid pieces that bring the written word to a visual creation
Forte e Bello: “Forte e Bello is a blog for women but open to all, dedicated to open dialogue on beauty, life, justice, love and discovering the true nature of a women’s worth.
“Forte e Bello” is Italian for strong and beautiful. True beauty is not fragile. It is not weak. You cannot distort it or change it from it’s original form. It is the only beauty in the world that is definitive. It is found in a spirit that has learned to truly love in spite of loss, to truly live in spite of fear, to truly laugh in spite of pain, to value others above themselves, yet love who they are, imperfection and all. It is the beauty through which we are able to love fully, give freely, laugh often, sacrifice willingly and live lives with purpose alongside those we love the most. This blog is dedicated to helping women discover and live out of that beauty in their life, their passions and their relationships.
The author of this blog is me, Mandy Dobbelmann, a Minnesota native, now living in the southbay of Los Angeles, CA. I am a blogger, singer/songwriter, music teacher, justice-fighter, minimalist, lover of, adventure, healthy foods, people and life. Passionate about social and international justice. Doing my best to use my passion for writing to speak for change.”
An enlightening blog about human society and the lengths to which we go to understand each other.