Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Disturbing Black Hair Video

I almost didn't blog about this video but it made me sick. I learned of it from NPR's "Tell Me More" blog. I remember getting my hair "combed out" after my grandmother washed it and got it ready for a press. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't brutal like what is shown above. What I see in this video is abuse and Youtube should remove it. I flagged it on You Tube for "inappropriate content." The woman is swearing at the little girl and using the F-word when the child is yelling for her to stop tearing through her hair. I'm not sure of the relationship between the woman and the girl. And I feel like she's combing the girl's hair with hatred. Why is this child being punished for having nappy hair? The person recording the video has the nerve to laugh while this little girl is getting tortured. Instead of putting the child down for her hair texture why not make her feel beautiful? Tell her how her hair soft feels when it's bushy. Sing to her as you GENTLY comb through it. Compliment the girl about the smell of her hair when you oil her scalp. Compare her hair to the color of honey or light brown sugar. Make her feel good about herself. But I guess this woman couldn't do that because tugs and insults make more sense.

My grandmother never pulled and tugged on my head like what that child is enduring. This was BEFORE my grandma learned of detangler (thank the Lord for Hawaiin Silky). I can only imagine the psychological scars this child will have. This is that self-hate I was talking about in the Tameka Raymond post below. Black folks, we need to get over our hair issues and the woman in the video is heartless. Black, white, brown, yellow and pink people--don't have children or take care of them if you don't want to be bothered.

I'm all for free speech and I love YouTube. However, when a child is screaming and being yelled out on a video, that' s a problem. If you're registered on YouTube and have an issue with this video go to their website by clicking here and right under the video click the flag. I couldn't find an alternative way to contact YouTube about inappropriate material if you're not registered on the site. Maybe you can find something here. I've seen people brush their dog' s fur with more care. Sick, sick, sickening.