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…

My Interview with Sesame Street Writer Who Wrote 'I Love My Hair' Song

There's my Muppet girl to the left. Love her!  I called 'I Love My Hair' a song in the title of this blog post, but I've been singing it like an athem. Yesterday I interviewed Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street for the Huffington Post.  He wrote the song to help make his daughter love her curls. It's a touching interview and goes more into depth then some of the stories you may have seen. You never know what impact your actions or work or creativity may have.  Read my interview "Sesame Street Writer Pens "I Love My Hair" Song to Empower Daughter."  And PLEASE share the article with others on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, your blog, etc. I love my hair, I love my hair, la, la, la, la.


  1. My name is Cindy Hurst. Thank you so much for doing the story on the Sesame Street father. In 2009, I produced a documentary (Natural Woman) on the psychology of what occurs when African-American women chooses to stop straightening their hair at wear it naturally. I have also published the "Natural Mommy and Daughter Coloring Book" which is a coloring book filled with images of little girls wearing natural hair styles.

    In the past year, we have screened the documentary in colleges/universities across the nation. The screening entails viewing the documentary and afterwards, having an in depth panel discussion to talk about this long overdue topic. My documentary features well known psychologists, Dr. Naim Akbar and Dr. Kobi Kambon and everyday women and young girls telling their separate, yet interconnected hair journeys. I invite you to visit my website: to watch the trailer of Natural Woman and to see more details regarding it.

    Again, thank you so much for continuing to shed light on this very important subject.

    With kindest regards,
    Cindy Hurst

  2. Thanks Cindy for reading the article. Glad you liked it. I'd love to view your documentary. I've been playing with natural styles myself. It is liberating. And I don't care if rain drops hit my hair. I'll check out your website and contact you. I've read Dr. Akbar and I like his stuff.

  3. What real African man doesn't like a nice pouffy afro? :)

    Maybe it's just me... then again, I wasn't raised around BET and blacksploitation TV programming (well, aside from the obviously ironic/comedic representations).

  4. Hey Chinedu,
    You know I can't blame BET or blaxploitation on African-Amnericans insecurities with their hair. Actually it's an issue in the entire black diaspora. I've heard sistas from Africa and the Caribbean say the same thing. But this has been going on long b/f BET and other black media. I think they broadcast and reinforce the negative ideals of our hair that have been passed along since slavery. Thank you for your comment and I'm glad you're down with the Afro Puff. :)

  5. I am late reading this, but this is so BOSS! I love it! It's about damn time!!

  6. @ Amaya- Yeah this video went viral last fall. I still listen to it sometimes. It makes you feel good.


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