Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Getting Sweet on Bedroom Kandi at Good Vibrations

Kandi Burruss and Cocoa Fly
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss can draw a crowd. And the store Good Vibrations knows how to throw a party.   Kandi was in Oakland a few weekends ago to promote her "pleasure line"  Bedroom Kandi at Good Vibrations’ Oakland store grand opening.  Good Vibrations turned 35 this year.   The line to get into the sexy boutique stretched down the street and wrapped around the corner. I overheard one woman say she waited outside for an hour to buy some Bedroom Kandi and meet the songwriter/reality star.  

Pieces of Bedroom Kandi
Check the out the picture of Kandi and I.  Pardon my dorky smile; I was murmuring to her about CocoaFly.com while her very nice and patient assistant snapped the shot. Forget about me, isn’t Kandi gorgeous?! She was so sweet to the fans. I left with a goody bag filled with a toy, lube, oil and some other things.  Her products are definitely more for the discreet and freaky. The chic packaging resembles more of an upscale cosmetics line.  Kandi’s “Make Me Over” toy is disguised as a powder compact. You open it and see a mirror. But the powder puff is actually a vibrator.  Don’t be fooled by her best-selling Kandi Kisses lipstick tube. “It looks like a lipstick, but it’s a bedroom candy for your other lips,” she told the Good Vibrations crowd.

I disconnected my cable service a long time ago so I haven’t seen RHOA since Kandi’s first season on the show.  I liked her because she’s positive and comes off as a serious business woman.  I respect her for thinking outside of the box and finding a different way to market herself and make money. And she wrote for one my favorite groups ever:  TLC.   Kandi would be a great interview for Cocoa Fly’s upcoming woman and sexual empowerment series (hint, hint if you’re reading Kandi).

 I’m sure the Bedroom Kandi line will satisfy many sweet cravings.  Check out the Bedroom Kandi website and tell me what you think.  By the way, the publicist for Good Vibrations told me that Oakland store opening was their largest to date.  Happy Birthday GV!

*** Pssss... Want more?  Read my article "Under The Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature." It features an interview from the bestselling writer Zane. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

A New NEW Black Woman in the Digital Sisterhood

Ananda Leeke  from the Digital Sisterhood Network and Christelyn Karazin over at Beyond Black &White showed me major love on their websites.  As a writer and multimedia diva, I appreciate when people compliment my work and respect what I do.  And it brings a big grin to my face.  Thank you ladies!

In December, Ananda asked me to be a guest blogger during Digital Sisterhood Month. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience with new media and “the power of women and the internet.”  I was excited when she asked me to write a guest blog about personal things like how I keep peace of mind and my plans for living fiercely in 2012.  Living Fiercely. I love that. Don’t you?  She asked me what was my favorite moment of digital sisterhood, or when I saw the power of women online in 2011. Take a peek at how I responded to all of these questions here. And make sure you check out the other women listed.

After being inducted into the Digital Sisterhood, Christelyn profiled me in Beyond Black & White’s series The New, NEW Black Woman.   Wow.  Also on the list are Danielle Belton of the Black Snob and Miss AwkwardBlack Girl herself, Issa Rae. It’s ironic that Christelyn started this series because I’ve been thinking about the idea of a “new black woman” recently.  The thought really struck me after listening to R.R. Banks, author of “Is Marriage for White People?” on a panel in Oakland.  He said, “"Black women should have the same freedom that other women take for granted."  I wanted to yell, “Hell yeah!” For the last 10 years I’ve been liberating myself more and more. I’m in this space where I want to explore, try new things, meet all sorts of great people, surround myself with positive images, write and just be ME.  And as Christelyn wrote, I continue to, “Take the bull by the balls,” while working toward my goals and dreams.  I don’t have a set definition for the new, new black woman. Hmmm, maybe that’s what makes the new black woman more new. In a society that continues to label black women, we choose to be indefinable.   However, being that I have a slight-obsession with superheroes, Christelyn comparing me to Lois Lane was kinda cool.  Read her write-up here.


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