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…

Interview with Directors of Dark Girls

I love Cocoa Fly but it's not paying the bills, yet. So I have a day job which I also love. I do media work for a nonprofit that advocates for rights for people with mental health challenges.  I host their podcast "Mental Health and Wellness Radio." I've interviewed amazing people on this show. When the documentary Dark Girls came to the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, I interviewed directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry for Cocoa Fly and MHW Radio. I truly enjoyed speaking with them. The film is a a documentary about colorism or hue-discrimintation in the black community. How sad that we've been living with this light-skinned vs. dark-skinned vs. brown-skinned stuff for hundreds of years. But's it's not just in the black community. Latinos, Asians and other cultures also have this problem. But back to my day job, I hosted and produced a podcast about the film and the psychological effects of colorism.

Listen and let me know what you think.




*** The photo above is of D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke (l-r) backstage at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. I took their picture.***

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