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…

Dark Girls Premieres on OWN Tonight

I'm so happy that OWN will be airing the documentary Dark Girls. The explores colorism or hue discrimination against Black women.  As you probably know, I won my first journalism award last year thanks to this film. I did an audio feature called "Dark Girls Documentary and the Psychological Effects of Colorism." I interviewed the film's directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, as well as shared my own personal experience with colorism. The story aired on my other show Mental Health and Wellness Radio.

Colorism is hue discrimination in the Black Diaspora. People are treated differently and mistreated because their skin is of a lighter or darker shade in the black and brown color spectrum.

How sad that we're still talking about this in 2013. This division began in slavery and hasn't ended. But I guess it's hard when mainstream media pushes fairness as the only shade of beauty.

I like the film. It gives a great explanation of the issue  and it's not an "I'm dark-skinned and life sucks" film. The documentary also celebrates the beauty of black skin.

Check it out. Please leave your thoughts about the film here or Facebook or Twitter. I would love to know your opinion.

Dark Girls: A World Television Premiere Event - First Look
Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. Watch the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN. Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 10/9c.