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…

Laughs and Real Talk on Race, Bordertown and Disney with
Lalo Alcaraz


Lalo Alacraz speaking to the Oakland audience
at Sole Space. They sell shoes and open their
space to nonprofits to host events. 
Can you imagine being offered a gig by the producers of Family Guy? Can you imagine getting a call from Disney’s Pixar for a gig too? Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the national syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha, will be contributing his talents to these mega hitters in animation.

He’s writing for the FOX series Bordertown, a funny and edgy cartoon that takes on immigration. In the fictional town Mexifornia, white border agent Bud Buckwald is struggling with the change of racial demographics in the United States.  By 2020 a majority of children in the U.S.will be children of color. Eventually whites will no longer be the majority.

“The Mexican has become the man and I’ve become the Mexican,” said Buckwald in the pilot screening I watched in Downtown Oakland. Buckwald was comparing himself to his neighbor Ernesto Gonzalez, a successful landscaper and Mexican immigrant.




I interviewed Lalo Alcaraz for my podcast when he came to Oakland to screen Bordertown. We talked about the FOX series, race, Black Twitter and police brutality. I love the piece he made in reaction to the assault of Texas teen Dajerria Becton, by police at
a pool party while she was in a bikini. Of course we spoke on the backlash he received when it was announced that he was working for Disney Pixar on the film Coco, about the beautiful Mexican holiday that honors the deceased called Di√° de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  The backlash was due to Alcaraz being heavily critical of Disney in the past.

I had too much fun in this interview. Lalo and I were cutting up. I hope you enjoy it! Listen below! 

Shout out to Sole Space in Oakland for housing the event. Please support them. They provide a free space to nonprofits to host events.


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