Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Spent a fast, chilly weekend in Philly. Arrived on a beautiful Friday evening and everything was amazingly peaceful downtown. It was the weekend before St. Patrick's Day and I was expecting more revelry, but everyone seemed to be waiting for the actual date. No complaints from me! Traffic flowed without a hitch, people smiled, the sunset was breathtaking, dinner was lovely...must've been that gorgeous full moon.

Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Valentine's Day. 300 lunches and toiletries packed and delivered to help Boston's homeless. Cary Out Agency. Do dope stuff.

South Africa

Took the trip of a lifetime with several sisterfriends to Johannesburg and Cape Town. So many feelings and experiences. Of all the places I've traveled, it tops the list for places I want to revisit.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

The Castro District is home to several fine bruncheries, but Kitchen Story is truly one of the best. The toughest part is the wait to get in, but if you can make it through that, you'll be so very glad. 

Oahu, HI

Oahu, HI

If someone asked me to describe the perfect habitat for me, it would read like a travel brochure for any tropical isle: "Warm golden sunshine. Bright blue skies. Fluffy white clouds. Clear turquoise waters. Pristine beaches. Paradise. Heaven on earth." Yes, that's me, and yes, I intend to make it more that just a dream. But more on that later. Right now, I'm in search mode and I must admit, investigating is so much fun.  It had been nearly thirty years since I'd been to Oahu and lots had changed. There were far more hotels and shops on the Waikiki Beach. North Shore saw some development, too, with some restaurants and resorts dotting the shoreline, and nice, accessible roads. In the city there was much more traffic. There were more museums and exhibits in the Pearl Harbor area, and the luaus seemed canned, scripted for tourists. But it was still Oahu, beautiful, warm and welcoming. It's a wonderful place to have local contacts who can recommend restaurants, events and cultural institutes that might not show up in your typical hotel lobby brochure.

You can see most of the island in 4-5 days, but I'd definitely recommend renting a car. Some parts of the center of the island aren't readily accessible.

Red Rooster, Harlem

Red Rooster, Harlem

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has created something special in Harlem. Red Rooster is located in the heart of Harlem, and its menu speaks to the diverse culinary traditions of all its neighbors. You can taste the passion in the fried catfish, the comfort in the shrimp and grits. The decor is bright and eclectic, from beautiful, large black and white photos lining the hallway to a stunning collection of Africana on shelves flanking the horseshoe bar. And, of course, there are red roosters everywhere. Getting a reservation can be tricky, particularly for the popular Sunday brunch. It is, however, worth the wait.


 

Boston, MA

I'm thinking how Boston seems to be the perfect place
To leave my heart 

I have left my heart in Boston
I left it right there
At the downtown crossing
Yeah

"Boston" by Lalah Hathaway, Outrun the Sky

Boston is a beautiful city. I'm not a fan of cold weather, but so many other aspects of this town warmed my heart. There's a college on every corner, so you have no choice but to remain relevant. The architecture is stunning. Oh, for a brownstone near Boylston Street! There's no shortage of entertainment -- theater, concerts, sports, restaurants, shopping -- it's all here. And there's water, beautiful water, everywhere. And all that makes it a lot easier to forget the cold weather and fall in love with Boston.


Delta Sigma Theta Centennial

Howard University. We went back home to where it all began to celebrate a century of sisterhood, scholarship and service.

DST at Howard Jan 2013
DST at Howard2 Jan 2013

50th Anniversary March on Washington

50th Anniversary March on Washington

I was too young to attend the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on a hot August day in 1963. I had no intention of missing the 50 year commemoration. 

Milton Inn, Sparks, Maryland

Milton Inn, Sparks, Maryland

The Milton Inn is a beautiful restaurant nestled in the lush, green countryside in Sparks, Maryland. Twenty minutes outside Baltimore, this converted stone mansion boasts spectacular food and impeccable service.