Foto Friday: Changes to Come

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 7: Changes to Come

Da Realist 1: DIY

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A few weeks ago, I “acquired” this perfectly good bench. OK, so it needs a lot of love. It’s a little rusty and needs to be sanded and painted, but I can fix that. . . I think. Armed with advice from Pinterest, websites, and my “helpful hardware man” at Ace, I will turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. I have my sandpaper and my paint, so I’m ready to begin this DIY project. There are changes to come! Wish me luck, y’all.

Da Hype1: Bananas

BananaI feel like no one appreciates a banana at this stage, but me. Each time someone comes in my house and sees a banana at this stage, they never hesitate to frown their face in discontent at my brown speckled banana. The window for eating a banana at the perfect time is slim. You don’t want to eat it when it’s not ripe because let’s face it, at this point, notebook paper has better taste. For me, when it has green on it, the banana has no value.

What happens when it’s completely brown, or close to it? The browner the banana, the sweeter. Brown bananas are the sweetest and make the best tasting foods. I’ll peel the skin off and place it in the freezer and know that it is there and available for banana pudding, banana pancakes, and smoothies.

There are changes to come for this banana. It will soon be brown enough to go into my banana nut pancakes, which I make from scratch!

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Foto Friday: After Dark

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 5: After Dark

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So, last week Da Realist 1 was holding the blog down while I was in Washington, DC, participating in the 51st Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was an amazing experience to see the entire city in red during our celebration of 100 years of our beloved sorority.

While there, I made the pilgrimage back home to Howard University, where 22 courageous women chose to embark upon a journey of sisterhood, scholarship, and service. In the picture above is Fortitude and I am pictured below with her. The place where I stood was illuminated and circling Fortitude were 22 plots, each with the name of a Founder.

DSCN0602What I love about Fortitude is how she has one hand reaching up and forward, reminding me of the possibilities of the future. It represents hope and the desire to create better circumstances for her/our communities. And, Fortitude has her other hand reaching back to bring others with her. She recognizes that she can’t go alone.

Dictionary.com defines fortitude as  strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance. Every once in a while, I think about what she represents and I allow her to inspire me to work for better social and political circumstances for my community.

Foto Fridays: Self-Portrait

So, 2 Dope Sistahs were on Pinterest and thought we would participate in one of the posts, “30 Day Photo Challenge,” which was originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We decided to present our pictures on Fridays so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 1 is a Self Portrait

Da Realist 1: Cuttin’ my eyes

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Cuttin’ my eyes

Since I suggested “Foto Fridays,” you might think I would have been excited about the self portrait, but I was not. I was excited to finally use my tripod and learn how to set the self-timer on my camera. But I absolutely hate pictures of myself, even though I love taking pictures of everyone else. After taking many, many pictures of myself, I chose this one because it seems to capture one of my signature looks. My mother would describe it as “cuttin’ my eyes” at someone.

Da Hype 1: Salty

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Salty about this week in race relations

This picture represents how I feel today and practically all week . . . salty! Actually, “salty” is an understatement.

I was salty on Monday when the Supreme Court decided to punt the Fisher v. University of Texas case back down to the lower courts. I was salty on Tuesday when the same Supreme Court decided to revoke a voter rights provision. I was salty listening to the Trayvon Martin case. I was pissed off reading the ways in which the Prosecution’s witness, Rachel Jeantel, was treated as if she were on trial and not a witness.

I am just plain salty right now!!