Host #1, Carlton presenting the meal to his hungry guests.
A quick photoshoot with Marcel.
shhh. Don’t tell Amber, lol.
David and I.
I always manage to wear someone’s hat.
Ivanov crew on the couch.
Me and my Vinnie!
Marcel stole my phone.
Host #2, Chris!
More game time fun.
The cook needed a nap.
Fabulous meal. Fabulous time. Fabulous hosts.
Then the deep convos began…
discussion about being a black actor in america
it was good talk.
I love the holidays because it allows you the chance to recognize your blessings. The time to reflect on all that has happened over the last year, and who was with you, to hold your hand, cheer you on, and make you laugh along the way. I was not able to spend Thanksgiving with my blood relatives this year, but spending it with my New York “framily” was just as sweet. Thankful to have friends who gladly opened their door to guests this year. The food was AH-mazing, but the fellowship with old and new friends alike was great! Thanksgiving, once again, opened my eyes to all that has shaped me this year, and it has not been too shabby.
Aunt Cynthia’s “accolades” table, filled with articles announcing her position as Chief Deputy Attorney General.
The guest of honor, explaining her job and how she got it.
Silly this time
Aunt Sharon, sharing tales of her and Aunt Cynthia’s law school days.
Aunt Jean and Grandma, became unexpected twins.
Lauren and Cousin Maxine
Try to get candids and then this happens.
The cousins: Me, Lauren, and Erin
Niecy and Aunt Jen.
Uncle Jimmy, cousin Jesse, and Uncle Tommy reminiscing about a college baseball game.
The younger generation of cousins with Cousin Bill in the background.
Uncle Tommy declaring his pride for his baby sister.
Grandma in her Easter best!
Cheers to Aunt Cynthia, Lauren’s mom!
Erin, who is bound for Chapel Hill this summer to start her graduate studies.
There is nothing like celebrating the successes of a family member. Not only do you get to see everyone, but it becomes a time of remembrance, gratitude, storytelling and pride in what you are and where you came from. When Good Friday rolled around, I once again found myself boarding a bus headed to another state, this time Virginia. Few of you may know but I am proud to say that I am the niece of the current Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia, my Aunt Cynthia! So when the evite invitation hit my inbox a few months ago, there was no doubt in my mind that I would attend! My aunt is a strong, intelligent, humble and gracious woman who deserves all of the achievements and accolades that have come her way, and this appointment is no exception. Getting to hear her explain her position and the power she wields over her large office of employees is mind-boggling, but only because it’s hard to imagine anyone else holding the office.
Getting to see cousins I rarely see or hardly know, as well as old family friends in attendance, there was a unanimous feeling that Aunt Cynthia was the woman for the job, and that her family, upbringing, and diligent focus got her to where she is today! There is nothing like family, and hearing my Grandmother and a host of others speaking directly to my generation about the gauntlet being passed to us, inspired me to work even harder for my dreams and to always be grateful for my family’s humble beginnings and amazing fortune and blessings. Now that’s what I call a memorable Easter holiday.