Illustration: Bring on the BBQ’s

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Ready for the summer like…..yaaaaaas!
I created this melanin queen in honor of all the great weather we’ve been having lately. I’m ready for the summer to begin.. let the BBQ’s start, bump up the music, and bring me my floaties for the pool. Is there anything going on this summer that you guys are looking forward to? I know I have a couple of festivals and concerts to attend, that I can’t wait for. Wait.. am I wearing!?

Toothless Through the Sprinklers


I swear, I have to beg my godson Zj to go outside and have some fun. All he wants to do is stay locked inside playing video games. Not cool. At least not in my book. When I was a kid, all I wanted was to be outside, all day, everyday. I would be outside playing football with my brothers and the neighborhood dorks (boys), or I would just sit at my stoop drawing. Anything as long as I wasn’t stuck inside. Maybe because every time I was indoors, and happened to bump into my mother, if she saw I was bored, all of a sudden I had a new chore to do.. to you know “keep me occupied, since I’m not doing anything.”

Getting Zj to come outside was a struggle as usual, his feet stomping on the concrete while we made our way to the park. It is officially 88 degrees today, but if you ask me that sun was beaming straight at us. After Mr. Attitude calmed down, 2 blocks in, he finally got excited and started being a good boy, telling me stories about superheroes and some shows I had no idea what they were. The shows that is.. I love me some Marvel and DC characters.

I knew the sprinklers would be on due to this torching heat, and the only thing that stopped me from not jumping in was the fact that I knew I had to protect my hair. Hey, don’t laugh! I have plans coming up. Being Dominican has it’s perks, but when it comes to hair it’s usually a hassle when humidity decides to be an asshole, and I end up looking like a beat up brillo pad.

I’ve been messing with Black and White photographs as of lately, and don’t ask me why. I think it’s just the fact that the moment in time looks so elegantly captured. Following Zj around is always exhausting fun. Especially since he has so much energy when he’s happy. But I just love that little smile. No matter how slick he may be with his little snarky comebacks.

He’s recently lost his tooth and that little window peeking through his mouth is just too cute!

When we finally got home it was time for popsicles. Zj opted for cherry, while I of course went straight for the grape… later on realizing I was decked out in all purple, aooooow!

Bonnaroo 2014

Sometimes images aren’t enough, I know I have bombarded you guys with so much from this trip to Tennessee. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it some more. Check out this video from our festivities. It was all fun, laughs, a lot of sweating and exhaustion wrapped into one.

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