Thanks, so much EMR for this update ARTICLE on financial guru and past contributor to Good Morning America, Ariel Investments Creator-President, Mellody Hobson-Lucas.
We can see by the pic that she and her husband have a new addition. YAY! I didn't even know the baby was born since I haven't kept up with their lives lately.
And thanks a bunch EMR for this sweet note and the 2nd article you sent which I'll post at the VETTING 365 site.
Can you believe the reach of your work? Every 'sensible' black woman I know turns out to be a fan of yours!
I can recall that about 7 years ago, I posted a pic of her standing next to a prominent white guy executive at a party. It was quite obvious that he was her date. Well, doubting readers quickly wrote to tell me that I should be ashamed for trying to hoodwink anyone into thinking that a white guy would actually date her. LOL!
"Why not? She's a beautiful woman," I pointed out. They told me I was insane.
But Mellody Hobson-Lucas is not just beautiful. Most importantly, she is SMART!
I also recall that when she and George Lucas began dating and went to an Academy Awards event, even the photographers and reporters covering the event couldn't make the connection between him and her even though they were standing very close to each other or holding hands throughout the evening in every photo I saw. The writer who wrote the article was like, "There's George Lucas, but where is his date? Did he come alone?"
I kid you not. They completely blanked her out.
She married him. Strangely, there are barely any news articles or not much of anything in the media about this power couple, and this couple is one of the most powerful couples in the world. After all, they're worth about $5 billion. Even before she met him, Mellody was no slouch herself, financially speaking. Still, there's mostly a deafening silence about them, compared to numerous articles about certain interracial couples who live quite tawdry lives. I'm sure some of you can think of one such couple like that, especially the one that seems to always be in the 'news.'
I tell ya, these past 9 years I've blogged about black women's interracial and intercultural relationships have been a TRIP and a half!
From my early 20s, I dated (and married) interculturally and then interracially, so outgroup marriages are ho-hum for me. Having been married to a black man from another culture, and now a white man, I've stressed for the past 9 years that the QUALITY and compatibility of the two people involved are what overwhelmingly matters, but so many folks can't seem to catch up with that fact. They look at the different exteriors of a couple like this and some folks still go bonkers, when the fact is that we are all ONE.
The good news is that more and more people of various groups are awakening to that mindset and lifestyle, which I've personally labeled Next Lane LivingTM.
I have a site devoted to our Next Lane Living (NLL) lifestyle where I talk more about that at Eviamoore.com. Please stop by and check out my first podcast there and sign up for the newsletter so that I can notify you about new happenings. You can get off the list anytime by unsubscribing. After summer events have slowed a bit, I'll be podcasting more, so stay tuned to be notified about that.
I'll be opening the BUTTERFLITIA Shop later this summer, in August. I've been promising to make available some of the handcrafted fingerless mitts/wristwarmers and assorted other items that my local handcrafters group makes.
For those who've written to ask when you may purchase my Vetting Men 101 Newsletter, you will be able to get it from the shop when it opens. In the meantime, some of you may be interested inchecking out the Vetting 365 site and signing up for the Vetting 365 newsletter.
Anyway, we're packing this week for vacation. We're going out of the country to a Francophone vacation spot. This year, my youngest son is going to meet us there. He's coming with a couple of his French speaking friends, so that will help a lot though we probably won't see much of them there.
In a way, that's why it's so relaxing in locales where the language is different: I don't know what's actually going on since I can't understand the language worth a darn. I can read French fairly well though, so I can read info if I need it. While there, we mostly site-see, eat at the various eateries, bike, roller blade, and of course go to the various concerts, festivals, clubs, museums, exhibits, etc. I love it all, and my goal is to live outside the country for at least 1-2 months each year, broken up into maybe 2 weeks each time. Still working on the destination. Just the thought of it is SO exciting!
I can remember we were once at a large hotel in a different French speaking area and the two employees at the front desk could barely speak English! My French is definitely not up to par to discuss any money transactions. So, there we stood, not knowing what to do. Finally a German sports team arrived to check in and they could speak English and French. Saved us!
Other than that, this summer, Darren and I have devoted a couple of days each week to taking my grandbabe to the pool and teaching her how to swim. She has learned so much! She can float fairly well on her belly and her back. It's so much fun for all of us. We get cooked by the sun but that's okay. I put plenty of lotion on us. Luckily Darren doesn't burn in the sun. I'm the one whose skin begins to tingle. That just started happening as I've gotten older. Thinned skin? My skin never used to tingle or burn or feel anything.
And guess what? For her 2nd birthday, coming up in late July, I've already bought her a little sewing machine that really sews. It is SO cute! I can't wait to start teaching her how to sew on it. After all, since I teach other children how to sew, I may as well teach her. Darren can't wait to teach her how to ice skate. She has 3 sets of grandparents, but we are the ones who run around everywhere with her like crazy. As soon as we show up at her house, she starts looking for her shoes and diaper bag so that we can head out the door. LOL!