Tune into my conversation with NYCity Mama Carol Cain about BlogHer 2009 on 8.22@5pm on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio



Carol Cain, founder of NYCity Mama Blog (www.nycitymama.com)


Happy Thursday!

Tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio on August 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST (had to cancel the original date – August 21@ 8pm) for my juicy conversation with NYCity Mama Carol Cain, a Latina and native New Yorker (www.nycitymama.com).   Carol will talk about the reasons she established her NYCity Mama blog,  lessons she learned from blogging, and favorite moments at the BlogHer 2009 Conference.   She is an amazing woman who previously worked as a publishing and public relations professional. Carol considers herself a nomadic spirit with a passion for cultures, languages, and customs.  Click here to listen to the show:  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.  If you miss the live show, don’t panic.  You can download a recording from the web site (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015) and listen to it at your convenience.

Enjoy your day!

Peace and Creativity,


I Stand with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor


Poster by artist Favianna Rodriguez – created for Presente.org (you can buy it for $20 – www.presente.org)


“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor


Happy U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Saturday!

It feels so good to offer that greeting.  It makes me think about last summer when many people in America and around the world chanted,

“Yes We Can. Si Se Puede.”

This memory kept me company today as I sat around  the dining room table eating breakfast and watching CNN’s coverage of  Justice Sotomayor’s swearing in-ceremony with my parents.  Our hearts were filled with the same joy we had when President Obama was elected on November 4, 2008, and sworn into office on January 20, 2009. Once again, we were witnessing a landmark day in American history.  I will always remember it as the day a “wise Latina” stood with judicial elegance as she repeated her oath in front of a portrait of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States of America.  My chest protruded with fierce pride when I saw Justice Sotomayor calmly raise her right hand, gently lay it on the Bible her mother was holding, and clearly state she was prepared to take the oath.  The words she confidently repeated tingled my spine:

“I, Sonia Sotomayor, do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as an associate justice under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

After Justice Sotomayor completed her oath and Chief Justice John Roberts congratulated her, I yelled:  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor!  Si Se Puede. Yes We Can.  In that moment, I realized how her very presence “as an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences” can be used to inspire women and girls to live authentically and fully, dream big, learn, grow, achieve, create, and serve.   That’s also when I realized Justice Sotomayor had set the 21st century women’s revolution on fire.  Yes I said revolution!  And the revolutionary question we, women and girls, must ask and answer from this day forward is:  How will I as an ordinary person seek, have, and share extraordinary opportunities and experiences that allow me, my family, my community, and my country to live and thrive better?

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace, Creativity, and Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Shining Light,


Ananda will talk to the amazing MamaLaw bloggers on July 19th episode of BAP Living Radio




Happy Thursday,

Join me for the sixth episode of BAP Living Radio’s series about Black women in social media on Sunday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m EST.  The show will feature a discussion with attorney mom bloggers Justices Fergie, Jonesie, and Ny about their amazing MamaLaw blog (www.mamalaw.com) and MamaLaw Media Group. We will also discuss their Blogher (www.blogher.com) event that will be held next week in Chicago and Blogalicious (http://www.blogaliciousweekend.com), their first annual conference for women of color bloggers that will be held on October 9 to October 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. Click here to listen to the show: www.talkshoe.com/tc/18598.

About BAP Living Radio

BAP Living Radio affirms the lives of women of African descent who self-identify as Black American Princesses (BAPs) and educated Black women (EBW). BAP Living Radio features programs about self-love, self-care, spirituality, health, finances, social media, politics, technology, beauty, fashion, art, music, culture, community service, creativity, fitness, travel, and more.

BAP Living Radio supports the following BAP Living social media projects:

-BAP Living social networking site – http://baplivingforbapsandebw.ning.com

-BAP Living Facebook Group – http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15124364305

-BAP Living on Twitter – http://twitter.com/bapliving


I created BAP Living social media projects in response to positive feedback from readers of my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com).  Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One tells the story of Karma Francois, a thirtysomething California-born BoHo BAP (Bohemian Black American Princess) with Louisiana roots and urban debutante flair. The book shows how a woman uses therapy, yoga, meditation, art, music, poetry, and support from family and friends to confront the effects of her poor life choices and embrace a spiritual journey of healing and love. It was published by iUniverse, Inc. in August 2007 and is available on Amazon.com.