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Do They Have EBONY in Heaven?

Featured, HIV/AIDS, KB's Journey

A couple of weeks ago, I looked up to the clouds and asked my mother this question. With the opening of one magazine, I’d experienced one of those full circle moments where everything just falls into place. Wondering what I’m talking about? See the picture below.

Yep, that’s Luvvie and I discussing the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS in the October issue of EBONY. “Get tested” is one of 100 tips, thoughts, and ideas designed to help Black women jump start their lives. Since we wrote the blurb and provided the picture, we obviously knew that we would be in this issue. But, there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. When I opened that magazine and saw the words in print, I felt my life shift. I had just walked into my season. Many years ago, my Dad told me, “I think that God has already established your territory. You just need to know when to walk into your season.”

Well, I’m here. I’m in my new season and I hope that there are newsstands in heaven because I have a feeling that my Mommy will need to purchase many more magazines and newspapers in the future.

-kb

Warby Parker and My Hunt for New Glasses

Featured, KB's Journey, Shop for A Cause, World Issues

It’s funny how life works. From the ages of 4 to 19, I spent the majority of my life wearing glasses. Then, I decided that I was over it. I was over being four-eyed. I was over having my glasses fog up when I went from the Chicago cold air into a warm building. And, I was over not being able to see when I opened my eyes in the morning.

So, needless to say, I popped in a pair of contacts and never looked back. Of course, I had my reserve glasses ready but a year ago, I broke them. In fact, all that remains of those glasses is a lens. SMH. Well, in an effort to NOT be trifling in 2012, I’ve decided to purchase another pair of glasses.

After researching a gazillion brands and suffering from sticker shock at my eye doctor’s office, I settled on purchasing a pair of specs from Warby Parker. Not only was I impressed by their cute collection of tortoise-framed glasses, but I love the fact that when someone buys a pair of glasses, they donate a pair of glasses to nonprofit partners across the globe.

As someone who has had less than stellar vision for all of my life, I can honestly say that I would be screwed without the help of corrective lenses. So, when I hear that one billion people worldwide don’t have access to glasses, it definitely gives me pause and helps me understand why Warby Parker is so committed to this issue.

After 20 minutes of browsing the site and playing with the Virtual Try-On tool, I narrowed down the field to three possible pairs of new glasses. What do you think? I’m obviously feeling the tortoise right now…

Colton, $95

Japhy, $95

Thatcher, $95

Before I commit, I’m going to use the Home Try-On option and have these pairs shipped to my house so I can make the final decision. I’m so excited to return to the land of four eyes. I’ll keep you posted on which pair I end up selecting.

To check out these styles and more, head on over to WarbyParker.com.

-kb