Travel

My Daughter And I Visit To The Women In Stem Exhibit In Dallas

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At the beginning of the year I decided that I would travel with a purpose. That purpose would mean learning about the Black History in whatever city I was visiting or women making a difference.

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Over the weekend my daughter, my mother and I were in Dallas to support my niece during her track meet; when my daughter mentioned the Women In Stem exhibit at the Northpark Center.

My niece’s track meet wasn’t over until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, so my daughter and I decided to leave early and go check it out.

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The “If Then She Can” exhibit features over 120 3D printed statues that celebrate accomplished women from across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

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According to the site, the installation is rooted in a simple truth: seeing is believing. When a girl sees a woman successfully pursuing a STEM career (and having fun!), she is more likely to imagine a STEM career for herself … and perhaps even change the world.

My daughter had just received her Ph.D. last week so she was thrilled to see young Black women featured in the exhibit.

My Trip To Atlanta To Celebrate My Daughters 27th Birthday

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My daughter turned 27 at the end of August, so to celebrate we took a girls trip with my niece to one of our favorite places ….Atlanta.

Where we Stayed:

We chose to book a 2BR condo through airbnb in the Old Fourth Ward, because it was close to shops and food. The diversity of the neighborhood reminded me of the North Side of Chicago, which I loved!

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The booking on airbnb is called “Just Peachy!,” and it was just that. Peachy! The kitchen had this cool display of coffee cups on the wall that the owner had collected over the years. I’m a coffee drinker so I thought this was pretty dope. I found out later that the owner’s son made it. My bedroom opened up to a beautiful balcony that lit up with white lights during the evening hours. During our down time I would sit out there and drink my Starbucks coffee (there is one right down the street).

What We Did:

Our first night in town my daughter visited the Trap Museum. She told me later that the line was long, but you could pay more to move to the front of the line. She also told me that you can tell they took their time putting T.I.s room together. It featured artifacts from different seasons of his career, including the guns that sent him to jail.

I decided to do what I love when I visit different cities, find all the Black History markers. So I visited the Martin Luther King Center which sits directly behind the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. served as associate Pastor, and directly down the street from his childhood home. Due to COVID-19, I didn’t feel comfortable going inside of the center. I stayed outside and viewed Dr. and Mrs. King, Eternal Flame, Freedom Walkway and Reflecting Pool.

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You can’t visit the “A” without hitting up Lennox Mall and Krab Queenz, so that’s how we ended our night. .. with new gear and our stomach’s full.

I enjoy hanging out with my daughter, we’re so much alike it’s almost scary.

My Visit To RHOA Kandi’s Restaurant “Old Lady Gang”

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On Monday, Oct. 7th I was in Atlanta for a private media screening of the Harriet film, and decided to have dinner at RHOA star, Kandi’s restaurant Old Lady Gang.

Because I was staying in the Midtown area, I visited the location on Peters Street.

During my visit to Atlanta, all of Black Hollywood was in town for Tyler Perry’s movie studio grand opening. So, before you ask, no! I didn’t run into Oprah and Stedman nor Bey and Jay, but I did run into Kandi’s aunt Nora! As soon as I walked into Old Lady Gang there she was standing at the front. She greeted me with that pretty smile and gave me a hug like she’s known me my entire life. I felt right at home from that moment on. Get this! She said she comes to the restaurant everyday and enjoys talking and taking pictures with her guest!

I arrived around 5:30 p.m. and didn’t have to wait for a seat. My server ( I forgot her name) was excellent, she kept coming back to our table to make sure we were okay, and even brought out a fresh plate of cornbread muffins.

I ordered kandi’s honey glazed blackened salmon with kandi’s yams and it was amazing!!!! Those yams were the bomb! I would’ve ordered some to go, but the way my Weight Watchers points are set up I had to resist.

Anyway, if you’re ever in Atlanta make sure you check out Old Lady Gang, oh and grab you a glass of Arnold Palmer!

Then it was off to Regal Atlantic Station for the private screening of Harriet. I’ll have to share my review of the movie later… I’m under contract with the film studio, but I’ll say this…. Cynthia Erivo was wonderful!