Most weekends I take a (much needed) blogging break. But I had to make an exception this weekend when I saw that Vérité Parlant of Whose Shoes Are These Anyway? cyberpresented me with the Noblesse Oblige Award. Vérité has certainly embodied this award, and has been very encouraging to me as I have launched this new blog-baby. Before I go further into my award duties, I’d like to say a bit more about the woman who passed it along to me, via the two bloggers who bestowed it upon her.
First, underOvr of Any way I have to said of Vérité Parlant:
Nordette is a woman who does not fit into any predefined, cookie cutter description. She will intelligently discuss any topic in a manner that is insightful and thought provoking.
And MsLadyDeborah of From My Brown Eyed View–who also bestowed the award upon WSATA–said:
Verite Parlant mixes it up on her site. I enjoy reading her posts on different subjects. She is passionate and upfront about a lot of different issues. WSATA is on my daily reading list. Check her out.
What is the Noblesse Oblige Award all about? The recipient of this award is recognized for the following::
Now, as per instructions, as an awardee I am performing the required steps.
- Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
- The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
- Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older post to support.
- The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
- The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.
This here is my post about the award and I have my badge proudly displayed on my sidebar. So now, before presenting the award to others, on to #3.
I have recently written briefly on how the purpose of this blog came about. In What’s in a (Blog) Name I stated that
We are not (if we were ever) “beyond race.” But we may be beyond that moment where (some) of us (not me, though) thought we might be beyond race or at least headed in that direction.
…Well, I am not entirely convinced we live in a post-anything society. In fact, I find it pretty presumptuous to give a name to a time in which one is currently living. Surely that is a job for those at a much later date, looking back. So, this life–for now–is just post-post-racial in air quotes: so-called, but not yet proven.
This purpose is, by design, open-ended right now but definitely includes exploration of the social (here, for example); the political (a frequent topic–particularly the political as it relates to “the Obama Age” such as here); the economic (as in this recent post); arts and culture (such as with my Old School Friday posts and my efforts at fiction writing). I certainly hope that what I write here is creative and refreshing. I also hope that visitors here might take some time to check out my constantly updating Flickr photostream, as photography is another creative way I try to communicate.
But enough about me. Now I get to pass along the honor and the responsibility to others. My first four bloggers have new-ish blogs. This blogging thing is immensely difficult. Many people get into it because they have something to say. But they soon find that not many seem to be listening—or, at least, commenting. Spammers drop by offering discount Viagra and the biggest selection of ringtones…the blogging software can be confusing…and blogging itself becomes more time-consuming than planned. Big, established bloggers seem to link mainly to other big, established bloggers–leaving newbies to post in the dark. But still—in a relatively short time and under these daunting circumstances—the following bloggers have managed to accomplish all the requirements of the Noblesse Oblige award:
To be “up in the Bottom” suggests a means of finding possibility, hope, and creative energy in moments of galling powerlessness. Black people certainly aren’t the only ones who have lived under such circumstances. Nevertheless, much of our literature, art, music, language, social and religious life — even in this postmodern, postracial age — is distinguished by an ability to make a way out of no way, to turn the backbreaking soil of the hills into “the bottom of heaven.”
UPDATED: I just need to make clear that The Bottom of Heaven is a group effort between Claudia and Frieda. I mentioned Claudia specifically because she and I have been in communication about “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” as well as about a joint mission to come up with a new term. So lest I cause discord let me make clear that this award is for both of you ladies and your wonderful blog creation! 🙂
*CareyCarey of Carry Me Home has only been in the blogging business since this past March. Already he has managed to cultivate a sense of community and a direction for his blog that takes many folks a lot longer to accomplish. His stories of his life, his past, and his family sometimes read like the random tales of your talkative uncle at the family reunion. But there is always a connection and deeper meaning just below the surface that makes you pause—and appreciate. Oh. He is also a poet.
*I am not even sure that I should include Deesha of Mamalicious! here. Not because she does not exemplify this recognition. She certainly does. But she is hardly a “newbie.” Sure she has not been blogging at her own spot for very long. But she is a seasoned writer with credits all over the Internet and in non-digital pages. In addition, she has already launched another blogging venture—Co-Parenting 101—that is a wonderful resource for anyone trying to navigate family with kids post-divorce. She also is currently blogging as “The Bitch in Black” over on Bitch Magazine. If that is not enough, she is recently engaged and about to embark on a new blended family adventure. Even with all that going on, she manages to maintain an incredible attitude, sense of mission, and air of open friendship that is rare in real life let alone on-line. (Full disclaimer: I know Deesha “in real life”—but I’d say all these things even if we had never met in non-virtual space!)
*Craig Brimm of Kiss My Black Ads has one of the most visually pleasing blogs I have ever seen. But besides the aesthetic, his posts are deep in intellectual content. There is often not a lot of text to KMBA posts. This forces the blog visitor to actually think—hard. Often with a KMBA post I begin to write something in response, but leave without commenting…then come back and get a new perspective on the post—but still no comment…then leave and come back again and think something different still.
I’d also like to recognize two established bloggers for the work that they do. There have been many, many big and/or established blogs that have inspired me. Many of them are listed on my blogroll. (Which, by the way, I need to update and will do so shortly.) But it wouldn’t be very meaningful to mention everyone here so I will just pick two. For embodying the spirit of the award as well as being generous of their time and supportive of my own ideas, I’d like to award Latoya Peterson of Racialicious and Shannon LC Cate of Peter’s Cross Station.
This was really fun to do. How great is it for bloggers to show support and appreciation for each other in this way? Really great, that’s how. Thank you again to Vérité!