Friday, September 24, 2010

Something Special for the Moms with Curves...Cookie Johnson @ Neiman Marcus 9/25/10

Neiman Marcus


invites you and a friend

to meet special guest

Cookie Johnson

co-owner and creator of


the premium denim

collection for curvy women with

an eye for style

Saturday, September 25

1:30 – 3:30pm


Level Two

2 East Maple Avenue

White Plains, NY 10601

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

4 Days to the Independent School Recruitment Event- VIDEO Post

Chocolate Chip and RIISE are SO excited about our Fall Boutique Recruitment Event coming up on Sunday 9/26/10 at 3pm at Heimbold Visual Arts Center on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College.  This is a unique diversity initiative that you won't want to miss!

We have 10 confirmed Independent schools participating from Northern Manhattan to lower Connecticut recruiting grades K-12 (see list below) and they are coming specifically to speak to YOU!

So what's on the agenda for the day??  Click on the link to this special video post or view it in our new video bar... 

Whether you have no idea what makes an Independent School education valuable or your child will be applying this fall or in the near future- this event is for YOU.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to forge relationships and create strong memorable first impressions with the admissions staff of your school of interest.  Spread the word!

You don't have to leave the kids at home. Child care will be available on site so the kiddies will be entertained during the panel discussion:)

Presenting Sponsor

Riverdale Country School

Supporting Sponsor

Hackley School

Participating School Sponsors

Brunswick School

The Rye Country Day School

The School of the Holy Child

Participating Schools

Convent of the Sacred Heart

The Calhoun School

Ethical Culture Fieldston School

The Greenwich Country Day School

The Waterside School

3pm – A Discussion: What makes an Independent School Education so valuable?

4pm – School Mix & Mingle

5:45pm – Closing Remarks



Media Sponsor

Diversity Prep Magazine

Food & Beverage Sponsor

Village Pediatric Group

Community Sponsors

African American Men of Westchester

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Omicron Eta Chapter

Greater Centennial Church

LAC Enterprises, LLC

Vibrant Health

Friday, September 17, 2010

For Colored Girls...Moms this is For You!

I have been a fan of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf for as long as I can remember.  I danced the role of Sechita as a freshman at Syracuse (shout out to Jacqui Welch) and commissioned my sorority sisters from Brooklyn to bring their production to Westchester County several years ago (shout out to the grand diva director Tomasina Boone in the Down Under).

I also LOVE Nina Simone.  Three Women paints such a vivid portrait of the complexity of our collective stories.  Goose bumps run up my arm every time she belts out MY NAME IS PEACHES!!!!!  (Thanks Avis for sharing the gift with me.)

The combination of these two pieces of art is .....POWERFUL!  The trials, struggles, heartache, rejection and fear .....strength, beauty, resilience, tenacity and passion illustrate the depth of our pain, our aptitude to love and faith to move forward regardless of past hurts.. 

Needless to say, I am THRILLED about Tyler Perry's production (it better be good!) coming to theaters November 5th and I'm pleased to share the trailer with you!

The closing line of the choreopoem still rings clear in my head like a clarion bell.....

"I found God in myself and I loved her, I loved her fiercely".

So this is for you, beautiful Colored girl! Save the date and make it a special Girls Night Out and celebrate us, together.

Celebrate Family Tour Coming to NYC 9/21/10

Over a decade ago, my pastor led me to adopt a habit that I watched my grandmother practice during my childhood; I began listening to Christian radio.  I would wake up to catch AR Bernard's program at 6:25am on WMCA AM 570 for a little snippet of a Sunday sermon and some much needed early morning inspiration.  As it happens when you tune in, by default I began to listen to the programming that followed: Georgia preacher Charles Stanley at 7am and Dr. James Dobson's Colorado Springs based Focus on the Family at 7:30am which in many ways inspired the birth of Chocolate Chip. 

Solidified by an incredible infrastructure and tremendous depth of programming, Focus on the Family is a massive organization with significant political influence.  They galvanize the right to raise their voices against public policy that are not aligned with their values.  I learned ALOT.  Although I was often blessed by the practical yet powerful testimonies, it was necessary to filter through the ultra conservative views to gain the nuggets and insights on the practical and spiritual development of our families. 

Well Focus on the Family is coming to NYC with their Celebrate Family tour on Tuesday September 21, 2010 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at 7pm.  Admission is free.

Over time I stopped listening because of the demands of busy morning, but recently began tuning in by clicking in to the live feed online.  I must admit, I was led to the Celebrate Family tour announcement by an online ad featuring a lovely African American family strategically placed during Pastor Bernard's show (the incredible power of marketing).  The fact is we'll probably be in very small number, but if my experience over the past 10 years is evidence, attending will be well worth it.  Check it out.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Brooke Zone- volume 2

So school is in full swing already and it's only been 1 week!  Summer vacation feels so far away. 

In June Chocolate Chip featured a post on Apple Camp.

If you "like" us on facebook, you know that we enrolled our daughter and took advantage of this FREE and unique opportunity to learn how to make your own film with I Movie.

Well, we're pleased to present another installment of The Brooke Zone.......with the Chocolate Chip premiere of  The Fishing Trip starring Brooke with cameos of Ryan and Pop Pop!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Rememberance, Part 2....9/11/01

From the Chocolate Chip Archives.....

I wrote this post last year and began to cry all over again as I re-read it today.

No need to re-write what's already been written....

All I can add is....

Thinking of those we lost and praying for those left behind to mourn and remember....

You know who you are...I Love You!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Back to School Mashup: Independent School Recruitment Event, The Momtographers and more...

Hope the back to school season is off to a great success!  We've been busy editing our Back to School/Fall Fashion video segment that will be coming your way next week!  Stay tuned....

Until then, here are a few of our favs that put FAMILIES FIRST!  We think you'll like them too:)

Don't forget to mark your calendars for The Fall Boutique Recruitment Event: An Intimate Discussion with Parents and Independent Schools presented by Chocolate Chip and RIISE on 9/26 3pm at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY  Spread the word.  This is an important event as we continue our mission to provide an EXCELLENT education for our children.

Great Schools: Involved Parents. Successful Kids.
For ratings on public and private schools, parent reviews, school comparisons and informative articles such as "The Science of Great Teaching", Great Schools is your source. 

The Momtographers: The Online Home for Moms Serious About Their Snap
I had the privilege of enjoying a spa day recently with co-owner Krista Njapa.  This site is AWESOME because it's all about family pictures...only better.  The Momtographers serves up the tools and inspiration (the pics are fantastic) to help every novice improve their shot.  Maybe your next photo will be selected as Kristia's Monday Munchkin:)

Mommy Poppins:  Get More out of NY with Kids
Chocolate Chip mom Rahesha Harrison put me on to this site.  Great calendar of events across NY.

Enjoy the weekend with the family!!