Jody Watley Shares A Favorite Holiday Tradition in Hip Hop Weekly

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I have so many favorite traditions that my daughter and son have over the years, from baking and decorating cookies, watching a “Charlie Brown Christmas” together and playing the CD which to us really kicks off the spirit of the season. One of our other traditions was the tree trimming party – in the spirit of “Nightlife” that’s the one I shared with Hip Hop Weekly. Christmas and the holiday season isn’t as hectic as it used to be now that my children are young adults. That said, it’s still a time for family, giving and remembering what’s most important in life — it’s really not about the gifts, although I miss Christmas mornings when my kids were little and waking up to see the presents under the tree and that half eaten cookie left for ‘Santa.’

“One of my favorite holiday traditions is to have a tree trimming party. It starts with a great music playlist which is the key to any party, along with good food. Everyone brings an ornament and hangs it on the tree. Over the years I’ve ended up with some amazing ornaments that always evoke a special feeling and a reminder of that person.”

Life Musings. Post Superbowl 48 Performance Thoughts.

“I like to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out there and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

I thought of this while watching all of the ladies perform at the Superbowl yesterday. It’s always cool to see anyone achieving and going beyond their dreams; man, woman, girl or boy – young or old.

As an artist however, I felt especially proud, like a big sister, yesterday watching the diversity of each artist on the big stage at the Super Bowl 48. The soulful ‘America The Beautiful’ with Jennifer Hudson (made me teary, singing with the Sandy Hook Children’s Chorus; understanding the connection of the personal tragedies due to senseless gun violence to both), Alicia Keys singing at the piano for ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ the dynamite entertainment force of Beyonce’s halftime performance; also using the moment to show her sisterhood with Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams reuniting Destiny’s child’s for the occasion.

Each of the artists – kicking ass in their own distinct way. Simply fabulous!

I can relate. Grab the lapels of life and kick ass – yes indeed!