Today I want to feature one of the blogs I link to on my home page, “Yes, We’re Together” by author, Atinuke Diver.
I first heard about Atinuke, or Tinu, when she was noted on writing center, Grub Street’s weekly newsletter. Tinu had won a 2011 Black Weblog Award, an Internet Award Ceremony that recognizes black bloggers from over 90 countries.
YesWe’reTogether.com is Tinu’s blog that, in her words, challenges the assumptions and assume the challenges of interracial love with humor and grace, and where all racial/ethnic combinations are fair game.
Since I noticed that Tinu lived nearby in Boston, and had started a blog that dealt with matters of race, I decided to reach out to her for advice on starting my blog. I was having “cold feet,” and needed a push, and Tinu was very generous in giving me feedback on my About page, as well as shared her experience of what’s it been like blogging for her. She helped send me on my way.
Here is Tinu’s bio from her About page:
The oldest daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tinu was born in Mattapan, Massachusetts, raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and lives with her White/Somewhat Irish lawyer husband in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned an English degree, Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and Law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proud graduate of UNC’s Creative Writing Program, an honored recipient of the Wanda Chappell Scholarship
, and former Editor of Virtuous Woman Campus Magazine. Her writing has been featured in BlogHer
, The Review Review
, The African Immigrant Journal
, Love Isn’t Enough
, The Fresh Xpress
and has been an Editor’s Pick on OpenSalon.com
I truly enjoy Tinu’s style of writing, and sense of humor when it comes to writing about her experiences of being in an interracial marriage. Here’s a post of hers that I really got a kick out of–a piece about her worrying whether her white husband would be up for all the dancing involved for their wedding day.