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Where In The World Is Good Enough Mother? New York, New York!

Okay, don’t be a smart ass and say, “Of course you are. You live there.” No, I live in the real-life version of Mayberry R.F.D and given that I work from home, I barely get out of my pajamas, much less the city. Don’t judge.

But I had reason to do so recently.

See, Good Enough Mother, the woman bounced out of CBS on her backside, who thought up an idea, sold a book, started a website, wrote from her closet, lost her breasts, lost her hair, moved from the closet to a desk, signed some endorsement deals and watched her baby go from a blog to a business, was honored last night as part of CNN’s 2012 New Guard. Yes. Me.

Here I am with wonder twin designers Shane and Shawn who’ve built an empire that started with a shoe collection back in 2003. Of course, that meant I had to take a pic of their kicks.

CNN’s New Guard reception is an event for current and future newsmakers to gather and exchange ideas (and business cards) and meet members of CNN’s editorial teams. Previous members have included members of the Obama and Bush Administrations, incoming members of Congress, Fortune 500 corporation members, state and local officials, activists, scientists, physicians, entrepreneurs, as well as authors and other trend setters. Now they can add, a woman who built an empire from her walk-in closet.

Another heavy hitter: Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief Ebony Magazine.

Put me DOWN! My old friend Roland Martin, who did this when I tried to give him a bear hug. I was praying the whole time, that he wasn’t exposing my backside to the nice people behind me.

I like to call this photo, HAIR! That’s me with writer, producer, actress Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary Banks in the smash sit-com, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She’s got a whole lot going on now; check out her website for more.

“Middle-age Gansta” Sigh…

That’s Darius Walker, CNN New York Bureau Chief, Azmat Kahn, PBS, me, and Karyn Parsons

The event was great and I had a phenomenal time. Thank you CNN, for believing in me, the mission of imperfect parenting and thinking that, despite pictures like these, I am a newsmaker.

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  1. DawnKA

    June 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    This is awesome!!! Here’s to many more amazing opportunities – you are so deserving!!

  2. Dawn B

    June 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Woah!! Check you out!!! At first, I thought you were flipping off the camera in that last photo ….should have known better, you are too classy to do that!!!

  3. Ella

    June 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I’m so freaking happy for you!

  4. Debbie Mitchell

    June 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Yes, you! Very cool pics and looks like a fun night!

  5. pattyrowland

    June 15, 2012 at 7:32 am

    gem, you got this! ain’t nothing gonna hold you down!!!! love, love, love karyn parsons! xoxoxoxo

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