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TBoH Nominated for Best Cultural Review Blog!


Picasso's Young Girl Reading a Book

I’m very proud to report that our blog has been shortlisted for a Book Blogger Appreciation Award in the “Best Cultural Review” category.

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First Blogoversary!


My sister and I started The Bottom of Heaven a year ago as a place to ask questions about the innovative, the unexpected, and the neglected aspects of black American life and culture. But we are most grateful to you, our readers and commenters, for joining the conversation and helping us to grow as bloggers and as people.

You’ll notice a few small changes around here. We’ve changed our “about” page a little. We’ve revised the blogroll to celebrate the bloggers who visit our site regularly. We’ve decided to continue our recent trend of only updating once a week with new posts going up on the weekends. And, as you can see, we’ve changed the layout.

We hope that you will continue to visit us up here in The Bottom.


Claudia’s Top Three Posts:

  1. “Uniqua’s Post-Racial Backyard?” – One of my earlier posts. I was hooked on blogging after I wrote about my Backyardigans dilemma. I had so much fun putting this together. It allowed me to reflect on questions of modern racial representation, my daughter’s favorite animated TV show, and even a little wisdom from James Baldwin.
  2. “WE VOTED TODAY!” – A small piece of history, my account of the day I took my daughter to vote for President Barack Obama. Every time I read it, I am reminded of how much pride I felt that day and it makes me feel joyful all over again.
  3. “A Dharma for Blues People” – This post about my spiritual journey may be my most confessional and I’m amazed by how much I learned about myself in the process of writing it. It is also fitting that this post quotes from Toni Morrison’s Sula, the novel that gives our blog its odd name.

A few stats:

Our Splash Award


Hey, TBoH has been “splashed” with an award! Thanks to two fabulous bloggers, Thinking Aloud and Zetta Elliott at Fledgling, for nominating us.

The Splash Award is given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs. We’re honored to pay it forward by splashing the following blogs:

When you receive this award, you are encouraged to:

  1. Put the logo on your blog/post.
  2. Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
  3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
  5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash award.
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