Here’s the thing you need to know about my Mari: She picks well.
The giggly girl featured in the pictures above is Mekdes, Mari’s BFF. Mekdes is smart and funny and sweet and sunshine the kind of child who leaves sparkles and glitter and rainbows and sunshine whenever she’s around. Her laughter is melody her smile infectious. Our entire family adores her. She makes us happy. And more importantly, she inspires my Mari coaxes her out of her shell, makes her feel like it’s okay to drop her guard and loosen her shoulders and just… breathe. For sure, when Mekdes is around, we’re all smiling.
Which makes it only natural that Mari’s BFF is featured in the video for Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile,” the debut single from his new album, Hello Fear. The piece is simple and spare in concept: an eclectic group of people from various races, backgrounds, genders, genres and walks of life each take turns lip-synching the beautiful words to the song:
Even though I hurt, see I smile
I know God is working so I smile
Even though I’ve been here for a while
It’s so hard to look up when you been down
Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile, so smile
Take a look, pop your fingers, get your sway on, and while you’re letting the spirit of the song hit you, keep your eyes open for the super adorable girl with the fedora and the humongous smile. That’s Mekdes!
We’re super proud of her, and equally proud of Kirk, whose album came out almost a year after his book, The Blueprint: A Plan For Living Above Life’s Storms, co-authored with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist/MyBrownBaby contributor/my husband, Nick Chiles, hit the New York Times best seller’s list. Hello Fear is the fire cop that, and then come back and let me know what you think.
In the meantime, enjoy “I Smile” and all of its uplifting goodness!
Photo credit: Mari Chiles
Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.