Little Girlpie was bored this weekend and thought she’d use my brain and spend my money creating some random craft she’d been stalking on Pinterest. Mama wasn’t having it. Not with Little Girlpie’s Christmas haul still littering her bedroom floor. Not with that Rainbow Loom and 50-11 bags of colored rubber bands waiting for another kid workout. Not with those mason jars I bought just a couple weeks ago during a “Please, Mommy, Please” Target run sitting around, waiting to be painted/turned into candleholders/Magivered into a snow globe. Nah, son. It was 9 a.m. on a quiet Sunday morning. Sleep. Coffee. Melissa Harris-Perry. That’s all I wanted, and in that order.
Looking to get Little Girlpie, a.k.a. Lila, off my back—and trying really hard not to look the girl directly in those big ol’ brown eyes, because they make you do things—I tossed out a challenge: instead of trolling Pinterest and YouTube for what other people are doing, take my computer and make something awesome, then come show it to me. An hour later, before I got to the bottom of my coffee cup, she came back with her own YouTube channel and internet show, “Totally Lila.”
Yes, she totally pulled an Issa Rae on me.
But there’s nothing awkward about “Totally Lila.” The kid is a natural—scarily so. She tells me that her show will be for tweens by a tween who loves fashion, beauty, books, soccer, crafts and a bunch of other things she finds interesting. Her debut episode is every bit as adorable as her—beautiful, imperfect, quirky, smart, full of information, chatty and a smidge goofy. Totally Lila.
I’m so proud of Little Girlpie. Press play, and show “Totally Lila” to your own Girlpies (And Boypies, too!). We hope you dig it! (And be nice about it: like Erykah Badu, Little Girlpie is sensitive about her… well, you know.)
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.