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Happy Election Day 2008! Vote Early! Vote Often! ;-)

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Happy Election Day 2008, Folks! It’s 7:30am in the morning, and I’ve just voted!

My cousin, the poet MC Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, has been supporting her Election Day choice through her haircut, which was featured in this month’s Double Issue of Jet Magazine (with Jennifer Hudson on the cover).

As you can see in both photos, Butterfly has had Obama’s face and slogan shaved into her lowcut afro by some barber artiste. Butterfly has always had designs shaved into her hair (such as a butterfly), and this time, she’s using her head to make a political statement.

This is better than a bumper sticker!

MC Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, September 2008

MC Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, October 2008

My cousin, poet Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns

Wow, I voted early, and the lines moved quickly. Do you think I could go back and do that again? 😉

On a groundbreaking election day like today, I have to add the sage words that have been making their way around the web. Wish I knew who said it first, but I’m grateful to repeat:

Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run. Obama runs so our children can fly!

It’s Election Day. Rock Your Vote!

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Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns: My Cousin’s a Poet and I Know It!

Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns: My Cousin’s a Poet and I Know It!

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MC Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaugns 2008 Calendar

I just received the 2008 calendar from the Miami poet MC Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, and I love it. She’s a prolific writer and slam poet, and she’s also a phenomenal self-promoter.

Butterfly has published volumes of poetry, and performance CDs, and for the past few years, she has also organized tribute events for the artists that have inspired her, such as Aaliyah and Janet Jackson. Anyone who thinks that poets are quiet people that live in attics would be proven quite wrong! She came to New York for the first time to visit Aaliyah’s grave in Ferncliff, NY in 2002 for the first anniversary of the singer’s death . She spent the rest of her time here performing her spirited poetry all over NYC. Since then, her NYC fan base has grown, and she visits often.

Of course I have to mention that she’s my cousin, which is interesting for two particular reasons: 1) Rebecca and I are the only creative performers of our family, and 2) our grandmothers are actually first cousins. When trying to explain, we skip the family tree, and just say we’re related. Good enough for me!

If you want to check out her fan website (yes, she has fans to do this for her!) check her out here!