About

GullahMama is about parenting the best way we know how.  GullahMama is also known as Gullah Gullah Island’s Ms. Natalie.  I’m in love with the children I birthed and the children of my heart, my Gorgeous Gullah Man, Ron, cobalt blue paint and the Sea Islands.  Believe that the well-being of a community and of a nation can be measured by the well-being of its children.  Am dedicated to Creating life, not Reacting to it.

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  1. natalie, i look forward to following your blog. you have already touched a very special place in our hearts, by watching your lovely show. in fact just today, my 3 year old asked me for a bowl of grapes and as i was washing them at the sink, she said, “thanks, miss natalie!” -it put a big smile on my face.

    your dedication to creating life sure is making quite an impact.

    great first post. i’ll be sure to keep in mind, your words to pass along to my son when he reaches the age of appropriate discussion.

    big warm hugs!

  2. I just discovered your blog and I, too, am excited to follow. I am 22 now but remember watching “Gullah Gullah Island” when I was little. I have two kids of my own now, a 3 year old son and a 4 month old daughter.

    My little boy is sitting beside me right now watching the show as he discovered it about a month or two ago and looooves it! He enjoys jumping around pretending to be Binyah Binyah and ribbiting at his little sister.

    I know the show is no longer be taped, but I am so glad that reruns are being shown! Something fun and educational for my kiddo to watch and me not have to worry about what he’s viewing while sitting in front of the television.

    Thanks 🙂

  3. I just wanted to say thank you to you and your husband for such a wonderful TV show.

    My daughter, almost 2 years old, loves “Gullah Gullah Island”. She dances and sings right along with all the characters. I’m not sure how much she understands, but she always calls “Ms. Natalie” Mama and “Mr. Ron” Daddy. And her favorite baby doll, formally Nina, is now called Sim Sim. Thank goodness for you all, Noggin and our DVR.

    I look forward to reading about you, your family, and all that you do.

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. hi miss natalie i;m 17 years old and i;m proud to say i still watch gulla gulla island . it comes on very early in the morning so i would record it on my dvr player.The first time i watched the show again was about two years ago .Iwas fliping throu channels and saw the show i almost cried becaues it brong back so many memories.Thank you for teaching me.god bless.

  5. My daughter watched the show as a child. She is now seventeen years old and for Christmas, we are desperately wanting to find her a Binyah Binyah Pollywog. She had one as a child, but my mother-in-law sold it in a garage sale on accident. We recently saw the show come on late at night and it brought back so many memories for her. If there is anyone out there who knows how I can get one, please reply. I have looked on e-bay, craigs list, amazon, playskool, even contacted nickelodeon as well as several other shopping sites.

  6. Hi Mrs. Natalie! I am so happy to have found your blog. I use to watch Gullah Gullah Island when I was a kid and I am 22 years old now and still catch it sometimes on late nights. You are a true inspiration and God bless you in everything that you do!

  7. I have no English good. I see show when i in Florida. Very good show. I dont know it if why shana chang persons. Why? 🙂

  8. What a treat to discover you have a blog! Why oh why can’t I find GGI on DVD? I had a bunch saved on my DVR but we had to cut out the cable bill so, POOF. My older kids (24, 22, 17) grew up watching in the 90s, but my “surprise” baby is only 5 and she also loves it. Anyway, I feel like I’ve found a long lost friend and am so glad to see that you and your family are doing so well and still so lovely as well.

  9. Hey there. I remember many many years ago sitting and enjoying “Gullah Gullah Island” and was going through the tv schedule one day looking for something that I could record for my 2 year old daughter. I saw Gullah Gullah smiled and thought ” O wow!!!! I loved that show. I wonder if Allie would like it” So the next morning she watched it and fell in love! It is now the only show that she will watch. Thank you guys soooo much!!

  10. I am currently 21, and I remember watching Gullah Gullah Island when I was a little girl. It was one of my favorite shows. Actually as I am writing this message, I am up watching Gullah Gullah Island on Nic jr. Even at the age of 21 I am still excited and just as mush interested as I was when I was a little girl. I will be sure to show Gullah Gullah Island to my kids and hope they receive the same experience as I did. Thank you for creating Gullah Gullah Island!!

    • Hey Michelle – It’s always nice to hear from folk who grew up with the show and still find joy in it! In terms of creating the show, it was actually created by Perez Minton productions. We met when I was pregnant with Simeon and they thought it would be a great idea to create a show around our family and our community. And it worked! Thanks for getting in touch

  11. I’m all teary-eyed reading every blog. Hoping you know we try our bests. Hoping you know how much we love you and are thankful for you and Daddy. Honored to be committed to supporting and uplifting our community…Just like you are. Keep up the amazing work.

  12. I’m so excited to have found your blog! My daughter turns 16 this week, and Gullah Gullah Island was our favorite show together when she was just a little thing! Oh how time flies!! I was so disappointed to realize that the show was no longer on the air when my 7 year old was the right age to watch it. I checked the listings, and it came on in the middle of the night in our area! Ack! So I DVR’d it and we got caught up! 🙂

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of your blog. I have a grin on my face just knowing that you and Ron are still “out there” somewhere! 🙂

      • Thank you Alex. Sometimes we have no clue how God will use us and the work we do. I’m grateful that our work has meant so much to others.

      • Hi, i was hoping to hear back from you. I posted in Oct i believe. It would be great to get s response from you as You have been where i want to go and hoped you did not mind sharing your experience.  Thank you Tina Riley Talenruth@Yahoo.com

        Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G TouchGullahmamas Blog wrote:

      • Hi Tina. I’ve been away from the Blog for awhile. Thanks for your patience. I don’t mind sharing at all!

  13. Hello! I thank you for being available via this tool! I hope that this finds you well. I have been lead to reach out to you, as you are an inspiration and I would like to connect with you on a idea. Thank you in advance!

  14. Natalie, I grew up watching “Gullah Gullah Island” and the love you and Ron shared with all those across America was very touching. I’m looking forward to your blogs.

  15. My husband and I watched “Going Places” today with our 17 month old daughter who loves Gullah Gullah Island! Last week we watched the episode where you visit the Charleston market, one of my faves. Now we live in SC too and look forward to going on some Gullah tours and learning more about that culture. Do you and your husband ever do performances still? We love when you two sing together on the show, you both have beautiful voices.

  16. My husband and I watched “Going Places” today with our 17 month old daughter who loves Gullah Gullah Island! Last week we watched the episode where you visit the Charleston market, one of my faves. Now we live in SC too and look forward to going on some Gullah tours and learning more about that culture. Do you and your husband ever do performances still? We love when you two sing together on the show, you both have beautiful voices.

    • Welcome to South Carolina! I’ve been away from my blog for a while and am just catching up. Yes! We still perform. I’m too late to tell you about the storytelling festival in Beaufort last weekend, but there’s stuff ahead. Ron presents a weekly program on Gullah culture at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet, SC, just about an hour and a half north of Charleston and 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. He presents every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. I will be performing at Piccolo Spoleto this year. It’s not a 17-month-old show, but I think you and your husband will enjoy it. It’s a one-woman show entitled “Becoming Harriet Tubman.” I’ll try to update my blog and FB pages with new stuff as it comes up. Thanks for getting in touch!

  17. Dear Ms. Natalie,
    Some of my fondest childhood memories include watching your show with my siblings. Everyday we would crowd around the TV and visit Gullah Gullah Island. We recently were wondering what happened to this family we loved so much, when we discovered your blog. We’ve read every post and are so glad to hear you and your family are doing well. We are all in our early 20’s and grew up on “Nick Jr.”. With that being said, my family and I wanted to thank you for giving us a daily vacation to the beautiful Gullah Gullah Island. We have so many memories dancing in the living room, singing songs, and laughing with all of you. From the bottom of our hearts we want to say “Tanky Tanky” to you, Ron, Sim-Sim, and (Binya-Binya polliwog of course!) You were the only family on TV who looked like us and we truly considered you family. Please know that your show still has such a special place in our hearts and we’ll always be appreciative of the joy you and and your show has brought into our lives.

    Tanky Tanky,
    The Williams Family

    • Hi Mitchell Family! Thank you so much for your lovely letter. It’s amazing to me that all these years latter there are still so few images that represent our diversity offered on TV for little people. It was such an honor for us to be a part of such a show. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family.

  18. I was older when I found your show but I enjoyed the messages and look at life on the island – I tried to show it to my “foster” families grandkids but they got upset with me, as they were not, shall we say, culturally diverse. I grew up in the military, my dad retired after 23 years in the Navy, so growing up we (my older brother and I) enjoyed the ability to experience many different cultures even though we only lived in the states but we moved plenty. I am now 32 years old with a three year old and she has discovered “Gullah Gullah Island” on Amazon Prime – SHE LOVES IT! I love it!! My husband is a little weirded out by Binya-Binya but he’ll get over it, HA HA!

    Thank you for being part of an amazing show and bringing your family into ours 🙂

    Thank you and may you always be blessed,
    Natalie Adams

    • Thank you Natalie! I love that new little people are meeting Binyah Binyah and singing along on Gullah Gullah Island. Tell your husband that Binyah is harmless 🙂

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