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Happy Black History Month!

Even though I firmly believe we should celebrate African diversity and culture all year long, February is a great time to reflect and remember the contributions the black community has had over the world. As we dust off our history books and connect to our roots of the past, make sure to include the progressions that black people are making today. Whether it’s supporting a black business, movie, book, art, etc, black history is about celebrating the past, present, and the growing future. Let’s continue to spark revolutions and conversations of inclusivity and the importance of representation. Here’s a list of things to see, hear, read, and support in honor of being black.

  1. Black Panther: World of Wakanda-Ta-Nehisi Coates

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2. “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography

Where: High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia

Dates: On display until April 29th, 2018

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3.  Maya Angelou-And Still I Rise (documentary)

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3. Eso Wan Bookstore

Where: Los Angeles, California

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4. All Our Names-Dinaw Mengestu

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5. Kat Colors (art)

Artist: Troy Beltran

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6. Negroland- a memoir- Margo Jefferson

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7. BASE-Black Arts and Science Expo

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When: Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 10:00 AM –Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Where: 84 Walton St NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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8. Black Violin (music)

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When: April 22nd, 2018 8pm

Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall

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Make sure to link/add any of your favorite black history musings on the blog! Let’s support one another. #wakandaforever

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Winter Wellness: Books to Ease Your Mind

January is in effect and our new year’s resolutions are in full swing, or are they? Winter is always a time for a reflection on what we learned in the past and how we will change in the present/future. With all the commotion that does happen at the rise of the new year, it can also be a time to feel burdened and stressed. Often the woes of the past year is carried with us into the new, and as a result our mood is shifted. We may feel less motivated, less attractive, lethargic, etc. The lack of sunlight in winter and the amount of time spent indoors is also a determining factor of our emotions and behaviors. The good news is that it’s never too late to get motivated and be encouraged. Tomorrow is a brand new day with new possibilities. Finding happiness and discovering inner peace is not an overnight process and takes time, but it’s well worth it for your overall mental stability.  If you haven’t already, practice self love: read, write, go outside, take a trip. Those things really do help when learning to live your best life.

I too, sometimes suffer from being in a winter slump. It happens. The important thing to remember is that you are not your worst day or mistakes. Take time to breathe and meditate. Release, relax, revive. Of course, I’m going to hit you with some of my favorite books to help aid you in the process of getting out of the winter gloom. Happy reading :).

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life-Mark Manson

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2. The Alchemist-Paulo Coelho

3. The Sun and Her Flowers-Rupi Kaur

4. Happiness Project-Gretchen Rubin

5. Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You-Heather Askinosie, Timmi Jandro

6. Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath-Amit Ray

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New Year New Books?

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Happy New Year!

The start of the year is always exciting for many reasons. One of them being a great time to refresh your reading and decide what kind of books you want to read for the remainder of the year. I always like to start my January off with a massive text, mainly because January is always so cold and long which is a perfect time to snuggle up with a large tome in lap. As I reflect back on my reading of 2017, I have to be honest with myself and say that I did not read as much as I wanted to. My reading was at a much slower pace and I didn’t get to read all of the books I had planned. If you’re anything like me and    kicking yourself for not have a productive reading year, don’t. You have a brand new year to jump start on the reading you had planned and 2018 will be a great year in books, I can already tell.  As you know, there are many reading challenges out there including the famous Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and Popsugar’s Reading Challenge  and plethora of more on the internet, while those are very helpful and a great tool to guide you if you don’t know where to start, don’t forget about the books you had planned last year to read. Keep the momentum up and finish what you started in 2017, you never know, you may be able to cross off the items on the challenges’ list. Here are my tips for incorporating those books you wanted read in 2017 and for the new books that you can’t seem to stop eying.

  1. Make a list

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Create list of the books you want to read for the MONTH. Yes, month not year. This way it can be more achievable instead of having a large list of books and you not knowing where to start. Keep the list realistic to your work/school/personal life.

 

2.  Revaluate the books from 2017

Go through the books you had picked out from last year and decide if you still feel the same desire and urge to read them. If you don’t have the same energy toward the book as you did last year, place it aside to read at a later time.

 

3.  Challenge yourself

It’s important as a reader, to constantly push yourself to learn more through reading and exploring various texts. Incorporate your learning into your reading. For every book that you were supposed to read in 2017, pick a new book that is out of your comfort zone.  Whether that book be a western classic,  memoir, or graphic novel, challenge yourself to expand your reading horizon.

 

4. Get organized

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Often times when I buy books, I realize my to-read list is steadily growing and I end up with a lump of books on the floor. Organize your books physically so you have a nice clean space for your books. Starting with freshly organized shelves really helps you find the books you’re looking for, and it also creates an inviting environment for reading, one that is stress free and relaxing.

 

5. Track your progress

Keep a reading log of what you are currently reading, to see how many books from 2017 you completed, as well as how many new books you incorporated into your new regime. I myself keep a digital log of all my reading, so I know exactly where I am at all times. It’s fun to see all of the books that you have read for the year.

National Library Week 2016

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We all know the importance of libraries and its impact it’s had on the world  and in many lives. This week (April 10-16) is National Library Week! It’s sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and honors the many libraries in the nation. This year the theme is Libraries Transform. This is a great time to be reminded of the influential work both libraries and librarians have had in our world. Let’s promote and encourage the use of libraries wherever you are. I know I’m thankful for everything the library has offered me as it has been my sanctuary many times. My love of books has definitely come from being at the library often. To read more about National Library Week and find out what things you can do to promote the library, go here. Keep reading and don’t forget to support your local library!

What and where is your favorite library?

Happy Reading!

School Library Month

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It’s school  library month everyone! April has many bookish events to celebrate reading in various platforms. This whole month is used to honor and celebrate the impact that our school libraries has had on not only ourselves but our children and future children to come. Originally started in 1983, it was a way to promote reading and highlight the influences the library and librarians have on our education. This year the 2016 theme is School Libraries Transform Learning. I encourage everyone to get involved in your local school library or just thank someone who works in the school library. School librarians do a wonderful job servicing our community. Read more about school library month here.

What are some of your childhood school library memories?

Happy reading!

 

What to Read When You’re All Trumped Out

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We’re in the middle of a political and global crisis. This is no secret. Being in a different country and watching this mess of politics unfurl is hilarious but also eye opening and downright scary. It’s more important than ever to get involved in voting, especially if you don’t want the impending future to actually happen. Capital Hill is no rookie to lies and deceit and unfortunately it’s at all the little people’s expense. This election is a complete joke in my opinion, but it’s a joke that’s worth getting serious about. How people can vote for a bigot and racist is beyond me, but that’s the world we live in. So, with that being said, it’s time get into shape politically and get smart. There is so much that happens in the White House that goes unsaid and decisions that are made under the radar. Instead of being left behind in the all the dust the electoral candidates have kicked up, be proactive and educate yourself in what is happening in the world. Part of that is to READ, READ, READ. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay abreast on current events.  To help you with that, I have made a short list of some important reads in order to better understand America’s political system.

  1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

 

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3.  The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engel

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4. It’s Even Worse Than You Thought by Norman Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann

its5. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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So there you have it! Immerse yourself into some political goodness and don’t be blinded any longer. What’s your favorite political read?

Happy Reading!

 

Teen Tech Week 2016

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This weeks marks the beginning of Teen Tech Week which informs and educates students on how to use digital resources and services to help prepare them for college and succeed in school. Libraries are the focus in showcasing the technical outlets that teens have access to too, often times free. If you are a teen or know a teen, encourage them to really explore the world of the library and all it has to offer. You can find more information about Teen Tech Week here.

Happy Reading!