The Life, The News

for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

This past Saturday, Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls...., died at the age of 70.  In tribute to her legacy, I wanted to share this piece as tribute to her, written in March 2015.   I was 24 at the time the piece was written.     I fell in love with the title.    I was… Continue reading for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

The Books

#TopTenTuesday – My Dream Bookstores & Libraries

Another #TopTenTuesday post, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. And this prompt is easy.  I have only one dream library that I would love to visit -- the Beast's study from Beauty and the Beast.  Belle was by far my favorite Disney princess.  As I child (and even still as an adult today) I pictured myself on… Continue reading #TopTenTuesday – My Dream Bookstores & Libraries

My Reading List, The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisabeth Salamander and Michael Blomkvist are back, though with new actors playing them and a new director to guide them.  Director Fede Alvarez ("Don't Breathe") has taken over the helm of the Millennium series, which is based on the Swedish crime novel trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson.  It is believed… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’

I must confess, this week's #BookToMovieTrailer is actually not a book to movie. But, it stands out because author Gillian Flynn (most noted for Gone Girl) co-wrote the screenplay with director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave).   Variety describes the film as "a labyrinthine heist story about a group of Chicago women who have to complete a robbery put in motion… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’

My Reading List, The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘The Hate U Give’

So, here's the thing -- this book has been on my radar since not long after Angie Thomas made her phenomenal literary debut in Black History Month 2017.  But I did not read it.  I thought I wasn't interested. Until I saw this trailer. It is because of this trailer that I made The Hate… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘The Hate U Give’

My Reading List, The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

This past Wednesday, August 2, would have been James Baldwin's 94th birthday. In honor of that, director Barry Jenkins (most noted for "Moonlight") tweeted a first look trailer for his upcoming adaptation of Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk.   I was in 6th grade the first time I read about Tish and Fonny.  It is my… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

The News

Who Is Gregory J. Reed?

Last Friday, The New York Times published the article "Missing Malcolm X Writings, Long A Mystery, Are Sold."  Long but fascinating story short: several pages (I believe I read somewhere 3 never-before-seen chapters) of The Autobiography of Malcolm X were sold to the Schomburg Library in New York.  The manuscripts come with comments in the margins written by Alex… Continue reading Who Is Gregory J. Reed?

Reviews, The Books, The Life

Book Review: A Little Life

Title: A Little Life Author: Hanya Yanagihara Pages: 720 Rating: 4.5/5   *Mild spoiler included below* If you've explored my site recently, you have encountered A Little Life in several of my recent posts (see here and here).  I participate in a two-person book club and, at the suggestion of my friend, read A Little Life for the… Continue reading Book Review: A Little Life

Adulting, Quotes, The Books, The Life

The Only Trick of Friendship

"'You won't understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are -- not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving -- and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to… Continue reading The Only Trick of Friendship