My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi (Book Review)

Ibi Zoboi (EEE-bee zoe-Boy) is a Haitian-American, young adult writer most famous for her books American Street, Pride, and Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America. Her newest title, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, centers on Ebony-Grace Norfleet, a Star Trek loving southerner visiting her father in Harlem for the summer.

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The Beauty of Being Seen: Bringing Zora’s Barracoon to Life

In celebration of Black History Month and the contributions of Zora Neale Hurston, the Skirball Cultural Center, in collaboration with The Los Angeles Urban League and the Ebony Repertory Theater, presented "Barracoon: A Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston”. I was able to attend and share my thoughts on what it really means to celebrate Black History Month.

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Challenge Yourself 2019: Reading Challenges to Engage Your Bookish Year

Many people start their New Year resolutions with a reading challenge. But if you haven’t, or didn’t know this was a thing to do, you have plenty of time to decide. A reading challenge is an open-ended list of books based on specific topics or themes. Check out the list below for some of my favorite reading challenges.

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis (Book Review)

I heard this story a few years ago during a Kwanzaa celebration. It stayed with me as a memorable way to introduce my own children to the holiday and I went searching for it. I grew up celebrating Kwanzaa in Florida, not knowing that it originated here in Los Angeles. See if Seven Spools of Thread is one you should add to your holiday book list.

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Trust by Daines L. Reed (Book Review)

One of the best ways to change a person’s mind is by giving them a great story. Take a subject that seems also impossible and place that impossibility within reach with thoughtful steps and descriptions. Author Daines Reed put in the work to create a moving story of what happens when women in a small community take care of their own in more ways that one.

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Between The World And Me by Ta Nehisi Coates (Book Review)

It took me a little over ten days to read Between the World and Me in the summer of 2016. When you find something so real and moving and painful, you can't help but want the other people in your life to feel those very real feelings too. Here is a long review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 memoir.

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