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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The Story of Us by Hanna Ali (Book Review)

In 2017, Hannah Ali published The Story of Us with Market Fifty Four, which launched in October of that year. She will be the first contemporary writer to be translated and published in Somali, her native language. The Story of Us is a collection of 4 short stories about womanhood from a Somali perspective.

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Alpha Females Unleashed: From the Boardroom to the Bedroom by C.C. Lyons (Book Review)

Written by C.C. Lyons, Alpha Females Unleashed: From the Boardroom to the Bedroom takes a look at how strong women, known as Alphas, tend to take charge and what that might mean for life and future happiness. She presented a wide range of ideas, but all coming back to the notion that knowing the ins and outs of an Alpha Female can help both men and women be their best selves for their partners, coworkers, and families. 

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So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Book Review)

So You Want To Talk About Race is a hybrid memoir and guidebook for discussing some of the toughest topics here in the U.S. Oluo uses her history and background to insert common racial topics onto her life, showing how the missteps of the majority population create a challenging world for people with Brown skin. Written to and for non-People of Color, So You Want To Talk About Race cuts to the heart of why this subject is so difficult. 

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