Posts in Bookish Thoughts
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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2 Ways to Make Your Gun Violence Activism More Inclusive (My Thoughts On March For Our Lives)

This post is to say that if you decide to protest current gun laws, your activism should include the lives of Black and Brown people who have also been victims. The narrative around Black gun death is very different than the (mostly) open arms policy the Parkland students are getting. Why do you think that is? 

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Help! What Do I Do With Black Pain? (Or Seven Steps To Taking Personal Responsibility)

"A well-meaning friend (maybe even me) recommended a popular book to read. Most often, that book is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and you got halfway through it. Suddenly, it is as if you were awoken from a deep sleep and you can't un-see the discrimination that happens all around you..." This post is based on a conversation with a white friend having trouble dealing with guilt and what they could do to help abolish racism. They asked me very specifically: What Can I Do? My short answer was "nothing". My long answer is this blog post. 

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4 Simple Ways For New Writers To Get Noticed

After a few hours of talking about our various literary experiences, I was able to compile four tips for new writers get published or get their already published books reviewed and sold. This is not a comprehensive list, but might help you decide where to put your energy (we can discuss how to get an agent or hunt down a publisher in a later post). These steps are to give a general overview of what new authors tend to forget or ignore, missing opportunities right in front of them.

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The Art of Perfection Is Killing My Art (And Probably Yours Too)

If your work defines who you are and you're living in the performance zone, you may be having the same troubles I am: not living up to your expected potential. Is there anything you can do about that? Can those of us who are already professionals in our field balance our time to grow as creators AND provide quality content?

I believe we can.

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