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It has been a while. Life has a way of getting in the way of things. However, I might have stopped writing but I did not stop reading. Here are my top 6 reads of 2017:

Each book explores the pain and courage it takes to see where you stand in the world and the motivation it takes to move forward when things are stacked against you. All these books are great reads and stay with you long after.

American War and The Fire Next Time gave me clarity and perspective on some of the national issues we face here in the States. They also reflect the darkness of our modern day. The Fire Next Time was written in 1963 and is still relevant which makes me really sad and angry. While American War shows how divisive politics will and have created a voilate and unstable world.  The more shit changes, the more it says the same.

Black Panther is king, hero, and man. In the cycle currently being written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, we live in a world filled with conflict, magic and ultimately hope. It’s also filled with people of color and kick-ass women in almost every panel. As a fan of comics, I have read my share of books that didn’t have people of color or treated women with any real respect. This current cycle does both. Plus, the panels are filled with action movie magic. I can’t wait to see this hero and his kingdom on the big screen.

Nonfiction is not my favorite category to read, However, I do try to make the effort to go beyond my comfort zone. Grit was well worth the effort. It’s an amazing read. I would highly recommend it. It expanded my definition of grit and help me see the other ways  I can find it for myself and others.

Grit is also at the heart of Rich People Problems and Foreign Soil. Without it, we can’t endure the bad or have the courage to move toward the good. Socials structures that can sometimes grant us freedom also have the power to limit our choices. Each character ultimately has to make a choice because the status quo doesn’t fulfill a need in their life, Making those choices and enduring the consequences takes grit, passion, and the ability to believe you can change the narrative.

I hope to share on more regular bases my reading list and other adventures.

Thanks for being here.

Black Histoy Month, Book News

Day 8 of Black History Month –

Yesterday was snow day for me,  so it was an excuse to read. (Ha! Like I need an excuse.)  I spent the afternoon with

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The book “is filled with illustrated histories behind some of life’s most common and underappreciated objects – from the paperclip and the toothbrush to the sports bra and roller skates.”

There were many stories about the things that we live with that surprised and delighted me. It’s also showed how people of color made contributions great and small. Some of the inventors, I already knew about, like Madame C.J. Walker .

Do you know who Jan Ernst Matzeliger is? Those of us who love shoe shopping ought be grateful to him.

In 1883, Jan Ernst Matzeliger came up with an original innovation that changed how shoes were made. He devised a machine that would sew the sole to the upper of a shoe in about a minute. His “shoe lasting” machine changed the process of how shoes were made by mechanizing a part of their manufacture that previously had to be done by hand and thereby cut the cost of making shoes by half. Amazing!

I recommend this book. it’s filled with great informative stories for all ages!

Black Histoy Month, Uncategorized

Day 1 of Exploring Black History Month

In the past,  I have participated in black history month from the periphery. If I remembered, I would check out some site, read print article, or watch some PBS special. By February 15th, I would have forget it was Black History month and start thinking about March Madness or Mardi Gras.

This year, I have made a commitment to celebrate and explore Black history with conscious mind. The goal is to learn about something I didn’t know and share something I already learned.

Why share something I already know you ask? Because as a society, we have forgotten the history that has lead us to current present day. If this election and Hamilton have taught me, it’s that CONTEXT MATTERS.

What I learned today :

Edmonia Lewis

 

She was the first female African American sculptor to achieve international acclaim at a time when slavery was legal.

and

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is often considered the first known successful African-American artist in the comic-book industry. He developed a reputation early on as one of the best “Good Girl” artists in the business, a master at drawing the female form. He paid attention to the smaller details that allowed his comic book heroine to come alive as a more robust character.

I view these two artist as the building blocks the chain that created one of my favorite forms of entertainment: COMIC BOOKS!

Check out the 15 Influential Black Superheroes. (My favorite black superhero is Storm.)

Learning about  Edmonia Lewis, a black woman who dared to be artist, and Matt Baker, black artist who dare to left his mark on “good girls” of comics, makes me rethink the black superheros we know and love. Somehow learning about Lewis and Baker makes comics not just some whimsical, escapist entertainment. It reminds me that art, in all it’s forms, is the act of rebelling, re-imagining and see yourself in the story. Even when others try to make you invisible.