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  I discovered an “American Marriage” while I was updating my currently reading books on Goodreads. There was an ad for the novel at the top of the page. I had never heard of the novel or the writer, Tayari Jones. My first thought was that the advertising served her well, because it caught my attention. My second thought was that I loved the title. What is an American marriage? Then I noticed that the book had been given Oprah’s seal of approval and that it had over a hundred thousand ratings and over eleven thousand reviews on Goodreads, and over two thousand reviews on Amazon with a 4.4 rating. Then I wondered, how I had missed this gem. It had to be good, right? Oprah endorsed it. Curious, I read the sample, and I was hooked at the chapter titled ROY. The book is told from multiple POV’s, and Roy is the husband in the marriage. His wife is Celestial. We hear from her also in the novel, as well as her best friend Andre, who ends up playing a crucial role in the lives of Roy and Celestial. Yes, it’s a winding story—a great story, that’s told with beau...
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It may not appear so, but Chrissy Metz,  who play’s Kate Pearson on the hit show This is Us, and I have a lot in common: we’re our parents’ third child, we had abusive stepfathers, we grew up poor, we grew up with body image issues, we’re actresses, we’re authors, and we’ve both worked on the same set as Sterling Brown who plays Randall on This is Us. Granted, Chrissy’s success as an actress far exceeds mine and unlike me, she’s a New York Times bestseller and the time spent on set with Sterling Brown was as his sister unlike me who spent time with him on the set of Insecure when I was an extra and he was a guest star. Albeit, I’ve opted to focus on the similarities. And it’s these similarities that drew me to her new memoir This is Me. In her memoir, Chrissy gives the reader a birds-eye view of her life starting with a lunch invite she received from none other than the iconic Oprah Winfrey. She had me glued to the pages and laughing out loud as she talked about receiving a call from Oprah’s assistant—a call she just knew was a prank. But when Lady O re...
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In Jenifer Lewis’s memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, she says that Black-ish has made her a household name. But for me, the name Jenifer Lewis was looming large in my household twenty-five years ago when I learned I had been nominated for a NAACP theater award for best actress along with Jenifer and three other actresses. I remember vividly wondering who she was when it was announced that she had won. Little did I know that in 1993, she already had an impressive number of theater credits and awards under her belt.  Little did I know that she would go on to have an illustrious film and tv career and if I had known that after auditioning for John Singleton’s film Poetic Justice, she would look at him and say, “Little boy, just give me the f***ing part, will ya?” I would have dismissed all thoughts about nabbing that NAACP award because Jenifer is a woman who is unstoppable, who is determined to win, and her page-turning memoir speaks volumes to the aforementioned.  If you’re looking for a tell-all about Hollywood—a book revealing dirty secrets a...
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  I remember the first time I even remotely let myself believe that Barack and Michelle Obama could take residence in the White House. It was when I saw a photo of them flanked by Malia and Sasha in Ebony magazine. It was a beautiful photo wherein the first family were donning winter coats, their faces lit up with hopeful smiles. Could it happen? Would it happen? Do I dare let myself believe the unthinkable? I recollected being a child and seeing the walls plastered with the presidents of the United States—all white men. Who was this black man who had the audacity to believe he could become the leader of the most powerful nation in the world? Moreover, who was that beautiful black woman standing at his side and how did she get there? I, like many others, had never heard of Barack or Michelle. It seemed like a dream, like they had appeared out of nowhere. Who are these people? Well, it’s been a decade since I came across that photo in Ebony Magazine and that unfamiliar family as we all know became the first black First Family. Over the years I’ve lear...
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 All Other Ground is the third book in award-winning author, Doris Dancy’s Redemptive Love Series and it doesn’t disappoint. Summer Carlton, the protagonist in this riveting story told in multiple POVs, is distraught because the man she’s in love with is marrying another woman. She’s so devastated that she thinks about doing the unthinkable, but fate would have it that her plans are thwarted. And instead of ending her life, she starts a new one, miles away from the home where she grew up. Summer becomes fast-friends with Jillian, a Christian woman who’s married with two children. Jillian invites Summer to her church picnic where Summer meets some interesting people, one of whom piques her curiosity. Summer, still struggling with demons from her past, tries her best to move forward with her new life, but the road is bumpy and full of missteps. However, she trudges in the hope of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Will Summer overcome the past? Will she find everything she’s ever wanted? Those questions and Doris’s beautiful writing kept me ...
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