My Year In Books

I set a yearly challenge to read twenty books in 2020. That was a true challenge if you look back at my progress in March. I tend to be a slow and inconsistent reader. I don’t speed read. I have never enjoyed reading books that way; most times I didn’t remember what I had read. […]

Author’s Arc- Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a versatile novelist who writes historical, science, contemporary, and romance fiction. In September of this year, she released When No One is Watching.  It is described as Rear Window meets Get Out in 2020. The protagonist, Sydney Green is a no nonsense Black woman, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has […]

30th Anniversary of the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour

Janet Jackson is one of the few names in pop culture who has been a successful triple threat throughout her entire career. In 1990, she headlined her first world tour. With the release of her fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation 1814, Miss Jackson performed songs from that album as well as her third album Control. […]

YouTube #writing community

I love YouTube for its free content. It is a great source for writers. Here is a list of some great YouTubers in the writing community to watch if you are pursuing a career in writing. Keep in mind, some of them have a Patreon account where fans of their work pay a monthly fee […]

How to Write a Short Story

I came across a video titled How to Write a Short Story, on YouTube from NY Times Bestselling author and biographer, Jerry B. Jenkins. In less than ten minutes, he sold me on why mastering writing short stories before writing your first novel is important. I don’t own a single collection of short stories. Me […]

Happy Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day. The only reason I know this is because, usually at this time, I would be on the phone talking to customers about their loans. So, I am grateful my job does observe this day. I am also grateful I have a job. Of course it could be worse. I don’t know if […]

Weekend with a book: Outlawed

Anna Todd is a journalist and author of three published novels. She graduated from Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2009. Outlawed is a western about a barren woman who is forced into a life of crime do to her husband’s family and their superstitious beliefs. This story deals with the old school of thought about barren […]

Nia Long turns 50

The beautiful Nia Long made her film debut back in 1991 as Brandi in John Singleton’s, Boyz N The Hood. Since then, she has been a force in Hollywood. Although she is loved for her predominantly Black cast romcoms like Love Jones and The Best Man, she has an impressive resume of crossover films and […]

Monica and Brandy tense Verzuz Battle

Verzuz Battle has become the alternative to live concert entertainment. With COVID changing the way we live our day to day lives—temporarily or permanently—we as fans have found creative ways to enjoy music during quarantine. Verzuz Battle was started by super producers, Swizz Beatz and Timberland. The live event is hosted on their Instagram channels […]

The City of Brass review

I was recently introduced to the Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty. I finished the first book, The City of Brass last week. It is a thick book; not what I call a quick or light read. This debut novel by Chakraborty’s was first published in 2017. Harper Voyager published all three books with the final […]

NANOWRIMO IS HERE!

I will not assume everyone knows what NANOWRIMO is. I only learned of it this year through YouTube. So, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It was founded in July of 1999 by Chris Baty. Since then it has become this massive online community for writers. Their website host writing challenges in April, July, […]