Honey German

Hi Bookworms!

It's the last Wednesday of 2016 and as a result Ms. Honey German is our last #WBW of the year! Honey is an on-air personality for Power 105.1 in NYC as well as a digital producer for iHeartMedia. She also has her own celebrity gossip site, www.honeygerman.com. Aside from her career in entertainment, Honey is also an avid reader and it was so great catching up with her on what some of her favorite reads were as well as why books are so important. Check out the brief interview below:

                                                 "life loves the liver of it..." - Maya Angelou                                                                                                                                      Honey German                                                           On-Air Personality, Power 105.1                                                           Digital Producer, iHeartMedia                                                            IG | Twitter - @honeygerman                                                                      www.honeygerman.com  

                                                 "life loves the liver of it..." - Maya Angelou                                                            
                                                                       Honey German
                                                          On-Air Personality, Power 105.1
                                                          Digital Producer, iHeartMedia
                                                           IG | Twitter - @honeygerman     
                                                               www.honeygerman.com  

Honey, what is your passion?:
My passion is celebrity news. I enjoy reporting it live on radio, on television, or via articles/social media. 

Do you have a favorite author? If so, why?:
Yes, I do. Julia Alvarez. There's a connection between us as she is also the daughter of parents who migrated from the Dominican Republic to New York. When she writes of her experiences I can't help but to be transported right into the pages. 
 

What are your top (5) favorite books?:

  1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  2. How The Garcia Sisters Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  3. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  4. Year of Yes by Shona Rhimes
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Honey, what impact have these books had on you?:
Books have pretty much been my mentor. Living in a city as busy as New York, being able to get actual words spoke to you face to face by people you look up to is practically impossible. But with these books, they spoke directly to me, when we both had time. They gave me confidence and strength through their words. 

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

What would be the title of your first book? Why?: 
"You're Not Supposed to be Here" - almost all of my life that's the feeling I got every time I achieved any accomplishment: landing jobs, graduating college, attending events. It has always felt surreal, I'm just a Dominican girl from Washington Heights. 

What do you think the youth should know about books? Why are they important?:
Books are an infinite well of knowledge; we all need to know that. Many times we're not surrounded by mentors or leaders and books can for sure guide us instead. 

Have you ever read a book that you were not too fond of?:
I have no problem dropping books midway. I can't give you a specific title but I have for sure taken a few losses on books I've bought. 

Bookworms, thank so much for taking the time to check out our interview with Honey German. Ensure to check her out on instagram and twitter as well as give her website a visit...and for you New York bookworms tune in to her on Power 105.1 :) Stay tuned for a couple more posts before the year ends!!!

xo Lady Bookworm

Stichiz

Hi Bookworms!

Today's #WeeklyBookworm is someone that those of us in Miami listen to on the airwaves everyday, literally :) It's none other than the talented Stichiz! You can hear her on Y100 & 103.5 The Beat, but Stichiz is so much more than a Radio Personality. Stichiz is an artist as well as a philanthropist. Check out our interview with her below to learn more about her love for books and how they've led her to give back to her community. 

"a good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold..."                                                              Stichiz                                                         IG - @stichiz                                                       Artist/Musician                                                     Radio Personality                                                       Woman of God                                                     Community Lover

"a good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold..."
                                                            Stichiz
                                                        IG - @stichiz
                                                      Artist/Musician
                                                    Radio Personality
                                                      Woman of God
                                                    Community Lover

Stichiz, what is your passion?:
My passions are walking in purpose, serving as light rather than darkness, and being able to motivate and feed a positive message through music and literacy.....HELPING :)

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who? Why?:
My favorite author is Langston Hughes. Although he is a poet, I can vividly remember being a kid in elementary school, and loving poetry. When I was introduced to him, I just connected with the way he spoke through his writing/poetry. I wasn't aware of many black authors at the time, but I clung to him among others. 

What would your top 5 favorite books be?:
I have a little more than 5 favorite books :) I will share 7 with you since I can't choose. 

  1. The Bible
  2. Ender's Game Series by Orson Scott Card
  3. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  4. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  6. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
  7. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyers

How have the above books shaped/molded you into the woman that you are today?:
I have to credit my mother for introducing the bible to me at a young age, and it has truly shaped who I am today. To tell you the honest truth, growing up I loved reading poetry and mostly reading scripture. I loved writing my own short stories and poems, which eventually evolved into songs & lyrics. I remember my best friend loved to read huge books, I was always busy with music, school activities, and community work. I would always say that I didn't have enough time to read like I want to, however, it wasn't until college I realized that every second counts. 

I will never forget in one of my classes, on the first day my professor mentioned, "If you guys don't read these books, you wont pass my class, period!" Mind you these were like 7-8 small print pretty big chapter books/novels that I needed to read in less then 5 months, not to mention my 6 other classes I had to tend to. So, in my mind, I guess I have to find time to read these books (because I was not about to fail a class). Literally any little second and minute I had between my 2 jobs, classes, and shows/events I was reading, I couldn't put the books down. 

I have been taken on various journeys and it even encouraged me to collect books for kids to build small libraries overseas and locally. I have been working on this particular library overseas for an elementary/middle/high school for a few years, we have been placing the moving parts together and praying that in 2017, we can make it happen and have it ready for the students to enjoy. I just want kids to walk in the library and feel like they never want to leave. Reading just takes you to a different place, mentally and expands your mind and imagination. I am praying this will all move in a positive direction!  I’m also blessed with the opportunity to be the spokeswoman for Literacy Connection Inc. 

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Stichiz, what do you think the youth should know about books & why they are important?: 
This is really something important to me, promoting and encouraging literacy. Reading not only helps with your vocabulary but I do believe as I mentioned earlier, it just expands the mind and imagination, and  it makes the saying "the possibilities are endless" a reality. If kids start at a young age, being a custom to reading and loving it, I believe it puts them at an advantage. 

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
I read Ender's Game twice(lol) and the Bible i try to read every day...even if I read something months ago, because of new experiences and life. When I read certain scriptures today I may have a better understanding of it now than I did in the past. 

What would be the title of your first book?:
"Tu Es Belle", showing our kids that the way G-d created them is beautiful. 

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. "(Matt 5:14-15)

 

Hope you overly enjoyed virtually getting to know Stichiz. If you're in Miami or have the iHeartRadio app please check her out on Y100 & 103.5 The Beat :) Follow her musical career as well as her philanthropy. She really is one to watch!!

 

Karla Ferguson, Esq.

Happy Wednesday Bookworms!
You know why we're here :) #WBW
This #WeeklyBookwormWednesday we celebrate a powerhouse of a phenomenal woman, Karla Ferguson, Esq!!! She is the true definition of #BlackGirlMagic!! Not only is she a force to be reckoned with but she's also a yaadie (obviously this means I love her even more...lol!)
Karla is a true role model to us all. Check out the interview below to learn more about her. I hope you enjoy it :)

"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for..."                                                                                    To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee                                                Karla Ferguson, Esq                                               Owner & Director of Yeelen Gallery                                               IG - @yeelengallery                                                www.yeelenart.com    

"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for..."
                                                                                   To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

                                              Karla Ferguson, Esq
                                              Owner & Director of Yeelen Gallery
                                              IG - @yeelengallery
                                              www.yeelenart.com

 

Karla, what is it that you do?:
That is such a good question…I am an attorney whose focus has been civil rights, I own and operate Yeelen Gallery and I curate socially impactful shows with the eye of an activist while promoting my artists and their visions.

What is your passion?: 
I love reading, collecting art, working out and dancing… all keep me sane; I also love to grow things so I am an avid gardener.

Do you have a favorite author? If so, why?:
This is a difficult question because depending on what stage of life I am in my favorite changes. If I had to choose an author that has made a huge impact up until now in my life, I would have to say Fyodor Dostoevsky, his ability to tell a story from so many perspectives is incredible. 
 

What are your top 5 favorite books? Why?:
Well, I can't choose 5, so I will give you 7 :)
I loved these books and it's really hard to even narrow my reading list down to 7 favorites but these are extremely impactful. 

  1. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. Eva Kuna by Isabel Allende
  6. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

How have the above books shaped/molded you into the woman that you are today?:
These books all lent to my gaining of culture, they allowed me to travel, to move along people of different societies and they empowered my understanding of self.

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
I would read Fyodor Dostoevsky's, The Idiot, over and over again because it requires close examination in order to understand all of its nuances, metaphors and clever wit. 

What would be the title of your first book? Why?:
Princess Karla from Backbush, because its what my mother called me as a child. This title she gave me has always kept me grounded to my Kingston, Jamaican roots while reminding me to act with elegance and to strive for greatness. It really is the story of my life.

What do you think the youth should know about books & why are they important?:
A book can take you anywhere or at least to the limits of your imagination, which is infinite. You don’t need to be rich to travel, books can transport you to countless destinations, they allow you to mix with people from all walks of life and to gain insight into distant cultures.

Have you ever read a book that you were not fond of?:
I went to law school so there were many book that I found to be a chore because they were and because they took away from the time I had to read the books I loved. Thinking more about this question I can say that I absolutely disliked Lolita by Nabokov…it left me feeling disgusted.

I am hoping you all enjoyed learning about Karla. Keep her in mind because I guarantee you will be seeing and hearing a ton more about her. If you are ever in Miami please give the Yeelen Gallery a visit. It is rich with culture and purpose. 
See you next week bookworms :)

Addie Rawr

Happy #WeeklyBookwormWednesday!!!!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoyed our last Bookworm Feature :)
This week we've got one of our favorites, Ms. Addie Rawr. She creates magic with her hands. 

It was only right that we reach out and feature her as a #WBW!

Enjoy our interview with her below: 

"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson                                                           Adrienne Randle aka Addie Rawr                                                    Artist                                             IG: addierawrrr                                             www.addierawr.com

"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson                             
                           Adrienne Randle aka Addie Rawr
                                                   Artist
                                            IG: addierawrrr  
                                         www.addierawr.com

Addie, what is your passion?:
My passion is art & design. 

Who is your favorite author? Why?:
Tori Morrison has been my favorite author since high school when I first read Beloved. Her imagery and creative storylines makes it so easy to read through an entire book.  

What are your top 5 favorite books?:

  1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
  2. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 
  3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  4. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  5. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

How have the above books molded you into the woman that you are today?:
They help me discover confidence in myself as a creative and to never question myself.


What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
Every book I've read I'd read over again. There's something refreshing about rereading a book that I've read as child. It's like you get to discover things that weren't there before. 


What would be the title of your first book & Why?:
As an artist I don't see myself writing books however designing book covers is a dream of mine. I see myself creating soothing, impactful yet simple book covers for black women.


What do you think the youth should know about books & why they are important?:
Books are a way the youth can travel, hear new ideas and discover new prescriptive of life all while never leaving their home. It's important for children to read because it not only help expand their vocabulary but gives them a chance to use their imagination which at times tv shows/movies can muffle.


Addie, have you ever read a book that you were not too fond of?:
I'm sure I've read books that I didn't like but I don't remember any.

 

Hope you all enjoyed getting to know Addie! Make sure to check her blog out and follow her on instagram. Please see some images of her pieces below:

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Angela Yee

Bookworms :)

Its Wednesday so you all know what that means....#WBW :)
This week we've got a really special young woman who is paving the way for so many  that dream of being in the entertainment industry. Our weekly bookworm is none other than Ms. Angela Yee. She is the host of the World's Most Dangerous Morning Show, The Breakfast Club, which is nationally syndicated. 

Check out the interview below to see why books are important to See as well as what a couple of her favorite reads are...

                                                                                  Angela M. Yee                                                                    Radio Host & Brand Ambassador                                                                           IG | Twitter: @angelayee

                                                                                  Angela M. Yee
                                                                   Radio Host & Brand Ambassador
                                                                         IG | Twitter: @angelayee

Yee, what is your passion?:
Education is my passion.

Do you have a favorite author?:
Yes, I actually have a few. Terry McMillan for her fictional novels when I want to escape reality, Robert Greene because his books stimulate my mind and change how I perceive things, and I always loved the way Shakespeare's characters speak and the basic plots he uses. 

What are your top 5 favorite books?:

  1. Mastery by Robert Greene
  2. The Operator by Tom King
  3. Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
  5. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare 

How have the above listed books helped to mold you into the woman that you are today?:
I remember growing up and reading every Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary book, and spending hours in the house or at family gatherings zoned out. Then I went through a phase where I was into horror movies and I read every Stephen King book, including the super long It and the book Thinner where the gypsy put a case on the main character. I always liked reading the book before I saw the movie and watching the storyline develop from what I pictured in my mind. Reading also helped me develop an understanding of different time periods and cultures that I would have never known, and even learn more abut the opposite sex. 

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
I usually don't read books multiple times because I have so many that I haven't read yet but when I was younger I read Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger a few times. 

What is your favorite quote?:
"Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem...." by Lauryn Hill

What would be the title of your first book? Why?:
"What About My Notes" because I'm always researching things and yes, because of the Birdman interview we had...lol

 

Bookworms I hope you all enjoyed catching up with us and this week's #WBW, Angela Yee. Make sure to check her out in the mornings on The Breakfast Club as well as listen to her podcast, Lip Service. Angela is also launching her own book club tomorrow, December 1st, 2016. The book club is presented by Atria Books. You can partake in and sign up for at the following link: Angela Yee's Book Club. As always, stay tuned for more amazing interviews, reflections, and recommended reading lists. If you haven't yet please subscribe with us now :)

Joiya Cloud

Hi Bookworms!!!

I hope you all are doing amazing :)
As usually, you know why we are here lol ( I hope you all are liking this concept of the weekly bookworm! I would love your feedback...)

This week I bring to you another beauty who has brought our community together through her platform, Fros & Beaus, LLC. Introducing to you all Ms. Joiya Cloud. Check out my interview with her below on being a bookworm and why reading is so important to her...

                            Joiya Cloud  Founder & Creator of FROS & BEAUS, LLC             IG: @xojoclo | @frosandbeaus

                            Joiya Cloud
 Founder & Creator of FROS & BEAUS, LLC
            IG: @xojoclo | @frosandbeaus

Joiya, what is your passion?:
Black People!!!

Do you have a favorite author? If so, Why?:
The universe if that counts :)
God created it and has set forth laws that can not be ignored and I feel it is likened to a book that can guide you infinitely. 

What are your top 5 favorite books?:

  1. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  3. The Bible
  4. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  5. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

What influence have these books had on you?:
These books have been incredibly influential to who I have become because every single one of them led me in a path of critical evolution at the perfect moments. They've inspired me to continue educating myself, either about myself or about my history. 

Is there a book that you would read over and over again?:
Yes, I read almost ALL books I like over again.

Joiya, why are books important to you?
I can be a bit extreme and when I go or commit to a place theoretically speaking, I like to really be there!
Books are important to me because they are capable of transporting through space and time and also provide context, whether it be historical context or a future context to flex your imagination.

What would be the title of your first book? Why?: 
"The Little Hood That Could" It is an extension of my beliefs about the progress of black people in America. The Hood, especially the youth, always could, can and will. 

 

Hope all enjoyed getting to know Joiya better :)
Make sure to give her a follow on her instagram accounts to keep up with what she is doing in the community. 

Endless love always!!!

xoLady Bookworm!!

Denyque Dontré

Peace Bookworms!!

Hoping you all are doing well since you last visited :)
We are of course kicking the week off with our #WBW. We have been featuring some phenomenal women lately and would love your feedback on how it's been received. 

This week we've added another beauty to our roster who possesses so much more than what's on  the surface. Meet Denyque Dontré...

Denyque, or Deny as we like to call her, is an aspirer and influencer. She wears many hats. Denyque serves as a Singer/Songwriter, TV Presenter, Sports Anchor, & Marketer hailing from the beautiful island of Jamaica. If you're from Jamaica or familiar with the happenings there then you've come across Denyque at some point. If not, you'll get to know her, starting here, and will probably fall in love with her too!

Check out our brief interview with her below:

"There are millions of people in the world; but in the end it all comes down to me. I still panic and sometimes I forget to breathe. But I know there's something beautiful in all my imperfections; A beauty held out for me to see and a strength that can never be taken away."                             IG - @thedenyque                           Twitter - @denyque

"There are millions of people in the world; but in the end it all comes down to me. I still panic and sometimes I forget to breathe. But I know there's something beautiful in all my imperfections; A beauty held out for me to see and a strength that can never be taken away."

                           IG - @thedenyque
                          Twitter - @denyque

Denyque, what are your passions in life?:
My passions are love, life, art, instilling knowledge, truth & love in the lives of others; helping them to be true to and love themselves and to constantly strive to be better versions of themselves - to embrace Growth & Glowth.

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who?:
Dr. Seuss.. do you really have to ask why.... 

What are your top 5 favorite books?:
1. Trying to Sleep In the Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant
2. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
3. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
5. Harry Potter (All 7) by J. K. Rowling

Have the books that you listed above helped shape or mold you into the women that you are today?: Yes, they have and this is how...

Book #1 - Trying to Sleep In the Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant
I had a similar experience where a friend/sister is concerned.

Book #2Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
I read in Grade 9 and it spiraled me into a state of conspiracy theorism for several years lol. It really grabbed my attention - the whole knowledge of the unknown and just learning about the wonders of what were, are and what's to be. Yea, I was born in the wrong era. I know. Lol.

Book #3 - Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Because we're all mad here...lol

Book #5 - Harry Potter (All 7) by J. K. Rowling
JK Rowling (Harry Potter)  reminded me how important it is to always believe that anything is possible and there is no way that us as we exist as humans are the only race in the entire Universe. Until they are disproved (and even after they are) I'll always believe that witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and dragons - among other 'supernatural' beings exist.

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Why are books important to you?:
Books provide an escape from 'the real world'. Everytime I read a book, I visualize every line and I get so lost in it that I become one of the characters. When the book ends, I'm either upset or elated, but with either emotion I'm electrified with knowledge.

 

As always Bookworms...thank you kindly for journeying with us!
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Denyque through her love for reading and influencing others to do so. 

Check back next week for our next #WBW...

Valencia D. Clay

Hi Bookworms!

Allow me to introduce this week's #WeeklyBookworm, Valencia D. Clay :)
She is a phenomenal woman, educator, and writer. Her passion is teaching. It has been a pleasure getting to know her and her love for educating, writing, and reading. Learn more about her below! I hope you all enjoy getting to know her as much as I did :) Make sure to give Valencia a follow on Instagram & Twitter as well as check out her website; all located in the caption under her picture!

 

                           Valencia D. Clay, Educator & Writer                                   IG - @valencia_valencia                                  twitter: @valenciasmiles                                       fb: valenciasgarden                                   www.valenciasgarden.com

                           Valencia D. Clay, Educator & Writer
                                  IG - @valencia_valencia
                                 twitter: @valenciasmiles
                                      fb: valenciasgarden
                                 www.valenciasgarden.com

Valencia, who is your favorite author? Why?:
My favorite author is Richard Wright because he paints vivid images and always ends with a twist. 

What are some of your favorite books?:

Here are five of my favorite books:

How have those books listed above influenced you?:
They gave me the voice I was missing.

Valencia, do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?:
Yes I do. It is "I have learned that I still have a lot to learn." - Maya Angelou

What was the reason you decided to publish your first book?:
The lack of an informed discourse around the abuse of power among government officials and police officers. 

What inspired the name?:
I was reading a book of prayers and the words, "Lord, you heard my silent cries..." and those words inspired the title of "Soundless Cries Don't Lead to Healing".

What can we expect from you in the future?:
Many more books!

Thanks for checking out this weeks #WBW !!! Check back later this week for a reflection on Positive Words, Powerful Results!!

Shea Powell

Happy #WeeklyBookworm Wednesday :)

Today's feature is one of our favorites, Travel Blogger...Shea Powell!
Most of you may know her as @theworldupcloser on Instagram or from her website www.theworldupcloser.com

Shea travels across the global leaving and breathing her passion daily; traveling and learning different languages. 
We caught up with her to find out what some of her favorite reads were and how reading impacts her travel. 

Check out her responses below: 

     "  Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience"                                                                                 - Paulo Coelho                             Shea Powell - @theworldupcloser                                                                                                          www.theworldupcloser.com     

     "Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience"
                                                                                - Paulo Coelho
                          
Shea Powell - @theworldupcloser                                                                        
                                www.theworldupcloser.com    

 

Shea, do you have a favorite author?:
Yes. It is  a hard choice, but I will go with Kahlil Gibran. I absolutely love his writing style. I feel revitalized, peaceful, and powerful every time I read something he wrote. The way he captures your imagination is soothing but very profound at the same times. 

What are some of your favorite books?:

Shea, what is the impact that these books have had on you? How have they shaped/molded you into the woman that you are today?:
I could go on and on about this. With regards to the books listed above and generally speaking if it wasn't for reading:

  • I wouldn’t know English and couple other languages
  • I would be a lot less creative and have a lot less space of mind for imagination
  • I wouldn't have gained the knowledge and life wisdom I have now

What would be the title of your first book & Why?:
The Change.
Life is about change. I travel and write for a a living so if I was suppose to write my first book... I would write how much travelling has changed my life; hence
The Change.

Why are books important to you?:
It is food for the mind, you just can't beat that.

Get to know more about Shea by visiting her website, linked above. You can be her personal travel buddy :)

 

Amita Persaud Webb

Hi Bookworms!!!

Happy Wednesday :)
I am an hoping you all are enjoying and getting the hang of the #WeeklyBookworm trend. 
We've got so many more fabulous features to share with you in the near future. 

This week we've got the stunningly beautiful Amita Persaud Webb as our #WeeklyBookworm.
Although Amita wouldn't necessarily label herself as bookworm she has read quite a few great books that we will talk about below :)

So, stop what you are doing and check out our convo with Amita below:

                  Follow Amita on Instagram & Twitter:                                   IG - @a.m.i.t.a                          Twitter - @AmitaWebb   

                  Follow Amita on Instagram & Twitter:
                                  IG - @a.m.i.t.a
                         Twitter - @AmitaWebb

 

Amita, what is your title professionally?:
TV Host/ Producer

 

What is your passion? What lights your fire?:
LIFE!!!

 

Do you have a favorite author/writer?:
No favorite author/s here, as long the book is a good read, I’ll like it!

 

Do you have any favorite books?:
Yes, they are the following: 

 

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
Based on recent reads, I would say BossyPants by Tina Fey, it was comedic but still embodied some general issues that women face at work/at home and balancing the two.

How have the books that you listed as your favorites shaped you into the woman that you are today?:
Books offer opportunities for personal growth regardless of book type and that has definitely contributed to my growth.
 

What would be the title of your first book & Why?:
‘WHY SO LOUD??’, folks always complain about how loud I am.

Why are books important to you?:
Books are important to me because they represent knowledge. If you want to learn about something, someone, somewhere ...it exists in a book!

Books provide experiences for readers that you may never really get to personally live.

Lahteefah Parramore

Greetings Bookworms!!

Today we are highlighting Ms. Lahteefah Parramore as our #WeeklyBookworm.
Lahteefah, otherwise known as Lah to her close friends, is a brilliant mind. You may not always see her on the stage or in front of a camera but she is always behind the scenes apart of the production. She makes dreams come true! She propels talented people to their ultimate potential. 

Read more about Lahteefah below:

                                          Follow Lah on Instagram:                                 @lah_realwealth | @queenscircle360

                                          Follow Lah on Instagram:
                                @lah_realwealth | @queenscircle360

Lahteefah, what is your profession?:
Certified Public Accountant/Business Manager

What is your passion?:
Connecting people and Strategically helping people achieve their dreams

Who are your favorite authors? Why?: 
My favorite authors are Maya Angelou and Deepok Chopra. They both represent how to work toward being the best they can be and how to love all life.

Do you have any favorite books? How have they shaped you?:

  1. The Book of Secrets by Deepok Chopra
  2. Mom & Me Mom by Maya Angelou
  3. What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
  4. The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
  5. The African Origin of Civilization by Cheikh Anta Diop

All of these books encouraged me to be the best I can be and know what I know, use the knowledge to make wise decisions, and understand my worth.

What is your favorite quote?:
"be the rainbow in someone's cloud..."

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
The Book of Secrets by Deepok Chopra

Have you written any books?:
Yes, I have written two books. My third book will be about how a business plan can save your life :)

Maeva Jackson

Hi Bookworms!!!!!

This week's #WeeklyBookworm is the phenomenal Maeva Jackson!!!
If you are not familiar with her name, get familiar. She is the owner of Black World Books. It is currently an online bookstore that will open it's first store in Texas this month. Lets get to know Maeva a little better:

Follow Maeva on Instagram: @maeva_jaxon Follow Black World Books on Instagram: @blackworldbooks

Follow Maeva on Instagram: @maeva_jaxon
Follow Black World Books on Instagram: @blackworldbooks

Maeva, who is your favorite author?:

There are so many...lol If I had to pick one it would be Dr. Juwanza Kunjufu. He provides some the the most clearly communicated information on the issues plaguing the African American community and our youth with multitudinous solutions.

What's your Top 5?

Which one of the above would you read over and over again?

The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 

What would the title of your first book be?

My first book would be titled "When I rocked the Boat of Thought" because my slogan is we rock the boat of thought. The book would be about my journey to self discovery and the liberation of my people through my work. 

To check out more from Maeva and Black World Books please visit her website: www.blackworldbooks.com

Monifa Coffee

Hello Bookworms :)

This week's #WeeklyBookworm is...

Monifa Coffee, Publisher & Editor in Chief of TXTURE Magazine IG: @instacoffeegram | @txturemagazine

Monifa Coffee, Publisher & Editor in Chief of TXTURE Magazine
IG: @instacoffeegram | @txturemagazine

 

Check out our one-on-one below:

Monifa, what is your passion?:
My passion is merging Black Beauty, Culture & Fashion, by our standards. To raise self love and self awareness.

Who is your favorite author? Why?:
James Baldwin is my absolute favorite author of all times. He was unapologetically black! His literature was vivid, transparent and timeless. He lived through the Jim Crow era as a Gay-Black man, and spoke his mind fearlessly! I feel I have that same gumption to be as transparent about topics that are close to my heart like civil rights, equality & culture appropriation. 

What are your top 5 favorite books?:
- The fire next time By James Baldwin
-Steal like an artist By: Austin Kleon
-Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
-Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang! by Chelsea Handler
-Assata by Assata Shakur

How have they shaped/molded you into the woman that you are today?:
"The fire next time" is the first of many Baldwins that I've indulged in. This book speaks to the unapologetic Black woman that I am. This novel is so raw & shows how fierce this man was. I touches on religion, civil rights & racism... many topics that are most important in today's vile society.

"Steal Like an artist" is ode to the creative, breaking down majority of the thoughts & the process of most creatives. I loved how he speaks on reinventing the art of creativity by making it your own. This is a method used daily at TXTURE Magazine.

"Tar Baby" was a riveting story about 2 lovers from two different sides of the tracks, relative in many relationships. However, its set in a time where we not only struggled in society but in our own homes. 

Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang! Outside of the serious side of Mo Coffee, I'm a total goofball. The "no holds bar" antics of Miss Handler are almost identical to mine... her views and potty mouth, but not her excesive use of  drugs tho! lol

Assata I feel in my heart she is my spirit animal, fearless and proud! One of the most important parts of this  autobiography takes place on the same NJ Parkway I road up & down all my life. Which made it easy to imagine the very details that lead to her banishment...

Every one of these books speak to the true charector of who I am... Creative, Strong, Unapologetic & Fabulous!!

 

Fav quote:
"If you can't join em', beat em".
-Monifa Coffee

I've always danced to the beat of my own drum. Always found a way to create my own lane, reinvent the wheel on my own terms. Just a natural leader at heart, its the Aries in me.

What is the one book that you would read over and over again?: Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang! The other books are so powerful, that they take me to another place. Chelsea's lightheartedness makes me happy! It speaks to my high energy, and who doesn't want gut wrenching laughs all the time?!

What would be the title of your first book?: 
My First Book (which I'm currently working on) will be entitled, "Last Call for Alcohol" A single girls dating mishaps & many adventures.

The POV is set in a very tongue-in-cheek tone. I've found that too many amazing women are dumb-ing themselves down to appease the emotions of inadequate men. So many men are intimidated by strong women. They need to understand my independence is not a middle finger to you, its just a reflection of my life's story and my experiences. I think women everywhere will learn a lot about dating & themselves from reading my book. I cant wait to share. 

 

 

Thank you for being this week's #WeeklyBookworm Monifa!!!

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