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


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 :)