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!!

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                         

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

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!!