Read Like Me: Friday, February 21, 2020

Bad hair days, we’ve all had them, but a new cut or fresh look in the mirror after a LONG sit in a salon chair, can make you feel brand new. Yesterday’s post was brought to you by what I believed was a bad hair day. During my life I have rocked locs, curls, fros, relaxers, big-chopped, and transitioned more times than I can count. I … Continue reading Read Like Me: Friday, February 21, 2020

Read Like Me: Thursday, February 20, 2020

I am the darker brother.  Still, I rise. Phenomenal Woman.  Yesterday, I took a trip down memory lane, experiencing what I thought to be a bad hair day I found a picture of me in the 8th grade with the exact same hair! The 8th grade was really hard for me. I had been bullied relentlessly because I was overweight and I had deep chocolate … Continue reading Read Like Me: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“THIS HOUSE IS PACKED WITH ALL THE FACTS ABOUT ALL THE BLACKS ALL OVER THE WORLD.” That’s what it says above our door. We own this place, this house-the National Memorial African Bookstore. Today’s read is: The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch―a book … Continue reading Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Read Like Me: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

They say dance like nobodies watching. But there are people who have the talent and courage to dance like the entire world is watching and sometimes they steal the show. Today’s read is The Firebird by Misty Copeland Today’s read features illustrations by Christopher Meyers, who also happens to be an amazing author, but we’ll save that for another day.) Prima Balerina Misty Copeland tells … Continue reading Read Like Me: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Read Like Me: Friday, February 14, 2020

Today we’re shooting for the stars! Today’s reads are Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed & Chasing Space by Leland Melvin. Mae Among the Stars is inspired by the life of American Engineer Mae Jemison the first African American woman to travel into space. Ahmed shows the beauty in imagination and dreaming while highlighting the value in working hard to see those dreams fulfilled. … Continue reading Read Like Me: Friday, February 14, 2020

Read Like Me: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Anyone that knows me, knows that one of my favorite movies and stories is Pride and Prejudice. After attending just one viewing party I now host my very own Pride & Prejudice party every January 1st. So when this beauty came across the Berwyn Public Library’s Instagram feed, I was all over it. Today’s read is: Pride by Ibi Zoboi Pride is a modern-day retelling, no … Continue reading Read Like Me: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The problem with me working in any environment surrounded by books, is me hoarding and stopping to read the books. Today I’d like to share with you, The Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor. A book I stumbled on while I was shelving books. If the name sounds familiar it is because Ms. Taylor is also the author of Newbery Award-winning title, Roll of Thunder, … Continue reading Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Read Like Me: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Today I’d like to share a title for your young adult crowd. Our local high school has taken a few hits recently due to incidents of fights in school or outside of the school and then being posted to social media. My posts and comments are not about how things were or were not handled. My thoughts stand with the students that are allowing themselves … Continue reading Read Like Me: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Read Like Me: Monday, February 10, 2020

Today I’d like to celebrate the work of Author, Illustrator, and Filmmaker Vishanti Harrison. Author Vashti Harrison portrays young African American boys and girls as little but bold historical figures. Little black boys see themselves in artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.  While little … Continue reading Read Like Me: Monday, February 10, 2020

Read Like Me

Why Read Like Me? Well, that’s a picture of me up there and I love to read books where  I can see a reflection of myself. Not just Anne Shirley of Green Gable’s vibrancy, but from time to time it’s nice to see a bit of curly hair and melanin too!   While searching for organizations in the Chicagoland area for young black professionals I … Continue reading Read Like Me