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Hey y’all, so Such a Fun Age was the book club pick for The Reading Rush and I ended up loving it. If you want to learn more about some controversy surrounding The Reading Rush and how it negatively affected the Black reading community, I’d highly recommend checking out this video.
Such a Fun Age is also the Unfriendly Black Hotties book club pick for August. They’ll be having a live show at the end of the month to discuss it. I’m really looking forward to that live show because I really want to dissect this story with other readers and I think it will bring forth some great discussions.
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Let me preface this post by saying that what I have written is based on what I have been thinking and feeling. I have been listening, researching, and reflecting from others who either have disabilities or from other parents who have children with disabilities. I am bringing this topic up because I think it is one that needs to be discussed more frequently so that it is not looked upon with negative connotations.
So the word I want to discuss today is “disability.” I will admit, this word has been a difficult one for me to accept when it comes to Rhett. In my mind, he can do absolutely anything he wants to do, which is true. The way he accomplishes things may look different than what others do, but he can still reach any goal he wishes. The word disability has become sort of taboo, which is what needs…
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The world is fuzzing sound;
blurred by brand-new sensation
as you learn and
day by day.
Body wracked by hiccups,
feeding and pooping and
farting and burping.
Bodily functions endear at this early age;
each one a victory worthy of celebration.
We wait for you to wake, though
you find the most solace in sleep.
You are a cooing gift
we were happy to
by Erik Shinker
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For anyone in their 20s, I just have one question to ask you: Are you okay? On a daily basis, we are always asked about life, relationships, and goals, but never do we hear, “are you okay?” So today, this post is dedicated to us and our paths we are still trying to carve out.
Who remembers the infamous question we were all asked senior year of high school? If you’re like me, you immediately thought of, “Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?” And the resounding answer was “Finish college, work in my career field, and maybe even get married and start a family.” And now look, we are 5-10 years later and a good 80-85% are not exactly where we thought we would be.
As you look around, you start seeing others who are in their 20s being successful…
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Song: “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)”
Album: Watermark (1988)
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What about your friends, will they stand their ground, will they let you down again? What about your friends, are they gonna be lowdown, will they ever be around, or will they turn their backs on you?
What About Your Friends? – TLC
Friendships, like any relationship, needs two people to work on keeping it going. When one person is giving their all, and the other person is just taking what is being given to them, it can make the relationship one-sided. We have all had moments playing both parts, so how should we fix it?
One thing we should do is sit down and tell your friends what you need to make the friendship work. How will your friends know what you need if you are not expressing them? The next thing is setting your boundaries. You have the right to tell your friends what you will or…
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I try my best to be very conscious of what I put in and on my body. With that said, I want to share four of many Black-owned personal care brands I love and use that you can buy & support too.
- Honey Pot is a feminine care brand, powered by a Black woman, 100% natural, infused with essential oils & herbs. These products are also biodegradable and cruelty-free. I have very sensitive skin and have seen a difference using the items pictured.
- Alaffia, a skin & hair care brand founded by a Black man who uses unrefined shea butter as a base ingredient. This brand also focuses on fair trade and women empowerment in West Africa.
- Yadain Cultural Solutions is an all-natural herbal body, skin, and hair care solutions brand with raw ingredients. I use many of their body and hair products.
- Tropic Island Living provides the best…
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Longing for touch and
touching, feeling, pressing,
The feeling of skin on skin,
body heat transmitting and melding in
Lust leads to
surrogate sources of climax.
gratification delayed to
flow forth again.
by Erik Shinker