I didn't want to take a look - couldn't care less that it was in a book, and the only thing I wanted at the end of the rainbow was the shiniest pot of gold. That's right, Shimmies - after going through 20+ years of schooling and graduating with my 3 stripes, I couldn't fathom the thought of reading anything other than fashion magazine articles (preferably 300 words or less)! 

Thankfully, I've come to my senses and opted to pick up those bound texts once more with hopes of doting upon every prepositional phrase, comma splice, and idiom written in the most eloquent prose possible. So tag along as we go twice as high and read at least one book per month! 


Dear White People

Justin Simien

It doesn’t follow the movie nor the NF series. This book, instead, is an entity all its own and because neither appealed to me in the first place, I couldn’t be more grateful!

It’s like a forewarning of sorts…Mimicking an actual expository, Simien takes the subconscious prejudices you have either against yourself or others and creates dialogue between your jaded mindset and his “unbiased” wit. In turn, you no longer think Black folks crave chicken and impartially judging us by our character and not by the color of our skin becomes your favorite pastime. It’s a win-win!


How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

John Hope Bryant

Are you a part of the 1% or the 99% of the economy? No need to be modest - there’s nothing wrong with being a part of the majority while yearning to be amongst the elite - I mean, we all have aspirations, right?

Well, imagine staying right where you are and realizing that the power you possess can ultimately wave and even shake Adam Smith’s invisible hand. If it’s hard to fathom, let Bryant help ya out.

In this empowering and financially freeing novel, Bryant, a former 99 percenter, details his plight and how he used the system to escape. While you’re intrigued by his zeal for success, you begin to realize how the same is possible for you too…simply because of the power you have.

So go forth! Save capitalism and Make Yourself and America Debt-Free Again!


Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Harry Potter, my beloved, has been having fun in Europe for years. Well, now it’s time to traverse his adventures to Sub-Saharan Africa under the navigation of Zelie, Amari, and Tzain!

I have to admit, Chapter 1 had me interested, but Chapters 2 and beyond had me hooked! I read 9 chapters in one night for Pete’s Sake! Didn’t make much of a dent though - as I still had 76 more to go.

No worries, however. Adeyemi keeps you so interested that ya barely notice you’re a full 4 hours in! Eh, I guess that’s why they are bringing it to a theater near you! Read it quickly before it hits the big screen!



An Essay on Population

Thomas Malthus

Thomas Malthus, economics’ most loathed laureate, happens to be my favorite theorist to date. That’s why it’s quite shameful to admit I’ve never even read the man’s essay!

Now I know you’re wondering how it’s possible to like someone I barely even know (cue my dating life!) and teach his ideology to the kiddies. Well, it’s simpler than you think yet disgraceful nonetheless. This is why I’m charging myself to complete his works before year’s end.

Once the last page has been turned, I’ll not only be an economic aficionado spouting out the laws of supply and demand, but also a philosphying phrenic as I’ll finally be able to tell folks why I will either continue to support his theories or my antithetical reasoning for refraining from doing so. Either way, I’m excited!