I’m a “Granny’s Girl,” so I was devastated when my grandmother passed. This woman’s words about losing her own grandmother were the only things that healed me. Her transparency, her work, her stories, her poetry, her smile has inspired me to be resilient, to grow, to love, and to never stop sharing my stories. She is definitely an earthly angel.
HAPPY 82ND BIRTHDAY, MAYA ANGELOU.
And then Pearl Cleage (#AuntiePearlInMyHead) begins her memoir with this quote from her journal.
#blackwriters #writing #BlackWomen #WomenWriters #blackliterature #ThingsIShouldHaveToldMyDaughter
I haven’t had time to read as much as I’d like *cries in the bathrub* but one of my favs is releasing a memoir next Tuesday and I want to have a fabulous review up in time to convince er’body and their mama to go buy it. Starting it right now. #PearlCleage #AuntiePearlInMyHead #love #blackwriters #BlackWomen #blackliterature
My Friday Night
#TejuCole #SanFrancisco #blackwriters #AfricanWriters #EveryDayIsForTheThief #booknerd (at The Booksmith)
Shout out to author Renee Swindle who came out to kick it with @booktini -Oakland and discuss Shake Down the Stars today. Hella fun meeting.
♥my book club.
There oughta be a law…
The book club is turning 5 years old in the fall, and this is happening in October to commemorate the occasion. That gives me seven months to get it right, get it TIGHT! 12 miles and 9, 000 squats a day should do the trick.
Special thanks to @breezyb1982 for taking on this project.
♥ MY BOOK CLUB.
This jumper + the warm weather we have going on right now in The Bay, has inspired me to go outside and do 85 consecutive laps around Lake Merritt.
Graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 2012. Gave one of the most heartbreaking but inspiring speeches about Black girl beauty on Friday at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon (#bwih). Turned 31 on Saturday. Won an Oscar on Sunday.
Lupita Nyong’o: An Absolute Inspiration.
Listen… Black women are so damn fly.
Taken from @essencemag’s Black Women in Hollywood (#bwih) luncheon.
National Book Critics Circle Award, 1977;
American Book Award, 1988;
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1988;
MLA Commonwealth Award in Literature, 1989;
Nobel Prize for Literature, 1993 (and currently the only living American with such a prize);
National Humanities Medal, 2000;
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2012
Happy Birthday to the greatest writing inspiration on the planet, Toni Morrison.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I shared my favorite love stories over on Facebook today (facebook.com/ZoraToniMaya).
Got any favorite love stories to share?
My new book blog, ZoraToniMaya.com, launched yesterday on what would have been Zora Neale Hurston’s 122nd birthday. Check it out when you can. Very excited about what is to come :)
Where it all began…was driving thru E. Oakland and stumbled upon the library in the neighborhood I grew up in. Brought back so many summertime memories in the 80s, riding my bike from 64th Ave to get books like George and the Giant Peach and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and and my cousin and I winning Oakland A’s tix and free pizza when we completed the summer reading challenges #Oakland #library #libraries #books #reading (at Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library)