A birthday gift from my boss. I had eyeball allergies for 34 seconds after I opened it. Completely unexpected.
Good morning, 33. 🎂🎉🎉🎉💐🎁😍 (at Best Day of The Year)
Phonte and this creeper face he gave… lawwd he is so silly. Love him and @zo3hree5ive. Last night was too awesome. #theforeignexchange #BirthdayWeek (at The New Parish)
Foreign Exchange concert with the homies @ksan23 and @pinkivy81 #BirthdayWeek (at The New Parish)
I listen to The Read podcast during my runs (which has nothing to do with books, btw lol), but I’m so far behind in episodes, I had no idea they were coming to the Bay. Kid Fury is my spirit animal. He is hilarious. Gotta check this out.
#14 “Forty Acres: A Thriller” by Dwayne Alexander Smith (@bookTini’s July Selection) - a group of wealthy elite Black businessmen create a secret society of slave masters, kidnapping white folks and keeping them in bondage. When up and coming lawyer, Martin Grey, is asked to join them, it’s either do it or die.
Never thought a book like this would pop up on the literary scene. Just a few chapters in. So far so good. Meeting to discuss this Sunday.
#13 “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” || Started this weekend. Really interesting to read of the western transformation from a society focused on character, to one focused on personality, leading to the extrovert ideal being lauded as superior. Great book so far.
If someone would write this, I’d read it - “How To Build Friendships As an Adult: A Step-By-Step Guide For Those Who Are Shy, Introverted, StandOffish, or Can’t Be Bothered Until They Want Something To Do and Need Someone With Similar Interests To Do It With”
#TBT While planning @booktini’s first retreat back in November 2009, I’d stumbled upon a @lookingflyonadime blog post about making DIY earrings out of your fav album covers, and thought making them out of memorable book covers would be a great keepsake for our retreat goody bags. Me @trueiimyself @sagiluv21 and @HappilyNappyMe spent hours making enough for everyone to have two pair.
Totally forgot about these until I found them at my mom’s house this weekend. “BookTini needs an historian, so I’ll do that for you since you lose stuff a lot.” Lol She knows me so well. Glad she kept these (and everything else) for me. Missing are The Women of Brewster Place, Waiting to Exhale, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and the alternate The Color Purple cover earrings. #bookclubs #readinggroups #FiveYears
Monday morning inspiration
Pearl Cleage reading from ‘Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs” (at Museum of the African Diaspora)
My first instagram post was a picture I took of this Maya Angelou sculpture at the ‘Remember Them: Champions for Humanity’ bronze monument in Uptown Oakland.
I remember rushing from work during my lunch to the unveiling ceremony in October 2011, hoping to meet her because she was scheduled to speak. She was too ill to make the trip to California at the time, so her son showed up in her absence. I was so sad, thinking it was probably my last and only opportunity to see her speak live. I was right.
I love this monument though. In the cluster of humanitarians which is designed as a sort of Mt. Rushmore of heroes, her likeness is the only one that stands alone (with Ruby Bridges behind and to the bottom left of her). So proud of my city for honoring her. #Oakland (at Uptown Oakland)
One of my greatest inspirations is gone. Never got a chance to meet her, to talk to her, touch her, and thank her for the words that meant so much to me so many times in my life. Her words taught me a lot, not just as a writer, but as a woman. Her passing is a hard pill to swallow, but I am grateful for everything she was here to give.
I posted this last month for her birthday:
"I’m a "Granny’s Girl," so I was devastated when my grandmother passed. Maya Angelou’s words about losing her own grandmother were the only things that healed me. Her transparency, her work, her stories, her poetry, her smile have inspired me to be resilient, to grow, to love, and to never stop sharing my experiences with the world. She is definitely an earthly angel."