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Five Books That Will Help You Live Your Best Life

We are almost half way through the year. With that being said are their any goals that set for New Years that have now fallen by the waste side? Have you lost your motivation to work out or start that business? Well don’t worry because it happens to the best of us. Here are five books that can assist you in getting that hustler sprit back!

 

Year Of Yes: Do you have the tendcy to talk yourself out of things? Well if you do, you are not alone. In her book, creator of TGIT, Shonda Rhimes, tells a tale of how she was afraid of things such as public speaking and media interviews. During a Thanksgiving dinner Shonda’s sister uttered six words, “you never say yes to anything.” Shondra knew she could not go on like this so she challenged herself to say yes for a year to things that frightened her. The lesson that can be taught from this book is to rise to every occasion and face fear head on. In the end you will be pleased with the results.

 

You Are A Badass How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life: This is book that I swear by. In the book the author, Jen Sincero delivers a how to guide that includes advice, exercise and inspiration that help target behaviors that are self sabotaging and detrimental to our growth. By the time I had finished reading “You Are A Badass,” I was felt like my mindset had completely changed and I incorporated new behaviors that helped me walk in my bad assery.

 

Be You & Live Civil: Tools For Unlocking Your Potential & Living Your Purpose: “The first step to living in your purpose is to identify what sets you apart, as opposed to looking at what other people are doing and figuring out why you’re not like them.” I received this book as a gift I graduated college in 2016. I was feeling down because my peers were landing jobs at news stations and I wasn’t. I have always been bubbly while my peers were more serious. Now fast forward to 2018 and I’m doing great things and media too. One of the gems Karen Civil dropped in this book in this book is that you can be different and still succeed in life. We are in the social media so it is easy to get caught up in the lives of other and want to be like them. Karen encourages us to march to the beat of our own drum and stay true to ourselves.

 

Leave Your Mark: This book is all about advice on how to land your dream job. Author Aliza Licht gives tips for people who are in he beginning stages of their career and how to move the chain. She emphasizes on commutation and building a personal brand.

 

Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money: A good friend of mine recommended this book to me after my boyfriend and I broke up. We were living together and he paid for everything. In the book the author, Barbara Stanny gives practical living advice and inspires women to take control of their money and their destiny.

 

What books are you reading to help you live your best life?

Michelle Obama Is Ready To Showcase Her Life With A New Memoir

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The moment that we have all been waiting for. Our forever First Lady has written a book and we can not wait to pre-order! “Becoming” by Michelle Obama will be a memoir based off of her personal experience. The book will trace back to her childhood as a little girl on the South Side of Chicago all the way into her role in the White House.

According to the book’s web page, Becoming will also touch on her personal experience as a working mother and revolutionary woman.
 
“In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” a publishing brief reads.
 
“With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it — in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations — and whose story inspires us to do the same.”
 
It was also announced that Michelle and her publisher will be donating one million books to First Book, a nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need in the U.S and Canada.
 
We know this will become a bestseller and it will sit on their bookshelf alongside her Hubby’s upcoming book Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama which is also a memoir coming out with Penguin Rand House publishing.
 
 

Beverly Bond Set To Release New Book “Black Girls Rock: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth”

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Beverly Bond, the creator of the impeccable BET awards show, Black Girls Rock has a great surprise for all of us black girls. On February 28th, “Black Girls Rock: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth“, will be hitting the bookshelves!

The book can be described as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of Black women around the world. Some of our favorite women have contributed to the work.

“Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic. Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. And Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.”

The book is filled with essays, affirmations, and beautiful photos that tell the story of black women who rock!

Beverly aims to affirm, elevate, and celebrate the unique narratives and rich experiences of Black women and girls around the world for generations to come. The book will be released by Atria Publishing Group imprint 37 INK.

Get your #blackgirlmagic on and pre-order your copy now here.

Oprah Winfrey Celebrates New Book ‘Wisdom Of Sundays’ With Gospel Brunch

Media icon and global standard of success Oprah Winfrey takes brunch to a new level to celebrate the release of new book,  “Wisdom Of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations. The star studded event took place at a private California home and guests enjoyed gospel music and good company.

MONTECITO, CA – OCTOBER 15: Actors Kerry Washington and Angela Bassett attend Oprah Winfrey’s Gospel Brunch celebrating her new book “Wisdom of Sundays” on October 15, 2017 in Montecito, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The guest list included some of Hollywood’s elite including actress Angela Basset, musician Alicia Keys, rapper Common, director Ava Duvernay and actress Niecy Nash.  Performances included gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams,  Erica Campbell, Bebe Winans and more.  The positive spiritual ambiance provide the perfect setting for her new book about “awakening your spirit“.

“My prayer is that this book becomes a companion for you. That at any point in your own lifelong adventure, you’ll be able to open The Wisdom of Sundays and find—as I do in the cherished books on my bedside table—just the right words of comfort and clarity” says Oprah on her website.

Oprah also appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show to discuss the motivation behind her new uplifiting book.  “Wisdom On Sundays” lead by an inspriring introduction written by Oprah herself, compiles quotes from a variety of sources to help readers grow and develop throughout a lifelong and sprititual journey.

 

 

Lawrence Lindell’s New Children’s Book Teaches Black Boys To Treat Black Girls With Respect

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The way black men treat black women has been stigmatized for generations. In the media, our black men are usually not making the lives for our black women any easier by not treating them as the queens that they are. Black women are often overly sexualized and demeaned in the hip hop culture and this leaks over into the way young black boys learn how to treat young black girls.

Lawrence Lindell is flipping the script of how Black boys should be treating our black girls, which is with respect. Lindell’s new book From Black Boy With Love is a narrative that comes from the first-hand experience of being around Black boys and men who were putting down girls with darker skin tones and not so “good” hair. Lindell believes that if we want things to change for the better in society we must look out for each other in all ways. We must not look out for everyone who looks like us, sounds like us, and live like us. The Black man should be holding up the black woman, and black woman should be holding up the black man.

From Black Boy With Love will guide readers through what it means to truly appreciate Black girls and Black women in hopes that children who read this book will grow to understand the importance of respecting all women, and Black women especially.

“The book is not just about the relationship between black men and women, it’s the relationship between men and women, period. I’m black and my community is full of black and brown women who I love dearly and I wanted to make something for them. But we as men have a huge problem with how we talk, treat and think about women.” – Lawrence Lindell via (Huffington Post)

Copies of From Black Boy With Love can be purchased here.

 

8 Year Old Writes Best Seller About Dealing With Annoying Little Brothers

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Cherinita Reese got a call on last Friday morning about her 8-year-old daughter Nia Mya appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show (March 17th) after Nia appeared on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on last Thursday night (March 16th).

Sounds like a dream right?

Nia Mya is on Amazon’s Best Seller list and has the No.7 best-selling book under the Parenting and Relationships section for her book, How to Deal With and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother. She is also listed among Amazon’s Movers and Shakers.

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Everyone has had a case of an ‘annoying’ sibling, we all have to figure out how to love, care, and deal with our family because honestly they are stuck with us forever! Blood is thicker than water and it is important to have great relationships with your family members, and even mend broken ones if that is the case. Nia Mya is helping young children around the world learn how to fully love and care for their family members, regardless of their circumstances or ‘annoying’ habits.

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It all started last year when Nia Mya’s first-grade teacher, Beth Hanks asked her class to write about something they were “experts” on. Nia decided to write about her annoying little brother, 5-year-old Ronald Michael. Nia kept everything within the family having illustrations inspired by her cousin, Faith Martin who is an 11th grader at Minor High School.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato congratulated Nia Mya on her national news appearance, check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/HooverMayor/posts/1613053352053080

“How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother” was published by Yorkshire Publishing on Nov. 30, 2016.

Order your copy for 9.99 on Amazon today.

Go, Nia! #BlackGirlMagic

 

Meet The Youngest Female Author To Publish A Chapter Book At 9-Years-Old

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Many children have been authors of published books, but Anaya Lee Willabus — a young African American queen from Brooklyn — made history when she published her first book The Day Mohan Found His Confidence. Anaya is now the youngest female author to publish a full-length chapter book at the tender age of 9-years-old in the United States. Amazing, to say the least.

The novel is about a young boy named Mohan looking to overcome life’s challenges both at home and at school. Ultimately, the relatable main character realizes he can do anything with the help and support of family and friends, a message Anaya hopes to spread:

“It’s just so inspirational, not only for me but for younger kids and that’s good.” – Anaya Willabus via PIX11

Willabus’ parents have played a huge role in her love for books as she began reading at the age of two years old. On top of that, the Brooklyn bookworm has already read all 300 of the books in her family’s library. Although her parents had the books available it was Anaya who took it upon herself to read, and her parents applaud her for her self-motivation.

When she gets older, Anaya has plans of being a teacher and continuing her career as an author. Despite being so young, she said she wants to change the world through education and literature. The sky is the limit for 9-year-old Anaya Willabus and we hope her story inspires you too.

Via Huffington Post 

Solange Buys 250 Books For Fans At A Black-Owned DC Bookstore

During Solange’s stay in DC for the Busboys and Poets Peace Ball the songstress stopped by Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, a local black-owned shop to meet up with some of her fans. She bought 250 books for fans that came out to show love, this benefited the local black business and the minds of all of her local fans.

I think that now more than ever we have to invest in community and fellowship.” – Solange Knowles

The bookstore has been open since 1997 and purposely holds books about people of African descent around the world. The owner of Sankofa, Shirikiana Gerima says that Solange’s decision to come to the store had symbolic meaning for members of the black community as we face an uncertain future in the Trump era.

For Solange to feel like Sanfoka is a touchstone for when times get challenging is rewarding for us. We hope to be the kind of place for anybody who needs to remember that what we’re facing is not new and that there are people who have stood up to harder things. They’ve left messages and symbols and signs about how to go about this kind of thing. They made it, and we can make it.” – Shirikiana Gerima

Solange bought Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and nearly all of the store’s James Baldwin collection! Solange’s favorite on the shelf was Fire Shut Up in my Bones by Charles Blow.

For her to do this in a bookstore—an intellectual space, a place where you’ve got to come and think and read and discuss—it was quite significant.” – Shirikiana Gerima

Check out her speech to her fans here:


Source: Washintonian

Meet Daliyah The 4-Year-Old Girl Who Has Read Over 1,000 Books

Have you ever met a 4-year-old that has read more books than you? Well her name is Daliyah and she is the epitome of black girl genius as a toddler in her buggies.

Her parents say that she has been reading since before she was born. Daliyah’s mom would read books to her older brothers and sisters while she was pregnant with her. While Daliyah was an infant her older brother would read books out loud and by the time she was 18 months old she was able to recognize words from the books, her mother would read her.

“She wanted to take over and do the reading on her own. It kind of took off from there. The more words she learned, the more she wanted to read.” – Haleema Arana via The Washington Post

At 2 years and 11 months, Daliyah read her first book on her own. Most children can barely understand the concept that text carries a message at this age, so this is mind blowing.

Today the 4-year-old has read more than 1,000 books varying from elementary to collegiate levels. This caught the attention of Carla Hayden the first woman and the first African-American to run the nation’s library. She is the nation’s library and the 14th Librarian of Congress. Earlier this week Hayden brought Daliyah to shadow her at the Library of Congres as the “librarian for the day”.  Dailyah’s hair was on “fleek” with the cutest pink dress, pink bow, and white glasses.

“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world.” – Haleema Arana (Daliyah’s mother)

Daliyah has her own library card and is frequent at her local library, the Hall County Library in Gainesville. Her mission is to teach other kids to work at an early age. Haleema got the idea to start counting the books that Daliyah reads through the 1,000 books Before Kindergarten Program started by her mother, Haleema Arana. Haleema started the program after Daliyah had read about 1,000 books in efforts to help other children do the same.

Check out Daliyah reading “The Pleasure Of Books” a college level text below:

9-Year Old Boy Donates Hundreds Of Books To Inmates At Local Jail

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Talk about an initiative that can have a lasting impact.

Meet 9-year old Tyler Fugett, who has done something truly special, and even used his hard-earned allowance to do so.

The passionate young scholar has donated hundreds of books to inmates at his local jail in Clarksville, TN. He originally donated 100 to start, but just last week, Tyler donated another 100, saying this:

“I don’t want people to think bad things while they are in jail,” Tyler said, according to a press release provided to The Huffington Post. “I want people to get out and not do bad things again.”

The police department relies strictly on donations for things like books since taxpayer dollars don’t cover these sorts of investments for inmates. “Tyler’s generosity is truly appreciated,” says public information officer Sandra Brandon.

I think we can all learn a thing or two from Tyler’s amazing act and hopefully government officials are paying attention and can make lasting changes to support this reading initiative.

Way to go, Tyler!

8 Books You Need to Add to Your Summer Reading List

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Summer is just about here, ladies and gentlemen. You excited yet?

While we owe it to ourselves to soak up the sun, enjoy BBQs and spend time outdoors these summer months, the summertime is also great for one important thing – reading!

I mean really, what’s better during the summer months than to unplug digitally, and sit in the breeze with a good book? It’s refreshing, soothing, and something society should be taking part in more often.

With so much great material to consume, it can become overwhelming when deciding which book you want to read. So, the Live Civil team has decided to compile a list of some of this summer’s required reading for you.

See the 8 Books You Need to Add to Your Summer Reading List below!

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1. “I Almost Forgot About You” by Terry McMillan

This release from the author who penned the pinnacle “Waiting to Exhale” and “Beloved” paints the tale of Dr. Georgia Young, who decided it was time to make some changes in her very comfortable and routine life. Selling her home, quitting her job, and embarking on a midlife journey, Georgia finds herself making some new memories while visiting the past. McMillan uses her amazing ability to paint a picture to create a character that takes us on a journey of our own.

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 2. “The Perfect Find” by Tia Williams

This witty and sexy author brings us the story of a former fashion editor who’s looking to revive her career. After selling her soul for a job, she finds herself a bit in over her head in today’s digital age, and comes to find she’s also a bit behind the times in the fashion world. On top of that, she’s tempted by a young, sexy, and off limits co-worker.

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3. “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

This non-fiction piece from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee takes us through the history of the gene and offers a response to the question: what happens as humans when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? Going through how being able to read/write genes helps answer the cause/healing of diseases such as cancer, personality disorders, and other things that can be considered heredity, Mukherjee offers a look into the pros and cons of being able to re-write genes.

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4. “Rich and Pretty” by Rumaan Alam

This charming and witty novel tells the story of friendship between two thirty-somethings in NYC. Exploring the topics of love, careers, family, and friends as a middle aged single woman, this catchy book stressed the importance of living life on your own accord, by your own timeline, and on your own terms. The way it should be.

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5. “We Too Sing America” by Deepa Iyer

Using the backdrop of 9/11, Iyer explores the question of whether or not the terms domestic terrorism and hate crimes can be used interchangeably. It also explores the role of political systems when it comes to perpetuating racism through systematic measures such as detentions, national registration programs, police profiling, and constant surveillance. She also examines other movements such as “Black Lives Matter.”

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6. “The Cook Up” by D Watkins

This personal memoir gives readers a look inside the Baltimore drug trade that has inspired series’ like “The Wire,” told from a first-hand account. After a series of unfortunate events, Watkins was forced to decline his acceptance to Georgetown and instead finds himself taking over his brother’s crack empire and pursuing the street life. While riding the crack wave, he meets a woman who changed his life for the better, while at the same time leaving the future of his “family business” in a shaky place. Readers are taken through the journey of what being a real Trap Queen and King looks like.

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7. “Collected Poems” by Rita Dove

As one of the most treasured poets of modern times, Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove brings 30 years worth of poetry together in a stunning and moving collection. As the former poet laureate of the United States, readers get a full look at her words that have moved many readers, and have won her numerous awards. This is a must read.

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8. “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” by Helen Oyeyemi

Though young, Helen Oyeyemi is already making a name for herself as a vivid and enticing master of the pen. This collection of stories tells tales of humor, sadness and everything in between, all the while reminding readers that what will be will be, and what is meant for them will find it’s way to them. Sometimes, we all need that reminder.

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9-Year Old Muskaan Ahirwar’s Library Just Got A Whole Lot Better

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Meet Muskaan Ahirwar, an amazing 9-year old girl who runs a library called “Bal Pustakalaya” in a small slum in Bhopal for children who can’t read. The inspiring third-standard student has an incredible collection of her own already, but thanks to non-profit group Room To Read, her library just got significantly better.

According to Buzzfeed, the non-profit donated upwards of “50 of their original local language children’s books to Muskaan’s library,” providing great content for children of Bhopal.

“These are very colourful books. I liked all of them. The drawings in the books are very good and the words are written big,” Muskaan said. “In today’s world, education is important and so books are important. Education has a great role to play in our lives. When small children read, enjoy and laugh, I feel very happy. 20-25 children come to my library every day,” she added.

This girl is only 9-years old?!

Read more about Muskaan’s story here.