For all my teachers and parents, edtech company Qlovi is hosting a 12-hour read-a-thon and Q&A session to 1 million students across the country TODAY. Qlovi teamed up with 12 diverse and interesting YA authors for this project, including Dianne de las Casas, George Takoudes, Lisa Yee and Andrea Pinky. Qlovi is a literacy platform that is dedicated to using technology to make reading and writing for younger folks accessible. You can watch the live stream here. Check it out, and learn more about the program!
Hope you had a beautiful, restorative Thanksgiving holiday. I’ve was busy with a number of projects in November, here are my updates:
Thank you to Christina and Loryn from the Women’s Information Network, who invited me to speak on their panel two weeks ago about about how social media elevates the voices of women of color. You can find a recap of the Twitter discussion Storified here, or just search the #WINWOC hashtag on Twitter. Special shout out to Cashawn Thompson, aka @thepbg, for stopping by and supporting! She is an amazing WOC in the digital space and it was a pleasure to see her in the audience
I’ve also been doing a bit of writing over at PostBourgie as of late, you should check it out here if you have some time. Topics include: HBCU Homecoming, being a bald-head scallywag, and NaNoWriMo. Fun times.
Other than that, I’m cooking up some holiday activities for the month of December, stay tuned for more info!
This commercial will never not make me laugh. Sidebar: Freddie Doug’s fro aint nothing to write home about, so how can he read someone else for having a ratchet scalp situation? And why would Douglass come back just to clown your hair? LOL.
2. DopeReads is facilitating the final book club discussion of Kiese Laymon’s book of essays, “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others In America”. Tonight on Twitter 9PM EST, use the hashtag #NBR. We gets jiggy with this reading sh*t.
So again HuffPost Books hits us off with a listicle of what famous authors were doing before they were writing. Well, that’s well and dandy, except for all of the list was all white, and there was only one woman (Harper Lee). And to be quite honest, who really cares that Daniel Defoe was extracting smells out of civet cat booties? Yuck!
Anyway, noting the lack of…flavor, shall we say, DopeReads put together its own list of what famous authors were doing before they were writing! Peep game.
According to this New York Mag article his spinal stenosis was a result of the wear and tear of pool table delivery he did before his writing.
Maya Angelou – Dancer, Activist and Mother
If you’ve read any of her autobiographies, you’ll come to know that Maya Angelou was a hustler before and during her writing career. Can we also acknowledge the flyness she’s giving with this thigh? You can read more about her life here.
Haruki Murakami – Jazz Club Owner
Before he was authoring novel gold, he was a jazzman. Peep this personal essay from the writer about his club Peter Cat and what drew him to pick up the pen.
Arundhati Roy – trained architect, aerobics instructor, screenwriter
“From the time I was a very young child, I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a writer. I never thought I would be able to become one — I didn’t have the financial opportunities to be a writer.” So, Roy decided to hustle – she taught aerobics and was a screenwriter before becoming a novelist. Read more about her life path in this 1997 Salon interview.
Langston Hughes – Busboy
The “Negro Speaks of Rivers” writer Langston Hughes was famously known to have been a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. Now there is a well-known resturaunt in DC named for Hughes’ side job!
Sandra Cisneros – teacher and counselor
Sandra Cisneros wrote “The House on Mango Street”, but she also served as a teacher and counselor to high school droputs, according to her website.
So, what other authors can you think of that had fly side- and pre- writerly hustles? Who are we leaving out?