There are no secrets in my mother’s house. By the time I arrived on her porch steps that balmy summer evening, she had already been notified by Tisa that I was a nut job. Granny Jo, Lula Mae, and Aunt Lettie. Rachel and Leah (the twins) were there too, and they brought their children, only the girls. They were all there, behind the oak wood door, I could hear them cackling over the sound of the television. I was not yet ready to enter.
My sister Tisa, or ‘Tease’, as I called her, called it first. When I didn’t call anyone, not even my best friend Alex, after 12 whole days, Alex called her. Tease drove up to D.C. on the fourteenth day. The Beauchamps are not the ‘not calling or hollering’ type of family. You check in. So when I didn’t call, text, or mail, not for two whole weeks, something went off on their radar.
“Kai,” Tease yelled through the door.
(I was on the ground, there for three days, suspended between lucidity and starvation-induced lunacy).
“Kai,” she screamed again, ”if you don’t bring your ass to the door RIGHT NOW I will BUST THIS SHIT DOWN WITH MY BARE HANDS” Continue reading
Quick, name all the traits you get from your mother. For me, it would be:
- The gaps between my teeth that seem to defy the power of braces
- The power of interrogation (and the habit of asking the same question a million times, even when I already know the answer)
- A love of Bob Marley, Jodeci, Indian food, and Parliament Funkadelic
- Addiction to sappy and/or salacious romance stories (i.e. Scandal)
- Ability to salsa dance
- The gift of gab
Perhaps the best thing my mom has given me is a love of reading and writing. I’m thankful to her for passing that down to me. Happy Mother’s Day!
The Great Gatsby is out now. I know I was slightly apprehensive about it a while ago, but maybe all the ads and coverage have saturated my brain because I desperately want to see it – the colors, the cinematography, the DiCaprio – I’m here for it.
Who’s going to participate in Gatsby shenanigans this weekend? Would it make you re-read the book?
Remember the totally adorable pictures you saw in during Black History Month with the slogan “Because of Them, We Can”?
People wanted more than 28 days of the inspirational images and now Eunique Jones Gibson of Eunique Jones photography is raising money on Kickstarter to publish a book of 365 days of uplifting adorableness. According to the Kickstarter page:
The feedback has been amazing, but the biggest request has been for a book that includes all 365 images. I could go the publisher route, but I truly believe that we can fund this movement. Here’s where the Kickstarter comes in. Funding this project would allow me to self publish a high quality, hard cover art book that will serve as a source of inspiration and education for all who come across it.
The series of photos, which featured the Benjamin Button-ized versions of black history icons, went viral because they were so spot on and cute! Check out the campaign here and support!
You can learn more about Eunique Jones photography here.
It’s about that time to cook your mom breakfast in bed and make crappy cards to her how much you love her! Or, you could get a her a good book and a spa gift card and really make Mother’s Day worth her time. Check out a couple of recent releases that I am thinking of getting for my mom:
Just a couple of things to make you aware of:
1. You can sign up for the DopeReads newsletter here to learn about the events and things that will be coming up for the summer time. The Baratunde Thurston book reading and DopeReads Happy Hour were lots of fun, so don’t miss out on the next event we have!
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That’s it, hope you enjoy your Sunday
So these are (some of) the books that I found while doing my spring cleaning. Most of them were trapped in the corners and crevices behind my bed, and a couple were located in weird places in my living room. For some reason my books sneak off to the oddest places.
Here’s what I’m currently reading:
What’s on your list for the weekend?