This February, I curated a festival of music, books, and essentials. Not only is February Black History Month, it's also my birth month! Celebrate Black Excellence with this birthday gal! *cues horns and audience cheer* All book links are to a black owned book store :-)
I am still reading this hearty autobiography on Otis Redding and bay-bee, it's FULL of historical notes on Atlanta's post-slavery black culture and Great Migration. Jonathan Gould does a great job of setting the scene for Otis Redding to be the artist he developed into. Along the way you learn the birth of Atlanta's recording music scene. Each chapter introduces an influential artist that you'll want to listen to. Some notables include: "Sister" Rosetta Tharpe, Louis Jordan, and Richard Penniman aka "Little Richard." It's such a good read, you cannot rush.
I'm finally reading this classic. Toni addresses the reality of the black women in those struggling times; partner abandonment, dependency on friendships, simplified sexuality, and the frustration of child rearing. I'm not finished with this book either but so many moments resonate with me.
I've curated a feel good list for us on Spotify. Enjoy the bops from: Otis Redding, Mereba, Tems, Koffee, Jazmine Sullivan, Lion Babe, and more.
is a black owned wine to sip with a delicious lemon tart or a roasted chicken dish. We're still social distancing and staying safe at home. Entertain yourself and close ones with a fresh stone-fruit forward wine.
These masks look Fantabulous on and feel luxurious as hell. Stay safe and sleek, sis. Nuff said.