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American Son – Netflix

No spoilers!

She waits, trying to patient, but unaware of where her son is or why she’s even been called into the police station. She is a black woman with a black son and the police officer giving her the run around is a young, fairly new white officer. She speaks articulate, yet firm, but he offers no information. He says he doesn’t have any. She knows she is being handled and managed, but he stands firm on not knowing anything.

While she walks to get water, in walks her husband, a white man in a power suit. “I’m so glad you’re here. This woman has gone from zero to ghetto in an instant.” He doesn’t know that this is her husband. He thinks this is the detective. He runs off information that he doesn’t tell her. Until he realizes he has made a mistake, where he then reverts back to not knowing anything.

They want to know where their son is. Her husband tells her to not jump to conclusion. He makes excuses for the cops and talks about the things he has noticed recently about their son. He is wearing baggy clothes now, listening to rap music and is hanging out with other black boys. He is having an identity crisis. She tries to explain the fear her son has as a black man, because when you are older than 10 in America, you are considered a man, but only if you are black. Yet the husband still doesn’t understand.

They wait and they wait to hear what is going on with their son, to speak with their son, to see their son. They go through the motions discussing racial differences as they wait. Her husband, not really understanding the mental confusion Jamal has, being one of three black students at his school when the world is watching young black men being shot and killed by police.

Have you seen it? I will not spoil it. But if you have not, be prepared to go through a world whirl of emotions as all that is wrong with the Justice system and race relations is played out in front of you. It displays a generational difference in what complacent “black people should do” verse our generation who prefers to fight for our rights.

Kerry Washington mastered this role, when she was angry, you were angry. She was stuck and not knowing what to do next, because placed in front of her was a situation where she felt she had no control. Oh and did I say her son just turned 18? No mother really knows how to raise a black son in todays world. She talks about how she lays awake at night afraid of what can possibly happen to her son. What has happened to other black boys who look like him. She fears because as a black male you are looked upon as a suspect because of the clothes you wear; the music you listen to; or just because you are, you. When you want your child to have a better life than you, but they are angry because no one around them looks like them.

I am at lost for words. This movie is powerful. This movie has my emotions on a rollercoaster and the movie is over. I think I will watch again. Knowing the ending…. but maybe not. What did you think?

This ending is how strong I want every book, every play I write to hit.

Official Trailer – YouTube

Evoke – Review

No Spoilers. YA/NA Romance – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The summary talks of a tale of five friends, bonded in a tight friendship, one day Laney wakes up a sole survivor of a car accident that killed three of her friends. But this story is so much more than that.

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In this story, we are following Laney’s mind as she loses a whole week from her life. We walk with her as she remembers pieces and the pain of losing those closes to her.

The grief you feel in the beginning is a lasting one, it’s as if your own heart has been ripped out. Danielle Simmons takes you on a journey to find a love you never knew was there, a beauty you never saw in the mirror and confidence you never knew you had. This story makes you question the friendships you’ve had over your lifetime and a relationship you’ve had with yourself.

Laney is the smart one, but the bond that sticks them all together, but she is also clueless of who she is to everyone around her. Always in her friend Lisa’s footsteps, she never stopped to think about what she wanted, what she needed and when she did, life changed for her. Her life was something to envy, but she never knew that.

This book was a romance I never knew I needed. It makes me look at love in a new way. Love is patient, love is dependable and love is forever. If you like romance, hell, even if you don’t, you should read this book, because it’s not your typical cookie-cutter love story, it’s so much more than that.

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Danielle Simmons

About the Author
Danielle grew up in a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. A voracious reader from an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, and continued that passion throughout high school and college. She studied literature, creative writing and communications at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, sons and two cats, where she is a PR executive by day, and

writer by night.

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Self Love – TL Clark

I received an ARC  and couldn’t put it down!

SO I have to admit when I looked at the cover I thought it was a self help book, I was wrong, but I wasn’t. This novel was a game changer. No Spoilers because I want you all to purchase and read this book. 

Self Love follows a heavy set Molly who has an addiction to comfort food. She loaves in self-doubt and talks down on herself because her mother and others have done it for so long. She sees no good in herself, has no belief in anything but, she is a goal setter.

She doesn’t realize it but leaving her job and starting her own business was the first step. She realized she deserved more than a job that she doesn’t love. This book itself, is written in first person and she engages with the reader while telling her story, an angle I haven’t really seen used in a novel before and I quite enjoyed it.

This book at the end left me in real life tears, she goes on a journey far deeper than a diet. Far deeper than she thought she could. Molly does a lifestyle change, a wholesome retreat of mind, body and soul, all while running a new business, trying multiple times to date and licking her wounds from parental let downs.

Molly is me, Molly is all of us and her journey is better than any self-help book. I feel refreshed and renewed from a deep cry and I want more of Mollys life goals and answers. I am sooo glad I was given this book to review and now know I need to read more of TL Clarks books.

I can’t post the cover of the book, because it literally has not been released, maybe before this post publishes it will and I would have added it. But here are her previous book covers.

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Check out her website http://tlclarkauthor.blogspot.co.uk/ and @tlclarkauthor across social media. I am a new fan, and will check out her many other titles. Look for future reviews.

~Loving yourself has to come before you can truly love yourself.

The Black Woman’s Cry

Screenshot 2018-01-20 21.50.22 I am a black woman, an activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and black lives. I stand for equality for everyone, although many of those people I fight for do not find a reason to fight for me.

“I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.” ~Ursula Burns

As a black woman, I go through several forms of disrespect a day, whether its a man and his obnoxious cat calls or inappropriate inbox messages, a white woman who grabs her purse if I reach for something near her in a store, or looked upon by a cashier as an annoyance when I pay for groceries for my family with a government given card.

I remember as a child I had a teacher tell me that I had three strikes against me. I was black, a woman and some other reason which I cannot remember now, but that third reason now, is because I am a part of the LGBT community.

I stand in protest with everyone and as an extra body I am welcomed but when I ask for respect I am ignored. I read an article from another black blogger who stated why she would not attend another Women’s March and she was not the first I have heard this before. According to many, not just by word of mouth, but also by videos posted to YouTube and Facebook, when black woman are in attendance to the woman’s movement, they are acted like they don’t belong. Like our issues are not their issues.

“Black girls loving themselves will always offend people who don’t see a reason for a black girl to be loved.” @onlyrickjames (Twitter)

I have seen many whitesplaining that mention us putting aside our difference for the “Women issues”, but as a black woman, our issues are doubled, if not tripled. We are told to be quiet, to not complain, to accept what is and keep moving. We have carried the world on our shoulders for centuries. We breast-fed white babies during slavery to be beaten by those same children who drank from us, we were the head of our households and the backbones of our families when black men were forced to leave and when they started leaving on their own. We have been behind many powerhouse moves, like the defeat of Roy Moore. Yet we are ignored until they need us.

A high percentage of white women who are protesting Trump voted for him, and now they look at us like we should forget the racist comments he has made and only focus on the sexual abuse scandals and belligerent disrespect he has for women. No we cannot. We need to focus on ALL the issues.

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Imagine a world with no labels. No one boxed for being a man, woman, child, adult, senior, LGBT, black, white, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, no religion, disabled, veteran, employed and not. Imagine that we looked at disrespect and realized its a character flaw no matter who its against. See the funny thing is we all want respect and to be able to sleep at night comfortably, surrounded by the things and people we love. We all want to make a name for ourselves, or fulfill our purpose. Imagine if we all worked together instead of working against each other? Why does one set of people have to be miserable for the next to be happy?

As J.Cole said if we take down our leaders, the next to get on top will take advantage of their new found power. But what if we eliminate power and lead with compassion. Lead with making life easier for everyone?

Black women have been kept silent and given reasons like they would hurt our families, our reputation and our name. As outspoken we are called angry black women, which causes many of us to lose our voices or to be silenced.

Screenshot 2018-01-20 21.57.23A black woman’s cry is everyones cry, because we fight beside all of you, but who turns around and pulls us up? Listen to the black woman’s cry, because our cries and our strength is what is holding up this country, despite if you believe in us. Don’t support us when we are on top and then take our credit and push us aside. We are importance to history, a legacy in our own and a power to be reckoned with.

You’re Miserable Because of YOU!

You know that one friend that always talks negative, always has a lot going on and you know when you answer that phone that its going to be another sad story… 

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See I have this friend that always is in a bad relationship, I keep telling her that if you don’t learn from a situation you are doomed to repeat it, but honey I don’t want to keep hearing you complain about them. But what do you do? How do you tell someone to stop with the dramatics.

I have started working on my karmic energy and charging and cleansing my chakras but that ole mean ass heffa, the one that is blunt and no nonsense comes out every so often to drop some knowledge on some pitiful soul.

GIRL YOU ARE YOUR OWN MISERY!!!

If every situation is the same, you keep meeting and dating the same people, everyone is making you mad then its time to stop pointing fingers and start looking at yourself. Everyone in the world is not off, it could be your ass. Sit down, stay single learn yourself and then get back out there.

Sometimes we rush to find the one that we mistake a “right now” for a “lifetime”. Uh uh, I have learn from that mistake and have happily been single for a good minute and I am learning a lot because of it.

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Stop being that friend, if its you and if its not put that ass on do not disturb and relax.

-If no one has told you they love you today, know that I do! 

You know you’re a racist right?

If You Aren’t Sure You’re One… Read On!

I don’t know where this new “trend” has come from, I think the image of “45” and his corrupt campaign tactics. You know the ones that brought all the racism, homophobic, jackasses out of hiding. The “trend” which makes me sick to my stomach, is that the racist people play victim and decide that a person standing up for injustice or speaking out about it is now the racist.

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Make sense to you? Then you may be a racist. Yeah I said it. If you think its ok to call people names and talk down on them like their race is beneath yours, you are probably racist.

“Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.” ~Henry Rollins

Let me throw some examples out there. Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo)( July 30, 2017) tweeted “At Cracker Barrel 4 the 1st time. Looking at the sea of white folk in cowboy hats & wondering “will they let my black ass walk out of here?”” It was a nervous joke that many other black people have made because lets be serious here. Cracker Barrel settled a racial discrimination lawsuit in 2004, and in case you haven’t noticed, black people have been known in history to be killed by large crowds of white people. Must I remind you of the millions of lynchings in Americans history.

Instead of people understanding where this came from the 45 trolls came a running and calling her a racist, a n*gger (which is a racial derogatory statement), she received death and rape threats. How is that ok? Even if you thought for a minute that her statement was racist, how can you threaten to do her the very harm she was worried about?

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45 has made you all think its ok to “grab someone by the p*ssy” or threaten to hurt someone because he has gotten away with these inappropriate outburst himself. I have never seen more people act as if they are not the problem than right now. The “go back to Africa” rants and how we were supposedly immigrants are sickening. That is racist! We are Americans. Our parents were born here, we were born here and our ancestors built this country. How would you like if we said go back to Europe? Because America wasn’t yours to begin with.

Do you remember Christopher Columbus and the “discovery” of a country that was already inhabited? Am I taking you too fast? Let be back up and rewind. The issue is you hate an entire race or believe the stereotypes of that race, then you are racist. Let me clarify, racism is not just white to black. There are more people who are oppressed besides black people. Also, I hate to tell you but if you are black and hate ALL white people, honey you are racist as well. Not all white people are the same. No one is bound by their skin to be a certain way. My great grandfather was a white man who used his freedom to buy slaves and free them. White people marched beside Martin Luther King, Jr and there are white people now standing alongside Black Lives Matters.

The issue is peoples character. The color of your skin is not going to make you who you are any more than the color of your hair and eyes. So why to some is such a big deal? Why is black skin looked at like its a threat? Why try so hard to keep us away from power? Yes we had a black president, but he was blocked on so many issues that he fought hard for, yet we let 45 destroy everything that so many people worked for.

Not only is it black people who have to fight for rights, its women, its the LGBTQ community, its Hispanics, Native Americans, Muslims, its everyone! Now supposedly white people are fighting for rights they already have. I have no idea how thats possible. Affirmative Action was not created to push white people out of a school over populated with them, it was created to give minorities a chance at a higher education.

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Everyone just wants to live their life, find love, become successful and be happy… so I can’t seem to understand why so many feel its their right to take others away. As @iJesseWilliams posted on twitter, “Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you. Its not a pie.” So tell me, why is so important to some to block others from the rights they enjoy?