Month: November 2016

Taraji P Henson

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I have always been a fan of Taraji P Henson and her work.  I am glad to see her getting the recognition and success that I think she deserves.  She’s been hustling and putting in the work.  She highlights the tough background that she came from being born and raised in Washington, DC.  Just miles from where I grew up in Maryland, but different worlds away.  I admire her integrity and perspective on making it in her field.  The odds were stacked against her for sure but look at her now.  I love reading memoirs because they are a good reminder that things never come easy…you have to work for it.
-J
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For obvious reasons, I picked up this book.  It was quite witty.  Phoebe Robinson dishes on all this social, political, cultural, and pop culture.  I don’t agree with all of her opinions ( I am Team Mr. Big), but on most serious issues, I hear her loud and clear.  I will add her podcast “Two Dope Queens” into my rotation.
-J

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I’m sure you recall the long and nasty election season of 2016.  Yeah the one in which Donald Trump shocked the world and got elected President of the United States.   I immediately wanted to understand who in the world would vote for such a man.  Living in diverse, affluent Arlington, VA I thought we represented the rest of America.  Man was I wrong.  So I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble and learned about people truly suffering in the industrial industry, coal industry, with VA affairs, etc.  I also learned about what I suspected: racists and mysogynists making excuses about why they are or in total denial that they are.  Still quite eye opening about the America that I actually live in versus the progressive one I imagined in my head.
-J

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In business there is so much of a “What’s in it for me”climate.  I work at a place that often humbles you and reminds you that not only is this so much bigger than you, but that this is not about you at all girl!  😂. This was an excellent story about a business man wanting to meet his monthly quota and going about it all the wrong way.  I wish I read this much earlier in my career.  Being in the game for 15 years, I had to learn some of these lessons the hard way.  There is power in giving.
-J

Dear Sugar!

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tiny beautiful things was such a lovely, touching, soul stirring read. Cheryl Strayed is a beautiful writer.  She also seems to be the kind of person that gives it to you straight no chaser.  I love her compassion and ability to empathize with the people who have written to her for advice regarding some very difficult and moving situations.   Such candor and perspective is rare to come by.  This is a book I would certainly read again.
-J

Together is Better

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I am embarking on a different journey at work and a very inspirational leader gave me this book as a gift.  First because he knows how much I love reading and this book was written and designed (down to even the smell) for people who love to read. Second, because we (he and I) are on this professional journey together.  The message is simple, yet implicit: Together is Better.  I appreciated the time I took to slow down on a Monday and give this a read over a latte.  “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.” -African Proverb
-Jeanita