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“she’s gotta have it” short & sweet review


so, I really wanted to like “she’s gotta have it” on Netflix. but, I should have known I wouldn’t like it because I hated the movie. the corniness of spike lee’s satire and his over the top approach concerning serious topics has always rubbed me the wrong way. all the men are totally ridiculous. they all gave me gay vibes and it was so distracting watching them do ‘i love pussy’ gymnastics trying to be convincing. greer? mars? mars, my G?? come on now. who would even believe that craziness?! not I! the writing was painful. the acting? look, Dewanda Wise is frikkin’ awesome to me and she is absolutely stunning. she did the best she could with the material she was given. i made it to episode 3.

in conclusion: I hated it!

1 star out of 5


More Diverse, Less A-Thon


whitehead-colsonThe Diverse-A-Thon didn’t go as planned. I didn’t get a chance to finish “The Underground Railroad”. I’m currently on page 118. There have been so many distractions. I blame The New Edition Story 3-night miniseries and Trump’s troubling executive orders. Basically, life happened.

“The Underground Railroad” has a slow beginning. It took me some time to adjust to Colson’s writing style. I will come back to do a book review when I’m done. Diverse reading will not stop here. I plan to continue reading diverse for the rest of the year. Check out my diverse reading list here.


The New Edition Story


Last night, the New Edition Story debuted on BET. I always wanted to know what happened behind the scenes with the New Edition R&B music group. The original New Edition members consist of Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Michael Bivins. Johnny Gill joins the music group later. Back in the 80’s, we didn’t have the internet. So, we would hear rumors about what was going on. We see their humble beginnings growing up in the projects. You can see the budding attitudes and egos emerging in youth. We got a chance to see how the boys’ mothers react to their success. It was a pleasure to finally see Lisa Nicole Carson back on the screen. She has been away from the movie industry due to personal issues. The only critique I have so far is that the young boys cast to play Ricky and Ralph should have been switched. Ricky Bell looks more like Ralph Tresvant to me.

(From Left to Right: Ralph Tresvant, Mike Bivins, Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown)
Lisa Nicole Carson plays Ricky Bell’s mother.

Their manager, Brook, did the best he could helping the boys prepare for talent shows. As the boys’ success grew, the mothers voted Brook out due to issues with the contract. Brook really loved the boys and wanted to see them successful. The producer, Maurice Starr, played by Faizon Love is to blame for the boys not getting paid. The mothers were literally given a check for $1.87, after the tour. New Edition had a number one song and they were still living in the projects. It saddens me to see stories like this where these 70s and 80s music artists are duped out of millions of dollars, due to shifty contracts. And, unfortunately, New Edition was a victim to this.

(From left to right: Luke James stars as Johnny Gill, Elijah Kelley stars as Ricky Bell, Keith Powers stars as Ronnie DeVoe, Algee Smith stars Ralph Tresvant, Woody McClain stars as Bobby Brown and Bryshere Y. Gray stars as Michael Bivins.)

I’ve been a fan of all the guys for years. And, I’ve also followed their solo careers. I remember playing my Heartbreak cassette tape nonstop. In my youth, I had a little crush on Bobby Brown. He was confident, energetic and feisty on stage. He was an awesome entertainer. And, Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD) rocked! In my opinion, BBD was so ahead of their time.  Today, we are still rocking to their song “Poison”. And, Ralph Tresvant’s song “Sensitivity” still gives me the giddy school girl feels. And, Johnny Gill’s juicy voice still gives me chills. I plan to continue watching the miniseries for the next 2 nights. Will you join me?

Check out a couple of my favorites songs by New Edition, Bobby Brown, and BBD.


Reading Diverse Books

I don’t read enough diverse books. Let me tell you why.

When I was younger I had more mental space to delve into books about oppression, discrimination, and inequality. Being a mother of 3 with a full-time job, I’m overtaken by worry due to our recent developments in government.  Everyone seems to be talking at the same time about their needs and fears. The more I learn about this world, the more I reach for light reads. Once I get home from work, my ears are ringing and my eyes are tired from overexposure. Living in New York does not help. There are times when I can’t even hear myself think. Escapism is usually my main motivation for reading, along with my love for storytelling.

Until yesterday. I learned that Christina Marie, along with a few other bloggers and YouTubers, is hosting a Diverse-A-Thon. This reading marathon challenges you to read as many diverse books by POC and other marginalized groups you can for 7 days (Jan.22nd-Jan29th). During those 7 days, there will be a read-along for “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. I’m so glad that I own this book. There will be discussions on twitter and we are urged to use the hashtag #diverseathon.


A yearlong challenge for Reading Diverse in 2017 has also been launched. Not only are we encouraged to read diverse, we are also challenged to read books by POC or other marginalized groups with stories about those same groups. For example, Toni Morrison is an African American writer who writes about African American people. If you participate you will have a chance to win prizes for posting diverse book reviews and various book posts. It sounds like fun.

On my 2016 Wrap Up/2017 Reading Resolutions post, I mentioned that I want to dedicate a month to reading Toni Morrison books. And, currently, I’m reading “We Are The Ants” by Shaun David Hutchinson. This book is about a gay teenager who is abducted by aliens. I also believe the writer is from the LBGTQIA community. I am reading diverse and didn’t even notice. I have some problems with this book. I will explain in a book review coming soon. Listed below are some more diverse books I plan to read this year.

Last year, I read “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon. I thought it was such a cute feel good book. I decided to give her next novel a try “The Sun is Also a Star”. This book deals with love, deportation, and science vs. fate.

“Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue is about a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem. Sounds good to me already.

I’ve heard so many great things about “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. Let’s also take in that beautiful UK cover. Yes, I ordered it from I had to wait a few weeks for it. Ta-Nehisi Coates says, “Homegoing is an inspiration”. There we have it. I can’t wait to dive in.


Speaking of Ta-Nehisi Coates, I want to read his memoir “The Beautiful Struggle”. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi broke my heart, but it was much needed medicine. His honesty and eloquence was so refreshing. Can’t wait to see what and who had a hand in making him the man he is today. Great writer.

This will be my first time reading Zadie Smith. Seems you either love her writing or you hate it according to booktube. I want to find out which side I’m on.

The premise of “A Brief History of Seven Killings” has such an interesting premise. He seems to have an unique take on Bob Marley’s attack in 1976. This book won the Man Booker Prize. It’s long and I’m up to the challenge.

I haven’t been reading enough memoirs so I plan on reading “Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward.


These library books are due back to the library January 30th. I better get to moving fast. I will probably end up checking them out again so I can have more time. I heard about both of these books on booktube and I’m intrigued.


And, last but not least, I plan to read “Song of Solomon” and “Sula” by Toni Morrison. I’ve already read “The Bluest Eye” and “God Help the Child” and I love her beautiful prose. Her style is pure poetry. Can’t wait.


2016 Wrap up/2017 Reading Resolutions

Last year, I did not participate in the Goodreads reading challenge. However, I did keep up with my reading. In 2016, I read 14 books. They are:

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – 4 stars out of 5 – audio book
  • The Martian by Andy Weir – 5/5 – audio book
  • The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce by Paul Torday – 5/5- paperback
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 2/5 – hardback/library
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – 5/5 – hardback
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead – 3/5 – hardback – review
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 5/5 – hardback/library
  • The Humans by Matt Haig – 5/5 – hardback/library – review
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – 3/5 – hardback/library
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker  – 4/5 – hardback/library – review
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – 3/5 – hardback/library
  • Kindred by Octavia Bulter – 5/5 – paperback
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – 3/5 – paperback
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5/5 – paperback

The favorite book of the year was “The Humans” by Matt Haig. There were so many quotable phrases. It was refreshing and comical to get a look at humans from an alien’s point of view. I love it. I can’t stop thinking about it. I ended up buying my own copy. The worst book of the year was “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart. I hate this book with a passion. This book attempted to be suspenseful and did a horrible job. I just wanted it to be over. I hated every single person in this book. It was painful to read. The only reason why I finished it was because it was a short read.

There is a big no reading gap in 2016 from June to December. TV took over my life during that time. I DNF (did not finish) “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell. It was entirely too slow for me. I own this book. So, I plan to go back to finish it in 2017. I also DNF “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. I just wasn’t in the mood for this kind of book at the time. I plan to check this out from the library again this year to give it another try. I put down “Jane Eyre” and “the long way to a small angry planet” as well. I really don’t know why I put them down because I was enjoying them. I definitely plan on finishing them in 2017.

In 2017:

  1. I want to continue to utilize my local library.
  2. I want to dedicate one month to reading Toni Morrison’s books.
  3. As stated above, I want to finish books I DNF.
  4. I want to start reading trilogies.
  5. I want to give Harry Potter another chance.
  6. I want to read some memoirs and/or nonfiction books.
  7. I want to read more adult/literary fiction.
  8. I want to post more book reviews and writings to this blog.
  9. I want to read 25 books in 2017. Below find some books I want to read this year.
  • The Unseen World by Liz Moore – book review
  • The Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (A Sequel to Six of Crows)
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab (book 1)
  • Sula by Toni Morrison
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – book review
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – book review
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinsonbook review
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (book 1)
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (book 2)
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett

To name a few…

add me –


Slow Reader, Low Rating

Pacing is very vital when it comes to reading a novel. Pacing can make or break your reading experience. I have three huge hindrances when it comes to reading: 1) not having enough focus time to read. 2) reading interruptions. 3) I’m a slow reader. I’m starting to believe that these issues are causing me to rate books lower than they deserve. I find that I have a more rewarding reading experience when I have hours of free time to just read with no interruptions. If I don’t have the time to read for long periods of time, I eventually get frustrated with the book, the world, the ideas. Due to the interruptions, the pacing of the book seems choppy and I can never get a good flow going which is not the book’s fault. Often, I DNF (do not finish) complicated long books because I just don’t have the time or the focus to devote to them. This causes me to miss out on many rewarding reading experiences.Then after reading a book for so long, I get frustrated and I end up giving the book a low rating even though it was me who needs the poor reading grade.

I need to think about this book rating thing in a different way or just not rate books at all.