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10 Mar 2016

Currently #2: March Goals, Books and Thoughts

Hey y’all! I wanted to do another “Currently” post so this blog just won’t be filled with Goals recaps. I just to fill you guys in on what’s going on with me! Check out my last one here. Feeling: The end of February and the beginning of March have been so busy for me. My…

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06 Jan 2016

Hello, 2016! |Goals and Recaps

  Happy New Year! I haven’t said it on this blog yet, but I hope everyone has had a great start to 2016. This year, I had the pleasure of seeing Lauryn Hill LIVE in concert and she was just as amazing as you’d think she would be! Us South Carolinians have had a rough…

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28 Dec 2015

Highlight Reel: First and Then by Emma Mills

Two weeks ago, I was having one of those days, that turned into one of those weeks. You know the ones. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed and things start to add up that leave you feeling grumpy and not wanting to leave your bed. Luckily, at the start of this…

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16 Dec 2015

Currently: December 2015

I had a few things I wanted to share with you guys, from what I’m reading now, to what I think about ColourPop lipsticks, and how you can score yourself a free box of snacks. I didn’t want to make separate posts for each of these but I did want to share these things with…

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16 Nov 2015

Book Review | Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of essays written by Issa Rae, the creator of the web series with the same name. The web series is HILARIOUS and relatable to someone who, is indeed, an awkward black girl. I love Issa Rae and decided to check out her first book. Click here…

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31 Oct 2015

Book Review | Echoes by Laura Tisdall

Prefer video reviews? Watch mine here. Echoes is a story about Mallory, a high schooler who lives with her younger brother and her ex-Marine father, who sufferes from PTSD. Mallory is a hacker in a secret group called The Forum, where she hacks under the alias echosix. Mallory hacks as a stress reliever, to get away…

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  • I feel like I don’t post enough hair posts here for my name to be booksandbigHAIR 😂 so here’s a video of my hair blown out, right before I got it straightened. I get my hair straightened 2-3 times a year, just for fun. The second picture is a “length check,” since I got a few inches cut off in December. Shrinkage is real! No matter how long my hair gets, when it’s in its Afro state it’s always somewhere between my ears and shoulders. It just grows big and wide instead. I love the versatility of natural hair! ❤️🙆🏽‍♀️
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My debut novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL releases FIVE months from today (!!!) with @scholasticinc on Nov. 5, 19! To celebrate, I'm giving away a SIGNED ARC!
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“This ghost story gave me chill after chill. It will haunt you." -- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps
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SYNOPSIS 👦🏾👧🏾❄️👻: On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel -- only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her.
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Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She begins having vivid nightmares. She wakes up to find her bedroom window wide open, letting in the snow. She thinks she sees the shadow of a girl lurking in the woods. And she feels the pull of the abandoned grave, calling her back to the clearing... Obsessed with figuring out what's going on, Iris and Daniel start to research the area for a school project. They discover that Avery's grave is actually part of a neglected and forgotten Black cemetery, dating back to a time when White and Black people were kept separate in life -- and in death.
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As Iris and Daniel learn more about their town's past, they become determined to restore Avery's grave and finally have proper respect paid to Avery and the others buried there. But they have awakened a jealous and demanding ghost, one that's not satisfied with their plans for getting recognition. One that is searching for a best friend forever -- no matter what the cost.
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The Forgotten Girl is both a spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated graveyard.

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  • 100% would wear this hairstyle today. 😄💕🎀 #thanksmommy #tbt
  • Posting hubby’s #beforeiletgochallenge because I love it so much. 😍 he decided to do his thing and drum to it and I suggested he record it!! We joke a lot that we have an Artist House. He drums for kids while I write for kids. Also, since Beyoncé’s #homecoming documentary was HBCU marching band focused, it’s perfect for us! Rob is a percussionist/former band member and y’all know I’m a proud member of the Beyhive. And we both met at our HBCU. 🐝🥁Show him some love!! ❤️ @rhythmofrob
  • Next up: 🗣THIS ONE IS FOR MY MAMA!!! The funniest, goofiest, most beautiful and lively person I know. ✨ I’ve watched her sacrifice so much for my brother and I over the years, and I can’t wait to pay her back. She’s a teen mom who I’ve watched graduate from high school and become the first person in our FAMILY to graduate college. I’m so blessed and grateful for our bond. I love her so much!!! #Tonya ❤️ 💕#HappyMothersDay
  • A year ago today, I married the love my life. We’ve been together for almost 10 years, started dating at 19, and I still learn something new about you everyday. I love to watch you drum, your passion for teaching, your selfless heart. I love to laugh with you, and I’m excited to grow old with you. A year ago today, two kids vowed to God to love, honor, and respect each other for the rest of our lives. Happy anniversary babe!! I love you so much. One year down, forever to go! 🥰❤️ @rhythmofrob #jumpingthebrowns (SWIPE to the very end for a surprise LOL)
  • I wouldn’t call myself an #influencer per se, but sometimes I get cool things in the mail to share with y’all. I received this @influencehercollective spring essentials kit filled with fun goodies, including face masks, sunglasses, moisturizers, and KIND bars. 😋I loved everything I tried, so if you’re interested, check out the influenceher highlight on my profile! *I can’t speak on the self-tanner bc I have no use for it. I gifted it to someone who’d love it! #ad
  • Tomorrow is #independentbookstoreday, and I’ll be spending it doing one of my favorite things and one of my favorite indie’s: talking about books! If you’re in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, come to @mainstreetbooksdavidson tomorrow between 1-3pm and let me recommend a book to you! 📚💖