Zodiac Almanac| Books for Every Sign: #blackgirlswrite Addition

I got this idea from the wonderful blog Callie and so many others with their adorable zodiac lists. In honor of continuing of black history month theme #Blackgirlswrite, here’s a list of books by black women for every sign:

*Please note that these are all jokes for entertainment purposes and everyone is beautiful 🙂 #okaybye *

|Fire Signs|

 

Aries:

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My sign *coughthebestsigncough*, Aries we are feisty outgoing types with a dreamy humorous lens on everything. We make friends everywhere we go, but yet don’t necessarily fit in by design. We don’t desire to be leaders or followers, we just desire to be ourselves. Ourselves can sometimes be toxic. We are rightfully charged with being aggressive or impatient at times. It’s due to our surge of self-respect and ego. We expect nothing less than such and if you are not willing to give it, we have no time for you. I’ve never met an Aries who stuck around with a significant other or friend who did them wrong. Instead we get our revenge quietly by shining significantly and making our dreams come true. So for my fellow Aries, we should all pick up You Can’t Touch my Hair by Phoebe Robinson. Told in a collection of hilarious stories prepare to laugh, cry, and get angry with Robinson. Find your own inspiration and apply that to your own little fiery Aries Dreams.

Leo:

leo.pngYou can be a LOT of fun. You can be super compassionate. You can be super loyal and direct. However, all of these things are superseded by your own ego. Attention seekers, it seems that Leos love themselves more than anything or anyone. For that reason, you aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, no matter how much you try. You will forgive come-off as egocentric or self obsessed to some. However, for others you’re energy will be intoxicating. Harness it with delicacy and propel yourself into creative stardom. Reel in deep with Maya Angelou’s The Heart of a Woman. In her fourth memoir, Angelou recounts her relocation to NYC in the bustling early 60s surrounded by black artists and creatives.  A timeless memoir of self-discovery, propel into your own ego into your a possible journey.

Sagittarius:

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It must be strange being a Sag. Known colloquially as the fuckboys of the zodiac, not even Gemini’s or Leo’s are this heralded. Truthfully Sag’s just love their freedom. It isn’t personal. They just love to be free to travel, meet all types of people, and explore curiosity of life. Unfortunately they aren’t great at expressing that to people who love them. Sags can be ruthlessly finicky promising things they know they can’t deliver on and probably never intended too. Sags you honestly don’t need to change. Continue bumbling through life exploring, seeing, and tasting everything you want. Just please leave the rest of us out it. While your jet-setting, to some tiny island we’ve never heard of get lost in another adventure. In Zadie Smith’s critically acclaimed White Teeth, you’ll be transported to a world and cast of characters in a far far away land while your running away from all those pesky clingy people you promised the world too #I’mnotbittersteve

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|Water Signs|

Cancer:

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Cancer’s are a complicated bunch. Dreamy loyal good people, it’s not enough to simply categorize them as sensitive. They are a special brand of sensitive. Sensitive people who pretend they aren’t. Because they have such good sympathetic hearts, they don’t guard them well. Instead, they open themselves up to everyone and expect the best outcomes.If they get disappointed or burned, instead of expressing their discomfort, they bottle it up until they explode. Cancers don’t need to curb their emotions, they just need help expressing them. With Kathleen Collin’s, Whatever Happened to Interracial love, you’ll discover big and small ideas, big and small emotions. Hopefully, you can apply Collin’s candidness to hurl your own emotions.

Scorpio:

shutterstock_154670642.jpgWe all know the reputations that Scorpios have. Let’s just say they love hard. Its an asset. They’re brave enough to do so: to long deeply and without prejudice. They’re passionate people who invest well in themselves and others with impunity. This can sometimes lead to they’re desperate secretive jealously streak. Have no fear though. It’s wonderful being a lover. It’s wonderful seeing the brightness in people and being able to express those emotions vividly is where Scorpios excel. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Their Eyes Were Watching God by the mother of black romance lit Zora Neal Hurston. It’ll be heartbreaking, emotional, and sexy just how Scorpios like it.

Pisces:

800px_COLOURBOX8539288.jpgDeeply emotional and artistic minded, Pisces’ always make you feel like an asshole. They are compassionate, gentle, kind, a martyr, and truly over-trusting. It’s not like they want to be taken advantage of, Pisces are just so nice. Truly without manipulation they are kind people who expect kindness back and when they receive trauma instead, they don’t heal from it easily. Yet they still repeat the same processes. It is their selfness that is to be admiral. They make the best mothers, the best friends, they will always coodle you and others. Pisces, darling you need to put yourself first! Take action in your life. Learn from Song of Solomon, one of the most underrated of titan Toni Morrison’s catalogue. Without ruining any of the lessons, travel to a world with liars, thieves, trauma, while finding yourself in a world you think is not your own.

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|EARTH SIGNS|

Virgo:

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Picky almost to a fault, Virgos are in a good company.  Cameron Diaz, Salem Hayek, Chris Pine, Beyonce, Micheal Jackson and we should stop right there. They like what they like. They know what they know and they are determined to get others to know it. Not in a selfish way, but rather in the necessity to serve others. They want to make a difference and through there unwavering determination they will. Allow them to unlock their full potiental with Shonda Rimes, Year of Yes. Teach them how to accept the universes blessings, so they can bless us all.

Taurus:
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Every Taurus I know is extremely reliable, incredibly ambitious, and so uncompromising it hurts. I’m not saying you guys are necessary stubborn, it’s more like you just like to do what you like to do with little interference. Who can blame you? Taurus’ have a natural knack for understanding the practicality of actions and determining their own based on that. So when something is impending their actions, their dreams, well they just won’t have it. Its a commendable trait. One of those pretend negatives. Find solace in triumph through adversary by iconic activist Shirely Chisholm’s memoir  and keep that unwavering energy afloat.

Capricorn:

1280-165622325-capricorn.jpgCapricorns can be a little bit of a drag. It’s not their faults. They are way smarter than rest of us. They are types to wake up at 6 AM to go to the gym, work a stellar high paying job they are amazing at, have a beautiful family life, and still have time to themselves. It’s like you guys have six arms and two brains. Self control and self discipline don’t even occur to them as things to gain, they were born with it. But yet they still find some area to complain. What’s with all the whining? You have everything seemingly effortless, so why are you miserable all the time? It’s no use trying to make this perfectionist be less perfect or whine less, so just embrace it. Curl up with Bitch is the New Black: A memoir by Helena Andrews and hate everything right along with her honest funny personal essays.

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|AIR SIGNS|

Gemini:

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Who are you? No seriously. Who are you guys? When first meet a Gemini, you’re showered with a good-time pal with maniac creative intelligent and a smooth easy attitude. Nothing bothers them. Nothing phases them. This character man last for days, months, even years. Then one day, and one day soon your friend, your boyfriend, your sister shows up as someone else. Manipulative, angry,  confused, unsure of themselves, indecisive.  I’m biassed. Several Gemini’s have ruined my life. So here’s a book suggestion for you fun balloons waiting to pop your angry confusing internal struggles on all of us. God Don’t Like Ugly by Mary Monore has everything a Gemini wants and needs: coming of age, drama, trauma, and friendship. Not for the faint of heart, the series can be most illuminating and frustrating: just like Gemini’s.

 

 

Libra:

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Libras are good friends to have. They aren’t quick to choose sides. They’re diplomatic, fair, and gracious. Valuing harmony and disposing injustice, Libras want everyone to get along. They desire in their spirit peace and prosperity for those suffering. They can find good in anyone and are always willing to see everyones side. Maybe they are too afraid confrontation. Help them out with different types of activism. They can find some inspiration in When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

 

 

Aquarius:

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A true innovator, Aquarius are original almost to a fault. They stick out from the crowd without trying as their ideas are so big and different than a lot of their peers. Often this can cause the big idea minded Aquarius to feel alone and aloof. If you have the honor of peeling back the onion with an Aquarius you will realize their quiet genius and wonder why they aren’t louder about it. They are deep thinkers who care a lot about people, the underdog especially and just want everyone to be okay.  In that spirit, they should stalk up on others inspiring intelligent prose of activism. Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis is the perfect collection of intersectional quivers to feed the Aquarius’ curiosity.

 

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There you have it! My first Zodiac Almanac! Phew! Hope you all liked my stupid baseless roasting with some book suggestions in there. Support your local black girl even if you’re salty!

Question(s) of the day: Which sign is your favorite author? Would you be compatible with them in real life?

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Black Women Deserve Romance Novels

As an adolescence I spent way too much on the TLC channel falling in love with weddings. Not just the production of it, but the feeling of a fairy-tale day coming true. When I was in college, I began working as a bridal consultant in one of the largest NYC bridal boutiques. I spent my days shuffling bridesmaids in and out of all different styles and contributing to some of the most beautiful memories of someone’s life. Though there’s plenty of criticism to go around in the bridal industry it was the moments of sisterhood, happy tears, and love that really made my heart flutter. As I watched woman after woman on her happiest day, I couldn’t help, but wonder would my time come?

 

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Black women are statistically the most under-married population in America. Additionally, as we become more successful and educated our romantic stock seems to tank compared to women of other races. Where is our rose petals? Where is our white picket fence? Where’s our prince/princess charming? I’m not saying this is what everyone black woman wants (#feminisimisaboutchoice) but for those that do, it can often feel like that moment won’t ever come. This is of course because of our good ole friends sexism and racism combined better known as intersectonality. Black women face a specific breed of sexism with racist implications. We can be seen as too loud, too ghetto, too extra, too much. Or alternatively extremely strong and therefore capable of taking abuse/ not necessary to take serious. In order to combat some of those ideals we must has a society confront them head on and fill the media space with new varied portrayals. It is this reasoning that I propose the following: Black Women Deserve Romance Novels and we need them to be celebrated!

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When I was growing up and probably far too young admittedly, I would sneak into the “Urban Fiction” section of Barnes and Noble with a purpose. I needed to find a book by Zane. Zane is a pseudonym for Kristina Laferne Roberts, one of the most popular romance/erotic fiction authors of all time. She has written dozens of books, many bestsellers and captivated audiences around the world. In the late 90s and early 2000s you could not walk into a NYC subway without seeing some woman shyly holding a Zane novel. I would harvest Zane novels like it was a crime, reading with both eyes open hoping my mother wouldn’t turn the corner. It wasn’t the erotica that got me. It was the writing. It was the connections between the characters. It was the stories. It was the love. When 50 shades of Grey grew into the phenomena that it did, I couldn’t help but wonder why Zane novels had been given the same treatment? They were certainly more well written than 50 shades. They are certainly juicer. They are certainly more diverse. Was it the content of the books or the person who wrote them which led to success? Or maybe who the books are about. I’ll leave that one for you to decide.

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I’l leave you with this: On twitter recently I spied and was inspired by WOCinRomance a website run by the award winning black queer writer Rekabkah Weatherspoon. Rekabkah complies and collects all the different woc who write romance novels. On this Valentine’s day it’s important to support WOC romance as well! So let’s go out there and read (and write) some more black female romance novelists!

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Happy Galentines Day: 6 Books to Gift your BFF |#blackgirlswrite addition!

Happy Gallentines Y’all! Galentines is especially important to me, as it is my real life best friend’s birthday. So basically Galentine was thing for us before Galentines was a thing for y’all. We are trendsetters man. In honor of women celebrating and loving the women in their lives here is a list of 10 books to gift your best friend. (All written by black woman writers!)

1) For your bff who you have a ehh ‘complicated’ relationship with: Sula| Toni Morrison

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There are some friends that we love and hug with both eyes open, if you know what I mean. Sula is one of those stories exploring the complexities of female friendship. Possibly the most underrated of all of Morrison’s novels of all time, Sula follows the story of two very different young black women. One goes against the grain while the other does exactly what is expected of her. Through the ages they will confide in and compete with each other, ultimately testing the bonds of female friendship.

 

 

2) For your bff way more politically active than you: When They Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir | Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

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Though we are moving towards “wokeness” each day, we all have that bff who’s just a few steps ahead of you. With the critically acclaimed When they call you a terrorist: a BLM memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele, your bff will be sprinting ahead of you. Follow Patrisse’s life from impoverished circumstances to one of the faces and founders of #BLM. Enduring backlash from the government for fighting against ramped police brutality and violence, these ladies recount the beginnings of a grassroots movement that has shaken the nation with personal and historical context. If your bff haven’t already read this most anticipated memoir, then now is the time to gift it.

3)For Your Bfs who needs just a little push: The Year of Yes| Shonda Rimes

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We all have that one friend who has all the potential in the world, the biggest talent, and the great ideas, yet can’t seem to solidify them. Maybe our dear friend Shonda Rimes will be just the inspiration she needs.  Join Rimes as she recounts inspirational lessons on how to grab life by the horns in her smash hit The Year of Yes.

 

 

 

4) For your bff who loves to get lost: Kindred| Octavia Butler

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For that best friend of yours who loves dystopian, can’t get enough of sci-fi, and lives on the prospect of time-travel, Octavia E. Butler is the writer for them anyway. Gift them Kindred first: the story of a young black girl who turns out to be a time traveler shuffling from her California 70s home to a plantation filled with her ancestors. A immersive look into how the past impacts the future in regards to race and gender while submerging you into a large world.

 

 

 

5) For your bff who feels like an outsider: Americanah| Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie

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Friends come in all different varieties right? Some live or are more off the beaten path than others. I am probably one of those friends. for those of us who feel like outsiders or different, any of acclaimed feminist author Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie’s books could be suitable. However, Americanah Adichie’s national bestseller following a Nigeria-born woman who falls in love, but ultimately immigrates to the USA for college away from her 1st love. While dealing with massive misconceptions from her classmates and new romantic partners, she’ll learn to find her place in life. A perfect journey for anyone who feels on the cusp of the outside.

6) For your bff who spend making you laugh: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl |Issa Rae

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Women are funny. Don’t let any stupid softboy tell you any differently. My evidence is all of the hilarious bffs I have. Proper comedians, when I’m with these girls, I’m bellowed over laughing. What do funny women love? Other funny women. Gift these hilarious women the original Insecure, Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by our girl Issa Rae. Before her critically acclaimed HBO show, Issa Rae had a popular web series with the same name. Inspired by true-life events, recount some of the most embarrassing yet hilarious coming of age moments.

 

There you have it six books to gift your bff this Galentines Day! Is there any other books you’d suggest for your favorite friend? Have you taken the bull by it’s horn and completed your own year of yes? Is Sula also your favorite Toni Morrison? Let us know in the comments!

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Final Book of The Month: What We Lose| Zinzi Clemmons

I first heard about Zinzi Clemmons from a beautiful well thought-out read. A read meaning a shady prolonged comment, now commonplace slang started by gay black/latnix men and trans-women. Not a text. Back in November 2017, Clemmons wrote an open letter explaining why she would no longer be working with Lenny Letter, the editorial magazine created and run by Lena Dunham. I could go into a large scale rant about my feelings on Dunham and her brand of feminism, but I will contain myself. Clemmons was similarly annoyed and angered by one of Dunhams recent antics: her defending a man she worked with who was accused of sexually assaulting a black female coworker. Clemmons retold her own racist experiences with Dunham and her circle.

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I knew then that Zinzi Clemmons was a writer for me to watch. I connect with a woman who says what she feels even when she knows there might be trolls or apologists on her back. Needless to say, I was really thrilled when her debut novel “What We Lose” was released last summer. I bought in then, but wanted to wait for black history month to read it. When we celebrate black authors, especially woman, we often celebrate stories directly about the black experience: stories about slavery, stories about jim crow, stories about racism, personal memoirs of strive from our elders. While all of that is extremely important and relevant, there is a space for new black modern stories. What We Lose is one of those stories. Following a young woman Thandi coming-of-age with her multi-worldview after her mother’s declining health. With race, sex, country issues, Thandi will work to expand and connect with her the broken pieces of her life searching for someone or something to hold onto.

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Join us in reading this weeks’ book: What we Lose by purchasing it on Amazon or at your local indie book store.

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