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  • FRIDAY NIGHT PLANS: Cuddled up with Michelle and Barack 📖 “The Obamas’ love story is now lore: a reluctant Michelle fell for Barack and his wander...
  • FRIDAY NIGHT PLANS: Cuddled up with Michelle and Barack 📖 “The Obamas’ love story is now lore: a reluctant Michelle fell for Barack and his wanderlust, while Barack was grounded by her traditionalism.“ #wellreadblackgirl #nowreading #IAmBecoming
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  • COVER GIRL. Whenever any of our queens are on mag covers, we just have to snatch them up! 👑 #RepresentationMatters
  • COVER GIRL. Whenever any of our queens are on mag covers, we just have to snatch them up! 👑 #RepresentationMatters
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  • Ler me try this and I hope I'm not missing anything. I've jumped on the bandwagon with @absorbedinpages to share my 2018 #readingsuperlatives. They...
  • Ler me try this and I hope I'm not missing anything. I've jumped on the bandwagon with @absorbedinpages to share my 2018 #readingsuperlatives. They are listed below from the bottom to the top! 📖 •A book I'm hoping to read in 2019 • A book that disappointed me this year • A book that taught me something • My favorite read of 2018 • A book that is underrated • My favorite debut novel I read this year • A book that made me cry (hard) • A book I loved this year by a person of color And the cherry on top is... • My 2018 favorite book cover 📖 I had fun figuring this out but it also gave me the opportunity to reflect on this year and a little of a distraction. 📖 We lost a loved one last night and although I know she is no longer suffering it is still tough to cope. I'm going to try to take a little break from #bookstagram for a day or so and be here for my family. I hope you all will join in and share your reading superlatives for 2018. Be sure to tag me. I can't wait to see when I return. #ynobereads #wellreadblackgirl #2018reads
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  • 2/4 read isn’t so bad 🤔 •
I think my next read will be All You Can Ever Know cause I’ve been wanting to read it forever and ever 🙌🏽. It’s one th...
  • 2/4 read isn’t so bad 🤔 • I think my next read will be All You Can Ever Know cause I’ve been wanting to read it forever and ever 🙌🏽. It’s one that I want to read before the year ends. It’s the perfect (short) read to read in a day like today when I barely have any plans • As for my Sunday plans, I have absolutely nothing to do BUT read and that’s fine with me 😊 💭What are your Sunday plans? Are you trying to read all day like I am?💭
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  • Zora Neale Hurston wrote one of my favorite books, Their Eyes Were Watching God, in Haiti so I decided to finish reading her last book, Barracoon: ...
  • Zora Neale Hurston wrote one of my favorite books, Their Eyes Were Watching God, in Haiti so I decided to finish reading her last book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, in Nigeria. Although a short read it is packed with a mighty punch urging me understand more deeply the disease of greed, pride and ignorance and how it destroyed the Godgiven humanity of people both black and white. Also it brought my heart to pay greater tribute to God and the ancestors that arethe descendant of African captives but ALSO the African captives themselves who always longed for the African soil and knew that they may never return home. Lastly, it further convicted me in my work to exploring and generational trauma within the African Diaspora and enhancing pathways of healing. 🍑 🍉 🍑 My beloved Zora, thank you for providing Kossula space to tell his own story and allowing his glorious dignity to shine through each page. 🍊 🍉 Deborah G. Plant, thank you for your edits and ensuring we the people will have Zora's final gift to us. 🍊 🍉 Thank you my boo @queen_mi_mi for the 📷 and for your love at the pool 1😘😘😘 #PraiseGod #ThanktheAncestors #liveloved #LiveConnected #LiveRighteously #wellreadblackgirl #8929sBdayBookList
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  • PODCEMBER: DAY 9 |

Hello, my name is Michelle. I'm a 27 years old living with type 1 diabetes. I manage a social media platform called Posh Pancre...
  • PODCEMBER: DAY 9 | Hello, my name is Michelle. I'm a 27 years old living with type 1 diabetes. I manage a social media platform called Posh Pancreas. Check it out on Instagram and Youtube. I promote a positive diabetes outlook in a fashion and girly way. This podcast is about my diabetes journey, my diagnosis story, and the lows and highs that come with it. @PoshPancreas — One of the most life-changing lessons we must learn is that our story is not just for us, but for everyone connected to us, both directly and indirectly. Sharing our trials, joys, obstacles, and victories not only reminds us of our strength and tenacity, but lets others know that that same power is available to them as well. This is certainly true during the holiday season and as we approach the end of another year. Many people find this season difficult, especially if they’ve lost a loved one or are not where they hoped to be at this time of the year. — So, in the season of giving, share your story. You can do so through The Writer's Garden Podcast's bonus segment called “Podcember” - a challenge to complete 31 episodes in 31 days of 31 stories that come directly from YOU! For the month of December, I will feature a story that one of you have sent in, in hopes of helping others to see the light in their current circumstances. To share your story, visit the 🔗in my bio. *Biography provided by the participant.
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  • “I hope you know it is okay if your strength looks a little different in this season. I hope you know that the fire inside of you is still there, e...
  • “I hope you know it is okay if your strength looks a little different in this season. I hope you know that the fire inside of you is still there, even if it burns quietly, and gently, as candles do on windowsills. I hope you know that it is okay to not feel the same and to notice all of the things that have changed, because all of this, absolutely all of this is very real. I hope you also know that even in the rush of it all, there is time and grace to heal. There is time to take your time here, seeking peace beyond understanding, even if you do not feel you are all the way there yet. Breath after breath, depth into depth, the steps that you take not only matter, but they reveal the quiet strength that has been in you all along, and has been growing ever since.” — @morganharpernichols #regram #wellreadblackgirl
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  • The holidays are a bit complicated for me. My anxiety heightens and my daily to-do list gets longer in December...I’m a Capricorn 🐐 so, you know h...
  • The holidays are a bit complicated for me. My anxiety heightens and my daily to-do list gets longer in December...I’m a Capricorn 🐐 so, you know how that goes! I truly understand why this time of the year is hard for so many people 🙏🏾 • • • My father’s birthday was one day before mine - he was born on Dec 21st. I was always considered his gift on Dec. 22nd. I miss my dad everyday but around Christmas time it’s even more difficult. However you feel over the holidays, know that you’re not alone. I found Morgan’s quote really comforting today. I hope it lifts your spirit as well. ~ Glory 💕 • • • “I hope you know it is okay if your strength looks a little different in this season. I hope you know that the fire inside of you is still there, even if it burns quietly, and gently, as candles do on windowsills. I hope you know that it is okay to not feel the same and to notice all of the things that have changed, because all of this, absolutely all of this is very real. I hope you also know that even in the rush of it all, there is time and grace to heal. There is time to take your time here, seeking peace beyond understanding, even if you do not feel you are all the way there yet. Breath after breath, depth into depth, the steps that you take not only matter, but they reveal the quiet strength that has been in you all along, and has been growing ever since.” — @morganharpernichols #regram #wellreadblackgirl
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  • I cant let this day go by without wishing my newly 8 year old a happy birthday. She is the best and hopefully I can breed a new generation of reade...
  • I cant let this day go by without wishing my newly 8 year old a happy birthday. She is the best and hopefully I can breed a new generation of readers. We do at least one book for every Birthday/Holiday and to get the new Dory Fantasmagory book was exciting for her! Read girl read! (Two snaps!) #booksforkids #kidsreading #doryfantasmagory
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  • Good night !...
Day #9 of #24daystilxmas. These satin pillows make me feel less guilty when I go to bed with my makeup on and my hair unwrapped #To...
  • Good night !... Day #9 of #24daystilxmas. These satin pillows make me feel less guilty when I go to bed with my makeup on and my hair unwrapped #ToyaFromHarlem
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  • About a year ago, I flew back to Boston from Chicago. By the time we landed, the T had stopped running, so I needed to grab a cab. Thankfully, a ve...
  • About a year ago, I flew back to Boston from Chicago. By the time we landed, the T had stopped running, so I needed to grab a cab. Thankfully, a very nice couple was Cambridge bound like me. Toward the end of our ride, the woman handed me a card and encouraged me to attend Community Conversations (@ccsister2sister), a women's health initiative that gathers in Central Sq every month to hear from a panel of experts and discuss topics related to Black women's lives. I've only been twice so far, but words can't express how thankful I am to have found this community. I'm a millennial with lots of irons in the fire...and it's nice to be in a space where so many people understand where I'm coming from. Fellow Black women (of all ages), check them out at: ccsister2sister.org. I look forward to seeing you at a future event! 👭🏿👭🏿💬😊 #Cambridge #CambMA #Boston #BlackWomen #CambridgeMA
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  • Sunday situation 📚🍹this is the start of my birthday week (it’s on Friday), yayyyyy so I shall shamelessly buy the books I’ve been eyeing, drink t...
  • Sunday situation 📚🍹this is the start of my birthday week (it’s on Friday), yayyyyy so I shall shamelessly buy the books I’ve been eyeing, drink the booze and be merry. Cheers. • • • Random: I prefer hardcopies of a book over anything else. Reading is an experience in itself; I really just love the smell of books and turning the pages. What about y’all? • • • #bookstagram #bookish #wellreadblackgirl #margaritas #nom #sundayfunday
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  • “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.”
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“If Beale Street Could Talk” is just one of the many reasons that Ja...
  • “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.” • • • “If Beale Street Could Talk” is just one of the many reasons that James Baldwin is considered one of the greatest literary voices of all time. Baldwin’s characters leap off the page packed with so much authenticity that I felt like I knew them...like they were old family friends. • • • Baldwin masterfully entwines a range of social issues with Fonny & Tish’s love story/friendship that practically spans their entire lives. I was both amazed and saddened that Baldwin’s work still speaks to the world we live in today, decades after he wrote the book. I enjoyed unpacking this and many other themes with an amazing buddy read crew (@badgalreading @reggiereads @jennreadsstuff @aroundthewaybooks @luvnecia) & I can’t wait to see the film!!
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  • Whilst ‘Mem’ by #BethanyCMorrow is a very well written novel(la), it didn’t quite meet my expectations. 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5)
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The synopsis lured me in - s...
  • Whilst ‘Mem’ by #BethanyCMorrow is a very well written novel(la), it didn’t quite meet my expectations. 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5) • The synopsis lured me in - set in 1920s Montreal; the elite are able to have their unpleasant memories extracted into cloned versions of themselves. Delores Extract No. 1 (aka Elsie) is the first and only ‘Mem’ capable of creating her own memories. Due to her unique state she is allowed to live somewhat independently, until (20 years later) she is suddenly recalled back to the ‘Vault’ that houses the other mems. • I incorrectly assumed that this 📚 would be a psychological thriller with the ‘mems’ becoming autonomous beings, revolting (a la #Westworld), breaking out of the vault and causing chaos. Had the plot aligned with my expectations I would have loved Mem; instead it was a really slow paced examination of Elsie’s autonomy and the realisation that she wasn’t (unlike the other mem’s) a possession, with a whiff of a love story added for good measure. I found it hard to follow in parts - particularly when discussions/scenes centred on Elise and her ‘source’ Delores - I’d start off thinking that Elise was the focus/narrator only to realise it was actually Delores (and vice versa), leaving me pretty confused 🤷🏾‍♀️😩. • Plot disappointment aside, Morrow writes beautifully - so whilst I didn’t throughly enjoy this 📚 I will look out for her future projects 🙌🏾. • Q: Tell me about the #debutnovel’s you’ve read in 2018. Which ones exceeded (or failed to meet) your expectations? Sound off below ⬇️⬇️
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  • All The Bright Places // Four Stars ✨ ✨✨✨
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a social worker, and someone who has battled depression and suicide ...
  • All The Bright Places // Four Stars ✨ ✨✨✨ . I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a social worker, and someone who has battled depression and suicide as a teenager this book resonated with me in different ways. I don’t want to give any spoiler alerts so I’ll keep this review short and sweet. It’s worth the read. I saw a lot of one star reviews because it seemed cliche, but in my opinion it touched on the topic of mental health in a very realistic way and it’s unfortunate that some people’s reality’s are really interpreted as an everyday cliche. Overall, #mentalillness is an everyday battle for most people and most books don’t touch me but this one did. . Did you read All The Bright Places? What were your thoughts? . #thelitsocial
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  • 2/4 read isn’t so bad 🤔 •
I think my next read will be All You Can Ever Know cause I’ve been wanting to read it forever and ever 🙌🏽. It’s one th...
  • 2/4 read isn’t so bad 🤔 • I think my next read will be All You Can Ever Know cause I’ve been wanting to read it forever and ever 🙌🏽. It’s one that I want to read before the year ends. It’s the perfect (short) read to read in a day like today when I barely have any plans • As for my Sunday plans, I have absolutely nothing to do BUT read and that’s fine with me 😊 💭What are your Sunday plans? Are you trying to read all day like I am?💭
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  • When you came for the crown and realized you arrived with one. 👑
  • When you came for the crown and realized you arrived with one. 👑
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  • “This is the best thing ever! I’ve already received my first book and I must say it exceeded my expectations! And with this subscription, I saved 5...
  • “This is the best thing ever! I’ve already received my first book and I must say it exceeded my expectations! And with this subscription, I saved 50% of the value of the book! Now I can grow my bookshelf and my mind with new books from black women such as myself! I can’t wait to see what January brings!” - Jasmine S. (Subscriber) Receive a new book from a black female author every month and become part of a sisterhood like no other! 🙌🏾 Just click the link in bio to get started and use promo code BGM10 at checkout! 👇🏾 *Valid when you subscribe. Not valid for one time book purchases. Cancel anytime* ** 📸 by @tolanihershelf **
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  • Read this special story aloud at our grand opening yesterday. Feeling extra grateful for the chance to begin.❤️✨ #thedayyoubegin
  • Read this special story aloud at our grand opening yesterday. Feeling extra grateful for the chance to begin.❤️✨ #thedayyoubegin
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  • There’s no use working myself up over unlikely scenarios, because they’re out of my hands anyway, all I can do is be ready to deal with whatever li...
  • There’s no use working myself up over unlikely scenarios, because they’re out of my hands anyway, all I can do is be ready to deal with whatever life throws my way. #cthagod _ _ _ Ummm yeah. I love the idea of this book as someone who gets anxiety about pretty much anything important and my way of coping is typically to do EXTENSIVE research until I feel I know everything there is to know about the topic and THEN anxiety over (why do you think I read so many non fiction books 😂). Although I wanted to read this book with the hopes to get new coping skills and just understand how as a black male, he copes and even has come to the point where he can be transparent about his struggles with anxiety. Overall, I think I am not his target audience. I feel like the random life stories (which helped make the book an easier read) and the general advice he gives didn’t blend as beautifully as they could. Nor do I think they adequately answered my questions I had in terms of dealing with anxiety BEFORE success. I think the narrative of dealing with stress in unhealthy ways prior to success, and then becoming successful and getting a therapist and now dealing with it in efficient ways is well.... a lazy narrative. The shining light for this book were Dr. Ish Major clinical correlations (which I loved) that beautifully challenged some major assumptions or misinformation given by Charlemagne in each chapter and really helped the reader to the more authentic narrative that (maybe unbeknownst to Charlemagne) he did have healthy ways of coping with stress prior to his success in which Dr. Ish extracted those early healthy behaviors and broke down how, when, and why it’s effective. I just feel like the book should of been more of Dr. Ish Major presenting the topic at hand and then Charlemagne correlating his life experiences AFTER. I think this book is geared toward a general 18-35 male audience that are major fans of Charlemagne , and that’s cool. It’s just not for me 🤷🏾‍♀️ Although shoutout to Dr. Ish Major he gave really great perceptions and tips to get your mind in a healthy place to tackle anxiety. _ _ _ How did you feel about #shookone ? 💕
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  • You guys!!! I’m an official @littlefreelibrary Steward along with my girls! We had our grand opening today — more photos to come. I’m excited to sh...
  • You guys!!! I’m an official @littlefreelibrary Steward along with my girls! We had our grand opening today — more photos to come. I’m excited to shine a light through books but most of all I’m grateful that we get to do this and for all the love and support that surround us on this very special day. @littlelightofminelibrary is officially OPEN!🥳 Thank you for the photos @lifeoftriangles💖 #bookworm #unicornbookworm
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  • PODCEMBER: DAY 8 |

Varelle Joseph
@babygirl1991xxo
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One of the most life-changing lessons we must learn is that our story is not just for us, but...
  • PODCEMBER: DAY 8 | Varelle Joseph @babygirl1991xxo — One of the most life-changing lessons we must learn is that our story is not just for us, but for everyone connected to us, both directly and indirectly. Sharing our trials, joys, obstacles, and victories not only reminds us of our strength and tenacity, but lets others know that that same power is available to them as well. This is certainly true during the holiday season and as we approach the end of another year. Many people find this season difficult, especially if they’ve lost a loved one or are not where they hoped to be at this time of the year. — So, in the season of giving, share your story. You can do so through The Writer's Garden Podcast's bonus segment called “Podcember” - a challenge to complete 31 episodes in 31 days of 31 stories that come directly from YOU! For the month of December, I will feature a story that one of you have sent in, in hopes of helping others to see the light in their current circumstances. To share your story, visit the 🔗in my bio.
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  • I purchased 41 books this year. For myself. This doesn’t count the books I purchased for others because books are always my gift of choice.
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Out o...
  • I purchased 41 books this year. For myself. This doesn’t count the books I purchased for others because books are always my gift of choice. — Out of the 41 books I bought, I fully completed 28, started 7 that I haven’t finished, and the remaining I have yet to crack open. I would say that’s good for the year. — I’ve always been an avid reader and consumed books like air. When I found @thriftbooks a few years ago my world was changed because I was able to buy even more books. I think reading is so damn important. It’s one of things I hope my sons eventually come to love because right now all they care about is @fortnite. — So in 2019 I’m gonna try and refrain from buying a shit ton of books and be a little bit more intentional with my reading choices. My thought is to pick 4 quarterly categories and only read one book per month. We’ll see how that goes. — Oh, and my favorite books of 2018: 1. “Emergent Strategy” by adrienne marre brown 2. “The Way of Tenderness” by Zhenju Earthlyn Manuel 3. “Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel 4. “Attached” by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller 5. “The Way of Liberation” by Adyashanti 6. “Leapfrog” by Nathalie Molina Nino 7. “Sapiens” by yuval noah harari 8. “When They Call You A Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors 9. “Making Money Is Killing Your Business” by Chuck Blakeman 10. “The Body Is Not An Apology” by Sonya Renee Taylor — What have been some of your favorites in 2018? What should I be adding to my bookshelf in 2019? #wellreadblackgirl
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  • This is not going to be a platform of perfection.

Because perfection does not exist.

At least not in my reality.

This is for the young woman who...
  • This is not going to be a platform of perfection. Because perfection does not exist. At least not in my reality. This is for the young woman who often feels like no one is present in her chaotic life. This is for the young woman who is trying to figure it out in a world that is filled with the imagery of perfection. This is for the young woman who feels inadequate because she spends so much time comparing her position in life to others. You will not find all the photos with the perfect lighting, with the perfect background, with the perfect caption. But what you will find is transparency. My willingness to be as open as I can, in hopes to help someone realize they are not alone. Where I will discuss real life things: parenting, education, relationships, abuse, self-esteem, faith, fashion, and everything else a REAL person goes through. No one wants to be that person, the one that airs their dirty laundry. But you can never grow if you don’t get through the filth. I don’t have all the answers, but I have been blessed with ability to help others. Not only with words of encouragement, but by displaying my own tenacity, ambition, and perseverance. My story is unique to me, but so common amongst women around me. So stay tuned, I may be able to teach you something♥️😘😉 #browngirlblog #louisianablogger #encourageyourself #womenlikeme #blackgirlswhoblog #melaninbloggers #momblogger #lifestyleblogger #melaninmommas #momlifestyle #thisismotherhood #godisdope #dailyencouragement #deeplyrooted #graceandmercy #womenempowerment #mymotherhood #wellreadblackgirl
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