May 8th, 2019 – My 28th Birthday

In the days leading up to my birthday I feel like I finally realized I consciously wanted to slow-down. Lately it feels like I have been moving a mile a minute, and while that’s not a bad thing, the last thing I want is for any part of my life to feel like a blur.…

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#JCarReads | Next Year in Havana

“To be in exile is to have the things you love most in the world – the air you breath, the earth you walk upon – taken from you. They exist on the other side of a wall – there and not – unaltered by time and circumstance, preserved in a perfect memory in a…

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#JCarEats | All Purpose, D.C.

So I recently went to All Purpose for my birthday, and I absolutely loved it. All Purpose is an extremely cute, small restaurant serving pizza and other exquisite Italian fare. Their pizzas taste like brick oven goodness and are all super unique! You can also build your own though if you want to create your…

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May 8th, 2018 – My 27th Birthday

—– Written on May 8th, published on May 9th Today, I turn 27. Which means…..obviously, that it’s my birthday y’all WOOT WOOT!!! YASSS!!!! Celebrations are in order. I’ve had the most amazing day possible I just can’t even begin to thank God for how awesome my birthday has been. I can’t help but to want…

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How do you defend the women who hurt you?

My babies, what’s up? Today, I just kind of wanted to get some stuff off my chest. I don’t have a rant inside of me wanting to come out, just sadness. I’m actually not sad right now, because God shed light and strength over my heart, but to me it’s still a sad topic. A…

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#JCarReads | The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give is a story about a young girl, Starr, experiencing and going through the death of her best friend Khalil. At the time of Khalil’s death, Starr found herself in his car with him bearing witness to police shooting him while unarmed. This story is a representation of the countless deaths that…

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#JCarReads | Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Y’all, this book! Trevor Noah! BREH. This book is awesome. It’s funny, it’s encouraging, it’s eye-opening, it’s educational….it’s smart, it’s great. Trevor shares incredible stories ranging from the time he was a child to him being an early adult. Some are absolutely hilarious, some are there to shed light on what South African life is…

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Unexplainable Pain – Origins, Effects, Outcomes

Does your heart ever hurt and you don’t even know why. You literally just, don’t know. Sometimes I feel that, a slight pain in my heart that I question every now and again. I wonder what it means, where it comes from, what its purpose is. I usually don’t get any real answers though. (Sigh).…

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#JCarReads | Promise Me, Dad

Joe Biden, wow. I’m quite honestly not even sure where to start. The man he is, the character he’s built, the heart that he carries….I just get blown away, each and every time. I pre-ordered his book, Promise me, Dad, as soon as I saw it was getting released on audible because I couldn’t wait…

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#JCarReads | The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success

I just want to start by saying that I love DeVon Franklin. He’s a soulful inspiration to me, and after this book he is one of my aspirational mentors. This book is a great read and the best way I can try to share some of its glory is to give short snippets by chapter.…

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#JCarReads | Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

This memoir, all about Taraji baby is such a delight. It’s honestly an awesome story about a strong black woman, who has risen to success, battled to stay true to herself and has come out on the other side. So many battles, so many desires to not be put in a box or labeled showed…

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#JCarReads | The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

Y’all, this book was unique for sure! If you want a true account of what a man like Gucci Mane’s life was like, this is a must-read. Personally, I haven’t been one to follow Gucci’s career and I am not too familiar with his back-in-the-day music or story. That meant that for me, this book…

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#JCarReads | I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

This book was an interesting one for sure. I chose this book initially because I had seen some of my friends pick it up, and the title spoke to me immediately since you know, I am not the perfect Mexican daughter, LOL. Anywhoooo, as I got into it I felt that it had a slow…

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#JCarReads | We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories

I just want to say, when I saw that Gabrielle Union had released a book my heart got excited. I don’t know what it is about her, her fierceness, her latest portrayal of Mary Jane, or her Bring it On performance that made me excited to read what she had to say. After reading her…

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Farewell Letter to NYC

New York, my dear New York. I fell in love with you when I was 13 years old and I can still remember my dreams of you unfolding with every passing year. We were always meant to be. I truly believe God put a yearning for you in my heart very early on, and that…

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