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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#JCarChats | Inspiration, Dreams + God

 

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#JCarReads | Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” Book Summary: Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully…

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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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#JCarReads | Something in the Water

LORDTTTTTT, y’all….when I tell you THIS BOOK is WILD. If you’re looking for a mystery, a somewhat thriller, a showstopper, then this book is it. I wanted to take a break from non-fiction for a bit and really just experience the feeling of getting sucked into a story beyond real life again and this was…

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#JCarReads | Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community. I hope that my being real with you will help empower…

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#JCarReads | Outliers: The Story of Success

“The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old…

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#JCarReads | Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Black Privilege – I just want to start off by saying that I recommend this book…so much. I really don’t want that message to be lost or missed. This book was such a refreshing and unique surprise. I figured it would be a fun book, possibly an invigorating book, but I never thought it would…

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#JCarReads | The Last Black Unicorn

Tiffany Haddish, LAWD, what can I say about Tiffany that hasn’t already been said. Girl is awesome, but oh so crazy. Her book is quite refreshing, absolutely hilarious, but  shocking at the exact same time. She says some WILD things y’all, wild. For one, I really enjoyed getting to know her. The first time I…

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God Spoke to Me Today

A couple of nights ago I lay in bed awake around 3am because of course, I woke up to pee, and then was faced with the challenge of going back to sleep. Millions of thoughts were running through my mind. Earlier that week, a couple of conversations I had with others began to spark rumblings…

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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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#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 | 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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