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 | 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 | Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

“Perhaps passion and excitement were meant to be secondary to a stable adult life.” Book Summary: Every woman has a secret life . . . Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she bartends at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional…

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#JCarReads | The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters

“Service simply means we embrace the possibility of living for more than ourselves.” “I want to live an interesting life.” Wes Moore, a Baltimore native who went on to be a decorated Army officer, a Rhodes Scholar, an investment banker, philanthropist and entrepreneur, uses this book to explore and explain how he found his passion.…

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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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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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Perhaps you were born for such a time as this?

Perhaps you were born for such a time as this? In the story of Esther in the bible, this question is posed, and it’s truly one that captivates my soul. Perhaps you were born for such a time as this? Have you ever thought of that? What are the chances of you, one, even being…

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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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#JCarPoetry | What’s it Like to Be Worshipped?

What’s it like to be worshipped?   Come close, tell me. I want to know, to experience it vicariously through you. What’s it like to have someone hang onto your every word? To have someone make you believe you’re God’s gift to humanity? Does it feed you? Does it heal you? Does it make your…

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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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