Wanna Blog?

Wanna Blog?

In it’s June edition, Spelman College’s online publication, Inside Spelman, featured nine alumnae bloggers who were “blogging with purpose.” I was honored to me one of the chosen ones. On June 13, the nine of us joined Inside Spelman editor Joyce…







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Odysseus, Julius Caesar, and Da Kang (a.k.a T.I.)

I love teaching. It’s something about connecting writing and literary concepts to everyday life that makes me ecstatic. When I was still in the classroom, one of my favorite concepts to teach was that of a tragic hero. (Prepare for…







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Decoded: Part 1—My Initial Reaction

Decoded: Part 1—My Initial Reaction

During my unexpected winter break last week, I decided to finally crack open Jay-Z’s Decoded, our January book club selection. Before I could even read a word, I was awe struck by the beauty of the book. As someone who has laid out a couple of books, I was fascinated with the layout, graphics, and fonts and how they worked together to create graphic art. Now I understand why people have categorized this work as a coffee table book. It’s so pretty, I can’t even highlight, or write in the margins, or dog-ear the pages. 

Once I began reading Jiggaman’s story, I quickly realized that Decoded is more than a memoir. It is U.S. history told from a first-person point of view. Decoded is a historical account of how hip hop and social issues (such as crack, guns, and gangs) changed urban America and the world we all live in. It illustrates the evolution of rap music. It explains how seminal elements of hip hop culture, like Salt & Pepa’s “Push It,” NWA’s Straight Out of Compton, Dr. Dre’s Chronic, and movies like Boys In the Hood and Menace to Society, were birthed and how each influenced people throughout the world. You can’t call yourself a hip hop fan without reading Jay-Z’s Decoded.

Below is a reading guide for the remainder of the book. Please feel free to join us as we read by clicking here. If you haven’t begun reading, no worries. There is still plenty of time for you to pick up the book and start reading. Also please, Please, PLEASE send in your additional quotes, questions, and thoughts. This information will frame our final discussion that will take place on Saturday, February 5th @ 2pm. I can’t wait to see you there! Happy reading!













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Life of Service Like MLK

Life of Service Like MLK

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48).

I fell in love with this scripture while I was at Spelman College, and by the time I exited those gates in 2004, I had gained a full understanding of what it meant. God has given me some amazing opportunities in life, and it is my responsibility and Christian duty to give others similar opportunities. Service is not an option; it’s a requirement…especially as a member of God’s Kingdom.













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January Selection: Decoded by Jay-Z

January Selection: Decoded by Jay-Z

Deep down inside, I’m a nerd. I love learning, reading, writing (duh!), and discussing. And if I’m honest, I kind of miss it now that I’m no longer in school (PRAISE GOD!!!). I’m all about creating the life I would like to live, so in order to fill that void, I’ve started a book club, and I would love if you would join!

The name of the book club is Bad Chicks Who Read. Yes, it’s a group of girls, but if you’re a man who’s not intimidated by group of intelligent, opinionated, bad chicks who read every now and then, you can join too *smile*.

The goal this year is to read one book per month, starting with Jay-Z’s Decoded. We then meet up and discuss via the internet. All the information about the first selection is listed below in the email sent out to the group. If you would like to join (PLEASE DO!!!), click here and fill out the request form telling us a little bit about yourself.

Can’t wait to read with you! Muah!













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