There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission… MLK, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frederick Douglass were all salesman. Hell, Nina Simone, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and every other black woman who achieved any leap of success was a saleswoman… Each and every one of these people was selling something more precious than gold: a vision.
Being tethered to a career I had outgrown was like standing for two hours in a pair of six-inch spike heels: it looked good, but my feet were swollen and in agony!
Bevy Smith’s candid, hilarious and heartwarming book ☛BEVELATIONS: LESSONS FROM A MUTHA,
Last month my friend, former employer, and fellow classic hip-hop and R&B lover Chef Joey Campanaro released his heartwarming cookbook ☛BIG LOVE COOKING: 75 RECIPES FOR SATISFYING, SHAREABLE COMFORT FOOD [pub: Chronicle Books] with another talented friend, Theresa Gambacorta.
ICYMI: Oscar-winning director extraordinaire Barry Jenkins released a gorgeously stunning teaser entitled “Preamble” for his adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ☛THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD [pub: Doubleday Books] on Instagram yesterday. And in the words of actor RonReaco Lee,
Debut authors and real life friends, Alli Frank and Asha Yourman‘s ☛TINY IMPERPECTIONS [pub: G.P. Putnam’s Sons] is not just one of this summer’s must-reads, it is also my favorite read of Quarantine 2020. I was transported and transfixed by the locations and lives of my new besties: Josie—the beautiful,