If nothing else, the country most certainly feels divided. As a NYC’er I am constantly blown away by our ability to hunker down when necessary and come together for a greater cause. Protests, petitions, community check in’s and various other ways have made themselves present throughout my city to resist the corruption, hatred and ignorance currently plaguing the highest level of our government. One thing that I’ve heard about that gave me a glimmer of excitement is the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s “One Book, One New York” reading imitative. It’s a call for NYC’ers to all read the same book with an NYC connection or theme at the same time which will hopefully lead to discussions about something other than that guy that won the election (well at least that is my hope). People are being asked to vote on which book should be read by February 28th here (http://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/initiatives/1book1ny.page). The Mayor’s office also snagged the help of a few celebrities (the dreamy Gincarlo Esposito, Danielle Brooks from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and William H. Macy of the hilarious Showtime hit Shameless to name a few) to campaign for the cause. The books on the list include:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Personally, I’ve already started reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book and I believe it is a very important book for everyone to read but I’m thinking I will try and read them all. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic that I actually own but I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never read and the other books are new to me so why give them a shot? For more information head over to the official website and cast your vote!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
February is a great month. It’s my birthday month, Aquarius Season is in full effect, Black History Month and this year it’s also Mardi Gras season! With so many wonderful things happening in February, I’ve decided to begin what will possibly be a new tradition around these parts. The 5 for $25 Photography Project has officially launched and I invite you to take advantage of this special offer while you can. Read all about it here and enjoy this beautiful month!