Originally posted on Black America Web:
Apparently Miss Bobbi Kristina is not too pleased about Cissy Houston’s new book about her mom, the late Whitney Houston called “Remembering Whitney.”
Although Bobbi Kristina doesn’t come right out and say why, she’s boycotting the book and wants her fans to do likewise.
Here’s what she tweeted to her (nearly 120,000) followers: “Anything concerning my grandmother’s book, I and @nickgordon of course personally have nothing to with.”
Originally posted on Joanne Guidoccio:
After reading the first chapter of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Oprah knew she had found her second Book Club 2.0 pick. On yesterday’s Super Soul Sunday, she sat down for an interview with author Ayana Mathis.
Ayana started by describing her experiences at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Grateful for this opportunity to work with Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson and other up-and-coming writers, she talked openly about the hopes, dreams and frustrations that lie behind those hallowed walls. When she arrived at the workshop, she was working on another book, a fictionalized memoir. At one critique session, Robinson suggested that her characters were “insufficiently complex.” Ayana took the criticism to heart, had her ugly cry and then turned to writing short stories. Her first story was a hybrid of the first and last chapters of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.
Inspired by Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, Ayana set her book against the backdrop of the Great Migration. Starting around 1916, over six million African Americans migrated north to escape the poverty and hardships of the south. The main character, Hattie Shepherd, is a strong but flawed woman who fiercely loves her eleven children but cannot demonstrate that love. While each chapter focuses on a different child, Hattie is the glue that holds the book together.
Originally posted on Journalism Blog:
Originally posted on National Post | Arts:
Superbowl 47 has come and gone leaving us exhilarated still from Beyonce’s outstanding (and honest-to-goodness live) performance. There was some actual sport played too, right? In-between the power getting blown for almost 30 minutes and the 49ers losing hard to the Ravens, about 90 highly anticipated commercials played throughout for audiences. While these commercials are fiercely sought after and cost companies a pretty penny to air during the game, they can also teach us an important cultural lesson or two. Here’s what we picked up this year:
Gangnam Style isn’t going anywhere
There really is no direct correlation between Gangnam Style and the delicious nut that is the pistachio. The tag line at the end of this aesthetically confusing commercial (do we really want to eat the jazzy-dancing pistachio?) hits home what Gangnam Style was and will forever be.
Originally posted on HelloBeautiful:
With an ever-growing problem of debt in this country, it is vital for us as parents to break this vicious cycle. We need to take the time to teach our children just how important money is and how they need to use it. If you want your children to be financially independent as adults, then there are vital lessons they should learn growing up. Here are some tips in how to teach kids the importance of money.