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Around The Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you know all too well the infamous ‘Cookie’ from the break out FOX hit series Empire, and she is everything but a girl you’ll see from around the way. Although the world may just now be getting to know my girl Taraji, she is no stranger to the hearts of many way before Luscious Lyon got his filthy hands on her. This memoir captures the essence of of Henson’s upbringing in the metro Washington D.C. area, family and friend dynamics that served as instruments of both detriment and influence, and tells the truth about sacrifice, motherhood, and Hollywood.
This is a MUST READ for those that can appreciate the real-ness that is Taraji P. Henson. She takes the reader on a journey filled with strength, candor, and humor even when addressing tough topics such as robbery and domestic violence that is sometimes hard for the reader to swallow. One of my personal favorite moments of real-ness is when she lets us in on the details surrounding her Academy Award nominated role of Queenie in the The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Henson candidly addresses the often swept-under-the-rug issue of pay inequality affecting many black women in Hollywood. For that, she gets a hundred emoji all around.
Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God
Infamous is an understatement when it comes to this co-host of the nationally syndicated hip hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club. You either love him or hate him, and after reading this book, it’s hard not to love him. I know, I know, I was skeptical too because of his reputation for telling the brutal truth, sometimes to his own detriment, but ya boy has made a believer out of me and he is just getting started. In Black Privilege, Charlamagne shares some of the provocative and controversial opinions his career has been built on, and still manages to be filled with insightful lessons he’s learned along the way.
I’m going to be honest, I’m sure Charlamagne would appreciate me for it, so I’ll say I never thought too much of him. Not that I dislike him for any particular reason, but often times I found his candid (brutal) point of view lacking of compassion and context. Casually throwing around his perspective as a weapon and not caring who he harmed. After this read, I now know that I’ve been the one lacking context. Don’t worry though reader, he spares no details filling you in on exactly who he is and how he got here. He starts with where is truth comes from: Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Going in such great detail, you could smell the dirt roads and feel the southern heat tear into your melanin. His sometimes troubled childhood, may actually make you feel bad for him but don’t you worry, he balances with stories of illicit wrongdoings and infidelity that make you feel bad for everyone around him. One story in particular about his realization of what success really means to him, and his willingness to grow and learn to evolve as a black man, husband, and father will pull at your heartstrings and draw a connection to his human-ness that I believe we can all relate to. For that, he gets the praising hand emoji.