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Black women were the first people in whom I saw the concept of strength, beauty, intelligence and poise. As members of the black feminist movement, they are both underrepresented and misrepresented. Being raised by my mother and grandmother, I naturally formed some of the strongest bonds with black women, and that...

Most people I know are not too concerned with fashion. They tend to disassociate themselves from words such as “trendy” or “fashionista.” Very few students, understandably, spend a large quantity of time and money on their clothing; myself included. The horrible thing about fast fashion is that it touches everyone who...

For more of my reviews, visit my blog As the Book Ends .I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. My best friend has this saying anytime we go out to eat and the food didn’t completely knock our socks off, but wasn’t inedible, he looks up at me and says, “It’ll make a turd.” Certainly an...

In the fall of last year, I was fortunate enough to meet Laini Taylor. Although I hadn’t yet read any of her books, her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy had been sitting on my shelf for some time. While I met many authors that day, she really stood out to me, not only because she has bright pink hair, but because...

Around this time, as the weather starts getting undeniably hot, there’s a cultural impulse to clean out our living spaces. I clearly remember my mother pulling back her hair and getting out the garbage bags, and angrily scrubbing the kitchen floor. This tradition of spring cleaning was passed to me, and I fell into...

Historical Fiction has always been a huge hit or miss for me — particularly in the YA genre. While I am partial to half-naked highlander romances, I don’t always enjoy something with little romance, and little-to-no fantasy. For these reasons, I had mixed feelings about this particular novel. In the first book in the...

When the final book in the Divergent trilogy was released four years ago, I remember being incredibly upset with the way it ended. Divergent was one of the books that made me fall in love with the dystopian genre. Somehow, the ending of that series soured me and gave me selective memory. Although I understood why Roth...

I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My entire month was made on March 30, 2017 at approximately 2:40 p.m. Sometimes, as a book reviewer, you just have to be a little bit brave. A few months ago, Christina Lauren responded on Twitter to one of my reviews. I then boldly...

Director Rupert Sanders’ latest film, “Ghost in the Shell,” is a science fiction crime drama film based on the Japanese manga of the same name. “Ghost in the Shell” tells the story of Major (Scarlett Johansson) who is a cybernetic individual with an entirely human brain. Along with her team, Major commands task force...

This may come as a massive shock to some of my readers, but I was not the most well-liked person in high school. As it turns out, playing the flute, having your nose stuck in a book constantly, watching “Star Trek” and “Firefly” religiously and loving cats did not endear me to the “in crowd.” Because I know I...