Biggest Lesson I Learned in 2018

Fly, take up space and trust your instincts. Looking back on 2018 I can say that it was a whirlwind year full of many emotions, growth and reconditioning myself to trust my internal voice. In life, we are so often taught the way that things should be: be a good student, excel academically, go to…

Nancy Drew (Comic Book Review)

Did you spend hours as a child searching for clues and solving mysteries with Nancy Drew? If so, you will approach this series with a much different perspective than I did. I found the series to be enjoyable, though a bit disappointing in the end. To watch my full review, click play below :): Did…

The Book You Should Read Before 2018 Ends

A book that has changed my life is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Below I have described in detail why everyone should read the book: Here’s is an older review for the book I created years ago: Have you read the book? Will you revisit soon? How has it changed your life? Until next time,…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Film Review)

Where are my fellow Potterheads? What were your thoughts on the newest addition to the Wizarding World? I have a few thoughts: Let me know your feelings about the movie! Until next time, remember to give time time and have the best day of your life! – Ms. Malcolm Hughes

A Brief History of Seven Killings (Book Review)

This book, this book, this book! Read it! There is so much to be said about this book, so instead of waiting in suspense, you can press play and hear all about it: Until next time, remember to give time time and have the best day of your life! – Ms. Malcolm Hughes

Just Mercy (Book Review)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a book that will shake you to your core. You will begin this book with the expectation that you will learn something new about the prison industry, but you will exit this book knowing that you have learned lessons that will stick with you for life; and stories that…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Script & Play Review)

Good morning! I have finally forced myself to finish reading the script and last week I went to NYC to see it on stage! My thoughts are below: I tried to read the book when it first came out but quit because… Having forced myself to read the entire play I can say that… As…

Juliet Takes a Breath (Book Review)

Last month I hosted a book club and the selected reading was Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. The book is one that I recommend everyone read; especially young queer women of color who are trying to figure it all out. To determine why I love the book watch the video: Until next time,…

My August Reads (Giveaway)

Books I’m reading in August: -Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson           -A Brief History of even Killings by Marlon James           -Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi Okorafor             To be the winner of the giveaway you do have to…

The Princess Saves Herself in This One (Book Review)

Have you ever walked into a bookstore and been immediately sucked in by a title? That’s exactly what happened to me when I read the title of this book. Did the book live up to my expectations? Watch the video review to find out! Love Hard, Go Hard! – Ms. Malcolm Hughes

Bone by Yrsa-Daley Ward (Book Review)

To say that Bone is a book of poetry is a bit of an oversimplification. Bone is a vehicle a griot used to transport her stories. One thing that becomes immediately apparent is that Yrsa-Daley Ward is a storyteller before she is a poet. Her poems weave us through complex romantic interactions and even more…

QWOC Summer Book Club

Hey, Y’all! Okay, I’m super excited! For the first time ever, I am bringing my book review series to an in-person setting!! What?! YES! Registration is required so please find the Eventbrite link here. The book we are reading is Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. I am SO stoked for everyone to join…

20 Questions Book Tag

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES? If the series is great, no number is too many. (See, Harry Potter). 2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS? I hate them! 3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK? Both. Though hardcopy has a marginal advantage. 4. FAVOURITE BOOK? Salt and Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed. 5….

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but I have never taken a moment to fully introduce myself. So, here we are. When I initially began this blog it was as an extension, and eventual replacement, for the “For Your Black? Conscious” newsletter I started during my years in Chicago. The original intent of…

Books I’m Reading: May 2018

In honor of my birth month, I am reading three books by and for powerful women. They are: 1. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace 2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 3. Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward Have you read any? What were your thoughts? Leave them in the comment…

Ready Player One (Book & Movie Review)

Sometimes I load to Youtube and forget that I haven’t also loaded here. Sadly, that means this is extremely late. However, it also means you should be following my Youtube channel :). See the review below: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”…

Washington, DC’s Newest Gem: Mahogany Books

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Mahogany Books, DC’s newest Black-owned bookstore. What makes Mahogany books so special is that it is the first time in over twenty years that a bookstore has existed east of the Anacostia River. For those of you not familiar with the neighboorhood dynamics of Washington, DC, Anacostia…

A Few of My Favorite Things 2018: Quarter 1

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already over! I want to take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite experiences and most used items of 2018. Here we go: 1. Maluma’s F.A.M.E. Concert As I’ve stated in other posts, concerts are one of my many favorite pastimes. In March I…

Bingo Love (Book Review)

Have you ever heard the concept for a book and knew immediately that if done right you would love it? If so, you were basically me when I first heard of Bingo Love. Did the book live up to my expectations? Was I disappointed? Find out by watching here: Until next time, Ms. Malcolm Hughes