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

A Review of The Wicked + The Divine

Anyone who has spoken to me over the last two months, or watched my book reviews, knows that I have been raving about the comic book series, The Wicked + The Divine. Finally, the review is here: As always, I would love to hear your feedback! Either write it in a comment below or email…

Sour Honey & Soul Food (Book Review)

First and foremost, HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Alright, first book review of 2018 is here for your viewing pleasure :). Of course, let me know your thoughts and let’s just engage in fun and thought-provoking dialogue. The next read is a comic series I’m very excited about, The Wicked + The Divine. See you with…

Cornel West is the Biggest Intellectual Disappointment of 2017

It is often Cornel West’s blatant bias that makes him unpalatable, even when his arguments contain some validity (i.e. his attack on the 44th president, Barack Obama). However, his attack on Ta-Nehisi Coates is plain absurd. To say that he contributes from the sidelines is not only a misnomer, but outright slander and disrespect. In…

Black Panther Comic Book Review & Poem

When the series first released I wrote about it here. Now, as we all await the release of the film, I’ve decided to review the complete series. Check it out: As a bonus, I’ve included the dynamic spoken word poem dedicated to T’Challa: One love, Ms. Malcolm Hughes

Salt (Book Review)

In the book The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara there is arguably the most amazing opening line ever that states, “Are you sure, sweetheart, that you want to be well?” Our current read, Salt by Nayyirah Waheed, would be if you answered the question in the affirmative! Check out the review below: ‘Love like…

Harry Potter and Our Modern Times (Book Review)

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been a diehard Harry Potter fan for many years. What I tend to love most about the books is that they’re always a great escape from reality; what is less exciting is when the books become a reflection of your current reality. In Harry Potter there are many valuable…

Zami (book review)

In June, a group of friends and I went back to the gorgeous island of Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. While on this island, us, a group of five womyn of color, decided that it was the perfect opportunity to discuss Zami. Check out​ our review below: -Ms. Malcolm Hughes

You Should be Reading The Black Panther Comic Book

The fifth issue of The Black Panther comic book series has been recently released, and it is still as great as the initial four! As an admitted Ta-Nehisi Coates fan, I can acknowledge that I was a bit skeptical of how his writing would transfer to a comic strip, but all along I have been…

9 Poems You Shouldn’t Die Without Reading

1. “Untitled” how far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps? how often have you bartered with bone, only to sell yourself short? why do you find the unavailable so alluring? where did it begin? what went wrong? and who made you feel so worthless? if they wanted you,…

Midnight III (Book Review)

If you’re like me you probably fell in love with the character Midnight upon reading Sister Souljah’s, The Coldest Winter Ever. As Sister Souljah states, “he’s what every woman wants in a man…” Yeah, I used to think so when I was younger, but as you get older you realize Midnight is slightly flawed. Don’t…

The Warmth of Other Suns (Book Review)

The Great Migration—I honestly do not recall having this as a topic of discussion at any point of my education. Not even during Black History Month lessons. I just assumed that eventually, newly freed slaves just sorta drifted to their permanent location. Well, this book was the history lesson I never had and never knew…

Lady’s Man (Book Review)

Ms. Malcolm Hughes: Lady’s Man by Dr. Obari Cartman Dr. Obari Cartman’s book, Lady’s Man, is a piece of writing that causes me to feel an array of emotions. The premise of the book is quite genius–“conversations for young Black men about manhood and relationships.” To date, a lot of the focus from writers has…

Between the World and Me (Book Review)

Is this acclaimed book really worth all the hype? Ms. Malcolm Hughes: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Do you remember still how it felt the first time you heard The College Dropout? How it was as if someone had reached into your soul and was telling your story? Not only was the…

Americanah (Book Review)

What exactly does it mean to be an American? To be an immigrant? To be an Americanah? Ms. Malcolm Hughes: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Being an American is such an interesting concept. With such a vastly diverse population, what does it actually mean, to be American? For instance, my roommate is from Tortola, British…

Fun(4)DaMental: In My Skin

Who is Brittney Griner? Why should I read about her? How is her life relevant to mine? Look below to find these answers and more in our current review. Ms. Malcolm Hughes: In My Skin, a title that brings to mind many thoughts: all of them leading back to the same concept, vulnerability. In her…

Fun(4)DaMental: The Alchemist & Divergent

Never heard of The Alchemist? Wanted to see Divergent but chose not to because you hadn’t read the book? Well, we’ve got you covered. Ms. Malcolm Hughes: The Alchemist is a perfect balance between bildungsroman and an inspirational read. The Shepard’s story is not only compelling, but relatable as well. His journey to fulfill his…