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….

Blessed Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem! Ramadan Mubarak! Blessed Ramadan! I just want to take this moment to acknowledge all of the Muslims worldwide who will be observing Ramadan during this blessed season. As for me, though I’ m not fasting, Islam is still a special place in my heart, and my heart is with all of you! I…

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.”…

Avengers Infinity War

Us comic book fans have been getting quite the treat this year! Not only were we blessed with Black Panther but a mere two months later we have the privilege of Infinity War. Let me begin by saying, if you didn’t make it to the movies opening weekend, please make it your business to go…

When are the Masses Going to Stop Sleeping on Miguel?

Listen, Miguel is a national treasure and we should all be appreciating him as such. Not only is he musically capable of bodying his own songs, but also everyone else’s. Don’t believe me, let the talent speak for itself: Not enough proof? Let’s go back to the beginning. For the most part, we were all…

K.O.D.: The Best J. Cole Album Yet?

Since 2010 the world has found a place in the mind and the music of Jermaine Cole. Friday Night Lights, J. Cole’s last mixtape, was a dazzling display of true lyricism that was not only sorely needed at the time but set him on his current trajectory. Coles’ introspection on the project comes from a…

Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough

1. Bronzeville The podcast describes this series as “an audio theatre for the mind” and this could not be more accurate! My bias towards all things Chicago aside, this is a phenomenal series that honestly elevates the podcast-sphere. This series is jam-packed with A-list performers: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick,…

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…

Policy Decisions You Should Probably Be Paying Attention To

The lack of a maternity ward east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC Earlier this year while attending a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” I was hit with a startling realization that I wasn’t aware of; that the only maternity ward east of the Anacostia River has been closed. This matters because the majority…

André Leon Talley Gets a Documentary!

Anyone who is even remotely into fashion knows this name! He has been such an icon in high fashion and a trendsetter in his own right. The movie “The Gospel According to Andre” will release on May 25, 2018, and I will definitely be making my way to see it. Will you? -Ms. Malcolm Hughes

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…

Watch or Pass: 2018 Movie Releases

1. Annihilation Release Date: 2/23/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Ms. Malcolm Hughes Rating: Pass I thought the movie was well done, and I appreciated the actresses and actors, but the ending fell super flat for me. 2. Black Panther Release Date: 2/16/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 4 out of 4 Ms….

I’m so Disappointed in You All!

Why is it so easy to pull the wool over sheep’s eyes? No, but really, why is it so easy to appease the masses? People have been contacting me, telling me I need to listen to Wendy’s mixtape like its absolute fire. IT’S AN ABOMINATION! Can we please stop disrespecting and pimping out hip-hop? No,…

Is Your Love Big Enough? Re-Release…I Need Answers!

For the better part of the last 5 years, I have been on a hunt to find Lianne La Havas’ debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? on vinyl. However, up until today, I hadn’t purchased it because it was limited edition release and being resold for upward of $400. But low and behold, today…

Does the Set It Off Stage Play Live Up to the Film?

Over the weekend I went to see Set It Off, the stage play. Let me begin by saying that I laughed until I cried, at least twice. It wasn’t my impression that it was the play writer’s intent for it to be a comedic drama, but that was attendees take away. At the very least,…

This Sterling K. Brown Interview Blessed My Life

This concise snippet of a Sterling K. Brown interview blessed my life this morning, and maybe it can do the same for you. What I find myself so drawn to about Brown is his seeming openness and vulnerability. It is truly a reminder to us all. To be more vulnerable, more honest, and more reflective…

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

Thursday Tunes: R&B Edition

As an individual with a rich appreciation of music, I love to share gems that I feel are often slept on. This week, here are some songs on my playlist that I feel should be more widely known: 1. “Monsoon” – Amber Mark 2. “The Woman you Love” – Ashanti 3. “No Bonnie” – Frank…