• HBO now stands for: Having Books Optioned
  • Word on the Street: Amazon Books Coming to NYC?
  • ‘The Mothers’ is headed to the big screen!
  • Word on the Street: From the White House to Random House
  • The Unseen World [An Intereview]

What does “love” mean to you?

For those who know me, there is a passage in literature that I recite daily because of the visceral reaction it evokes for me. It’s from Toni Morrison’s Paradise and it’s the most loving gut-punch that expresses the truth that love is not a gift, but a diploma. "You can only earn – by practice and careful contemplation – the right to express it and you have to learn how…

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HBO now stands for: Having Books Optioned

This week we learned that HBO is developing another book adaptation. This Saturday 4/22, the network premieres their adaptation of 2010’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Some reviews found the adaptation to be of the CliffsNotes variety, but others are celebrating the film’s intention of raising questions about trust. And as HBO subscribers are preparing themselves for this Saturday viewing, the network just gave them something else…

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Too selfish or not too selfish?

I’ve been wrestling with my internal dialogue on whether or not I’m a kind person. Like most people, I’d like to think of myself as a kind, caring, and compassionate person, but sometimes I wonder if this is a nature/nurture state of being? Like what if I’m really a not-so-kind person and I only behave kindness. Or am I really a kind person at heart and exhibit not-so-kind behavior? Recently, I realized that I…

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The Separation of the Arts

My friend is opening a co-working space for performance artists. We met at a pitch session last year and connected on our shared plight of entrepreneurship. She’s a great force that I’m grateful to have in my life, and yesterday as we were talking in the space that she’s building, we kept coming around to the notion that there is a great divide between art communities. Listening to her and another…

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The little word that could…

It’s taking me a really long time to figure out the first line of this post. Yesterday, I was reminded of the power of words and how we create our experience from what we say. Because our thoughts become our words, and our words become our action. And this much I know to be true, but to what extent? Frankly, I find that it adds so much pressure to speaking that…

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What’s your daily morning ritual?

There’s a question that Oprah asks her guests on Super Soul Sunday, which I look forward to the most, “Do you have a morning ritual?” I tend to expect some grand ceremony of awakening to the day, but it tends to be the most basic of activities, things we all already do in some form or fashion. “I have a cup of tea…” or “I read the paper…” or “I meditate,…

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Fleeting feelings

I recently found a notebook that I stashed in a backpack last summer. I’m not sure when or where I received the notebook (probably from a book fair), only that I was negligent with it, having only written on a few pages. The binding of the notebook has since fallen off, which got me to thinking about the things that hold us together. This obviously did not happen from wear and tear, but given…

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So you think you can create?

I have this looping track in my mind of Ava Duvernay talking about how she just wants to create everyday, and that she doesn’t wait for permission to tell the stories she wants to tell. Of course what have I been doing all year: I’ve been waiting for permission. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we dream up these fantastic stories that we either want to live or create,…

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Word on the Street: Amazon Books Coming to NYC?

It’s been said that New York City is the literary capital of the world (and if it hasn’t been said, you heard it here first people.) While we’ve been anticipating the arrival of The Bronx’ very own Lit Bar, it seems Amazon has some brick-and-mortar plans for bookish Manhattan as well with not one, but two bookstores opening soon. While Broadway bamas have been prepped for the Columbus Circle opening in…

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Money, I’m home…

I realized something today, there are three ways in which we earn money*: we sell, wait, or work for it. I’ll go ahead and break these down for you now, because time is money too and I’m sure you don’t like to waste it. SELL I recently met a guy who told me I wasn’t hustling enough given my financial situation. He said I need to sell all the electronics,…

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