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DERRECK KAYONGO: FROM REFUGEE TO CEO

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to Derreck Kayongo, the founder and creator of theGlobal Soap Project, a project that recycles partially used hotel soap to save lives in impoverished countries. We had a very interesting conversation about the origins of the Global Soap Project, what he’s doing now, and what we can do as a community to get involved in ways that meaningfully contribute and give back to our African diaspora community.
How did the Global Soap Project…

The Road to Huayna Potosi: Mighty Mururata

I am not a mountain climber by any stretch of the imagination.  I enjoy the outdoors, and could be considered an “outdoorsy type” but I live in Bolivia, in La Paz specifically, the heart of the Andean mountain region.  So despite not being the mountain climbing type, I feel I have no choice but to take advantage of my surroundings.  There are many different peaks just outside of La Paz of varying heights ranging from at the highest Nevado…

WHAT’S UP WITH WAIST BEADS?

 The history of waist beads goes back to the beginning of time; many researchers believe the origins of waist beads lie in ancient Egypt, and that waist beads were worn by women as a status symbol. The more ornate, colorful, and intricate in design the waist beads, the higher the social status of the wearer. Many researchers note that waist beads were the “girdles” of the ancient world and a symbol of female power, sexuality, femininity, womanhood, and spirituality…

Save The World: Go Make Some White (Diverse) Friends

The more white friends you have, the less black people will get shot and killed. How you ask? Take this classic Dave Chapelle comedy sketch about driving in a car with a white friend and his encounter with police. Nuff said. Now imagine the same scenario with only black friends, the outcome would be much different, in that it would likely have ended in violence or at a minimum somebody is getting arrested. When you roll with your white friends, it…

Book Review: Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival, written by Lisa Bowen, Illustrated by Nina Vanessa Pontillas, published in the USA 2016, 23 pages, ISBN: 978-1539843542

 

The Review:  Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival is a wonderful story of a little boy’s adventures with his family at a winter carnival, written through the eyes of the protagonist Eli.  Eli…

Book Review: Hats of Faith

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Hats of Faith, written by Medeia Cohan-Petrolino, Illustrated by Sarah Walsh, published by Shade 7 Publishing Limited in the USA 2017, 14 pages, ISBN-10:0957636474, ISBN-13: 978-0957636477

 

The Review:  Hats of Faith is a beautifully illustrated and classically written short book that introduces young children and early readers to some of the different major world…

Book Review: Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo, written by Marilyn Harary, Illustrated by Janette Louden, published in the USA 2016, 28 pages, ISBN: 13: 978-0-9980506-0-7

 

The Review:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo is a beautifully illustrated and classically written book that appeals to elementary students of all ages. You the reader are able…

Book Review: Zachary Goes To School

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Zachary Goes to School, written by E. Danielle Butler Cover, Illustrated by Jonathan Barnhill, published by EvyDani Books 2017 USA, 24 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9989945-2-9

 

The Review:  Beautifully illustrated and simply written, Zachary Goes to School, is the perfect book to read to or with your little one before they go to pre-school, daycare,…

Book Review: Mega Pack of Mad Libs

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of the Mega Pack of Mad Libs from Brightly to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own. #ReadBrightlypartner

The Review:  The Brightly Mega Pack of Mad Libs is hours of sheer joy and entertainment.  As a kid, I grew up doing mad libs with my parents and friends all the time and the amount of joy, amusement, and laughter we experienced was immeasurable.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve…

Book Review: Rice & Rocks

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Rice & Rocks, story by Asia Sandra L. Richards, Cover art and interior design by Stephanie Bart-Horvath, Illustrated by Meghan Kayleigh Sullivan, published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing 2017 USA, 32 pages, ISBN 13:978-1-940014-73-9, eISBN 13: 978-1-940014-74-6

 

The Review:  Rice & Rocks is a must-read story for all young children looking to…