Interview With Entrepreneur & “I Can’t Wait to Vote” Author Tiffany Lanier!

The relationship that young people have with books and reading help shape who they become. Entrepreneur, speaker, and debut author Tiffany Lanier reflects on how her beginnings with literature made her the woman she is today. The defining moment arrived when she was in the third grade at one of her parent-teacher conferences.

“The teacher told my mom she felt like I was illiterate,” The Morning Shift Co. founder tells … Read the rest

Interview With Senior Congressional Staffer & “The Adventures of Chloe and Chris: The Three Branches of Government” Author Hope Goins!

Hope Goins‘ mission is to make a difference in America whether through her role as a senior congressional staff member under Homeland Security or the new picture book series The Adventures of Chloe and Chris. The series, published by Priceless Publishing, debuted (and placed number one on Amazon’s New Releases, Children’s Government Books, and Children’s Politics and Government lists) this past spring with the first installment The Three Read the rest

SBC Review & Thoughts: Emily In Paris (she’s not just in Paris, she’s making it in Paris!)

People have a lot to say about the show Emily In Paris, mostly negative things, (it may not be a masterpiece), but a seemingly underrated take is the show’s message about taking risks. The protagonist has her flaws, not unlike most characters. What can be appreciated about her is her go-getter mentality.

The story begins with Emily Cooper, a Chicago-based marketing executive who lands a major opportunity in France … Read the rest

SBC Artist review: Olivia Rodrigo

reviewpicorThe rollout of music’s new artist and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star, Olivia Rodrigo, is finely crafted yet still feels organic. Yes, we’re talking about the “Driver’s License” singer, who’s next hit is probably going to be her third single (and “Deja Vu” is underrated, but that’s another write-up). This talented singer/songwriter/performer has been compared most notably to Taylor Swift (and Lorde) and understandably so, but … Read the rest

Author Piece: The Future of Black Speculative Fiction by Nandi Taylor

NANDI-TAYLOR-ARTICLEEEEThere has never been a more exciting time to be a science fiction and fantasy writer, and a Black writer in particular. In recent years speculative fiction centering Black characters has been getting more and more of the spotlight, and I absolutely love to see it. I’ve always been a huge SF geek, and growing up I was known to read a book in a day, the majority of them … Read the rest

Author Piece: Is There More To A Job Than Money? By Kyle Grappone

kyle grappone untaggedIf someone offered you a job, one of your first questions would be: “How much does it pay?”. It is a legitimate question. Our society and economy are based on the fundamental principle that if you are going to perform work for someone you deserve to be compensated. Many students learn this rule early on in life. They get an allowance for doing basic household chores. Then, as teenagers, they … Read the rest

Author Piece: Bosom Friends & Pen Pals in FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME by Mariama J. Lockington

mariama and book 1 picFOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME, MARIAMA J. LOCKINGTON.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), $9.99 (336p) ISBN-13: 978-0374308049
Publication date: July 30, 2019

Before I’d ever read the books by L.M. Montgomery, I fell in love with the 1985 Anne of Green Gables film adaptation starring Megan Follows. From the opening scene, where Anne is wandering through the woods reciting poetry dramatically from a worn book, to her first love-sick … Read the rest