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Book Worms: 5 Simple Tips For Raising Kids Who Love To Read

January 21st, 2015 - By Rich
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My son has a book of bible stories for kids. It covers every book in the bible, with amazing images to match. Last night we started with Genesis and made it to page 45 before bed (the pages aren’t long at all and they include images). It was great reading those bible stories with both of my kids and answering the questions they had along the way. My 2-year-old kept asking me if the picture of Moses was Santa. I laughed and told her it wasn’t.

I love to read, so it’s no wonder I’ve tried my best to raise kids who love books as well. I can’t see into the future, but I can only hope that the habits I see them developing around the important of reading will stay with them for years to come. We have books all over our home, and my children love going to the library. Books are a part of our lives in a major way.

All kids are different, so it’s normal to feel like one of your kids takes more of an interest in reading than another. As a parent, you can’t force your kids to love books. However, at an early age you can begin sending messages about the value of reading. You can show them how important it is, and how stories give them the ability to use their imaginations, go on adventures, and even learn about things they’ve never heard of before.

Here are a few tips I’ve implemented, and I think they are helping me raise two kids with very different personalities who each love books in their own unique way. I couldn’t ask for more.

Book Worms: 5 Simple Tips For Raising Kids Who Love To Read

LifestylesStart reading as early as possible. Many moms begin reading to their little one before they are even born, but no worries if you didn’t start that early. Begin reading to them as soon as you can. It plays a significant in language development, and it exposes them to books at a very young age. Also, when they are really young, it doesn’t matter what you are reading. Grab your favorite magazine and turn that feature about Idris Elba into a bedtime story. Everyone wins.

slide 13 father reading to girlsGet creative with them. My children always want me to make up a story for them. I’m not great at it, but I just come up with what I can and they really love it. By doing this I am teaching them how to appreciate the value of storytelling. It also helps them realize that they have the power to create amazing stories just like the ones in their books.

PositNoTVNo pressure, please. Every kid is different. My son was sitting through long stories when he was one, while my two-year-old daughter could barely make it past page three when she was 20 months old. Don’t force your kid to sit through a story. It’s not about finishing the book. If you pressure your kids to finish a book or to read something they don’t want, it starts to negatively impact how they feel about books. Change your voice, get excited, and make it fun for them. When they are good and ready, they will sit through the story and then ask for another one.

dating diary of a single mom, dating, blended family, single parents, single mom, dating, relationships, love, sex, danielle elaineKnow what their interests are. Children have interests that can change daily. Try to get books that are associated with their current interests. My two-year-old loves books about animals, while my four-year-old son can’t get enough about spaceships and superheroes. Read what they like and they will want to read more.

78462017Make books a part of day-to-day life. Create an environment at home where books are part of their day-to-day lives. Help them keep their books organized, and let them see how you care for yours—even cookbooks. Also, let them choose the books they want to read, and don’t make reading something that only happens at bedtime.

Good luck and happy reading!


Martine Foreman is a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, speaker and coach. To follow her journey as a busy mom, wife, and honest chick from Brooklyn, NY (now living in the burbs), check out her personal blog, CandidBelle.

Teri Woods’ ‘True To The Game’ And ‘Dutch’ Heading To Big Screen

December 18th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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teri woodsAre you a fan Teri Woods, author of cult urban classic books True To the Game and Dutch? If so, you’ll be happy to hear Woods just inked a deal with music mogul and entrepreneur Manny Halley (CEO of Imani Entertainment Group), who has acquired the rights to the New York Times best selling author’s books to bring them to the big screen.

According to a press release, True To the Game sold more than two million copies globally. A tumultuous love story set in the late 1980s, it centers around the lives of protagonists Gena, a young girl from Philly living in Harlem, and Quadir, a fast-talking native New Yorker on the rise to street stardom.

Dutch is the story of a complex cat-and-mouse game between New Jersey crime boss James Bernard Jr., (aka Dutch) and District Attorney Anthony Jacobs.

“‘Fans worldwide have been awaiting the creation of films for both books for a very long time, and we’re thrilled to bring them to life,” Halley explains. “To date, both novels have sold millions worldwide, and the timeless stories are very relevant still today.”

Woods and Halley have already starting building a team of film/TV industry veterans, including Nia Hill, who most recently directed the Cannes award winning film Color My Mind: The Diagnosis. Hill has written the script for True To the Game and is set to direct the film. Hill is also executive producer of the award-winning gospel competition “Sunday Best,” and the feature films The Seat Filler and Ride Or Die.

Leah Daniels-Butler is casting director for True To the Game. She has previously cast the Oscar nominated films The Butler, Precious, and ATL, as well as Fox’s newest television series, Empire.

True To the Game and Dutch will begin filming in 2015.

She’s Done It Again: Toni Morrison To Release New Novel In The Spring

December 15th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Toni Morrison To Release New Novel In The Spring

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Ms. Toni Morrison is not stopping, honey. The 83-year-old Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author announced that she’s releasing her 11th novel God Help the Child. She did so, or her team did so, via her official Facebook page with a picture of the US jacket.

 Toni Morrison To Release New Novel In The Spring

Source: Facebook

The book will be published on April 30th.

You can pre-order it now via Amazon. The digital retailer provided this description of the novel.

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish . . . Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother . . . Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she’s suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother . . . and Sweetness, Bride’s mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

This description has me ready to add this to my virtual shopping cart. Toni Morrison has always described close, intimate relationships with haunting accuracy. So it’ll be interesting to see her delve into the parent-child dynamic…again.

If this Morrison publishing another book at 83, is not a shining, beautiful example of fighting for and achieving your dreams at any age, I don’t know what is. Congratulations to Ms. Morrison and I can’t wait to read this one.

New Ways To Define Black Beauty: A Christmas Shopping Guide

December 9th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Thanks to documentaries like Dark Girls and Good Hair, black women are enjoying more positive self-images than ever. This holiday season, we’re sharing the good word on black beauty with these inspirational Christmas gifts.

Image Source: Doubleday

Image Source: Doubleday

Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats

We love Michael Cunninghams beautiful portraits and their power to transform anyone who flips through it back home to their roots.

Each beautiful woman featured shares intimate moments of their lives that celebrate this particularly colorful part of black tradition.

‘Thug Kitchen’: Is This New Cookbook Ethnic Slander?

October 1st, 2014 - By Rich
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We all love a good recipe. Especially a good and healthy recipe, that is entertaining as we read along how many ingredients to grab. Such was the case with Thug Kitchen a blogged turned cookbook that had thousands flocking to its site. A site that no one actually knew who was behind the explicative laced recipes… until now.

Writer, Akeya Dickson of tackled what many of were thinking once the creators of Thug Kitchen were revealed to be a White couple in her article “Thug Kitchen: A Recipe in Blackface.” Read what she had to say and see if you agree.


When I first clicked through the recipes at Thug Kitchen, a tongue-in-cheek, vegan cooking blog served up with a heaping side of expletives, I imagined a calorie-conscious, gangly young black man who’s particularly vehement about clean eating, insistently tapping recipes into his blog while Dead Prez reverberates in the background. He has a good eye, too, as he complements such recipes as “Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Quinoa and Motherf–king Cranberries” with Pinterest-worthy pics and the tagline, “Eat like you give a f–k.”

With African Americans especially plagued with obesity and the accompanying stressors and diseases, it was a refreshing idea that a young black man would be the purveyor of not just healthy eating but vegan cuisine at that, a leap that some health-conscious folks might find it difficult to make, given the restrictions on eggs and dairy in addition to meats.

More Auntie Fee than Chef G. Garvin, the blog would likely discourage trading recipes word for word with your mom. Still, I was inspired. To me, Thug Kitchen could have helped whip up a healthy eating movement akin to those of the natural-hair purists or, say, Black Girls Run— which are all uplifting healthwise for black folks and enforce a positive message for us. Would Chef G. Garvin or Chef Roblé feature the up-and-comer? Might he be cooking with the Neelys one day?

With more than 51,000 followers on Twitter, a couple of endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow and a new cookbook released to much fanfare, the mystery blogger behind the well-trafficked site was poised and ready to emerge from the shadows and join fellow next-level black entrepreneurs.

An Epicurious profile revealed one astonishing caveat, however: The Thug Kitchen creator isn’t exactly a black entrepreneur—or black at all.

In the spirit of Thug Kitchen language, what the f–k?

The blog is actually the brainchild of a white man and white woman who started it in August 2012 on Tumblr.

“Months later, after a bit of detective work and a fair amount of sweet-talking, I found myself driving through East Hollywood on the way to sample some dairy-free ice cream from Scoops, blasting Gucci [Mane’s] ‘Lemonade’ with the windows down. I was rolling with Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway, both 29, aka the pair behind Thug Kitchen,” reads Matt Duckor’s profile of the duo, which revealed the pair’s identity for the first time.

Le sigh.

It would be the same if one discovered that Suri’s Burn Book was actually ghostwritten by Suge Knight. Or if the Rev. Jesse Jackson was secretly the one behind those abhorrent People magazine tweets from last week.

Is it really any coincidence that the Thug Kitchen bloggers waited this long to reveal their true identity? They had to know that it would be incongruous and wouldn’t fly if they told readers from the beginning that they were white.

Their recently released commercial is full of white people, young and old, touting the benefits of eating healthy thanks to the cookbook. One woman says that she is no longer lazy about the food she gives her family: “Now that I have the Thug Kitchen cookbook, I don’t play that s–t anymore.”


It’s deceptive and feels a lot like the latest iteration of nouveau blackface. It stirs up the same anomalous feelings one has when one sees a tweet from an Iggy Azalea fan account dubbing her and Macklemore the queen and king of rap.

Read more of what Dickson has to say.

Think the authors are doing a bit too much?

Confessions of a Mompreneur: 7 Books To Help Kickstart Your Business

August 14th, 2014 - By Rich
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For as long as I can remember, I have always been a bookworm. As a child, each week when I received my allowance, my first stop would be to the bookstore to pick up the lastest RL Stine book or Betty & Veronica comic book. After that, it would be a trip to the music store to pick up the latest poppin’ cassette tape single (I’m showing my age right now lol). I would then lock myself inside of my room and begin to read each book from front to back. Little has changed since my childhood. I still crawl into my bed and read each night, but now the topics of my books have grown.

There’s nothing like reading a great book that is both entertaining and educational. In the beginning stages of starting my business, I wanted nothing more than to learn from other entrepreneurs on how they came to be so successful, but also learning of their fears and struggles. These 7 books have helped me in a major way. From the earliest stages of imagining that someday I could actually live out my dreams, to more recent books pushing me along the way to figure out how to market my business to it’s fullest potential. Here are my recommendations of books for any aspiring or currently successful entrepreneur, there’s always room to grow and you should never stop learning!

Confessions of a Mompreneur: 7 Books To Help Kickstart Your Business

Grab a Book: 17 Of The Best Childrens Books Ever

August 13th, 2014 - By Rich
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What better way to prepare your kids for a life of knowledge than through books? Take a look at Mommynoire’s favorite and best children’s books ever! You may already own some but we’re sure there’s a few you should add to your bookshelf.

17 Of The Best Childrens Books Ever

11 Essential Books: The Mom’s Guilty Pleasure Reading List

July 28th, 2014 - By Rich
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When I need to decompress, I’ve found that few things provide solace more than curling up with a good romance novel (or three). Some are old and some are new, but they all tell a good story that is sure to keep you wanting more after you’ve turned the very last page. These books may range from contemporary romance and erotica to urban lit, but one things is for sure, they’re all guilty pleasures that I don’t mind confessing to. Share one with your man for a steamy story time or enjoy them by yourself.

11 Essential Books: The Mom’s Guilty Pleasure Reading List

15 Books Every Young Black Woman Should Read

April 13th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Books Every Young Black Woman Should Read


As a young black woman grows and matures, there are a number of books she should read to help stimulate and inspire her. These books, written by some of the greatest African American authors of our time, serve as a right of passage for young black women. They provide an opportunity to educate black women on our history, provoke thought, and provide cultural references. Check out a brief list of some of the books every young black woman should read. And if you’re older and haven’t checked out these reads yet, please do!

5 Types of Baby Books to Read Before Your Due Date

February 19th, 2014 - By Rich
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Bringing a child into the world is probably the most significant contribution you will make on earth. It surprised me to notice that very few moms- and dads-to-be read books to prepare them for the event. When I was pregnant I read everything under the sun on all aspects of pregnancy, baby care, and parenting. I now have a toddler, am pregnant again and continuously reading.

There are books to help you through every aspect of having a child, no matter what stage you are in. Here are the 5 types of baby books to read before your little one arrives.