My Favorite Things: Reading List for Jan. 2020

Right now I’m really reveling in my “Black Girl Magic.” These books are funny and insightful. Plus, it’s refreshing to hear social topics discussed from a cultural perspective I can identify with.

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

From Goodreads:

Luvvie Ajayi is a NYTimes best-selling author, noted speaker, and professional troublemaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. Her debut book “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual” was published in Sep. 2016, becoming an instant best-seller.

She is the person who often says what you’re thinking but dared not to because you have a filter and a job to protect.

Her TED talk, “Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable” has over 4 million views.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

From Goodreads:

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views and close to 160,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore. Rae is also slated to release a book of essays with Simon & Schuster in 2015.

Issa Rae is signed with UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

From Goodreads:

PHOEBE ROBINSON is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress whom Vulture.com, Essence, and Esquire have named one of the top comedians to watch. She has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and Last Call with Carson Daly; TBS’s Conan, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and @midnight with Chris Hardwick; as well recently landing a recurring role on the new Jill Soloway show for Amazon I Love Dick.

Robinson’s writing has been featured in The Village Voice, NY Mag, and on Glamour.com, TheDailyBeast.com, VanityFair.com, Vulture.com, and NYTimes.com. She was also a staff writer on MTV’s hit talking head show, Girl Code, as well as a consultant on season three of Broad City.

Most recently, she created and starred in Refinery29’s web series Woke Bae and, alongside Jessica Williams, formerly of The Daily Show, she is the creator and costar of the hit WNYC podcast 2 Dope Queens as well as the host of the critically-acclaimed WNYC podcast Sooo Many White Guys. Robinson is the author of the New York Times best selling book, You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain, a collection of essays about race, gender, and pop culture. Robinson lives and performs stand-up in Brooklyn, NY, and is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Michael Fassbender. 

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