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Five Favorites: July

Hey, Diamonds!

I want to take a minute to welcome you to my first blog post for “Five Favorites”. Every month, I will be sharing my five favorites currently, which will include one book, movie, podcast, TV show and album. Of course, every month, my five favorite things will all be BY and FOR Black women—because why not? My goal for this blog series is to share content and resources that will, hopefully, bring you some type of joy or enlightenment from women that look like you and me. So, let’s get into my five favorites for this month!

Book: Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo

  • As a true book worm, I love bouncing back and forth between fiction and nonfiction. To be honest, I have been trying to pick up more fiction books and I am glad that I chose to pick up this one! This novel explores the lives of 12 Black women in the United Kingdom over several decades, discussing the many trials and tribulations that they face at each stage in their lives. Girl Woman Other is a must read—it’s a long one,, but you will be glad you stuck with it.

Movie: Brown Sugar (with Sanaa Lathan)

  • I know that this movie came out 20 years ago, but I had to include it in the first iteration of “Five Favorites”. I have seen this movie 152 times and am still amazed at how good it is—and yes, I absolutely believe that it is better than Love and Basketball. If for some odd reason you have never seen this movie, it is 100% worth the renters fee on Amazon Prime.

Podcast: Unpack’n Bounce Back by Reyna Biddy & Skye Townsend

  • So, I am usually not an avid podcast listener, but I recently discovered this show and might be slightly obsessed. Unpack’n Bounce Back is hosted by two cousins that explore life lessons and personal experiences as young Black women in today’s world. Honestly, it is usually hard for podcasts to keep my attention, but this series is one that keeps me completely tuned in. Discussing topics that range from lust languages to unlearning bad habits, this podcast won’t let you down.

TV Show: The Chi by Lena Waithe

  • In its third season, The Chi has received a lot of negative criticism for its shaky plot this time around. Personally, I am still excited to tune in to watch every Sunday and the fact that it was created and produced by the amazing Lena Waite makes it that much better. (I will say that watching a show that is based in a city that I currently live in gives it added bonus points.)

Album: KIKI by Kiana Lede´

  • I truthfully can’t remember when I discovered Kiana – it may have been about a year ago. Since then, I have been slightly infatuated with her and every song she has ever released. Although she dropped this album in early April, I am still playing it like it just came out yesterday. I am a huge fan of R&B and would definitely say that this album solidified Kiana as one of my favorite R&B artists. KIKI encompasses everything that truly embodies rhythm and soul and it will continue to be on repeat!

Feel free to share your “five favorites” for the month in the comments below!

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