I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Sassafras Julia is the black sheep of her family; self-absorbed, with big dreams of being a well-traveled, childless writer, she doesn’t understand why her parents crossed the border to be sated by poverty. The exact opposite of her older sister Olga, selfless, obedient and content to stay home until becoming a mother. Olga never questions their parents choices, honoring them by helping around the house, going to church on Saturday nights and contributing financially. When Olga, who serves as the diffuser of household contention, dies, it emphasizes the chasms between the remaining members of the Reyes family.

Julia, spotting a sobbing stranger at the funeral, rummages through her sister’s belongings only to discover Olga isn’t as perfect as she appeared. Making it her mission to find out what her sister was hiding, Julia ends up finding out a lot more about herself. The themes of this book include: classism, access to opportunity, family secrets, intergenerational and cross-cultural understanding, immigration, The American Dream, mental health and identity. Author Erika L. S├únchez’s voice enthralls from page one. Delighted that America Ferrera will be directing this movie for Netflix. Worth the read. Will you be watching the movie, reading the book, or both? Via: Fiction Matters

Changing Weather: A New Entry

Little Rouge Noir Riding Hood has entered the premises, she meets all the requirements for the changing weather category, let her in! She took your grandmother’s man and she’s here to take yours. Is this more your vibe? Via: LA Fashion Files

Walking Home At Night Alone For Women

The incident made us all feel vulnerable, although in different ways.

For Joe it was fear of what might happen to us, his sisters.

But for us, Joe’s sisters, it was fear for ourselves. The man might come back again for Renee
or for me
or for Caroline,

but he would not come for Joe.

Only girls remained at the mercy of men with bad intentions.

Artist: Todd Bienvenu



What I Think Vs. What I Can

What are two things you didn’t think you could get through, but actually did? It can be anything big, or small (college, marathons, open mic, etc…).
What pushed you?

Via: Daylight Illustrations

Category Is: Changing Weather…

All black, or you’re disqualified. It’s that time, hot during the day brick at night. Which stay ready so you don’t have to get ready, should I wear a hoodie or jacket, I can’t wait til this weather sticks, look is for you? Via: Getty Images, Velvey. JPG & Shinko Music

Two Tone Spring Nails

Color me nineties, very Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air pantone with all these bright hues working together harmoniously. Loud two tone tips for spring, yay or nay? Yay, yay, yay is my vote. Artist: Nails By Heathere

Feels From Zion Hill

“We must believe in our souls that we are somebody, that we are significant, that we are worthful, and we must walk the streets of life every day with this sense of dignity and this sense of somebody-ness.

Dr. King gave that code shape, articulation, and meaning. There are big forces that want to keep the Negro down, like Jim Crow, and there are small forces that want to keep you down, like other people, and in the face of all those things, the big ones and the smaller ones, you have to stand up straight and maintain your sense of who you are…There are people who trick you and deliver emptiness with a smile, while others rob you of your self-respect. You need to remember who you are.”

Artist: Kvvadwo Obeng

Finding Everyday Beauty

Focus on the blessings in each day as frequently as you can. Narrowing in on negativity is a default you can dismantle. Practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better you get. Name one beautiful thing from your day (something that happened, something you saw, something you did…). Via: Motivation Director

Beatles Couples Who Coif Together

Two iconic couples. Two matching haircuts. Which one would you and your boo do, mullets or buzzcuts? Via: McEastman & Ron Howard Getty Images