Reebok EasyTone

Oh, how I wanted these to work. At first, I thought they were working. I could feel something happening in my calves. Alas, it wasn’t enough to make any difference. Reebok has agreed to refund $25 million to consumers like me who purchased its shoes based on deceptive advertising. Commercials for the shoes were quite […]

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Our Family Wedding

My movie habits have been mostly animated these days. I can’t even think of the last grownup movie I saw. Does Michael Jackson’s This Is It count? The grownup movie drought ended when I saw Our Family Wedding. First, it’s a wedding movie. I have a thing for romantic comedy. Second, there are no plot […]

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The Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Written by Oliver Chin Illustrated by Justin Roth Just in time for the Chinese New Year comes The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. It is an unlikely story about a cub who befriends a little girl named Su. Despite his parents’ warning, the […]

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What I'm Reading

Don’t Bring Home A White Boy By Karyn Langhorne Folan When the signed copy of Don’t Bring Home A White Boy arrived, I tore into it. I knew how I had been quoted, but I wanted to read the rest of the book. It was an education of sorts. I can understand having concerns about family, […]

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What I’m Reading

Don’t Bring Home A White Boy By Karyn Langhorne Folan When the signed copy of Don’t Bring Home A White Boy arrived, I tore into it. I knew how I had been quoted, but I wanted to read the rest of the book. It was an education of sorts. I can understand having concerns about family, […]

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Jump At The Sun

The Jump At The Sun Treasury: An African American Picture Book Collection Simone received this book as an infant. The anthology features seven picture books previously published by Jump at the Sun — from a biography of slugger Willie Mays, to a ghost story, to a poem about prayer. It is a true picture book, […]

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Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

I no longer control the CD player in my car, and Simone and Nadia love Wow! Wow! Wubbzy. I drive while they sing along. All of the songs teach a lesson, and the lyrics are simple and age appropriate. My favorite is We’re All Together written by Bob Boyle. It is about differences and is well done. A […]

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Martin's Big Words

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Doreen Rappaport We read this book all year long.  Simone and Nadia, who have an ear for lyrical text, pull it off the shelf on a regular basis. The lessons are obvious but still need to be taught or preached. I want Simone […]

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Martin’s Big Words

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Doreen Rappaport We read this book all year long.  Simone and Nadia, who have an ear for lyrical text, pull it off the shelf on a regular basis. The lessons are obvious but still need to be taught or preached. I want Simone […]

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What I'm Reading

Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience Edited by Chandra Prasad A friend gave me Mixed a few weeks ago, and I have finally opened it. I prefer nonfiction for a multitude of reasons. Still, I am enjoying this work. What’s interesting is that while the short stories are works of fiction, […]

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