I am a huge fan of intelligent, witty, and charismatic comedians. Trevor Noah is all of the above plus more. In his book, Born a Crime, he details his humble beginnings growing up in Africa in a single parent household during apartheid. In the book, Noah describes his struggle of being the only biracial family member and his beautiful relationship with his strong, smart, and courageous mother. Reading this book opened my eyes to why Noah is so gifted at storytelling. The ability of Noah to articulate and cause interest in normal daily things we Americans take for granted is another reason why this book is a gem. It great to see the world through his eyes. The book is easy to read and follow. There were times I couldn't stop laughing and moments where I cried. I highly recommend getting a copy because you will not be disappointed.
Now when I first moved to Houston the one radio station I found pleasure in is 93.7 The Beat with The Breakfast Club. The radio personalities featured on The Breakfast Club include Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God, and DJ Envy.
So let's fast forward 3 years later and one of my favorites, Charlamagne, puts a book out and it is a must get for me. A couple of weeks ago CThaGod aka Charlamagne did a book signing at Barnes and Noble near my home. I had other engagements that I had to attend therefore I had an early exit and didn't get to personally meet C. Thank goodness my cousin didn't mind standing in my place and getting the book autographed for me.
But anyways - after reading the book and enjoying it immensely, I have to say if you haven't picked up your copy - GO DO IT TODAY! Here is my review - enjoy.
Charlamagne Tha God will give you nothing but the truth and beyond in his new book that I'm sure will become a cult classic. In the future, I expect for this book to be hid behind the counter at Barnes and Noble like 48 Laws of Power or The Art of War due to its appeal to leave you wide open to doing more and reaching your true potential.
The honest quest to be better every day and to realize that the unpredictable shit happenings will eventually align your path to success (don't forget to add in faith and persistence) is what this book is all about. From growing up on the dirt roads of a trailer park in Moncks Corner as a hopeless-nerd-wanna-be-thug to finding his place in hip-hop royalty by using his blunt philosophies, CThaGod will have you in his grips as he explains how he came from being nothing to the undisputed king of keeping it 100. Charlamagne vividly orchestrates his life through the art of storytelling like his rap idol Rakim by leaving no stone unturned. From his drug selling lifestyle to being in jail with his father and working for free while sleeping in Wendy Williams' purple room, you will be in his clutch. Charlemagne opens up about his defeats (getting a beatdown and jumped), infidelity, the losing of friends and several terminations to being the man in the making (if not already there) for his own media empire. This book is a must read and nothing less of the realest reality that every person needs to understand that we all have untapped privilege within - black, white or indifferent.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#ck is coincidentally not about NOT giving an entire f#ck but moreso about how to correctly measure life vices outside of social media's reality that everything must be positive and perfect. Manson informs readers that you must be aware of what is worth giving your f#cks too and what's worth letting go. He tells the reader that we must go through things for personal growth and development. The good, the bad and the ugly is what broadens your character. In the book, you learn how the bad and the ugly gives you the greatest personal growth, therefore, attempting to cockblock everything negative is counterproductive.
Other sections in Manson's book suggest embracing your struggles and learning from them. It gives details on how to self-reflect, take accountability, be decisive, decide when to let it go, and evaluate your values and use realistic measures for your situation and not everyone else's. I highly encourage everyone to read this book. The language, storytelling, and easy readability make it difficult to put this best seller down.
Overview on Amazon
Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school--a job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.
Flash forward ten years to today, and she's the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $100-million-plus fashion retailer. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn't about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It's about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.