Black Mom/Teacher Releases Children’s Book About the HBCU Homecoming Experience


Who doesn’t love the sound of the drummers and the marching band parading through the football field, crisp fresh fall air, and grilled turkey legs?? Well, this young lady by the name of La-Donia Alford-Jeffries decided to relay her experience to kids all across the world. She put that experience into a book, titled ‘Homecoming’.

LaDonia’s first pregnancy was the inspiration behind the book. She couldn’t attend her own Homecoming, at North Carolina A& T one year due to expecting her first child. A bit dissapointed, she tried to dismantle her  fantod  by writing down cherished memories of past homecomings she enjoyed and relayed these experiences to not just her own, but to other children as well. She even tried searching for books on the topic of homecoming, but couldn’t find any. She did find  some literature on HBCU’s but none about the actual experience detailing homecoming, and sororities, and  other events that take place during this sacred time.

That’s when she decided to write and self-publish her own book- a 26 page children’s book, unveiling a story of two African-American parents who brought their three young children to their first homecoming where they visit the fraternity and sorority plots and the buildings where their parents took classes. In the story, the family also enjoy a football game, the drum major, and eat fried food at a tailgate party.

“This may be the teacher part of me, but I remember thinking I want young children to have a book with characters that look like them and characters that they can relate to in terms of what’s happening in their community,” Alford-Jeffries told Greensboro News & Record.  “I just want kids to be excited about college, she said. “If homecoming is what does it, fine by me”.

Walmart has the book available for $15. Click the link to  purchase the book.

Rihanna Hosts Exquisite Book Party for Visual Autobiography


Yassssssss bihhhh!! Rihanna Navy is sipping champagne tonight in celebration of her 500-page book.

On Friday, Rihanna shut down New York’s Guggenheim Museum for a star studded book party- a 504 page photo album of herself, or what she calls a “visual autobiography”- featuring over a thousand photos taken of her throughout her successful career, largely in the past decade of her career. Many of the photos are being made public for the first time ever, to top it off, the book would come in three limited editions with very Rihanna-worthy names: “This Shit Is Heavy,” “Drippy + the Brain” and “Stoner”.

From her fairly new record label Roc Nation, her book publisher Phaidon, Fenty, her skin care and fashion brand Fenty, and a plethora of brand partnerships….sis is super busy and living her best life.

The guests on Friday showed up in all black in the Guggenheim lobby, being offered champagne by none other than her champagne line, with each bottling retailing about $300. Additionally, guests chowed down on fried macaroni canapes for 30 minutes before the official start time of the event. Armand de Brignac, RiRi’s brand manager, who was present at the party said that the bar budget alone easily numbered six figures.

Everyone who attended the party walked away with a standard edition copy of Rihanna.

Along with thanking her creative team, business partners and other collaborators -including her childhood friend and “bestie” Melissa Forde, who got the loudest cheer of the night from fans – Rihanna paid special homage to the venue she’d chosen. “I want to thank the Guggenheim not only for having us here, but to share this peice of art, she said of her book, “and have it be among the art that has been at the Guggenheim since 1959.”

For an event as iconic as Rihanna strolling through the Guggenheim, and looking at photos of her, it’s a reminder of just how far her business efforts have carried her beyond the Music of the Sun album, her very first 2 million sold worldwide album. We see you bossin Rihanna. #respect.

Black Owned Coffee Shop in Washington, DC


It’s Saturday, as I’m strolling on Florida Ave., just picking up some household items. My guy and I both turned our heads quickly when we saw someone’s order of coffee in the window of a small shop.

The shop has a modern look to it, your words echo just a bit, very laid back atmosphere; as it’s still very new. Only a year old. The owner of this emergent establishment is 2013 Woodrow Wilson graduate. His name is Kevon King, a Washington DC native raised in Riggs Road/Greenway SE area.

The look of the coffee as we walked by….and then of course when we caught a glimpse of the DC native signage out front, we HAD to go in.

And THAT we did! With curiosity and excitement. I went inside to talk to the creative behind this quaint lil establishment. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the coffee. hehe

The Village Cafe is based off of co spaces, marketplaces, food, entrepreneurship. When I asked Kevon what inspired him to start this business, he said, “I wanted to create a ‘safe place’ for under-served parts of the community. uses their space additionally for evens such as comedy shows. Growing up in Congress Heights, he saw a future in owning something that would embody creative thinkers and entrepreneurship.

If you live in Washington, DC, you know that it’s surroundings are rapidly changing, and Union Market area is the latest on the list of transforming neighborhoods. Once a wholesale operations center. Union Market used to be a marketplace, with affordable food and produce markets with vendors you could juggle bargains with is now a mre luxury, gourmet spot establishment.

Union Market Neighbors, a resident-activist group, has appealed the D.C. Zoning Commission’s approval of several proposed projects in the area. The group is concerned that the new establishments will force them out of the shopping districts and ultimately out of the neighborhood….period, due to the hike in pricing.

What Kevon is bringing to this neighborhood seems to be very much needed right now. Running into this gem was inspiring. It’s refreshing to see black business owners expatiate within their communities to build them up, paying it forward.