Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sistah's Book Choice for Janaury

Welcome to Sistah's Book Choice.  Each month, I select books by some amazing author's that I recommend to my audience and subscribers to purchase and read.  Some of the books may be entertaining, inspiration, and self help books.  Most important these are my top 10 for the month of January where the title's, book cover, or my favorite authors list made my recommended book list.

  1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  2. Captivated by Love :  Brenda Jackson
  3. Though I Stumble:  Kim Cash Tate
  4. One Spark of Magic : Iris Boling
  5. Jezebel's Revenge: Jacqueline Thomas
  6. Copycat : Kimberly Lawson Roby
  7. Acceptable Losses:  Nia Forrester
  8. The Perfect Deception: Lutisha Lovely
  9. Knit Together:  Vivian Kay
  10. When Troubles Come: Tiffany L. Warren
  11. Never Trust a Stranger: Mary Monroe
  12. Good Behavior:  Delaney Diamond

All book cover photo's are courtesy of Amazon to give readers a picture of the novels that made the top ten list. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures is truly an inspiring story about some amazing black women who were apart of NASA Space program. These women are the powerful mathematicians who helped put men in space.    Before seeing this movie, I was not even aware of any of these women Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan.  The movie also represented an unspoken sisterhood between black women that was truly heartfelt.

The roles were played by three phenomenally talented women Taraji P. Henson played Katherine G. Johnson, Janelle Monae played Mary Jackson, and Octavia Spencer played Dorothy Vaughan.  These sister's brought life to the characters with honor. 

Photo credits:  Theodore Melfi

These women endured the ugliness of racism, segregation, and inequality.  However, Katherine, Mary, and Dorothy did not allow these barriers to stop them.  It was hard being a black woman during that time period.  These ladies are truly our Hidden Heroes because they opened doors for more women of color.  They knocked down barriers that were dominated by men who didn't care for smart educated black women. 

Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) shocked the men in her division with her brain intelligence, gifts, and talent mind that did complicated math calculations.  I loved her determination and drive that she didn't let the run across campus to the bathroom stop her from doing her job. Her job was crucial and the men did learned to respect her, her job, and talent.  Katherine is a hero who has inspired women across the country of all ethnicities.

Mary Jackson showed determination to go after what she wanted at NASA.  The scene Mary (Janelle Monae) had with the judge was awesome.  "Why not be the first at something instead of dreaming about wanting it?" Mary had that attitude of power called I will show you.  She had no fear during a time period that didn't see women in important job especially a female engineer.

Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) loved how she taught herself how to program the IBM machine that will make her an asset instead of being replaced by a machine.  Dorothy was persistent with her pursuit for supervisor role.  She was determined to rise up and bring her girls with her as she left no one behind.  This is the sisterhood among black women that was strong during an era where support was important and is needed more in today's time between Black women. 

Each of these women's roles taught us about sisterhood, determination, drive, talent, purpose, and education is important for a black woman.  Some may say the focus was not on black women but one must understand that sisterhood is extremely important among black women that has been lacking in the work place.  These women displayed a sisterhood outside of the workplace as their friendship that was impeccable. 

Another lesson in the movie learn to be an asset so that you are never seen as a liability.  Hidden Figures is a story that I am glad was told about the gifted and talented black women at NASA whom just so happened to be college educated Black women.  Even though the story focused on the three main characters in the movie there was an entire department of black women working at NASA West Computer team. 

Thanks to Margot Lee Shetterly for writing and sharing the story about these amazing women who are heroes today and yesterday. I am definitely getting her book to read the full story of Hidden Figures. 

Photo Credits :  Amazon

Did you see Hidden Figures this past weekend?  If not, this is a movie you want to go see and add the book to your list.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year everyone.  Welcome to 2017!

It's a new year and a great opportunity for you to pursue your dreams, write a book, walk into your purpose, and forgive others so that you can be blessed.  Are you ready to jump into your dreams and make them real in 2017? 

Take the leap of faith and trust your passion and your heart.  It's a new year and it's time to live your life to the fullest.  Are you ready?

I sat down thinking about my New Year Aspirations for Sistah's Voice Blog and what I like to accomplish in 2017.  I thought about how I can have a powerful impact using my platform to have a real impact.  My goal for Sistah's Voice is to have a positive impact on people's lives that will be informative, empowering, entertaining, and inspirational.  Did you think about what type of impact will you have on someone's life in 2017?   Now that would truly be an inspiration that will make the heart smile.  Let's not make New Year's resolutions, but make New Year goals and aspirations that will have a impact on people's lives in 2017. 

Did you reflect on 2016?  If you did, then you should think about the blessings you had over the mistakes and disappointments.  Life is meant to teach you lessons that will make you stronger, better, wiser, and hungry to be a better version of yourself.  Your legacy that you will leave should be the type of impact that you have on people's lives not any material things that one cannot take with them. 

For some of us, there have been angels watching over us and guiding us onto our purpose path.  Have you discovered your purpose path?  Well, get ready because Sistah's Voice will be sharing her thoughts on various topics that affect real lives, inspirations, and recommendations.  This blog is re-branding to be better than it's been since launching in July 2014.
  • Sistah's Book Choice (Will be moving to it's own blog stay tuned)
  • Sistah's Voice Inspirations
  • Sistah's Opinion about news or entertainment
  • Sistah's Motivation
  • Sistah's Business feature
Are you ready to have an impact on people's lives?  Are you ready to be great?