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Turning the Spotlight on Good Energy

This post was inspired after reading Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, (other thoughts here). A large part of the message I took from reading his memoir collared around introducing people to unfamiliar cuisines, namely ‘staple (black) African' food. He also weighed in on Harlem, New York, describing the city’s colors (as in landscape), its mood, his love for the city and other points often missed by those whose only familiarity with the city is in what media captures. This part of his observations got me to thinking about why I read and review books written by other LOUD as I do.

A few people have asked why I support other books the way I do, instead of focusing on my own work... a question I’ve answered before but don’t mind re-answering, perhaps a lot more direct this time.

1. Regardless of whether a book displays a “New York Times Bestseller’ badge on the cover, and irrespective of whether an author has sold (or given away) a few hundred copies to millions of books.…

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