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User Image chakawrites Posted: Feb 19, 2018 1:22 AM (UTC)
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PURPOSE is the reason you journey. PASSION is the fire that lights your way 🔥
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Writing session with NEW AUTHOR @kimberlyracquel. Her new book, “If Only I Could Shut My Mouth” — published by PrettyGirlsREAD™️ — comes out on May 6th. Needless to say, I’m in full creative mode right now + I absolutely LOVE being in this space. There’s something about the thrill of building a story that excites me. If I were an addict, this would be my drug 💉
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As a PUBLISHER, I make dreams come true — and that is my superpower ⚡️
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As a PUBLISHER, I make DREAMS come true - and THAT is my SUPER POWER ⚡️
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PrettyGirlsREAD™️ presents NEW AUTHOR, @kimberlyracquel ✍🏽
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Today was magical as I watched this budding talent emerge from a writer to an AUTHOR. This journey is full of highs + lows. There will be moments when you want to give up. You’ll question your writing + wonder if it’s good enough. There will be doubts, fear, and the voice in your head asking, “Why the fuck did I want to be a writer in the first place?”. But don’t quit. Never quit — because, my dear, this is where the magic happens.
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@kimberlyracquel I am so proud of you + honored to take this journey alongside you. Thank you for entrusting me with your gift. This is YOUR time! SHINE BABY SHINE 🌟
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Her new book “If Only I Could Shut My Mouth” —published by PrettyGirlsREAD™️ — will be available on MAY 6th!! Details coming soon! . Watch my STORY 📲 for a peek Behind The Scenes .
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Feb 15, 2018 9:46 PM (UTC)
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BLACK PANTHER ✊🏾 Believe The HYPE 🙌🏽
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Never, have I ever, walked out of a movie theatre with a desire to be MORE BLACK or MORE FEMALE — until NOW. Last night, I went to see an advanced screening of The #BlackPanther Movie 🎥 + it was PHENOMENAL! Typically, I don’t like Comic Book Movies - [Avengers, Batman, Thor, not even Wonder Woman]. However, when @iamtmatias said she had tickets, I jumped at the chance. For (1) - she was the perfect Valentine date 💋 and (2) - I wanted to know if the movie lived up to the hype. And it did - actually, it exceeds it .
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Although the story itself was brilliant, the action scenes were intense, and the visuals were stunning - I was captivated by the power of the film’s female characters. They were BAD ASS! From the regal queen to the intelligent, yet smart mouthed sister, the film really hit on the importance of STRONG females who could protect + guide. Even the strongest and most faithful GENERAL was a woman! Without giving away the ending, I’ll just say this - there would be no BLACK PANTHER if it weren’t for the STRONG BLACK WOMEN who never left his side! Similar to a game of Chess - the KING is the most important piece in the game but the QUEEN is more powerful + she’s the one with all the moves. .
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As an aspiring screenwriter, this film challenged me to ensure my female characters are STRONG. I want other women to leave my future films with the same excitement + level of pride that I had after watching Black Panther. I’m already thinking of ideas for a sequel - hey, a girl can dream, right 🤗? .
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📸 @sonnydigital - thanks for capturing my happiness in these shots. Guess you aren’t the friend who always takes wack pictures after all 🤣
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Feb 14, 2018 4:30 PM (UTC)
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“You are dust and to dust you shall return...” Genesis 3:19 — but like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we will rise again and create ourselves anew #AshWednesday 🙏🏽
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Today marks the beginning of LENT. It’s a time to give up who you’ve BEEN for who you can BECOME. Other than Christmas, this is probably my most beloved and anticipated Holy Day. The season of LENT is about becoming, doing, and changing, whatever is blocking the fullness of life within you. It’s marked by deliberateness + intentionality. I’m walking into the next 40 Days with the intention of coming out RENEWED, REVIVED, REAWAKENED, RESURRECTED 🙏🏽
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“Create in me, a clean heart. Renew within me, a steadfast spirit...” - Psalm 51:12 💛
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Wake up with DETERMINATION. Go to bed with SATISFACTION.... .
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I’m not a ‘Morning Person’, at least not before I’ve had my Starbucks Grande Caramel Iced Coffee w/ a Double Shot of Espresso. On top of that, I’m an extroverted introvert which makes being around people — especially in the morning — a double conundrum for me. However, I’m forcing myself to get up + get out of, what is typically, my comfort zone. And, I’m realizing this early morning, people-facing, socializing before noon, thing isn’t that bad after all. Actually, it gets my creative juices flowing + sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. As a result, I’m even more excited for new ventures + new beginnings.... .
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Unfortunately, I haven’t quite mastered the art of arriving on-time 🤦🏽‍♀️ ... hey, give me a break — Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’m trying 🤷🏽‍♀️
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Feb 5, 2018 1:27 AM (UTC)
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By coincidence, I just so happen to be in #Philadelphia today as the #Eagles play in #SuperBowl 52. The city is alive with green pride + optimism for a win. As a former Philly resident (2000-2005) + graduate of Temple University, I feel HOME again.
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In honor of the city of Brotherly Love, I’m posting a book by W.E.B DuBOIS. “The Philadelphia Negro” is a sociological study of African Americans in Philadelphia. Commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania and published in 1899 with the intent of identifying social problems present in the African American community. It was the first sociological case study of a black community in the United States and one of the earliest examples of sociology as a statistically based social science.
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Feb 3, 2018 7:35 PM (UTC)
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“You SMART. I swear to God, I rather you have a GOOD MIND than a cute behind....” - Dr. Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings 🕊🕊🕊
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When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published in 1969, Angelou was hailed as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African-American women who were able to publicly discuss their personal lives. Caged Bird helped increase black feminist writings in the 1970s and was released right at the end of the American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Angelou's writings, more interested in self-revelation than in politics or feminism, have freed other female writers to open themselves up without shame to the eyes of the world....
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Being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly. It’s not real, so calm down 🙄
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This is the face I make when innocently scrolling my timeline or even the Explore page + I come across people who wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if Instagram never existed... I’ve decided to highlight [or lowlight] a few below. Let me know if I’ve missed any 🤔
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1. The Fake Woke - their captions are deep but their actions are shallow... [Please take an Ambien + get some rest, dear 😴]
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2. The Fake Revolutionary - they post about uplifting the Black Woman but ignore the 9to5 working sisters w/out butt implants, Chanel bags, and permanent seats in every VIP section while glorifying the IG “models” every chance they get.... [If this were the 60’s, Malcolm X would have whooped your ass ✊🏾]
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3. The Fake Fit - every video or post is #BodyGoals except they don’t tell you their body was created by Dr. Miami or some unlicensed surgeon in the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴.... [Slow down Nip/Tuck before I force feed you a burger 🍔]
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4. The Fake Curator - this is a whole new breed of fakeness. InstaFame has gone to their heads. They think because they have a few followers + likes, they’re somehow creating a lifestyle for others to follow. Ummm no 😒.. It’s Instagram, you Self-Obsessed Dingbat.This isn’t real fame + you’re not a curator.... [Perception isn’t always reality 🤳🏽]
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CHAKA’S RANT 🗣.... Only Words | Never Personal.... Don’t get your panties in a bunch 😘
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Reading “The Woman In The Window” while sitting in my Aisle Seat 💺 .
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“IT ISN’T PARANOIA IF IT’S REALLY HAPPENING...” 😱
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#BookOfTheMonth for the #PrettyGirlsREAD Book Club is fast-paced, nail-biting, twisted + ingenious
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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
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Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
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What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems 😳
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Feb 2, 2018 4:24 AM (UTC)

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“You can’t have relationships with your people until you give birth to yourself...” Sonia Sanchez, Poet ✍🏽
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Sonia Sanchez is an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as short stories, critical essays, plays, and children's books. She was a recipient of 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts. In 2001, Sanchez was the recipient of the Robert Frost Medal for her poetry (one of the highest honors awarded to a nationally recognized poet) and has been influential to other African-American female poets... ✊🏾
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“We a BaddDDD People”, published in 1970, was her second book of poems and was dedicated to “blk/wooomen: the only QUEENS of this universe” 👑
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Jan 29, 2018 1:15 PM (UTC)

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There’s no in between with me. I’m Black & White with no shades of Grey. Either I’m too quiet OR I’m way too loud [read: borderline obnoxious]. I take things too seriously OR simply don’t give a fuck at all. I’m either too emotionally available + sensitive OR deviously cold-hearted + distant. And when it’s all said and done, I’ll either hate you with every fiber of my being OR love you with every piece of my heart.... No in between. All or Nothing. .
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Black & White - no shades of Grey ⚫️⚪️
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I don’t purport to be the curator of any type of lifestyle.... BUT when I’m in my element, where my passion orders my footsteps, I’m usually directed toward the thinkers. The visionaries. The dreamers. And of course, THE READERS. For some strange reason, they are drawn to me as well 💋📖
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Last night, was the 5th Anniversary of releasing my first novel, “A VIEW OF THE BRIDGE”. As always, my nerves were on edge just before hitting the stage — heart quickens + palms sweat + stomach turns + mind races + a lump forms in my throat. However, once I grab the mic, I lose myself and become another person. I’m comfortable here. It’s where I belong...
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User Image chakawrites Posted: Jan 23, 2018 7:39 PM (UTC)
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🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY 🎈
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1.23.2013 - The two most important days in your life are: (1) - the day you were born, AND, (2) - the day you figure out WHY you were born.... FIVE years ago, on this very day, I figured out my WHY. This is the day I became an AUTHOR ✍🏽. On this day, FIVE YEARS ago, I released my first novel, “A View of The Bridge” 📚 .
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Thank you to everyone who has been on this ride with me from the very beginning. Your support + encouragement helped me get through the labor pains of birthing my greatest creation. You were there for the tears + the joy + the doubt + the frustration + the uncertainty + the fear. You believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I’m grateful for you all ❣️❣️❣️
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