I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
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I'm judging you…
I judge people who think Africa is a country.
I judge people who wear socks and sandals, even in the winter time. (You know yourselves, you know yourselves)
I judge people who think Beyoncé is overrated.
I judge people who don't say "thank you" when I open the door for them.
I judge people who fart in public and then act like it wasn't them. Just own up, we all know it you; it happens.
Those are a just a few of the ways in which I am not contributing to the growth of this society. But I don't think that I'm the only one who has these tendencies. I call them "garbage" tendencies" and I think that we've all had our moments.
What are "garbage" tendencies you may ask? Please refer to the beginning of this blog post to be able to see "garbage tendencies" in action.
I am so glad that comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger, Luvvie Ajayi, released a book, "I am judging you: the do-better manual." This book has been out since September of 2016. "I am judging you" serves up necessary advice for the everyday common senseless human.
This book is divided into four chapters: life, culture, social media and fame. Each of the four chapters are filled with personal, humorous essays that help dissect our cultural obsessions and calls out all of us on our bad behavior in our increasingly digital society. Luvvie provides explanations as to why we have "garbage tendencies" and then she also goes the extra mile to provide us with suggestions as to how we can be better. When you know better, you do better. You what I'm saying?
My favorite part was when Luvvie addressed one of the few things that are ailing my country men and women. African time. Did you guys know that somewhere on earth, this planet that exists, there are people run on a completely different clock than the rest of the human race? Did you know that?
Let me break down African time for you. African time is when a baby shower begins at 1:00 pm but you arrive at 5:00 pm. African time is arriving late to your own wedding. Three and a half hours late to be exact.
Luvvie's book goes from serious discussions of race and media representation, to how to be a better ally to people of color and to women and more importantly to women of color. She touches on how to be a better friend, business person and social media user, with wit and unique perspectives that are all in her voice.
If you are someone who enjoys reading about the hard truths in life as well as learning about ways on how you can bring some "act right" into your life, social media, our broader society and popular culture, then I highly recommend this book for you.
"I'm Judging You" by Luvvie Ajayi is my Noire reads choice for September. You guys should go out and support her by buying her book. You can also follow her blog @awesomelyluvvie.com. Purchase her book on Amazon or get an audio book on Audible.com if you're into that.
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