October Hue-Man Experience Book Recommendations

 

 


 MOVERS, SHAKERS AND TRAILBLAZERS: BOOKS FOR BLACK ENTREPRENEURS AND OTHER BOSSES 

 This month’s curated list features Black CEOs, boss babes, and all-around inspirational leaders approved by Ms. Villarosa herself.
As the leaves fall, cozy up with one of these reads – and then get to work, sis!

 


 


YEAR OF YES: HOW TO DANCE IT OUT, STAND IN THE SUN AND BE YOUR OWN PERSON
By Shonda Rhimes
 

►    This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.
 

 

 

 


BLACK BUCK 
by Mateo Askaripour
 

►   *STAFF PICK*  “This sarcastically funny novel made me laugh and cry, with a curve ball ending that left me saying “This is America”.” -Anya, Hue-man Experience Coordinator

There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission.  An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

 


THE LAST BLACK UNICORN
by Tiffany Haddish
 

►  Placed in the foster care system as a teen, and struggling to read at a basic level in ninth grade, Haddish found that humor and jokes helped her endure. By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.
 

 

 

 


LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA
by Misty Copeland
 

►   Determination meets dance in this New York Times bestselling memoir by the history-making ballerina Misty Copeland. recounting the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
 

 


 


RABBIT: A MEMOIR
by Patricia Williams
 

    Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. By thirteen, she was pregnant. By fifteen, Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at sixteen, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive. Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor. With wisdom and humor, Pat gives us a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to be a black mom in America.
 




 


RISE AND GRIND: OUTPERFORM, OUTWORK, AND OUTHUSTLE YOUR WAY TO A MORE SUCCESSFUL AND REWARDING LIFE
by Daymond John
 

►   New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Broke and "Shark" on ABC's hit show Shark Tank, Daymond John takes an up close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. Along the way, he also reveals how grit and persistence both helped him overcome the obstacles he has faced in life and ultimately fueled his success.explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires readers to Rise & Grind their way the top.
 

 

 

 

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Friday, October 1, 2021 - 9:00am