Spicy Saturday (V.7): Book Collection

books I am a huge book junkie and I love the different ways that I can organize them on my shelf. I used to organize them by alphabetically by author and title, but it looked boring after a while and I switched it up to a different layout. I love the way that the books aren’t stacked to perfection, but that I can still see everything that I have. I mentioned in a previous post that I enjoy reading urban novels which is what a majority of my collection consists of, but I have a different type of obsession that I developed in college which is all about the history or just about anything.

During College I studied Broadcast Journalism and  we had to know the history of media and radio which are two of the books I kept because they were full of information that I needed to known and facts that would never change. During college I also became fascinated with makeup and the application, thanks to YouTube, and I got the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual along with Lauren Conrad’s Style book. she later released the Beauty edition which was all things, you guessed it, Beauty. Lauren Conrad’s style book was a great take on fashion, staples for the wardrobe along with beauty tips and using the pieces you have. That book especially transformed my style and helped me figure out exactly what I wanted to wear and to not just buy so much on trend.

IMG_0600-1Being a music blogger of course I had to have some music history books and to get them on sale is a STEAL! The Soul Train book was half off when I purchased it along with the Chart Toppers book being my best purchase to date coming in for a grand total of $2 + tax.

Being a STEELERS fan I have to know the history of my team for all those who like to challenge my knowledge of the franchise during football season so I purchased 2 books a while back just to keep me on my toes.

Lastly my latest obsession, as far as books, are crime books. Being in the Law Academy during high school always made me interested in all aspects of law and I snagged the crime book displayed for under $10.

Although I do not buy books as much as I used to thanks to my iPad and apps such as Kindle/Nook, there’s NOTHING like having a book in your hands. I’m slowly getting back into reading, but instead of reading so much for leisure I’m reading to lear and gain knowledge. To think at one point I hated non-fiction and now I’m obsessed.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 1

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On February 1, 2012, Don Cornelius passed away. He was a pioneer in creating a platform for African American artists and more to showcase their talents on Soul Train. Throughout the years of the show there were A-List celebrities to touch the stage including: Michael Jackson (and the Jackson 5), Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and countless others. He not only gave a platform to recording artists, but to upcoming dancers as well. A couple dancers to highlight are Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel who went on to become 2/3 of the group, Shalamar.

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I found this book called Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation in Barnes and Noble. It highlights the entire Soul Train history through pictures and a few excerpts. It retails for $45, I was able to purchase mine on sale for $25. The book is broken into 3 sections, Love, Peace, & Soul which was Cornelius’ signature at the end of each show.

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Here’s a glimpse into the history of Soul Train from VH1‘s special, Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America.

Cornelius ended his time on the show on June 26,1993 after 22 seasons. From that point there were guest hosts weekly until comedian Mystro Clark took over in 1997 and Shemar Moore would go on to host from 1999 to 2003. After Moore’s exit the show was hosted by actor Dorian Gregory until the shows finale in 2006. The newer version of Soul Train featured more urban artists and highlighted not only R&B, but included Hip-Hop as well which was something that Cornelius had began during his time. Although Soul Train is off the air the Soul Train Awards are still being shown on Centric/BET.

Rest in peace to the pioneer and visionary, Mr. Don Cornelius.