The Pavement Bookworm

Hello CeCe Book LoVeRs.

After scrolling through my homepage on WordPress, I came across 101 Books post on Philani Dladla, a homeless 24-year-old in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For the love of reading, you must listen to this young man give synopses for his books, belonging to a wide range of genres. I believe in his desire and attempt to share books and literacy knowledge with our youth and random spectators. I believe he would make a great reading ambassador for young people.

His story is inspiring, especially considering he fell victim to drugs and managed to recover from his addiction by reading self-help books. As he sits on street corners, he does not sit there with a sign nor does he sit there with an open hand waiting for change. He sits on the corners with a stack of books. He offers book review services to the passers-by. After hearing his reviews, if they become intrigued enough to want to read the book, the passers-by then pay Philani for his book.

He is passionate about reading. And at first glance he does not appear homeless, or at least I didn’t automatically think he was. By the video alone, without reading the article associated with it, I thought he was a young man desiring to share with the camera what reading can do for us and our young.

Enjoy and please share :)

Visit 101 Books here for their article on Philani.

P.S. >> If you’d like to donate to Philani and help sponsor more books for him, contact South African director, Tebogo Malope, who conducted the interview with Philani.

xoxo

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#RockACrown[LA] and #BringBackOurGirls!

Wow, how could I forget to share this event with you all! Ce’Marie and I attended a wonderful event this past Sunday afternoon. It was called #RockACrownLA.

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The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the #BringOurDaughtersBack movement. A good 35-40 LA dwellers came together to pray and stand in solidarity at Manhattan Beach on May 4th. I heard about it via social media and instantly knew I wanted to be a part of it.

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As we walked up to the designated meeting area, we noticed a group of gals and guys – old and young – gathered in a circle. It was such a beautiful thing. Everyone had on their head-wrap “crowns”, as suggested by the organizers. With my head-wrap on, I felt a sense of connection to the young Nigerian girls.

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Unsurprisingly though, a lot of people had no idea what had occurred in Nigeria on April 15th. So they had no clue as to why we were there. There were some who thought we were preparing for a church ritual while others thought someone had just gotten married. After explaining to curious onlookers why we gathered there and what we were doing – they were stunned at the news. They had not previously heard about what happened to the over 300 Nigerian schoolgirls. And what touched my heart, outside of the event itself, were those who, after being informed of why we were there, stopped what they were doing and joined us for the cause – signing both the petition on charity.org and the contact sheet with their information for notice on future #Bringbackourgirls events.

I left the event feeling a great sense of inspiration. From church to brunch then lastly to the beach, I had had a wonderful, invigorating Sunday.

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How about you? Have you been enjoying your weekends? Do you fill them with activities that you are passionate about? Tell us below :)

 

 

How I Spent My Sunday: Los Angeles Festival of Books

A goal of Ce’Marie’s:

Be a featured guest at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – 2015!

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This past weekend was the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books (FOB, #BookFest & #latimesfob) at USC! This was our second year attending as guests and each time we’ve dreamed of attending as featured guests with our name, book and character getting recognition there. It’s only a matter of time… :)

But in the meantime, we thought we’d go ahead and participate in the wall of “What Books Inspire Your Fire?” Can you guess what book would that be for us? Yep! Ce’Marie! It’s on its way to completion — the writing and illustrating process definitely inspires the fire within us – without a doubt ♥︎

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The atmosphere there is always amazing – from the excited children to the caring parents to the starving artists and the scrumptious food, Festival of Books is always a fun and happy place – a close second place to Disney World as the happiest place in the world :)

At FOB, one can receive free books of different genres, possibly have the opportunity to meet the authors behind their favorite books, get autographs from authors, receive pamphlets and other literature explaining an array of subjects, enjoy free bookmarks, purchase books at discounted prices, and so much more!

Will we see you there next year?

xoxo

iLove… iCRE ❦ TIVE

As the R&B singer August Alsina says, “Man, I love this…, Man I love this…, Man I love this…, I love it! I love it! I love it!”

My feelings exactly.

I love working towards this something that has been nothing more than a thought and a dream, for so many years. I love going to sleep thinking about what’s next and how will I go about that – all while wishing my body and eyes weren’t tired in the first place.

I love the progress I make each and every day. And the feeling of accomplishment when I’m able to cross out a line from my ‘To-Do’ list, YAY!

I love talking about my vision for the brand, what the end result will be, what I desire its impact to be. I love seeing a dream come into fruition, a dream that so many people have misunderstood, mocked and looked me upside my head for pursuing.

Ce’Marie has been the source of my happiness.

Broke, tired and sometimes doubtful, I still remain happy with faith and hope, and the ability to stay true to my calling – all while  e m b r a c i n g  |  me   &   i n s p i r i n g  |  others.

Check out my work station. Super small. But my dreams and goals don’t like to be upstaged, no way ;)

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Here’s a special Sneak Peek at what’s been sewing at “La Chambre de Ce’Marie” (aka The House of Ce’Marie) on that very desk above…

Special Note to Those out There w/BIG Dreams & even BIGGER obstacles:

Whoever is out there reading this – I believe in you. I believe in your abilities. I believe in your vision. I encourage you to pursue whatever dream you have that has been weighing your thoughts down, tapping at your heart and whispering to you nonstop. This does not have to be a full time pursuit, if that is not feasible for you – take it one step at a time, one foot in front of the other until you are able and ready to run and conquer. Do your research. Refine your skills. And in the meantime, continue to sew your seeds, be kind and helpful to others, and believe in yourself and your abilities.

xoxo

 

 

International Reading Month – Let’s Read!!

While over on Amazon’s site looking for my pastor’s book, Purpose Awakening, I noticed on the homepage that this month is International Reading Month! What are you currently reading?

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A few of my ‘International Reading Month’ recommendations – For the parents:

  • Purpose Awakening by Toure Roberts

& my all-time favorites since high school…

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 9.09.18 PMReading with the kids:

  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Lies and Other Tall Tales by Christopher Myers and Zora Neal Hurston
  • Harlem by Christopher Myers

Interesting combinations, huh? :)

Let me know your thoughts along with your favorite books. What are you reading this moth?