Author Simbi Animashaun
Empowered & Inspired Book Lovers
Empowered & Inspired Book Lovers
Welcome! Established in December 2021, Empowered & Inspired Book Lovers aims to provide a space where women can bond, feel comfortable expressing themselves (without judgment), and empower and inspire each other through books, wine, and conversations. Every meeting, we also discuss important topics, such as starting businesses, generational wealth, fitness goals, mental health, growth mindsets, accounting, trying new things and places, etc. This book club consists of a diverse group of intellectual, educated, and driven black female leaders! We are all motivated to empower, inspire, and lead change in today's society!
Meetings will take place on the 3rd Sunday in January, March, May, July, September, & November.
*Note: Beginning December 2022, there will be annual membership dues. It is $120 per year, which covers the cost of hosting book club meetings. Contact Simbi Animashaun if you need to set up a payment plan. Membership dues must be paid by January 1 via Zelle (216-264-9529) or PayPal.
2022-2023 Book Club Selections
2022-2023 Book Club Selections
Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion.
In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric—from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
For readers who have engaged with America’s legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness—if we let it—can save us all.
“[Cupcake] Brown’s confessional . . . memoir is one you can’t
easily put down. Her life is nothing short of a miracle.”—Chicago
The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling true story of Cupcake
Brown: orphan, runaway, addict, a child turning tricks on the
street until one morning on her journey through hell she woke
up and knew she had to change her life or die. This is the
heart-wrenching true story of a girl named Cupcake Brown.
There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gang banging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, and homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty. And that’s when things got interesting.
Orphaned by the death of her mother and left in the hands of a sadistic foster parent, young Cupcake Brown learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gang banging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs.
A Piece of Cake is unlike any memoir you’ll ever read. Moving in its frankness, this is the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you’ll ever take.
DATE SMARTER, MAKE BETTER DECISIONS IN LOVE, AND ACHIEVE THE RELATIONSHIP YOU DESERVE… IT ALL STARTS WITH NOT SETTLING!
By day, Faith Jenkins is the host of the nationally syndicated TV show Divorce Court; by night, she’s a happily married newlywed who navigated these dating streets for years before learning how to attract the love of her dreams. When she turned 35 without a wedding ring in sight, like most women, she started getting tons of questions about not being married. But she made a decision: I. Will. Not. Settle.
As an attorney and arbitrator, Faith has presided over hundreds of cases, and has helped couples avoid and resolve a wealth of drama. And she’s seen it all! In Sis, Don’t Settle, she’s gathered an arsenal of love, wisdom and advice for women on how to play it smart.
Modern culture would have women believe they can’t have it all—and be smart, successful, strong women with authentic love to boot. Wrong. Told in her signature style—sometimes salty and sometimes sweet—Faith provides real solutions that will teach you how to thrive in relationships while avoiding common missteps and pitfalls. She delivers it straight, with no chaser, to show us how to level up, and reminds you that how you live single will set the tone for your success in relationships.
Smart, illuminating, and, often laugh-out-loud funny, Sis, Don’t Settle is the essential playbook that will help you build your confidence, generate better results in love, and land a high-value relationship once and for all. You’ll find tips on topics like:
- Strong Independent Women…and the Men Who Love Them
- What’s Worse than a Bad Relationship? Overextending Your Stay in One
- Becoming the Right Person to Attract the Right Person
- How to Release Trash Subconscious Beliefs that Keep You Settling
- And much more!
Whether you’re single, divorced, or in a situationship, Sis, Don’t Settle reveals the direction and guidance you need to navigate love and take back your power.
ANTICIPATED BOOK • A MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK
“It’s clear from the first page that Davis is going to serve a more intimate, unpolished account than is typical of the average (often ghost-written) celebrity memoir; Finding Me reads like Davis is sitting you down for a one-on-one conversation about her life, warts and all.”—USA Today
“[A] fulfilling narrative of struggle and success.... Her gorgeous storytelling will inspire anyone wishing to shed old labels." —Los Angeles Times
In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.
This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn’t always see me.
As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. We are forced to reinvent them to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone running through life untethered, desperate and clawing their way through murky memories, trying to get to some form of self-love. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be . . . you.
Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you. You can change my font, size, line height, color, and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Reading Discussion Guide - Use the questions to guide your reading. We will discuss them during our book club meeting.
This was my very first book club meeting, and it went better than I imagined! Not only did we discuss the book that was selected, but we connected the book to our lives today! We also discussed self-care tips and completed activities related to the book. I'm ready for the next book club meeting. I'm happy to be a part of Empowered & Inspired Book Lovers.
March 19, 2022
The Empowered & Inspired Book Lovers book club is a wonderful group of women to be a part of! I truly enjoyed the first book club meeting. I was intrigued to attend my first book club meeting and it was everything I could've imagined and more! We discussed topics and events that were so relatable. My favorite aspect of the meeting was the opportunity to write an encouraging and motivating message to a fellow member. If you're looking for a group of optimistic, welcoming, and encouraging women - this is the book club for you!
March 23, 2022