On The Shelf: I’m Judging You, by Luvvie Ajayi
Back in the days of MySpace (read: my college years – specifically around 2005-2007), a large group of us became e-friends as we shared our writings, formed groups and alliances, and had fights and doses of drama like we had known each other our whole lives. At this time, social media was still relatively new. Facebook was still pretty exclusive to college students only, there was no twitter (well it wasn’t popular), and all of these other social media platforms that we have today were not even conceptualized yet. It was great to find kinship in people from varying walks of life and ages where we all shared much of the same love of writing, music, and at times, gossip. I tell you – the days of MySpace were “lit”, as the kids say nowadays and over ten years later, I am still friends with many of these people. #FriendshipGoals!
Me and the #JudgeyPop (I’m supposed to be side-eyeing but I look at people like this all the time for their foolish shenanigans)
MySpace wasn’t meant to last though and many writers from MySpace gravitated to Blogger/BlogSpot to get our writing fixins in while still staying connected to our e-friends. It was around this time that I started reading Luvvie’s Random Rants. Luvvie’s humor blog was catchy, personable, and consistently funny! I think she was one of the first bloggers whose blog I opted in my emails via RSS feed.
Over the years, I have literally watched Luvvie grow from MySpace blogger with the rest of us, to Blogger with Luvvie’s Random Rants to Awesomely Luvvie where she has proven to have no ceiling. Her humor blog has won countless awards and accolades; I’ve watched her interview Oprah and rub shoulders with Shonda Rhimes and Angela Bassett. The girl is golden and she’s worked to the bone for this space. She truly deserves it.
I remember back in March 2010, she asked everyone who read her to attach a link–a digitally designed red stiletto heel—which would help to spread awareness on her then new nonprofit, The Red Pump Project. Six years and a bazillion hours of hard work later, and she’s met and had guests such as Rae Lewis-Thornton (who I have also had the pleasure of meeting in 2011) and Kim Coles! The nonprofit is now beyond nationwide and continues to solidify its footprint in helping to educate on the statistics of HIV & AIDS in women and girls.
I am proud of Luvvie. This is no microwave fame. She has worked tirelessly for her place in media and she rightfully deserves all of the good things.
I’m a pretty proud member of LuvvNation and the SideEyeSquad. So this book she’s written – I’m Judging You – is, in so many words……everything. It is captivating, witty, knee-slapping hilarious, and so socially conscious that I read some parts agape and proud, because even though I’m used to her body of work, including language and humor, it always makes me proud when my people are so socially aware and captivatingly so.
This book – this book is judging anything and everyone – justifiably! Within the four sections of the book – Life, Culture, Social Media, and Fame, she hits on many topics from celebrities and their egregious cosmetic procedures to the damning effects of white privilege to the detrimental state of rape culture and the forwarding punch of feminism to Facebook users and how some people tend to overshare and have full on family feuds on their timelines (gross!) to the phenomenon known as #IslandPeenSyndrome LOL!
I don’t have one specific passage or quote that is my favorite. This book is a literal page-turner.
It drops at midnight, September 13th (tomorrow) and is literally sold everywhere and in all formats, from paperback, eBook, and audiobook. CLICK HERE to order your copy and get some of this #BlackGirlMagic