Sunday, July 04, 2010

NEW REVIEW: Queen Latifah - Put On Your Crown

Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to QueendomQueen Latifah -
Put Your Crown On -
Available Now! -
4 out of 5 stars -

When I received this book, I must admit that I was hesitant. There are so much emphasis on celebrity in our culture right now: reality television, tabloids, internet fame, and such. To make matters worse, every time I turn around, there is another celebrity how-to book out there. So I've become very cautious about what kinds of messages I'm sending my daughter when I engage in celebrity fare. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

In most celeb non-fics I read, I can tell very early (usually after a few paragraphs) that someone else has tweaked the words. There is a feel of unauthenticity in tone, which makes me immediately disconnect from the book. When I read Put on The Crown, however, I felt, without a doubt, Queen Latifah talking to us. Even when I caught grammar challenges, it fit her voice. I appreciated that. Because when you purchase a book written by a celebrity, you expect to read a book written by a celebrity. And that is what I got.

Although Queen Latifah has said on many interviews regarding this book that her mom wrote the best chapter [Love,] she gives herself a disservice. This book is definitely written like a conversation she is having with you about her life. It is sectioned off in epiphanic moments, moments where she learns a life lesson(beauty, money, success,etc.) She doesn't wrap her lessons in catch phrases, but she tells the moment her eyes opened up to what these lessons really mean to her and what she thinks to most people.

Put on Your Crown: Life Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom is a juicy nugget of a book. It's small enough to fit in your purse or keep at your desk. The chapters aren't the kind you skim through. You have to read, absorb her words and prepare to get elevated.

Reviewed by Dee Stewart for Urban Reviews

Order your copy of Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom today!

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