#QuirkyWomenOfColor

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#QuirkyWomenOfColor

Sisters who are smart, silly and social-media savvy.

These women of color are taking the world (wide web) by storm and unapologetically telling their stories. 

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Following her wildly successful YouTube series of the same name, Issa Rae returns with more of the humor and uncomfortable truths that made her so popular. Beginning with her childhood in Maryland, Rae chronicles her humble beginnings in chat rooms that led to her becoming a social media mogul, her dating life, friends and her all time favorite regret, junk food. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl offers advice, observations and gives us a closer look into the life of one of our favorite social-media influencers and storytellers, Issa Rae. 

You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
One of the hosts of the Podcast and HBO comedy special "2 Dope Queens," Phoebe Robinson fearlessly delves into heavy topics like race, gender and sexuality while making your laugh so hard you don't even realize you're learning, too. Chock-full of wisdom, humor and pop-culture references, Robinson breaks down her personal experiences as a black woman, whether it's having her blackness called into questions because of her love of U2 (who she shamelessly stans for, by the way) or the impact of her seeing blackness reflected in movies and TV and every hairstyle she sported in between. Robinson perfectly balances being fun, light and informative. 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
A mix of autobiography, self-help and comedy, Kaling talks about everything from her nerdy childhood as the daughter of immigrant parents to taking selfies on her Blackberry to make sure she had defeated that pesky pimple. Best-known for her role on the unexpected, mid-season hit comedy "The Office" and later for her own television show "The Mindy Project" Kaling brings the same bubbly personality and comedic style that made her a star to her book.  If you're interested in finding out how Kaling was able to end her abusive relationship with cupcakes, or how to be a better best friend, Kaling has it all covered.

Going Natural: How to Fall in Love With Nappy Hair by Mireille Liong-A-Kong
The decision to go natural is not always an easy one. For many women of color, it has only been recently that companies have created products tailored to the specific and unique needs of their African-American hair. Founder of Going-Natural.com Mireille Liong-A-Kong gives women who may be considering going natural a guide to all things hair care. Growing up in a society where straight hair is the norm, women of color don't often even know how to manage their hair in its natural state. Liong-A-Kong is here to help. Whether you are considering the ever intimidating "big chop," locs, braids, wigs, weaves, transitioning or simply want to educate yourself on black hair care, this guide has something for you.    

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
With the success of her blog, and the popularity of her Twitter page, it's no surprise that Luvvie's debut book has been greeted with such enthusiasm. Want to know how far is too far when it comes to plastic surgery? Luvvie is not afraid to let you know. What about whether or not Zamunda is a real country? Well, if you're foolish enough to ask Luvvie most certainly has an answer for you. The Do-Better Manual offers a seemingly endless amount of tips and tricks if you need to get your life together in a major way.