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There’s a challenge to use 2018 as a year to read nothing but books by black authors.

This challenge has lead me to look more and more for black authors who write about topics that I’m interested in reading about. I am a lover of books and I so love to share books that I come across with you. Let me know if you’re participating in the reading black out challenge.

A part of my Happy Fit Natural title, is to become financially “fit” by saving more, paying down debt and managing my money better. I’ve read books in the past about financial fitness and I like to revisit the topic because the more I hear it and see it then the more likely I am to do it. I don’t let the information fall by the wayside and fall into a sea of forgetfulness.

I picked April, 2018 to be a month of looking over my finances and to revisit my plan to see if I’ve made progress and see if I can do anything more with my plan. So I visited my local library to pick up some finance books and instead of reaching for the usual I decided to seek out some black authors since I am trying to read more books by black authors.

I ran across a five good black authors who I feel give some sound advice that I want to share with you. I also want to share some pretty common things all the authors share in their books

The black authors I decided to check out are Michelle Singletary, Patrice C. Washington, Glinda Bridgforth, Aaron W. Smith and Dennis Kimbro. I’ll list the authors in the description box.

I previously read Michelle Singletary’s The Power to Prosper, 21 Days to Financial Freedom, when I first started my financial fitness journey. Reading it was a jolt to really get me in action to start thinking about my finances differently.  She used biblical terms and religious methods to help readers understand money and start working toward getting the most out of money. Michelle has written several financial books.


Patrice C. Washington wrote Real Money Answers for Every Woman. How to Win the Money Game with or without a Man. This is a money management guide that will help readers gain control of their financial future. The book is written in a question and answer format. The questions are questions that we’ve all asked and she gives some practical answers to those questions.


Glinda Bridgforth wrote Girl, Get Your Credit Straight, Girl, Get Your Money Straight and Girl, make Your Money Grow. She’s a financial guru who gives you the down and dirty to cut expenses, to save money and make your money work for you so you can increase your credit score. Her book even gives 101 ideas to increase income to fund creditworthiness.


Aaron W. Smith’s In the Black, Live Faithfully, Prosper Financially gives a 9 Step Plan for financial fitness. He gives techniques for preparing for retirement and leaving a legacy which are huge deals for me.




Finally Dennis Kimbro wrote The Wealth Choice, Success Secrets of Black Millionaires. This book was written after interviewing 1,000 African American Millionaires to help others understand the process to gain wealth.



All of the authors have some of the same basic concepts, that’s knowing where you are financially, making a plan to pay off debt, save money and making money work for you. Becoming finally fit is possible and it’s never too late to start working on your financial plan.

I will be spending April focusing on reviewing and updating my financial plan. I also want to learn more about investing my money to make as much from my money as possible. These books will definitely help me on my mission.

For the 2018 Reading Black out, check out these financial and money management books the black authors that I mentioned. Don’t forget to let me know if you’re participating in the 2018 Reading Black Out challenge and as always let me know what books you’re reading below.



Michelle Singletary – The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310320380/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0310320380&linkCode=as2&tag=rosi07-20&linkId=b5311ce4234c95b409a127203b4185be


Patrice C. Washington – Real Money Answers for Every Woman: How to Win the Money Game With or Without a Man https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062420267/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0062420267&linkCode=as2&tag=rosi07-20&linkId=f810d2be2a910dd8ad319fd2dee56f2b


Glinda Bridgforth – Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!: A Sister’s Guide to Ditching Your Debt, Mending Your Credit, and Building a Strong Financial Future https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767926749/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0767926749&linkCode=as2&tag=rosi07-20&linkId=6f817e3d0d8f9878895f1daa6125e6fc


Arron W. Smith – In the Black: Live Faithfully, Prosper Financially: The Ultimate 9-Step Plan for Financial https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061450693/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0061450693&linkCode=as2&tag=rosi07-20&linkId=06e4df7ceeee3e358996697ab1dfb1e9

Dennis Kimbro – The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1137279141/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1137279141&linkCode=as2&tag=rosi07-20&linkId=6e6f21794e5cf19f6c896693b2264858

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