30 Books in 30 Weeks

There are currently less than 30 weeks left in this year, so I decided to challenge myself to read 30 books. As this blog shows me, we change as readers over the years. What and who we read and even if we read. Thanks to quarantine life, I've seen every movie and series that I... Continue Reading →

Small Business: The Trini Gee

In my heyday of devouring black literature, it never occurred to me that I could have products with some of my favorite author's names or quotes on them. However, one Black Friday ago I launched my online business to showcase just that. People told me it couldn't be done because I had no social media... Continue Reading →

Corduroy: Viola Davis

Like her mama, my daughter has quite the collection of books, including a few classics. A recent reading of Corduroy took me back to my childhood. I remembered the book, but I didn't remember Lisa or her mother being black. I immediately assumed, well if the characters are black, the author must be too--but nope.... Continue Reading →

Recent Biographies & Memoirs

Celebrities are writing books about their lives and people are buying. I'm certain each book is filled with its share of struggles, insights, and achievements--as you'd expect from a biography/memoir/essay collection. Here's an overview of recent and upcoming releases from some melanated people you may happen to know: Becoming by Michelle Obama - In a life... Continue Reading →

Behold the Dreamers: Imbolo Mbue

https://youtu.be/C0aATggBN9c Thanks to my book group, my reading has picked up again. Social media also helps because it gives me the opportunity to see people's book stacks, photos, and reviews. That said, I've just started Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers. If you haven't picked up this 2016 release, here's a little excerpt to spark your... Continue Reading →

Born a Crime: Trevor Noah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHKOJgUDRDM Born a Crime is an excellent read, even for those who aren't fans of Trevor Noah--like me. His memoir offers a view of South Africa that familiarizes you with the culture, languages, and most importantly, the people. Not to mention, there were a few notable laughs along the way. Here's a quick teaser to... Continue Reading →

Black Books Turned Film

I started a book club a few months ago and we've been on a roll with our selections. Every title we've read is now optioned as a film or television series. If you're like me, there's nothing like seeing a book you've read find even more shine with a great script, director, and cast. Some... Continue Reading →

Barracoon: Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston has a new non-fiction release. Originally denied publication based on her refusal to change the narrative's vernacular, the book has finally found a place on modern bookstore shelves. I own a copy of Wrapped in Rainbows by Valerie Boyd, so I've already seen a few excerpts from Cudjo Lewis' story. I'd love... Continue Reading →

Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing

" . . . I mean I mostly write about, you know, poor people, black people, Southerners. And those are the kind of people that make up my community. So those are the kind of people that I write about." - Jesmyn Ward I can't say that I've read anything by Jesmyn Ward yet. I... Continue Reading →

Young Adult Fiction

As I research one thing, I always come across something else. Again, I don't read young adult fiction often and I rarely read horror, but I've found these titles continue to come up in relation to my Children of Blood and Bone and The Hate U Give books. Have you read any of these? Camellia... Continue Reading →

Children of Blood & Bone: Tomi Adeyemi

“In my perfect world, we’d have one black girl fantasy book every month . . . We need them, and we need fantasy stories about black boys as well.” - Tomi Adeyemi I don't read young adult books often. My last memorable titles being The Fault in Our Stars and Hunger Games. But when you... Continue Reading →

Black Panther Party: Book List

While doing research on the previous post, I came across this Black Panther Party book list. It seems that the titles mentioned were required reading for all members. I've read a few, but question whether some are still be relevant for today. I'm guessing that they've made new discoveries since the first publications of most... Continue Reading →

Black Panther Party: Writers

https://youtu.be/ZMnc2KjS7Vw Outside of a few documentaries and movies, I don't think I've read any books by former Black Panthers. Oh, of course I finished Assata's Autobiography. I wanted to know how she escaped, but didn't realize until the final pages that it wasn't in the book. Spoiler! I also started Soul on Ice and Angela... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: