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How Internalized Racism Shrank My Reading World

As first published on Feminist Book Club Growing up, my mom was such a strong reading influence in my life. She was such an avid reader, even though she mostly listened to audiobooks, and at the time, I didn’t think those were real books because I was such a book snob. As an adult, most… Continue reading How Internalized Racism Shrank My Reading World

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Book Review: Different Sides of the Same Coin

This review is a little different, as it is the first review of a book where I had an author reach out to me. I'm excited to start doing more reviews and elevating indie authors 🥰 Different Sides of the Same Coin by Chyrel Jackson and Lyris Wallace is a poetry collection written by two… Continue reading Book Review: Different Sides of the Same Coin

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Book Review: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

As first posted on Déjà vu As I was reading Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson, I had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. An all-powerful and dearly beloved R&B singer who has his sights on fresh, under-aged, talent? One with a dark side and who likes power and control? Seems a lot like the whole docuseries Surviving R. Kelly to… Continue reading Book Review: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Birth of a Nation and Rape

It took me a while to pick up The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement by Nate Parker. I also still haven’t seen the movie. I understand that it is a monumentally important film and piece of art; a reclaiming of one of the most notoriously racist pieces of… Continue reading Birth of a Nation and Rape

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Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore: Stop Demonizing Sex Work

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore was a wild ride. I don’t think I am doing Walter Mosely right. This is the second book I’ve read by him (the other one being John Woman) and it seems like they are a part of a larger universe, a complex social and family system that are interconnected among… Continue reading Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore: Stop Demonizing Sex Work

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You Got This!

It’s been a while since I read a self-improvement book! The last one I finished was You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World by Maya Penn. It definitely is meant for middle grades to high school students, but I still found some really good advice. Maya wrote this book… Continue reading You Got This!

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Remove the Sticker

As first posted on A few days ago, Jenna Bush Hager revealed her December pick for her book club Read With Jenna. This month, she and her book club members will be reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Now, this isn’t a surprising book club pick considering the huge wave of anti-racism education happening since the riots… Continue reading Remove the Sticker


Books About Crazy Black Women

Books would be boring if we read the same stories about the same people all the time. I am starting to really like books with traditionally unlikeable characters, especially if they are Black women. Books about crazy, messy, or disagreeable Black women are so important; they provide important perspective that Black women can exist however… Continue reading Books About Crazy Black Women

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Beloved and Hell

In preparation for a (failed) buddy read of Paradise with a friend from #bookstagram, I started reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. I read on Wikipedia that Paradise is the final part of a trilogy that includes Beloved and Jazz. They aren’t a trilogy in the traditional sense, but they are a representation of a Danteques… Continue reading Beloved and Hell