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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 feministbookclub.com 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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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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Feminism is Wizardry

As first seen on feministbookclub.com 🥰 Lately I have been feeling like I need to channel my inner wizard and make a miracle. 2020 has been filled with days where I was covered in a black veil. I’m referencing Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown, released earlier this… Continue reading Feminism is Wizardry

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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

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Queen Sugar: The real villains

Finishing Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile was a doozy. If you are a fan of the OWN show, I’ll let you know right now that this is not that. I enjoy the TV show as much as the next person and usually when I watch the movie or show before I read the book, it… Continue reading Queen Sugar: The real villains

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Patsy and reflections on motherhood

I have a lot of thoughts about the book Patsy. I have been on a streak reading about mothers lately, but I notice that I have always seemed to gravitate toward books about mothers (or maybe people just use fiction to process their relationships with their mothers). I think I am noticing themes about mothers… Continue reading Patsy and reflections on motherhood

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Well-Meaning White Folks

I love well-meaning white folks. Like the ones who tell me I’m articulate or who remind me quite often at how not racist they are. The ones who use that infamous quote from The Help. “You is kind. You is smart. And you is important.” I love a good story where black people’s main role… Continue reading Well-Meaning White Folks

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Coffee Will Make You Black and Womanish

I’ve written before about how growing up, I was not happy with being black. When I look back on how I thought of myself and the messages I internalized, I am sad and ashamed. Occasionally, I may revert to those awful thoughts, but it’s gotten a lot better. It’s funny (it’s actually not funny). As… Continue reading Coffee Will Make You Black and Womanish