Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo was a joy to read and one of my absolute favorites this year. This is a book I read right after finishing Communion: The Female Search For Love by bell hooks. Communion is a nonfiction book focusing on women, love, and patriarchy; it’s profound. Reading Communion before reading Girl,…Read More
Let me ask you, reader, how well do you know your parents? Do you know their stories? Do you know all the paths that led them to their current circumstances? Of course, some of you may answer yes to all these questions, which might be accurate, but I urge you to dig a little deeper…Read More
After bell hooks passed away late last year, her words and books circulated throughout social media. But I will confess that I knew very little about her. In 2020, I bought one of her books but never got around to reading it. So, at the beginning of this year, someone suggested we read one of…Read More
As soon as I saw this book’s beautiful cover and read the blurb, I knew I wanted to read Yinka, where is your huzband by Lizzie Damiola Blackburn. Luckily, I had won the book in an Instagram giveaway at the beginning of the year. So, I finally started it last month, and while it took a…Read More
As humans, I think we are fixated on our realities. It is so easy for me to constantly focus on life’s difficulties, ruminating on how things could be better. But, until I encounter another individual, who openly shares their situation, I realize it could be far worse. Not to say my problems are not significant,…Read More
Recently, I read Monster in the Middle by Tiphanie Yanique for book club. The novel centers on Fly, a Black-American man, and Stella, a Caribbean woman, who meet in New York City in the present time. It spans several decades, and its characters travel across the continental United States, to the Virgin Islands, and Ghana.…Read More
*Spoiler Alert* As I stare out the window on this bleak, snowy morning, I contemplate Toni Morrison’s book, Recitatif, and my prejudices. As humans, we like to think we are perfect and have no bias, but we do! What are yours? Recitatif, the only short story by Morrison, was written in 1980 and was first published…Read More
At the beginning of the year, the book Wahala by Nikki May was all over Instagram. Everything intrigued me – the beautiful book cover, the premise about female friendships, Nigerian culture/food, and even a character with my namesake, what?! Sign me up! The novel centers around three British-Nigerian best friends (Boo, Ronke, Simi) living in…Read More
If someone stopped me on the street and asked me to use a few words to express what it means to be a Black woman in the United States, I would say pure exhaustion, frustration, and rare moments of exhilaration. Why these particular terms? Because no matter how astute, accomplished, attentive or agreeable you are,…Read More
Love – such a simple word, but is it? On quick reflex, I characterize love as respect, trust, having deep affection, and this nebulous warm and fuzzy feeling. What is the first thing you think of when you see this word? Have you spent much time reflecting on this term? How do you define it?…Read More
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