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Presenting a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya. Helon Habila focuses on younger, newer writers - contrasted with some of their older, more established peers - to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa.

These writers are characterized by their engagement with the wider world and the opportunities offered by the end of apartheid, the end of civil wars and dictatorships, and the possibilities of free movement. Their work is inspired by travel and exile. They are liberated, global and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: 'If you're a writer for a specific nation or specific race, then f*** you." These are the stories of a new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant.

Includes stories by: Fatou Diome; Aminatta Forna; Manuel Rui; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Zoë Wicomb; Alaa Al Aswany; Doreen Baingana; E.C. Osondu.

#goodblackreads #blackauthors #blackwriters #womenwriters #womenauthors #womenofcolor #pocwriters #africanauthors #africanliterature #africanlit #blacklit #blackliterature #bookstagram

“when we love we can let our hearts speak” — all about love by bell hooks 📚💓 | learning to love source and healing my inner child has been a large part of my 2017 journey; grateful for growth 😌🙏🏽✨
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“This is no paradise. At least, not for us.” Incredible read exploring color, class, race, black womanhood and the tourism industrial complex. Dark themes that are best enjoyed if possible on the most beautiful, sun-drenched beach you can find. #goodblackreads #sfpl

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While reading Léonora Miano’s 'Blues pour Elise' (@afrofabulous), it occurred to Pamela Ohene-Nyako that Black Literature could mirror back thoughts, validate experiences as well as giving voice to the ineffable emotions of the soul.
Therefore, when the bookworm talks about her reading group @afrolitt, she describes it as a platform which focuses on African literature and its diaspora, but then adds "If I want to be straightforward, I would like to read #BlackAuthors” stressing out that she sees value in being able to recognize herself and her experiences as a #BlackWoman.
As a woman of many pursuit, the 26-year-old founded @afrolitt in 2016, with the ultimate goal of meeting up and discussing books while at the same time, showing the richness that can found within #BlackLiterature, by suggesting authors like #OctaviaButler, #NnediOkorafor, #ZadieSmith, #BenOkri, to name a few.

When everything you're excited to read shows up all at once. 😀📚💙 #holdlistproblems #bookstagram #goodblackreads #booksbooksbooks

Ta-Nehisi Coates. No caption needed. #goodblackreads

Book 44: You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White 〰
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"I realized that the labels we use to name present us with a loss. To name a person, an experience, or an object means we see it for that purpose, that utility, and gone to us is the 'what else'––the possibilities of everything that the label can’t encompass."

"I wonder about these honeycombs,
these elegant divides. We all know
it takes a village to raise and kill a child."

#OurBookClub #YoureTheMostBeautifulThingThatHappened #ArisaWhite

I'm excited to say I've officially added AUTHOR to my list of titles. We wrote a book!! 📚 📖 "My Name is Unique Just Like Me" is available on Amazon in paperback or kindle format! Our daughter has a unisex name, as do many kids. Some kids may not understand what unisex means and will make fun of these names. We wrote this book for all of the kids with gender neutral names. We hope they always feel they are unique, just like their name. #TheUnit #InDrewsShoes Link to Purchase in my bio • Tag anyone that has kids with unisex names.

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Another Soulful Sunday Read! Again this week it”s a selection from Ellizaberh Nunez. Grace. REVIEW ✔️ Elizabeth Nunez has a way of bringing a realistic feel to her work. She is on point in this novel of a struggling marriage with no easy answers. Justin and Sally seem to have a solid marriage. They live in Brooklyn, with a daughter and both have solid careers. But, Sally needs space to find herself. She doesn’t feel fulfilled by her present life. Justin is at a loss to understand and feels unloved and he thinks Sally may be having an affair. “‘I want to write poetry,” she says. “I want to be a poet.” And he wonders if he did not get it right that morning when he woke up tracing letters in his mind: Sally does Not love me.‘“ Elizabeth’s prose is introspective and her inner directed narrative shines. Her ability to write from her character’s heart is unparalleled. That is what makes her characters come alive and jump off the page. How can we understand Sally, if not for the contemplative narration that Ms. Nunez is so skilled at. Marriage is always a push/pull proposition and can be difficult to navigate. Sally wants more, but more of what and what is keeping her from obtaining that more without damaging her marriage. Elizabeth Nunez sifts through the capriciousness of marriage and the danger contained within when one does not act with patience and understanding. Will Justin have the necessary grace to be patient with Sally and keep their marriage intact and growing? Ms. Nunez will force readers to inspect the contours of their own relationships and this inspection being forced upon readers coming from the fiction world makes this a novel worth reading and pondering. Well done. Thanks to Edelweiss and Akashic Books for an advanced ebook. This book is being published as a reissue and is available now.
#akashicbooks #elizabethnunez #readology #read #reading #goodblackreads #books #bookblogger #bookreview #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #follow4follow

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Presenting a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya. Helon Habila focuses on younger, newer writers - contrasted with some of their older, more established peers - to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa.

These writers are characterized by their engagement with the wider world and the opportunities offered by the end of apartheid, the end of civil wars and dictatorships, and the possibilities of free movement. Their work is inspired by travel and exile. They are liberated, global and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: 'If you're a writer for a specific nation or specific race, then f*** you." These are the stories of a new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant.

Includes stories by: Fatou Diome; Aminatta Forna; Manuel Rui; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Zoë Wicomb; Alaa Al Aswany; Doreen Baingana; E.C. Osondu.

#goodblackreads #blackauthors #blackwriters #womenwriters #womenauthors #womenofcolor #pocwriters #africanauthors #africanliterature #africanlit #blacklit #blackliterature #bookstagram

Simple Saturday’s....Youthberry tea with a perfectly sweet amount of honey and sugar.

So many stories left unwritten, nat they all one day find their way to the pages of book.

NEW VIDEO: Coming of Age in Mississippi [Book Review] ⠀

Having grown up in the city, I enjoyed reading about Anne Moody’s experiences growing up in a small rural town. Her gossipy writing style when it came to small-town happenings was very enjoyable. Prepare to be grossed out and giggle a bit about the stories of Miss Ola and the old milk lady.⠀

A full review is available on the Noire Histoir website. Link in bio.⠀

#comingofageinmississippi #annemoody #autobiography #bookreview #bookrecommendation #bookdiscussion #freedomsummer #civilrightsmovement #studentactivists #naacp #ruralsouth #sharecropping #blackwriters #blackauthors #goodblackreads

two fat stacks make me happy: money💰💵 & books📚📖. my birthday is in two weeks & i'll take gifts in the form of either. my #rmmp mentor, katie z of PRH, gifted me these this past week. #grateful #gizellesbooklist 📚

Fall into a treat readers promise you'll enjoy. Alone, w #wine , or w #friends #TheCurrentsWhisper stirs, delights and satisfies. Just don't give away the secrets! #signedcopy is a great #gift n #keepsake. Email in #bio
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“The oppressed are always defensive; the oppressor is always aggressive and surprised when the people turn back on him the force he has used against them” #HueyPNewton 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)
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This quote is timely, Newton raised it in his autobiog whilst discussing #FrantzFanon - who I’m currently reading/discussing along with @booksandrhymes @_mamiwata_ @introvertinterrupted and @ddeabreu (#TheWretchedofTheEarth if you were wondering). Newton cites Fanon as an inspiration and it’s evident that the latter’s anti-colonial stance and rationale for decolonisation underpinned some of the #BlackPantherParty ideology.
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I enjoyed #RevolutionarySuicide, it helped me get a better understanding of how the party was formed and hear from the horses mouth about its intentions - it’s very easy to fall into the trap of consuming media messages/propaganda which (at the time) painted the Panthers as militant criminals. I’m sure many still believe this but I’d suggest just looking up #COINTELPRO and the #MulfordAct (brought into place to prevent the Panthers from carrying arms...which they had been doing lawfully) to see the lengths the FBI and government went to suppress them (false charges, shooting members then intimidating/torturing them whilst in hospital / inhumane prison conditions / lengthy trials with no bail / biased judge/jury).
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I have much more reading to do on the Panthers; especially on #BobbySeale, #StokleyCarmichael and some of female members #ElaineBrown #KathleenCleaver #ErickaHuggins #AngelaDavis. I got a slight whiff of misogyny from Newton (particularly his views on relationships 🙄) and sensed that he did not get on with #EldridgeCleaver, so I want to read other accounts of party life to get a bit more balance. Overall this was a really good read. #DiasporaLit

"Lord, you make your people see hard things, you make us drink the wine of astonishment 📚 'So... we can't ever fight? They going to keep on... keep on doing us whatever they like, and we going to keep on taking it so? We not ever going to fight? 📚 'I want you people to be against me, I want you to be my enemy"

Set in the village of Bonasse in Trinidad, Earl Lovelace's novel, 'The Wine of Astonishment' is a beautifully touching story about the long term psychological toll that prolonged continuous oppression can have on a community's ability to defend and stand up for itself when that which they cherish and hold dear is threatened by both an internal and external enemy.

It was refreshing to read this relatively short novel (146 pages) on how one person's sacrifice can become the unexpected catalyst for lasting change.
Kudos to Earl Lovelace for such a wonderfully touching, vivid depiction of rural life in Trinidad and the surrounding islands.

While this novel was an allegorical wake up call for the people of Trinidad, I couldn't help but ponder on my courage in relation to that of the anti-hero. I was left asking myself questions like: how far am I willing to fight against situations that are seemingly insurmountable? How much am I willing to give of myself for the benefit of others? In what ways am I complicit in the exploitation of other people's liberty and resources?

Thank you Earl Lovelace for writing this wonderfully introspective novel.
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"When Police Officer Kwame King encounters Braz Galarza, a local drug dealer--an unavoidable attraction occurs. When fate puts them on a mission of revenge--together they form a bond beyond the badge and the tattoos. However, Braz's lawless behavior is causing Kwame to teeter between being a lawful cop & a lawless lover." #CUFFED the novel📕
available at 🖋www.jrwilder.com🖋 & #AmazonKindle
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If you're a black self-published author and you'd like to get featured, DM me.

This will be free. I don't believe in charging someone to be featured. It defeats the whole purpose of supporting others.

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The crisp edges, the smooth texture, the warm smell... Ebooks are great, but nothing beats relaxing with a good paperback. 📖 Do you agree?
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a gem that just came in the mail😍😍😍 finna smash my to do list and make this my to do list. excited.gif🤗 #whatwelose #gizellesbooklist 📚

Americanah, um livro maravilhoso que eu gostaria que nunca acabasse (apesar de não conseguir parar de ler)❤
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Dia 17 do desafio #RetratosLiterarios 2017
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#chimamanda #americanah #leiamulheres #literaturaafricana #goodblackreads

I can see this is one of those book I will want to start reading early. I can’t wait to see what this book is all about it’s gotten nothing but great reviews.

Gave The Sun is Also a Star 4/5👍🏾 Now ➡️ Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does, born before Independence, she is 11 when civil war breaks out in Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child & they fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. #undertheudalatrees #chinelookparanta #goodreads #goodblackreads #nigeria #booksofinsta

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The highly acclaimed, provocative  New York Times bestseller—a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of  Americanah. Here she offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

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Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire readers.

Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers," Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

We watch as Jenifer develops icon status stemming from a series of legendary screen roles as the sassy, yet loveable, mama or auntie. And we watch as her emotional disturbances, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations movie, launch her on a continuing search for answers, love, and healing.

Written with no-holds-barred honesty and illustrated with sixteen-pages of color photos, this gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: "Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes.

From her first taste of applause at five years old to landing on Broadway within eleven days of graduation and ultimately achieving success in movies, television and global concert halls, Jenifer reveals her outrageous life story with lots of humor, a few regrets and most importantly, unbridled joy. Candid, warm and wonderfully inspiring, The Mother of Black Hollywoodintimately reveals the heart of a woman who lives life to the fullest.

#goodblackreads #blackauthors #blackwriters #womenwriters #womenauthors #womenofcolor #pocwriters #africanauthors #africanliterature #africanlit #blacklit #blackliterature #bookstagram #jeniferlewis #themotherofblackhollywood

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