8 Great Books Celebrating Black Joy

Black joy is a form of resistance. There is so much joy in being Black and this joy should be celebrated. Human beings are complex, multifaceted creatures and this is true regardless of your race, gender, ethnicity etc. Have you ever found yourself crying from happiness? Or, and this one’s a little more taboo, laughing in an intensely sad situation? We behave this way because we humans are able to hold many emotions at one time...

2020 Midyear Review

We made it. We are passed the halfway mark everyone. January feels like it was ten years ago. I remember entering 2020 with so much hope and joy. There were a number of exciting things I was looking forward to this year, including a visit to LA in January which did happen and a trip home to England this summer, which won't happen...

So, You Want to Read More Diversely: 5 Tips to Help You Diversify Your TBR

Enobong reading Maya Angelou

So, the world finally woke up and realised that Black lives matter. Now what? Well, judging by my Bookstagram feed, it means that we're all going to start reading books by Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour. Amazing. While I'm glad that there appears to be a movement towards intentionally seeking out books by authors who aren't white or of European descent, I am also frustrated. I'm frustrated at those who have never given a Black author the time of day before posting stacks of the books by Black authors that they were sent from publishers with absolutely no intention of reading until now...

Book Review: INVISIBLE: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF THE BLACK WOMAN LAWYER WHO TOOK DOWN AMERICA’S MOST POWERFUL MOBSTER by Stephen L Carter

In this volume, her grandson, Stephen L. Carter, writes not only his grandmother's biography but that of his great-grandfather and great-grandmother as well. At a time where Black people were staunchly denied the vote and when countless lynchings went unprosecuted and unpunished, William Hunton Sr was an internationally acclaimed ambassador for the YMCA, his wife Addie Hunton was a great public speaker and served on the front lines of the Second World War and their daughter, Eunice, became of the most famous black women in America...

Book Review: BELOVED by Toni Morrison

She's gone and done it again. Toni Morrison continues to blow me away. I didn't grow up in America and so I didn't study any of Toni Morrison's books in school. Part of me is glad I didn't because I'm not sure I would have understood them back then. But a bigger part of me of wishes I had read Beloved when I was young, impressionable, and feeling like I alone was battling against a prejudice I could do nothing to change. The effects of growing in a very predominantly white city...