Happy (Belated) Africa Day

The African continent has suffered through the evils of human theft and enslavement, colonisation, and apartheid, and some of the most enduring evidences of this have been found in literature. Both the literature that has been writing about Africa and studied within Africa have painted a picture of the continent from an outsiders perspective...

Book Review: SWALLOWS AND AMAZON by Arthur Ransome

I would have never read this book if I wasn't reading through this BBC list from 2003 and, to be honest, I wasn't looking forward to this volume and was very ready to DNF. An adventure novel from the 1930s? I was ready for sexism and racism and having to excuse it all because of history...

On TV But Not On Shelves: Where Are Our YA Novels For Female Athletes of Color

Women and girls of color have dominated sports for years. It is hard to have a conversation about tennis without mentioning the iconic Williams sisters or to not acknowledge the historical feats of Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles in gymnastics. Misty Copeland captures the world in her stature as a dancer, and Ibtihaj Muhammad brings diversity to fencing as the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics...

10 Books On How The US Justice System Has Failed Black People

An unfortunate but desperately needed byproduct of this pandemic is that it has shone a light on the systemic racism in the US justice system. This isn't a new light. Anyone with even a vague idea of US history (both culturally and politically) cannot deny that the US is a nation if not founded on (I would argue that it is) then steeped in racism. For years there has been a false narrative that racism has died. Racism does not die, it evolves...