Toni Morrison and Boy George Cover Billie Holiday

Morrison has proved to be the most thorough documentarian of African-American female existence in all its forms: in the womb, baby, child, girl, woman, senior, from the afterlife. The mantra of “God bless the child…” is actually her most consistent answer to black women. Enjoy Holiday’s original version, as well as a neat cover by Boy George and Micah Paris. Continue reading

Toni Morrison’s New Novel is Out.

From Goodreads: At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish . . . Continue reading

A Story and a Mentor’s Memoir

Look into my new story just published in Crack the Spine Literary Magazine: “The Incredibly Short Love Affair of Sixo Reese”… and the memoir WHAT COMES NEXT AND HOW TO LIKE IT by Abigail Thomas, the magnificent writer and teacher who taught the workshop where the story was born. Continue reading

International Women’s Day: 10 Women to Read

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Here is a list of diverse women writers around the globe, many of foreign descent but living and writing in the United States. Whether writing explicitly about women’s oppression and political unrest in literary fiction or veiling such concerns within the conventions of popular genres, these voices from the mainstream margins are central figures within their own cultures and among women writers everywhere. Continue reading

Have You Heard? Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Nervous Conditions

Set in Rhodesia in the 1960’s, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s NERVOUS CONDITIONS (1988) is a classic novel enduring unto today for its memorable protagonist and strong statements about gender inequities of women, stolen educational access and resource gaps in a politically-charged nation. Continue reading

Great African-American Books of 2014

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Compiling this list of 2014 books by or about Black Americans which I read cover-to-cover, or keep on my “To Read” mantle, is how I have officially begun my holidays; there is just something about putting hands deep into books (with covers and pages) that makes everything all right. Continue reading