Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and the Necessity of the Black Woman Critic

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bell hooks wrote in her book, remembered rapture: the writer at work:

“Whenever I meet black females who have compelling visions, who have knowledge of our collective buried to share or moving personal stories, I urge them to write. I plead with them to put it down somewhere in journal and diaries, just put it somewhere […] We write to leave legacies for the future.”

My piece on Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah ( @the-rachelkaadzighansah) and the Necessity of the Black Woman Critic is an urgent echoing of hooks’ words to many of the black women writer/critics from across the diaspora. While I couldn’t name you all, I hope you accept this as a token of my appreciation for the work you do in capturing our varied histories and legacies. May you, please, continue on writing it down.

You can read my latest for Blavity, Here

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The Book of Harlan Review

I was fortunate to receive a review copy of Bernice L. McFadden’s upcoming novel, The Book of Harlan, about a young black musician who is kidnapped by Nazi soldiers and spends 5 years in a Concentration Camp. You can read my thoughts on McFadden’s latest offering over at Blavity!

Make sure to pick up The Book of Harlan when it hits shelves in May.

Her Life in Her Words: 11 Autobiographies to Read this Women’s History Month

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Hooray, it’s Women’s History Month and I wrote a piece for Blavity on 11 Autobiographies to read up on this month.

These women embody the truth that well behaved women seldom make history. Not only did they break the rules, they changed the game!

Read more about these women and their badassery HERE.