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A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance and Hope

Anthologies have been a saving grace for quick introductions to new authors and easy access to multiple narratives surrounding various themes. With the rise of collections by and for people of colour, reading A Phoenix First Must Burn was a no-brainer. Each of the writers brings their own style and perspective to this book which Read more

THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin

[Spoilers lie ahead] N.K. Jemisin is a genius and at I think at this point it’s indisputable.  Just as The Broken Earth trilogy was a treatise on the leylines of oppression, THE CITY WE BECAME is a dissertation on the power of our collective urban existence and the stories that emerge from it.  It’s a Read more

REVIEW: Black Girl Unlimited

“So I have many stories in my head to explain the world.” There’s a lot to be said about taking the plunge to write an autobiographical piece laced with sexual violence, abuse, drugs, and all the tragedies that plague black girls and women from a young girl’s perspective. There’s more to be said for this Read more

REVIEW: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi is refreshingly relevant, painfully recognizable yet unequivocally original. The swift story pacing and gritty character development wrap its stark themes up in magic, mayhem, and the collective memory. This is a supernatural dystopian hellscape deeply rooted in a contemporary America. Blackness, in its many forms and the never-ending necessity to Read more

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