5 Books that deserve more shine (and 5 that can go away)

The other day, I hit 200 followers, and 1,000 likes! Thanks everyone for all of the support! Here’s to 200 more followers! I wasn’t diggin’ this week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic, so I switched it up a little bit. I actually think I’m pretty good at representing the books I love, and the books I hate (no one’s ever accused me of hiding my opinions…). Instead of simply doing 10 great books  I haven’t mentioned recently, I’m doing 5 books that deserve more shine, and 5 books that can exit stage left. As always, feel free to leave some additions in…

Book Review | The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues, by Angela Y. Davis

One of the most intersectional scholars of our time, Davis covers a diverse range of subjects, including (but certainly not limited to) mass incarceration, transgender rights, and civil engagement. The sum of these varied talks embodies her very specific brand of intellectualism; one which ties together seemingly unrelated sociopolitical dynamics.

2 Book & Tea Giveaways!

I’m doing a giveaway! It’s my first one, so I’m restricting it to people on U.S. soil. Sorry to everyone else, but I’ll get to you once I have worked out the kinks. Here’s the deal: I mentioned a whole lot of books during this past Black history Month, and I want to pass on a little bit of that greatness to my readers. In one post, I mentioned some of the books that I’ve been reading with my book club, while in another, I gave a rundown of what I was going to be reading throughout the month of February. Now…

Read like my book club!

While I make a valiant effort, I don’t review every single book that I read. Sometimes, I have far too many books queued up to take the time, or sometimes life holds my calendar hostage. Unfortunately, the books from my book club are most often the ones I skip reviewing. We read such good stuff, I hate that I overlook them on this blog. For those of you who aren’t a part of book clubs, I really cannot recommend them enough. They’re a great reason to read new books, or catch up on ones the whole group forgot to read….

Book Review | Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul, by James McBride

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Short Review: A blessed contrast with inauthentic biographical works, James McBride writes something more than a biography of James Brown. Instead, McBride documents a pilgrimage, a lengthy journey to understand musician James Brown with greater context than ever before. The result is a complex dissection of Brown from the perspective of those who knew him better than all others.   Some celebrities are easy to know, insofar as layfolk can really know them. They wouldn’t know me from a hole in the wall, but you can’t tell me I don’t know Oprah, Steven Tyler, or…