Celebrate Black History Month the Bookworm Way With 20 Essential Reads

Celebrate Black History Month the Bookworm Way With 20 Essential Reads

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In celebration of Black History Month, we thought we’d give you a solid twenty books by and about people of color. Some are fiction, some nonfiction, and there’s even a little poetry in here. Twenty is a lot of books, but maybe you can read just one this month. It really doesn’t matter which—they’re all awesome! We promise.   1. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin   Summary: “Trayvon Martin’s parents take the readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically …

The First Reactions to”Astonishing” ‘Black Panther’ Are Here!

The First Reactions to”Astonishing” ‘Black Panther’ Are Here!

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Black Panther is on a lot of people’s most-anticipated movie lists for 2018 and for good reason. After seventeen blockbuster films, Marvel is finally giving a person of color the center role, with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. Not only that, but Marvel scored major cred hiring Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler to write and direct the film. Many of the folks lucky enough to go to the premiere are singing praise for Coogler and his vision.   Y’all. Y’ALL. Y’ALL. #BlackPanther is everything I wanted and so much more. Ryan Coogler has changed game for MCU. My …

Ta-Nehisi Coates Promises These 5 Civil War Books Will Make You Smarter

Ta-Nehisi Coates Promises These 5 Civil War Books Will Make You Smarter

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Ta-Nehisi Coates continues his war against anti-smart people. He is, after all, a MacArthur ‘Genius’—they don’t like being called that. Having written National Book Award-winner Between the World and Me and groundbreaking essay ‘The Case for Reparations,’ Coates is now providing the public with a reading list to help them become less stupid re: the American Civil War.   Coates’ area of expertise lies in the history of discrimination against people of color in the United States. The swell of ignorance surrounding watershed moments in civil rights (namely the Civil War) has forced Coates to hand readers his well of …

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Storm Solo Series for Marvel, Which Is Awesome

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Storm Solo Series for Marvel, Which Is Awesome

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The Philly Inquirer has confirmed that Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me, MacArthur ‘Genius’) will be writing a Storm solo series for Marvel and that’s just splendid. Really lovely news. Coates’ work on Black Panther has been delightful as he’s expanded the world of Wakanda, having even co-written a series with freaking ROXANE GAY literally titled Black Panther: World of Wakanda.   It’s nice to see Marvel embracing Coates in such a wholehearted way considering the company’s recent concerns about diversifying their cast of characters. Earlier this year, Marvel’s vice president of sales, David Gabriel, seemed to blame poor …

Like This Book? Then Try This One!

Like This Book? Then Try This One!

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It’s not hard to come by book recommendations, but it’s hard to find recommenders who make a compelling case for just why you should take a leap of faith with a new book. As a result, we have decided to directly compare these newer or underrated gems to better-known works you’ve probably read, so that they may find the wider/louder audience they deserve. It’s never a bad idea to read what you know!   Like this?: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green           Try this!: ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini …