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On Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele and Raising Tiny Feminists

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie Hardcover: 80 pages Publisher: Knopf (March 7, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 152473313X ISBN-13: 978-1524733131 If you read or watched Adichie’s TED talk on Feminism, We Should All … Continue Reading

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Shanna Miles Releases a New Book That Challenges Teen Fantasies

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Race and the Reading Committee

As you guys may or may not know 2016 was my last year with the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Committee. I had a three year term and this year was my last. I had a fantastic time … Continue Reading

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#BookReview Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016) ISBN-10: 0147513936 ISBN-13: 978-0147513939 Naila’s family is very close. It’s part of their Pakistani and Muslim culture and her immigrant community does a good job of … Continue Reading

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Flash Fiction: On Firmer Ground

I’ve been thinking about my next novel after I’ve wrapped with Weightless (also possibly┬átitled Broken String Theory) and it’s forming up to be a steampunkish, Civil War, Romance. I need to do more research, but that’s kind of where this … Continue Reading

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25 Books for Teens by Black Women Writers to Rock Your 2017

There are webcasts and cover reveals and blog reviews galore for New Releases, but I wanted to be selfish and promote women like me who write books about girls like me. I’ve compiled a list of books that will be … Continue Reading

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Afar: A mini-review of black girl space travel

Afar by Leila del Duca and Kit Seaton Paperback: 168 pages Publisher: Image Comics (April 4, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1632159414 ISBN-13: 978-1632159410 I’m not a huge graphic novel reader, but I pick them up for time to time and … Continue Reading

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A Conversation with Tiffany Gholar: Self-Publishing Series

We’re continuing on with our self-publishing series with Tiffany Gholar, author of A Bitter Pill to Swallow. On the edge of the Chicago medical district, the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth looks like a castle in a snow globe. Janina … Continue Reading

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Why Are So Many of Color Rocking Self-Publishing: A Twitterchat

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The World Does Not Need Your Diverse Story

The world doesn’t need your diverse story. Let me repeat, we don’t need you to shoehorn in an Asian best friend or a biracial love interest with almond eyes and coffee in cream skin. It’s unnecessary. This is not how … Continue Reading

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