Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey PART TWO

Have you returned to learn more about Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey after having read Part One of our exchange? I hope so! Yesterday we talked about the books that upturned Reggie’s reading life three years ago; trends in publishing; how he came to prioritize reading authors of color; and where he finds bookish friends. Today’s post…

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Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey PART ONE

Today I’m excited to share with you the first of my Black Men Reading Series: Part One of an exchange I had with Reginald Bailey during the month of May. Reggie is an active Bookstagrammer, and I was curious about him as a reader who is black and male. That’s not a demographic that we…

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Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen! Part TWO

Today I’m posting the second part of “Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen.” I hope you’ve returned because you enjoyed Part One.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please check out this post in which I share Howardena Pindell’s relationship to Naomi Beckwith and Valerie…

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Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen!

My so-called “plan” – nearly two months ago – was to write a post that spilled my guts about the feelings of awe and admiration I experienced from taking in the exhibition, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen, curated by Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver. I got rather tangled-up and infatuated with the…

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National Poetry Month Post #2: Read “Genesis of A Street Warrior” by Leslie Reese

Our house was one block west of Woodward Avenue – the street that divided Detroit’s east and west neighborhoods. One Saturday when I was 8 years old, my mother taught me how to ride public transportation by myself. Mommy told me to keep the coins for bus fare in my shoe until I got on…

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National Poetry Month Post #1: Read “rhythm and ocean meditation #1” by Leslie Reese

rhythm and ocean meditation #1 for Pamela and Gerald your hand molds the terra cotta of my soul i am a bowl. you may line me with mysterious fragments of earth’s rough turf and rosebuds, blanket me with a silken sky; throw multicolored prayer beads in my bell, pelting me with your deep lovecraft your…

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Are You Apprehensive About Reading Books by Black Authors? A Chat with #ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge Creator, Didi Borie

It’s February and that means Black History Month in the United States, which also means #ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge 2018 is underway! #ReadSoulLit is the brainchild of Didi Borie, who shares her impressions of the books she reads on her blog and book tube channel, both aptly named Brown Girl Reading. Didi and I first got…

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Re-Reading Black Folktales by Julius Lester (1939-2018)

A few weeks ago, I re-read Black Folktales by Julius Lester, and posted a short review of it on goodreads.com.  This morning I opened up yesterday’s New York Times and learned that Julius Lester died last Thursday, January 18, 2018.  I’m rather dismayed. Here, I post my [goodreads] review with images. I just re-read Julius…

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#Throwback Thursday: What Do Louise DeSalvo and Aesop Have in Common?

Greetings! Happy 2018! I’ve elected to re-publish one of my early posts – back when I had about four followers!- while I figure out what I want to do with folklore & literacy this year. Enjoy! “Some folks they rip and run/Some folks don’t believe in sign/ But you get me babe/You got to take…

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Memories Evoked While Reading The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

How I feel about food and why I wanted to read The Cooking Gene Food can be soulful, pleasurable, nourishing, and fortifying. It can heal, and bring people together. When we eat, we may partake of the natural world’s bounty and beauty, satisfying hunger and desire. But when it comes to talking about food in…

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