Category Archives: Africa

Review of Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me (2017) has gotten lots of positive press. It was a New York Times Notable Book, The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year, was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, National Public … Continue reading

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The Revolution Continues: Alligator Woods Now

In naming this blog Alligator Woods way back in 2009 I sought to uplift and share the revolutionary spirit that was alive in the enslaved men and women who declared liberty or death that fateful night in August 1791 in … Continue reading

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A Gentle Reminder to be Gentle with Yourself

I received this in my inbox a few weeks ago, but thought it would be a good message to share now. Prince Ea is a gifted filmmaker, speaker, creator! Learn more about this amazing person and his work here! For … Continue reading

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The Gift of Rwanda

A long-time-in-coming meandering from Africa–one to inspire! Please join me in rejoicing in Rwanda’s vision and the hope that the people’s vision will spread far and wide… Rwanda is working on a “green city,” in Kigali city. The plan is to have … Continue reading

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Review of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

I first learned of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s collection of short stories, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (2017) from Levar Burton’s brilliant podcast, Levar Burton Reads. I loved that even though the story that he read—the … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival

Dear Lover of the Word, You’ll remember that a few months ago I did a review of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (2018), an anthology by Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl. I’ve been a big … Continue reading

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Paule Marshall Resting in Power 1929-2019

August has been a rough month for us lovers of the word. A couple of weeks ago, the great Toni Morrison took her place amongst the ancestors. A few days ago, on August 12th, the incomparable Paule Marshall joined her. … Continue reading

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Review of Washington Black

The simply named Washington Black (2018) by Canadian Esi Edugyan , though expansive in its reach, takes place over a mere four-year period. In that short period of time young Washington, or Wash as he is called by Christopher (Titch) … Continue reading

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Grace and the Soccer Grannies of South Africa

I had the extraordinary fortune of tuning into On Being with Krista Tippett the other day (shout out to Cleo Wade for including the podcast in the list of activities she embarks on as part of her regular self-care). Tippett’s … Continue reading

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Review of Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett, 256 pp.Graywolf Press, 2016, $9.52 paperback On a most basic level, Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett is about identity and its fluidity. But it’s also about how slavery, colonialism, and one of my favorite misnomers, … Continue reading

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