Category Archives: literature

Young, Gifted, Black: Destinies Fulfilled

I don’t know about you, but with everything going on, especially these past few months, I’ve been thinking about death…a lot. Not really in a morbid sense, but rather, as a way of reflecting on the importance of living well … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s Deacon King Kong

A few weeks ago I watched a brilliant panel discussion entitled “Black American Buddhists on Community and Activism.” The panel featured three African American Buddhist practitioners and teachers, two with whom I was familiar: Kamilah Majied and DaRa Williams. When … Continue reading

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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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Toni Morrison Conference: March 19-21, Montpellier, France

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Two Generations Later Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Site St Charles Salle des colloques 1 Montpellier, France, March 19-21, 2020 https://tonimorrison.sciencesconf.org Thursday 19th March 9:00 Registration 9:30-9:40 Opening statements I.Textual/stylistic Analysis: Morrison’s Word-Work             Chair: Monica … Continue reading

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Review of Imani Perry’s Breathe

In 1967—it feels like forever ago—the brilliant writer and critic James Arthur Baldwin penned a letter to the son of his only brother and named it “And My Dungeon Shook”, a reference to the famous biblical passage. In the letter … Continue reading

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Review of Edwidge Danticat’s Everything Inside

The Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat has authored numerous brilliant and inspiring narratives. A few of my favorites are her short story collection, Krik? Krak! (1996), her adult novels, The Dew Breaker (2005), Claire of the Sea Light (2014), The … 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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Review of Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling

I’ll admit, I approached Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling (2018) with a healthy amount of trepidation.  While I love science and speculative fiction, I’m not big on horror. It’s why, although I am deeply curious about them both, I have yet to … Continue reading

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