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Review of Antebellum

I was really excited when I learned about the release of the new film starring Janelle Monáe, Antebellum (2020) so when it made its way to video I jumped to pluck down my precious $19.99 to watch the brilliance that … Continue reading

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Black Woman Magic

Black girl magic is real.  Black woman magic is real.  It’s in Nina Simone singing “Blues for Mama” in the way that only she could.  It’s in Harriet Tubman, who, though illiterate in the white man’s language (because he made … 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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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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Review of The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker

The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker, 208pp. The New Press, 2012, $13.56 paperback Alice Walker’s The Chicken Chronicles’ full title is The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels who have returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, … Continue reading

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Review of The Coming by Daniel Black

The Coming: A Novel by Daniel Black, 210 pp.St. Martin’s Press, 2015, $11.94 paperback Daniel Black’s The Coming: A Novel is less a novel as we normally think of it, as a fictional piece of literature, than a sustained meditation on … 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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Review of Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Forty Acres: A Thriller

Forty Acres: A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith, 384 pp. Atria Books, 2015, $10.00 paperback Several years ago I fell in love with Rod Serling. Yes, the very same Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame. At the time I was … Continue reading

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Review of The Hairdresser of Harare: A Novel

My first encounter with Zimbabwean writer and certified podiatrist Tendai Huchu was a few years ago when I found his short story “The Sale” in AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers (2012), edited by the incomparable Nnedi Okorafor. Continue reading

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