So yeah I meant to do more for Black History month but alas, I have been busy. But even tho it's over, Black History is still important. I have recently began to read books again (YAY!!!) and I am a bit discriminatory.
I only buy African American books. Some are classics, some are new. My favorite book of all time is "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison. If you are a black woman and have NOT read this book, I beg you to read it. There are some women who will say that Toni Morrison is too difficult to read. I feel this is her "Easiest" read but also the most critical on how black women view themselves. The book overwhelms me in so many ways and I swear I can read it over and over. Each time I read it, I learn something new. The book is a "beautiful struggle". LOL.
This week I purchased two new books, "White Lines" by Tracy Brown and "72 Hour Hold" by Bebe Campbell Moore. I want to get Things Fall Apart by Chinea Achebe but I will wait. I think it's important for black people to first of all: READ. But more importantly, support black authors and read black, esp Classic, literature. It puts life and our struggle into a better perspective.
Now don't get it twisted, I love all types of literature. Some of my favorite books is "She comes undone" and "The Five People you meet in heaven", however, it hurts me somewhat to go into a book store and see one shelf dedicated to "African American books". Black History and contributions are more than one shelf so I figure the only way to get more books on shelves is if we buy more books. So I buy more books. And if you can recommend any good ones, let me know because I want a fierce book collection. My library is already bigger than the shelf in Borders in WhiteMarch Mall.
my friend is working on this documentary and it looks beyond dope. Check it out and leave feedback about it. it's worth it
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