[REVIEW] The Gatekeeper’s Staff(TJ Young And The Orishas Book 1), by Antoine Bandele

(Find it HERE.) I LOVED THIS. Before I get into the review, let me just say–if you know a pre-teen boy who loves magic and adventure, get him this book. If he’s Black, get him two copies. This is the first book I’ve read in 2021 that made me want to clap and cheer andContinue reading “[REVIEW] The Gatekeeper’s Staff(TJ Young And The Orishas Book 1), by Antoine Bandele”

Earth Is Ghetto: A Booklist Where Aliens Land Everywhere

 “Earth is ghetto / I want to leave / Can you beam me up / I’m out on the street by the corner store / You know the one on 15th…“ I’m sure many of you have heard the viral song by Aliah Sheffield by now–it’s the toast of TikTok. If not, take a moment andContinue reading “Earth Is Ghetto: A Booklist Where Aliens Land Everywhere”

Eric Jerome Dickey, in Memoriam

It was a shock to wake up this morning and discover that best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey has passed away at the relatively young age of 59. I read a lot of Dickey in my 20s, and the news really rocked me–he was a Black cultural institution of sorts, and his work had a hugeContinue reading “Eric Jerome Dickey, in Memoriam”

[REVIEW] A Bastard’s Degree In English, November St. Michael

(Buy it HERE.) 🍁⠀⠀3 things: ⠀⠀1) I haven’t been adulting particularly well lately. Spare a good thought in the direction of this reader when you can. ⠀⠀2) November is Native American Heritage Month and for the rest of the month I’ll be reading and reviewing indigenous writers and their work.⠀⠀3) But before that–what better thingContinue reading “[REVIEW] A Bastard’s Degree In English, November St. Michael”

[I’m A Writer] Black In Asia, A Spill Stories Anthology

(Check out this anthology HERE.) So this is a little different than the usual fare around here, if only because I’m in the book that this post is about. Yes, that’s me staring at you from the photo above, and the book I’m holding has a little story to it that I’d like to elaborateContinue reading “[I’m A Writer] Black In Asia, A Spill Stories Anthology”

[REVIEW] The Black Traveler’s Guide To Incheon, by The Blerd Explorer

(Buy it on Amazon or Apple) The city of Incheon sits right in the shadow of Western Seoul, South Korea. It holds two international airports, several beaches, and one of the world’s more interesting Chinatowns, but most people skim past it and head straight to Seoul’s more popular attractions.🌏⠀That’s where this handy travel guide byContinue reading “[REVIEW] The Black Traveler’s Guide To Incheon, by The Blerd Explorer”

[REVIEW] Represent! #1: It’s A Bird! written by Christian Cooper

🐦⠀Chris Cooper should be famous for being Marvel Comics’ first openly gay writer and editor, for introducing some of the first canon gay characters in major comic books, and for his editing work on Blade, The Punisher, and Star Trek comics.⠀🐥⠀Instead, on May 25th, 2020, the same day that George Floyd was killed, Cooper becameContinue reading “[REVIEW] Represent! #1: It’s A Bird! written by Christian Cooper”

[REVIEW] A Good African Story: How A Small Company Built A Global Coffee Brand, Andrew Rugasira

(Buy it HERE.) As an American who travels a lot, I’ve learned not to be surprised by finding random brands from my homeland, but I am still startled by what I sometimes find. (Randy’s Donuts in Korea? Hubba Bubba in Indonesia? Ok then…) I live in an Asian country obsessed with foreign brands despite itself,Continue reading “[REVIEW] A Good African Story: How A Small Company Built A Global Coffee Brand, Andrew Rugasira”

[REVIEW] The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull

(Buy it HERE.) At first this book seems like a simple alien invasion with a little interspecies love gone wrong subplot, set in author Cadwell Turnbull’s native US Virgin Islands. Not an unusual story, but set in an unusual(for sci-fi) place. An alien race called the Ynaa descend on Water Island in a conch-shell shapedContinue reading “[REVIEW] The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull”

Happy Black People: The Most Anti-Racist Booklist Ever

Sometimes, I feel like the most revolutionary thing Black people can do is be happy. At this point, we are 8 weeks deep into some sort of Great Global Awakening, or perhaps just a very long Nap Interruption.(#hashtagwoke) Protests continue worldwide, as do stunning acts of bravery, kindness, and well…fascism, infuriatingly. The world is changing,Continue reading “Happy Black People: The Most Anti-Racist Booklist Ever”