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Love Stories

From the Editor: On Loving Ourselves and Each Other

All stories are love stories. In a great story, that most fundamental of human emotions plays at many different levels. Black Panther is a great example of this, it is a story about love of country, love of family, love of justice as well as romantic love. Even the darkest story with a self absorbed […]

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Black Love: 11 Books that would make a perfect Valentine's (or Galentine's) read

Our weekly reading list is all about love this week

Jazz by Toni Morrison Summary: A passionate novel set in New York City during the Jazz Age. Jazz is a novel dominated by love, grief, and offers a perceptive account of black urban life. During the winter of 1926, a middle-aged man named Joe shoots and kills his teenage mistress. Joe’s wife gets her revenge [...]

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Introducing... Malorie Blackman

The fifth edition of our regular series of articles introducing the life and work of a great black writer.

“What strikes me as a brilliant book is a book that I totally get lost in when I’m reading it. I absolutely believe in the characters. I feel as they feel. So, when they’re hurting, I’m hurting. When they’re happy, I’m happy. And I just get lost in it. So, for me, when I’m writing, […]

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Read the World: 10 Novels by writers from Chicago

We have a saying at Books Africana HQ, if you can't travel, travel by book.

Chicago has a strong black literary tradition. Most notably, the writers of the Chicago Black Renaissance made a rich and powerful contribution to the literary canon. Their work tackled important issues of race and identity interpreting and contributing to the changes taking place amidst the racial tensions and booming economy of the post-war period. The […]

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Super Black

From the Editor: On Black Storytelling and Black Panther

From the Editor: On Black Storytelling and Black Panther

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Introducing...Claude McKay

The fourth edition of our regular series of articles introducing the life and work of a great black writer.

Adventure-seasoned and storm-buffeted, I shun all signs of anchorage, because The zest of life exceeds the bound of laws. –  Excerpt from  poem entitled One Year After by Claude McKay These lines from one of his poems could almost be Claude McKay’s life motto. Born in Sunny Ville,  Jamaica to a mother of Madagascan descent and a […]

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The Five Minute Book Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Each week we give you a quick intro into the week's most talked about book.

Each week we give you a quick intro into the week’s most talked about book.

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The Reading List, Week 6, 2018

Our weekly rundown of the week's best books by black writers.

Our weekly rundown of the week’s best books by black writers.

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Elsewhere - Introducing Cover Lovin' and #blackhistorybooks

Books Africana's exploits from elsewhere on the internet in one helpful place

Books Africana’s exploits from elsewhere on the internet in one helpful place

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Making History

From the Editor: On reading and making black history.

From the Editor: On reading and making black history.

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