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How to Be an Antiracist
4.38
really liked it
(3.5 stars)

How To Be An Antiracist is truly revolutionary. I was expecting this book to be affirming; similar to Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, I was e
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Sep 02, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
 
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
4.37
liked it
This is a great resource for white people looking to improve their allyship (... is that a word?). This is a super interactive resource that addresses ...more
Mar 03, 2020
Feb 25, 2020
 
All Boys Aren't Blue
4.31
liked it
I don't really like rating/judging someone else's nonfiction account of their life and experiences, as I feel like that isn't my place. I will say I e ...more
May 26, 2020
May 20, 2020
 
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
4.31
liked it
This book is specifically for people interested in the nitty-gritty details of Malcolm X’s life. I was hoping for more emphasis on his politics and ac ...more
Feb 20, 2021
Dec 20, 2020
 
We Should All Be Feminists
4.44
it was ok
Reread this to see if any of it would still resonate with me, and unfortunately I feel it’s a bit outdated. To be fair, I think feminism in general is ...more
May 09, 2021
Jan 2016
Jun 24, 2018
 
The Bluest Eye
4.08
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** “It was a long time before my sister and I admitted to ourselves that no green was going to spring from our seeds. … For years I tho ...more
Jul 21, 2019
Jul 07, 2019
 
Freshwater
4.03
it was amazing
Freshwater is a powerful, deeply moving piece of work. This book has opened my mind to new perspectives on spirituality and origin, identity and gende ...more
Mar 17, 2020
Jul 01, 2018
 
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
4.49
liked it
I’m happy that I was able to read this very concise record of what the Combahee River Collective was and how it came to be. I appreciate the insight o ...more
Apr 2020
Nov 14, 2018
 
Giovanni's Room
4.24
it was ok
I really enjoyed this story once all the pieces came together. I can imagine it’s a very relatable, though devastating account of what it was like to ...more
Jan 16, 2021
Nov 12, 2018
 
Alice Walker Banned
4.07
it was amazing
Banned is a small collection of works by Alice Walker, including two short stories, Roselily and Am I Blue?, and an excerpt from The Color Purple. The ...more
Jul 21, 2020
Mar 26, 2020
 
All About Love: New Visions
4.06
liked it
All About Love turned out to be a very satisfying read, which was a pleasant surprise. I thought it would be a bit more of a “self-help” vibe, and she ...more
Jan 10, 2021
Sep 24, 2018
 
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
4.16
it was ok
This book was almost unbearable. The Four Agreements read like a self-help book where the author pretty arrogantly attempts to give you the answers to ...more
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 15, 2019
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.95
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This book is definitely not what I was expecting. There was a lot that I loved about this book, but some things that I didn’t partic ...more
May 10, 2019
Jun 25, 2018
 
Sula
3.95
it was amazing
I’m both in love with Sula and frustrated with her at the same time. I’ve always been attracted to strong willed, independent thinking women like her. ...more
Aug 20, 2019
Jun 24, 2018
 
Under the Udala Trees
4.01
really liked it
This book started off a little slow in what I thought would be a very predictable, albeit engaging story. I was very pleasantly surprised toward the m ...more
Feb 21, 2020
Jul 29, 2019
 
Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close
3.80
really liked it
This was a wonderful book, and very much what I was expecting it to be. It shares a relatable perspective on the platonic relationships we form with p ...more
Oct 09, 2020
Jul 14, 2020
 
Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner
4.83
it was amazing
Fantastic essay! Hartman highlights the structural violence and injustices that Black women often faced in the early 1900s (all based on true stories) ...more
Jul 26, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
 
Fimi sile Forever: Heaven gave it to me
3.95
it was ok
Something about this book just really didn’t do it for me. The writing style didn’t speak to me and it was hard for me to get through a lot of the unn ...more
Jun 05, 2020
Jul 29, 2019
 
All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living
4.27
it was amazing
This book was absolutely beautiful! I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed hearing the words in Nichols’ voice. This book was empowering and a ...more
Oct 24, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
 
Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
3.96
it was amazing
A concise & gut-wrenching reminder that all of our struggles are connected; an argument for abolition globally.
Feb 27, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
 
Feelings: A Story in Seasons
4.29
it was amazing
Relatable and beautifully illustrated
Mar 05, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
 
The Fire Next Time
4.51
it was amazing
Two beautifully written letters from Baldwin that I had the honor of reading. I got my first taste of Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro, and then when I ...more
Aug 04, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Jun 24, 2018
 
It's OK to Feel Things Deeply
3.96
it was amazing
Super cute short reminder that you are loved
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020
 
Assata: An Autobiography
4.56
it was amazing
It is truly astounding what Black activists had to deal with in the 60s and 70s, it really shines a light on the fact that we are still dealing with t ...more
Dec 17, 2018
Sep 24, 2018
 
Everyday Sexism
4.20
really liked it
Love a good piece of nonfiction that effectively demonstrates the social issues that marginalized people face, backed with data!! Bates does a really ...more
Aug 27, 2019
Jul 01, 2018
 
Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea
4.18
really liked it
I’ve never really been into poetry, but oh my, where has Nikki Giovanni been all my life?! Her poetry was beautiful and thought provoking. She lost me ...more
Sep 11, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
 
Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
4.20
it was amazing
This is the first of Octavia Butler’s books that I’ve read. I never thought I’d be into this genre, but Butler’s story telling ability is outstanding. ...more
Sep 24, 2018
Jun 25, 2018
 
Between the World and Me
4.38
it was amazing
Beautifully written essay by Coates to his son about Blackness, the Black body and what it means to live in a country where you’re considered “at the ...more
Aug 04, 2019
Dec 29, 2018
Jun 24, 2018
 
Difficult Women
3.98
it was ok
I kept trying to give this book a chance, but it simply wasn’t keeping my attention. The stories were lacking and predictable. I kept giving up, and t ...more
not set
Jun 25, 2018
 
The Complete Stories
4.24
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not set
Jan 15, 2019
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