Reading came first: how I journeyed from hotep to Black queer feminist

By Myles E. Johnson

“Solitude can be a must-be-desired condition. In silence, we listen to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.” – Maya Angelou

The search, as it were, began in wanting to deep-dive into something that was about me, and it began early. I wanted a nappy-headed God. I wanted a history dipped in tar, baby, and I wanted to know about political leaders with Jackson 5 nostrils. This history was not being served to me anywhere, so I reimagined my middle-school classes as spaces for me to find this new world where I was the sun, where I was centered. While my teacher taught the day’s arithmetic, I was slowly, quietly being radicalized by the contents of books. With each page turn, a bomb exploded, and a window was being opened, and nobody was any the wiser.

The authors that I discovered–including Alex Haley, Frederick Douglass, and WEB Dubois–are part of what guided my 13 year-old brain into the place it is currently, and where it is developing into. However, I had a desire for something that made sense of the world I was occupying the way religion does for a new initiate.

6-Year-Old, Vanae James-Bey, created a coloring book to explore black Indigenous cultures

Many contemporary Black people feel a disconnect when it comes to indigenous cultures despite coming from them. This is likely a direct result of history [read: slavery]. To help reestablish this connection, a 6-year-old girl named Vanae James-Bey and her mother have created a coloring book that highlights indigenous Black cultures, according to The Atlanta Black Star.

Kaya Thomas

Black Dartmouth Student, Kaya Thomas, Creates Directory For Diverse Books

Not everyone has a passion for literature or a knowledge of coding. But, combining those with an interest in representation might result in something spectacular. For example, Dartmouth College student Kaya Thomas created new phone app called We Read Too. She saw a need for readers to find books written by diverse authors about diverse characters. Then, she fulfilled it herself. 

Barry Jenkins Set To Direct Amazon Series Based On ‘Underground Railroad’ Novel

Following the epic success of Moonlight both in the box office and on the awards circuit. The biggest question would be what’s next for those involved? Director Barry Jenkins in particular?

Deadline reports that Jenkins will be partnering with Plan B productions to bring Colson Whitehead’s best-selling novel, The Underground Railroad, to Amazon as a series. 

Roxane Gay Pulls Book After Publisher Gives Deal To “Alt-Right” Leader

Roxane Gay has one of the most noteworthy writers and authors in today’s market. She’s received critical acclaim for both her non-fiction works, such as her Bad Feminist essay collection, and her fiction, which included An Untamed State that’s currently being turned into a film adaptation. She’s also Marvel Comic’s first ever Black, female writer.

If all of this wasn’t enough to confirm that she’s incredible, she recently took a grand stand against the “alt-right” movement.

Brooke Obie Gives Us Black Girl Magic in ‘Book of Addis: Cradled Embers’

Harlem-based writer, Brooke Obie, has some ideas about freedom that you need to hear. In her debut novel, Book of Addis: Cradled Embers, the first book in a three part series, she tells the story of 17-year-old enslaved Igbo girl, Addis, who kills her enslaver, the president of the new country Amerika. In this story, Addis is on the run for her life and for the freedom of her people.