Miscellaneous

#BlackLivesMatter

I haven’t posted any reviews for a few days and I’ve taken a break from social media. (I don’t consider blogging to be social media if it’s your blog is your entire website.) Part of the reason for this is the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Social media sites are beginning to suppress the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag – I know that in the past day or two before I took a break, I saw a significant drop in the number of posts with the tag.

That being said, while I don’t have a huge platform here, I want to do my part to push this movement forward.

Books You Can/Should Read

  • They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Aburraqib
  • Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  • I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • White Fragility by Robin Deangelo
  • Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
  • Fill Disclosure by Cameron Garrett
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Layman
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo Lodge
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To by Loni Love
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
  • The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Native Son by Richard Wright

The above list was found on Instagram and now I can’t find the account it was originally posted to. If you know who originally posted the list, please let me know so I can credit them with compiling the list.

The books are *not* linked because I do not wish to profit from this list through affiliate links. Please, look for black-owned bookstores in your area to make your purchases from – don’t give more money to Amazon or Barnes & Noble unless you absolutely have to.

Where to Find Petitions/Charities to Donate To

If you would like to find petitions to sign and organizations to donate to, please visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

NOTE: The above website says that if you have multiple email addresses, you can sign petitions more than once. I do not suggest doing so – it is possible that IP addresses are collected to ensure duplicate signatures aren’t obtained. Duplicate signatures have the potential to negate the petition, so sign more than once at your own risk. I can’t tell you not to do it, I can only advise you of the possibility.