Lemme tell yooouuu! When this book arrived at my home, I glanced at the first few pages in hopes to get a gist of what was going on. I had no clue that I would be up until FOUR AM, not caring that my husband slept in the guest room because I needed the light on to finish. It was that good!
This past Tuesday we held our very first twitter, bookclub chat! I had planned for about 10 questions with a few extra to fill up an hour. However, I had not clue that an hour could go by pretty fast.
We received several essays for our first giveaway contest for a chance to win a 12 month subscription to the Red.Blk.Grl Box! This contest is sponsored by an anonymous donor who truly values reading and wanted to share the gift with a deserving young lady.
Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi is 23 years old and her book Children of Blood and Bone, which hasn’t even been published yet, has already secured a 7 figure movie deal with Fox 2000. That’s right, S-E-V-E-N. It’s said this is the biggest deal ever for a YA fiction book made to movie.
While here at Red.Blk.Grl we general focus on YA fiction for black girls, many of you have requested reading lists in general.Today’s post kicks off the first of several lists of books YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE.
As if the difficulty of not trying to find books written by black authors with black characters isn’t enough, whitewashing of book covers continues to be a thing apparently. Whitewashing is when publishers opt to leave off a person of color from the cover a book about a person of color, or worse, they replace it with an ambiguous person or even a white person!
Last week, Black Sci-Fi writer Nnedi Okorafor took to Twitter to rant regarding the whitewashing of her novel The Shadow Speaker.
The initial cover on the left depicts a white woman with blonde hair in a bun. The corrected cover on the right depicts a woman of African descent and was changed only after Okorafor says she “threw a sh*t fit.”
This is hardly an oversight as Okorafor explains, “I described Ejii [the main character] as “black skinned” and subsaharan African, story set in NIGER and that left cover was proposed to me. WTF.”
Whitewashing black books is not rare either.
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