REBLOG: Such a Fun Age (Book Review)

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Hey y’all, so Such a Fun Age was the book club pick for The Reading Rush and I ended up loving it. If you want to learn more about some controversy surrounding The Reading Rush and how it negatively affected the Black reading community, I’d highly recommend checking out this video.

Such a Fun Age is also the Unfriendly Black Hotties book club pick for August. They’ll be having a live show at the end of the month to discuss it. I’m really looking forward to that live show because I really want to dissect this story with other readers and I think it will bring forth some great discussions.

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REBLOG: Black-owned personal care brands I love and support

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I try my best to be very conscious of what I put in and on my body. With that said, I want to share four of many Black-owned personal care brands I love and use that you can buy & support too.

  1. Honey Pot is a feminine care brand, powered by a Black woman, 100% natural, infused with essential oils & herbs. These products are also biodegradable and cruelty-free. I have very sensitive skin and have seen a difference using the items pictured.
  2. Alaffia, a skin & hair care brand founded by a Black man who uses unrefined shea butter as a base ingredient. This brand also focuses on fair trade and women empowerment in West Africa.
  3. Yadain Cultural Solutions is an all-natural herbal body, skin, and hair care solutions brand with raw ingredients. I use many of their body and hair products.
  4. Tropic Island Living provides the best…

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REBLOG: more women in dark academia please!

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All the films and novels of dark academia revolves around a group of guys and maybe a girl or two who are minor characters. Dead Poet’s Society, The Goldfinch, The Secret History, Kill Your Darlings all revolve around males. The only female-led dark academia film is Mona Lisa Smile. [edit: since I wrote this post, I’ve watched a few more female-led dark academia films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Mary Shelley]. We need to see more women in dark academia! Not just as minor characters or the ‘girlfriend’ or ‘wife’—not that there’s anything wrong with that—but as their own people. A female in relation to the world or another female instead of a female in relation to a male. 

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I want to see messy-haired girls, long-haired girls or girls with wavy, chopped bobs. Crimson-stained lips or pale lips, dark eyes with a galaxy…

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Reblog: It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad

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I stumbled upon It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way while researching children’s books that celebrates racial and ethnic diversity. We currently live in what some may call “unprecedented” or “difficult” times, under immense pressure to keep ourselves safe from a pandemic as well as to educate ourselves on how to end recurring discrimination and injustice against Black lives. Yet what is not easy does not mean it cannot be done. Inspired by social media, I decided to think of this unique situation as an opportunity to reevaluate our children’s book collection and invest in books that helps our family discuss about diversity and equality.

Raised as a third-culture kid and now a parent of a Mexican-Japanese child, the topic of racial and ethnic tolerance has a special place in my heart. I have experienced various degrees of discrimination all my life, for looking different and…

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REBLOG: I Won’t Fight Over A Hashtag…

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An Inviting Piece of the Pie

“You can scream all you want, butyoumusthold my hand.”

Ilooked attentively at my daughter in the hopes my words meant something?My two-year-old stared straight through my eyes into the window of my frustrated soul and proceeded to let out a primal scream,the intensityof which,I wasn’t quite prepared for.

Y’see, I didn’t want my daughter to put herself in any adverse danger, so followed my paternal instincts, in an attempt to offer some form of protection to my darling, adrenaline fuelled, toddler. As my attempt at verbal communication had no relevance, I leaned into silence and let my tenderly firm grip of her hand reinforce my position.

Weeventuallymade ithomeandas Iopened the door,Iwas greeted bythe brokentone of my wifewho said“Haveyou watched the video of George Floyd?”Afteronly a few secondsofviewingthe footage, I instinctively recoiled andsaid“I don’t need to see anymore” and I still can’t bring myself to watchtheentirety ofthevideo…

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REBLOG: The Importance and Challenges of Representation

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A few years ago, I was in a class devoted to dissecting media. This was around the time that the Black Panther movie and Love, Simon were coming to theaters. My professor posed the question of whether it was justifiable that white and straight people felt excluded in the face of these movies, just as men felt excluded by Wonder Woman a few years earlier. The short answer I thought of: No. The longer answer: In a society still so starved for minority representation in our media, everyone should arguably be excited about these movies coming out. In fact, most people in the room that day and the bulk of my friends who didn’t fit into the categories of black, queer, or woman were excited about these movies for precisely that reason.

I know we hear it all the time, but I’ll say it again: representation is so incredibly important

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