I have long been a follower of author and professor, Bernice L. McFadden on social media. Personally I think she is overall an interesting and entertaining follow (Instagram: Bernice L. McFadden). However, I shamefully admit I have not read any of her works until I picked up this book, Sugar. After reading this novel, I will do every thing possible until my last breath to right this tragedy.
Someone pleeaassee tell me they had such cool books when I was a child?? Books that had handsome little black boys and girls that looked like me and the little girls I knew. Story lines that are filled with fun times and cool activities. I am so thrilled to join with Multicultural Children’s Book Day (http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com) as a book reviewer for some absolutely fantastic and diverse books that are just like I described.
If you are like me, your reading selections lead you to occasionally pick the same type of book in consecutive selections. Maybe you go on a crime drama binge or maybe you pick a few historical fiction tiles in a row. I have seen many complain about this issue. But have no fear! I have a perfect reading rut buster: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.
2019 is here and we can’t wait to get reading some great literature! We love books that help us to explore the previously unimagined, to move us out of our reading comfort zone and into the far reaches of a creative author’s imagination.
This month’s family book list is titled “imagine”. In this book list we provide books that seek to bust up literary norms and embrace new possibilities. This list has every thing from witches in the big city to undead killers in the Civil War era. This list is fun for the whole family as it has a book for any reading level.
Recently Henrico County acknowledged Black Men Read as we helped sponsor two events at our partner school, Highland Springs High School (Highland Springs, VA). The first was a Poetry Workshop led by Roscoe Burnems, performance poet, mentor and Founder of the Writer’s Den Poetry Slam Team. The Writer’s Den Poetry Slam Team is Richmond’s premier poetry slam experience which holds performance poetry competitions the last Wednesday of the month. The Writer’s Den Slam team has sent teams to regional and national competitions since 2014 and are currently ranked top 10 in the South.
We are so excited to announce that we have officially gained 501(c)(3) classification and are a tax exempt charitable organization. Additionally, all individual contributions are eligible for federal tax exemption. Please consult your tax professional for details.
The SUMMER OF READING continues! At Black Men Read we love when people read but you know what we love EVEN MORE??? When people read together!! Grab a buddy and read a classic together. Have a family session with the kiddos where each of you grab a new book and enjoy the fun of reading together. But what do you read? What would be a good book to pick up and read with family and friends? Well that’s where Black Men Read’s Monthly Book Lists come in.
I can’t believe I am actually saying this but we are going to be a non-profit! From our humble beginnings in April of 2017 as just a way for some brothers to vent and learn through literature to somehow rekindling our romance with reading ultimately forming a literacy advocacy organization. Wow! I still can’t believe it.
It seemed like just yesterday we did our first book discussion on Facebook. We learned so much from the book “The Hidden Cost of Being African-American” by Thomas M. Shapiro that we just couldn’t wait to share it. It felt good to discuss something important and useful despite the fact the subject was so infuriating. It was constructive. It was a path to progression. That was the part that was exciting. We weren’t out of the trash bin we call America but we had our feet on the ground and we were ready to start stumbling our way to better.
THE NARRATIVE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
As we move from February to March, we move from the cold of the winter to the promise of a rejuvenating spring. We move ever further away from the history of the past year and plant our feet firmly in to the optimistic future of the new calendar. We also make a unique transition from an ultra focus on Black History to a finer appreciation of Women’s History. Although accidental, our group’s choice of #BookoftheMonth for February and March and my personal reading choice in between seem fitting and inspirational at the same time.