Shadow Forward: A Review of My Monticello

A debut collection of fiction, these five short stories and novella shape the dust of the past. My Monticello pulsates the contemporary moment’s terror and uncertainty, during which the vestiges of United States chattel slavery grasp the grooves of our fingerprints. As you make your way through this debut collection, think about the living and the dead. Who and what are we the product of, and what is the future of this current birthing? I want us to exercise patience as we wait for the arrival of answers. Are we okay with not knowing?

The title of Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler’s Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen is a phrase that masks the internal woes of existing as a Black woman in the world

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen reminds Black women that we are not superheroes, thus we should not treat ourselves or allow others to treat us as such. Sometimes you don’t realize that you have not been advocating for yourself until you see the proof on the page. Well, Burnett-Zeigler has written 256 pages to remind Black women to take care of ourselves. As a trauma-informed therapist, it is wonderful to see the work I do affirmed by another Black woman.

“I want the book to create space, especially psychic space in our imaginations”: A conversation with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah cares about African women, sex, and sexuality. In 2009, she co-founded the award-winning blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, with her best friend Makala Grant after an inspiring girls holiday in Ghana. Last summer, she published The Sex Lives of African Women. In this interview, Nana gives us her perspective on the book’s genesis, ethos, and her best book recommendations.

How Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s The Sex Lives of African Women will set you free

I started this brilliant book voraciously, stealing a few pages while waiting on the bus and a couple more when in line at the grocery store. I finished it hesitantly, unwilling to let go of the dear companionship it provided for a few days and return to solo living. The Sex Lives of African Women is a safe space: it is pure, unadulterated freedom, somehow magically distilled and transformed into a 304-page book.