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Bestselling romance author Donna Hill tries her hand at historical fiction

When the fiery, Malcolm X-loving urban poet Anita gets on a bus and meets a reserved, MLK-supporting Southerner who is moving to Harlem for the cause, it is love at first sight. What makes this historical romance necessary is its willingness to recruit love’s lessons on empathetic understanding to, as bell hooks might have it, disarm the legitimacy of any politics that attempts to exist without it.

"A Pride and Prejudice Remix" that packs a punch

It is always wonderful to see Black love poured into a timeless story of star-crossed love thriving against all odds. In spite of the weighty social issues that come with the territory, Pride is a deeply representative retelling that foregrounds Black people’s right to exist in a canon that has always pretended they do not. From the original’s classism to its silences on slavery, this novel gently gestures to Jane Austen’s prejudices in a fun, fresh way.

OPEN WATER: An ethereal meditation on Black love and art

In this slow and steady tale of Black love, we experience the world through the eyes of a young Londoner whose relationship buckles under the excruciating pressure occasioned by being a Black man in a white supremacist world that wants you dead. But don’t let generic phrases like black love fool you: this is also a novel about photography, mental health, pain, joy, music, vulnerability, and ultimately salvation.