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Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power by Tamara Winfrey Harris gives encouragement to Black girls at the time they need it the most

Have you ever read a book and just knew that it was going to be an experience you would remember forever? Have you ever read a book, got a little way into it, and already started recommending it to everyone you knew? It doesn’t happen often, but there is something so special about when it does. Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power was just that for me.

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.

Accra Noir: Crime in a city of stories, legends, and allegories

Accra Noir, an Akashic Books anthology reissued by Cassava Republic, comprises the work of some of Ghana’s most talented writers. Edited by Nana-Ama Danquah, Accra Noir’s writers spin a complex and fantastical web of love, intrigue, drama, and crime. Much like Accra itself, these stories are not always what they seem.

Tami Charles’ Muted explores the music industry’s dark side

Muted is the perfect verse novel for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo. A fast-paced coming-of-age story about music, the loss of innocence, and the dangers lurking in the shadows of the entertainment industry, it is the type of story that feels slightly too real and leaves you thinking long after you’re done reading. 

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Fortune Men centres humanity in the midst of tragedy and injustice

The Fortune Men is a historical fiction set in 1950s Cardiff that explores the real and distressing story of Mahmood Mattan, the last innocent man to be hanged in Wales. After being accused of murder, Mahmood faces a legal system determined to find him guilty.

INTERVIEWS

"I am not a planner": A conversation with Chibundu Onuzo

On a sweltering and slow Monday morning in mid-June, I had the privilege of chatting to the fresh-faced Chibundu Onuzo over Zoom a few days after the publication of her third novel, Sankofa.

"Black queerness gives us space to imagine": A conversation with Hari Ziyad

Bestselling author of the debut memoir titled Black Boy Out of Time talks at length about the limitations of writing, community care, the role of theory, and the global publishing industrial complex.

ESSAYS

How Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah 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. 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.

All I want for Christmas is the death of lazy, "diversity" language

As the vengeful child of that late twentieth century’s identifier “political blackness” and the climate of strategic essentialism its legacy left behind, the publishing industry’s current approach to diversity is—by its very naturerooted in generality and therefore cultural ignorance.

The publishing industry cannot continue to hide its anti-Blackness behind #BlackBestSeller

Instead of wondering when and what Colson Whitehead’s latest will be, readers should be asking how these Black-authored titles would be different if they were also Black-edited, Black-designed, and Black-publicised.

REVIEWS

The Perfect Nine is the first-ever title originally written in an African language longlisted for the Booker

A modern take on the origin story of Kenya’s Gĩkũyũ people, The Perfect Nine is one of those rare books about history that has, itself, made history.

Deadly Sacrifice brings us the first Black female police detective in UK fiction

A unique thriller that dives deep into the world of human trafficking and African ritual sacrifices, Deadly Sacrifice is based on the true 2001 news story in which a Black boy’s torso was found in the Thames.

Black Girl Finance: Let’s Talk Money offers us the vital tools we need for better financial well-being

Within a swarm of finance books like Rich Dad Poor Dad and How to Get Rich, it’s been difficult to find a beginner-friendly finance book that speaks directly to me. As a 23-year-old woman from a black single-parent household, Black Girl Finance finally made me feel seen.