Third Time’s a Charm and Bondye Bon

The first time my worth as a writer truly, madly, deeply resonated within me was when FIYAH Literary Magazine published my ahistorical speculative fiction story, "Bondye Bon." FIYAH Acceptance Letter I was so surprised, shocked, delighted, and literally freaking out (in a positively good way) that I had to ask my mom and then my … Continue reading Third Time’s a Charm and Bondye Bon

Marlene Daut: Why Did Bridgerton Erase Haiti?

Marlene Daut had me at: “In the world of fiction—whether on the page, stage, or screen—such ahistoricity does not necessarily have to be an issue. We should not evaluate a work of art by how well it matches reality, or how faithful it is to history. But a work of art can and should be judged by the inspiration behind its creator’s vision. And this is where Bridgerton has a Caribbean problem.” I can’t wait to finish reading this!!! 😀

Repeating Islands

A review article by Marlene Daut for Avidly. Here are some excerpts. Follow the link to the complete article. Thanks, Gordon, for bringing this to my attention.

Julia Quinn’sBridgertonnovels are mostly populated with white people like the regency-era England where they take place. The London of Shonda Rhimes’sBridgertontv series for Netflix, in contrast, is a multicultural mecca, sprinkled with Black characters of various skin hues, as well as a smattering of east and south Asians walking around silently in the background. There is even a Black queen and a Black duke.

In the world of fiction—whether on the page, stage, or screen—such ahistoricity does not necessarily have to be an issue. We should not evaluate a work of art by how well it matches reality, or how faithful it is to history. But a work of art can and should be judged by the inspiration…

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Book Giveaway: BINDU’S BINDIS by Supriya Kelkar

Look! A new book is coming soon! Gorgeous illustrations! Beautiful plot!

Writing and Illustrating

Supriya Kelkar has written a new picture book, BINDU’S BINDIS illustrated by Parvati Pillai and published by Sterling Children’s Books. It hits the bookstores on March 2nd, but it is available for pre-order on Amazon, now. Rebecca has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Supriya and Parvati.

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A letter to Hurston.

This. Is. Gorgeous! 🙂

Notebook Pages from a Black Non-binary Liberated Flapper

There are years that ask questions and years that answer” ZNH

Dear Ms. Hurston, or can I call you Zora? When asked to have a conversation with a writer from the past I chose you. I would choose you again, and again, and again, as I have chosen you before. I have chosen your words as beloved friends many times before. Your expansive teachings are so close to me that it was hard for me not to. 

You are what writing means to me. 

Thank you for telling the truth. For showing all of us how tenderly we can love our Blackness. How curious and exciting and pleasurable healing can be. For revealing the wounds + the medicine. For showing us the cosmic divinity of black femmes1

I almost appreciate the format of writing to you in a letter as it somehow allows me to better express the…

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Canva is Free, Fun, and Fabulous!

If you haven't heard, Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. I have been using Canva throughout the past few years and honestly, if I can create things with it -- you can too! It's really, really easy! And did I mention fun?! This … Continue reading Canva is Free, Fun, and Fabulous!