Blackish spinoff

Blackish spinoff

I love the show Blackish. The first spinoff was Grownish. It’s geared toward college aged people, but I still find it enjoyable.

The second spinoff was Mixedish. I absolutely love this show, since it takes place in the 80s and I can totally relate to it. It talks of difficult situations. It really makes me think, just like Blackish does.

Now, I find that Oldish will be coming out soon. Another spinoff. I hope its writing is done as well as the others.

There’s a lot to love with the first three, so I hope adding a fourth will be a great idea. I am sure that there will be heavy topics and I’ll have a lot to think about.

Birth of a Nation

This is a story of the events that lead up to Nat Turner leading a rebellion of the slaves in 1831. I had heard of the movie from multiple sources, so it was time to watch it.

I enjoyed the movie. It was very informative, but I hadn’t realized that it was about an actual event. I learn more and more every day.

This movie is not the same as the 1915 movie starring Lillian Gish. At first, I thought it was a remake and I was expecting a KKK rising any minute. It’s definitely not the remake. I still don’t know that I want to see the 1915 version.

Bookstores Selling Out

Selling out

Right now, many bookstores are selling out of several books on anti-racism. Here’s a list of books to choose if you are finding that you have to wait for your book choice to be in stock.

History and Journalism

Conversations in Black: On Politics, Power and Leadership, Ed Gordon (2020)

55, Underemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life, Elizabeth White (2019)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States, Paul Ortiz (2018)

Chokehold: Policing Black Men, Paul Butler (2017)

Memoir

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays, Damon Young (2019)

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

Fiction

Rainbow Milk, Paul Mendez (2020)

The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (2019)

Children’s and Young Adult

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell (2020)

Anti-Racist Baby, Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara (2013)

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Tulsa Race Massacre

Tulsa Race Massacre

Wikipedia

Baily Sarian on Tulsa Race Massacre

The three above linked articles talk about the Tulsa Race Massacre. This is something that we are not taught about in school. I hadn’t even heard about it until last month.

I took the time to look up what it was all about. What an awful event in history! Please take the time to look it up. I have made the hard work easier.

It makes me wonder what other important events have been glossed over or totally ignored. I hope to learn more with time. Point me in the right direction, if you can help. Missed in History podcast is helpful, too, but I don’t have a link to that.

Ruby Bridges on Disney Plus

When I read the book that Ruby Bridges wrote, Through my Eyes, this movie was mentioned. I decided that since I had Disney Plus, I might as well see what it is all about. A few things in the movie are different from the way the author told her story.

The movie was based on the book that the psychiatrist wrote. I believe he did a great job with both the book and the movie.

I would not think that this would be a children’s movie, but there’s really nothing in there that a child couldn’t see. It is definitely worth watching especially to learn about the integration of school in the 60’s.

Blackkklansman

I picked up this movie over the weekend for multiple reasons. I saw the episode of To Tell the Truth a few weeks ago, featuring the actual police officer who was a member of the KKK, and it made me curious about the movie. Also, it showed up on the lists of movies I posted last week. Something was telling me over and over to watch it.

I enjoyed the movie, but wished things had been different. There were several scenes that were difficult to watch, but they were necessary for the plot of the movie.

I recommend the movie since it had a lot of information. The story was told with humor but it was a tough subject. It’s definitely worth watching.

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book for several reasons. First of all it was a choice for a children’s black history month book. Secondly, I wanted to read more about Ruby Bridges because a local school got Ruby Bridges day declared in our area and I wanted to know what it was all about.

I really enjoyed this book because it was told by Ruby Bridges herself. I felt it was written very honestly, especially when she tells about how it just kind of happening to her, since she was a small child. She had to do research because she either couldn’t remember things happening or she wasn’t told at the time. 

It’s hard to believe this all happened so recently. It is also evident that we have a long way to go, still. 

I do recommend the book, but to older children and adults. While it was easy to read, the part about the marshals was a little scary. 

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Black Lives Matter Books

Black lives matter books

I haven’t read most of these books, but they are on my TBR list. I do hope to get to them soon.


All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Another Day in the Death of America
by Gary Younge

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Citizen
by Claudia Rankine

The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time
by Jesmyn Ward

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
by Angela Y. Davis

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

President Obama  Dreams From My Father.

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
by Mychal Denzel Smith

Kindred
by Octavia Butler

March, Book One
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Men We Reaped
by Jesmyn Ward

Middle Passage
by Charles Johnson

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Nobody
by Marc Lamont Hill

Pushout
by Monique W. Morris

The Residue Years
by Mitchell S. Jackson

They Can’t Kill Us All
by Wesley Lowery

This Side of Home
by Renee Watson

To Be Young, Gifted and Black
by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

We Love You, Charlie Freeman
by Kaitlyn Greenidge

White Rage
by Carol Anderson

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain
by Phoebe Robinson