Welcome to black history month! As always, I will have several posts about black history this month. I have waited to post my book reviews on the topic until this month, so some of the reviews aren’t from books that I read this month.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Health and Wellness.” The link to an article about the theme is in the first sentence of this paragraph. It discusses segregation in the hospitals in the Jim Crow era and the difficulties that the black community continues to have in present times. We as a nation need to do better.
I hope you’ll join me for the blogs small glimpse into black history.
I haven’t read most of these books from the above linked article, but I have gotten through quite a few. The ones that I have read have been wonderful. I hope to get through some of the rest at some point soon.
1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
6. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
9. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
10. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
11. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
12. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
13. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
14. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
15. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
16. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
17. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
18. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
19. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
20. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
21. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
22. Real Life by Brandon Taylor
23. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
24. Lot by Bryan Washington
25. Erasure by Percival Everett
26. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
27. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
28. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
29. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
30. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
31. It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan
32. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
33. Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories
34. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
35. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
36. Deacon King Kong by James McBride
37. Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie
38. Hold by Michael Donkor
39. Bone Readers by Jacob Ross
40. Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
41. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
42. Small Island by Andrea Levy
43. Loving Day by Mat Johnson
44. We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
45. That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu
46. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
47. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
48. Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
49. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
50. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
51. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
52. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
53. The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu
54. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
55. Citizen by Claudia Rankine
56. Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
57. A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson
58. The Collected Poems by Langston Hughes
59. Surge by Jay Bernard
60. The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
61. The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay
62. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
63. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
64. Becoming by Michelle Obama
65. Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
66. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
67. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
There are 28 days in February, which is Black history month. The above linked article shows a fact a day for the month. I know it’s a little late in the month, but the facts are short and worth reading.
I figured that since I haven’t done a lot for black history month this year, I should at least mention it. We are already almost through the month.
I was limited this year because not as much is available from the library. I usually check out a few dozen books and go for it. I’ve been sticking with longer books and books that are available on Kindle and audiobook.
I hope to pick it up again next year. I did a few movies, but I’m slow at writing them up. February isn’t long enough.
The above link brings up a video interview with Angie Thomas whose new book, Concrete Rose, came out last month. I haven’t read the book yet, but I have enjoyed her other books. They give you something to think about. I look forward to reading the new book.
Here is a great list of books by black authors, as discussed in the above linked article. I have read many of them, and they are great books. Period. Some others are on my TBR list. I haven’t been disappointed with any of these books that I’ve picked up.
This movie was recommended to me many times. When I took a film class last semester, I ran into a zoom meeting with the writer and director. I really enjoyed the short films by the director. I decided that it was time to actually watch the movie, especially since it was free this week, due to a special by the cable company.
The story is about a filmmaker researching an actress from the 30s who was not given proper film credit in several movies. It’s fiction, but still it is eye-opening.
I definitely recommend this movie. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been on the free movie list.
These aren’t my words, but the film and the post are worth sharing. Jon Leonoudakis is sharing this along with his friend, Ron Rapaport, who interviewed Jackie Robinson toward the end of his life. The above short video is worth watching. Below is the post from Facebook, announcing that viewing will be free for the rest of the month of February, 2021.
“HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MY SHORT FILM, “JACKIE ROBINSON: A LION IN WINTER.”
For the rest of the month, I’m presenting free access to my 2017 film about Jackie Robinson near the end of his life in a story told by my good friend, writer/journalist Ron Rapoport, who initially wrote this story for the Los Angeles Times in 1972.
The film runs 9 minutes and shares a poignant and insightful story about an American pioneer and warrior for social justice.”
Linked above is an article with an interview featuring Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate You Give. Her new book, Concrete Rose, is a prequel to her best selling book and was released in mid-January. I look forward to reading it when it becomes available at the library.