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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn

I an‘ I did know weh me want long ago. An‘ it didn‘t have nothing to do wid weh dem teach inna school. Dem creating robots outta our children, Margot. Is di white man‘s philosophy dem learning. What about our heritage and culture?” He kisses his teeth. “Ah Babylon business dem ah fill up di children‘s minds wid

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I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde | Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall

My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.

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So I'm giving up sugar that is not fair trade. You never think while adding a spoon to sweeten your tea that 'this is the stuff that birthed racism, specifically anti-blackness. But it is. It was literally created to justify the acquisition of tremendous wealth by white men.

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"... there are places in almost every American city where children and teens are expected to get shot—areas where the deaths of young people by gunfire do not contradict a city‘s general understanding of how the world should work but rather confirm it.

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I listened and read this book in a single day. The more unflinching looks at the depth of racism and white supremacy read, the better. It was hard to read, but it is so important. My God! Black people can survive anything.

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Elephant Winter | Kim Echlin
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After something like 15 years, I still love this book.

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Elephant Winter | Kim Echlin

She shed her skin and came out raw and new.

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Elephant Winter | Kim Echlin
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It has been about 15 years since I read Kim Echlin's Elephant Winter. There isn't much that I remember from it. I do remember how it made me feel.

I've picked up the book again. It's tiny. It is my first reread that isn't by Toni Morrison.

I missed this book. The writing is what I need right now

I'm on page 15 and I'm hooked.

I'll be sharing more of my reread experience here as I make my way through it.

PLeonieSmith One of the reasons I love this book is the pace at which their lives are lived. It has a rhythm that feels right. And naturally, it is achieved only in the presence of a crisis like the threat of death of the mother. That's not just true in books. It makes me a little sad to think of this. What we miss in the constant hustle of day to day living. 3y
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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An intimate view of what it is like to fall in and out of love with a dream. In this case, the American dream, as advertised, prompts Jende to seek a life in America with his wife Neni and child.

Through their story, you explore the question, will pursuing this dream pull Jende and Neni towards a better life or are they sacrificing their real lives in pursuit of an illusion?

I had such a good time with it. Audiobook is also good.

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Turning the Mind Into an Ally | Sakyong Mipham, Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche

Spring knows how to be summer and autumn leaves know how to fall down. Coming together and falling apart is the movement of time, the movement of life. (13)

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Mehso-so

This first book in this trilogy wasn't the best read, but it feels like an effective setup for better things to come. Will be reading the second book.