Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Political · Whiteness & racism

Not your images, not your words

One Day I Will Write about This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the memoir of a book addict, and Wainaina’s savour for language glows from the first. His descriptions dance, they sing, they jump, syncopated, a lively, twisting flow like swift water, throwing rainbows of unexpected images into… Continue reading Not your images, not your words

Blackness, history & love · Books · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Whiteness & racism

The stickiness of race

Passing by Nella Larsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Judging by the fact that this book has an introduction by the awesome Ntozake Shange, extensive notes and a detailed critical foreward by Mae Henderson loaded with references to related books and other critics who have written on Larsen, and that Bitch magazine devoted a… Continue reading The stickiness of race

Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Performance & Arts · Political · Whiteness & racism

teaching us to swim

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe L. Moraga My rating: 5 of 5 stars This anthology by radical, feminist and mostly lesbian Women of Colour has the aura of a revolutionary moment. I loved the range of styles, especially the wonderful poems and prose poems, and generally the… Continue reading teaching us to swim