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Dreams & Nightmares of Al-Andalus

Granada by Radwa Ashour My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my second Ashour and takes its place beside The Woman from Tantoura as one of my favourite books. Once again, the author deals with tantalising and difficult material with poetic and thematic subtlety and affectionate warmth for her characters. It opens with a… Continue reading Dreams & Nightmares of Al-Andalus

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bell hooks on black men and masculinity

We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hooks explains why she felt the need to write this book, rather than leaving it to Black men to speak for themselves on the topic: Many of the individual black men working in the field of ending male violence… Continue reading bell hooks on black men and masculinity

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When you have Emptied our Calabashes

When you have emptied our calabashes Into your porcelain bowls overflowing the surplus spilling and seeping into foreign soil when you have cleaved the heads of our young and engraved upon the soft papyrus there an erasure of our past having built edifices to your lies filled them with so many bad books and distorts… Continue reading When you have Emptied our Calabashes