The Sunday Six 7/5/20 #linksilove

Thought-provoking piece from Eve Ewing about why she now capitalize the “w” in white (note: Black should always be capitalized). Ewing explained on Twitter that her goal in the piece isn’t to make anyone change their mind but rather to ask people to choose intentionally and meaningfully. (Zora) It’s really demoralizing to see that so…

Spending the Morning with Dr. Anna Julia Cooper #sol20

For the past few months, ever since I read Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius and began learning from her articles and presentations, I’ve been thinking about a question she frequently centers in her work: why don’t we use a “Black and Brown model as our framework of education,” especially when we are educating Black, Indigenous…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/29/20

On the blog: Six articles worth sharing I’ll be starting Dream Job #4 this fall In reading: I was listening to Stamped on audio when Covid hit and my commute time/audiobook time decreased to zero. I just managed to finish the last 60 minutes this week. Jason Reynolds’s “remix” is really an amazing achievement, and…

The Sunday Six 6/28/20 #linksilove

Here are six important reads that came across my social media feeds in the past couple of weeks. YA novelist Tiffani Jackson reflects on “this pivotal, purposeful moment” and gives advice to young Black women who are observing and protesting and wondering what next. (Cosmopolitan) Crystal Marie Fleming shares 10 Practical Steps for Building a…

Dream Job #4: Slice of Life #sol20

My first dream job was my very first job when I was still in high school: working at a bookstore. It was a mall bookstore, small, full of flashy commercial titles, popular series, and the occasional serendipitous discovery. I still remember the day I plucked Kendall Hailey’s The Day I Became an Autodidact from the…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/22/20

My reading totals are down this week, but packing was up, and since we have a move scheduled in less than three weeks, that’s probably a good thing! Katherine Bomer’s The Journey Is Everything was a reread for me and welcome prep for thinking about how to incorporate essay more organically and less formulaically in…

Taking Action in Our Sphere of Influence #sol20

I haven’t read the article yet, but I appreciated the challenge in the title of an op-ed a friend shared yesterday: “When Black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs.” I think there’s something true about that. More than anything else, what I’m seeing online right now as a response to this…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/15/20

On the blog: A links round-up of six good articles from the past week A request to teachers to stop assigning harmful books In reading: The whole time I was reading Rebecca Stead’s new middle-grade novel, The List of Things That Will Not Change, I kept wondering if there would be some kind of unexpected…