A Celebration of Culture

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You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
— James Baldwin

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What We Have In Common

My thoughts on “culture” came out of my never ending need to talk about what I'm reading and what it all means in the larger context. I'm also seeing that this is the best way to write my own personal history. The posts you find on this page include a look back at cultural events and my general reading philosophy.

This also keeps with the goal of Black & Bookish: TO SHOW THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO IDENTIFY AS BLACK ARE NOT A MONOLITH. 

Black people are as complex as any group of people, regardless of how we are portrayed in movies and in the media. Our diversity is masked only by the shared history of violence and racism. What I hope you see from the aspect of culture are the shared values we possess due to our torrid past.

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Cultural Connections

Not all book reviews are the same. Some are more about the reader than the authors. These reviews focus on how they show up in my life and how I’m changed after reading them.


Posts in “Culture”



The Thomas House Project

The Historic Thomas House

My Cultural Story

As many of you know, I am a daughter of Eatonville. I grew up in the oldest structure built in the oldest incorporated Black town.

Built in 1881 as the town’s first church, it became too small for the congregation and was rolled across the street to make room for a larger church. There it was turned into the first library in Eatonville. In 1946, my great-grandfather, Stenson Thomas, purchased the property. He and his sons added rooms, electricity, and plumbing. My grandmother raised her family here, as did my mother. This is my childhood home and I want to share all its glory with you.

This home has always been a special place of learning and knowledge. It has never been without books and with your help, my family and I are turning this beloved home into Eatonville's first bookstore.

Following in the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston, our bookstore would be filled with books focused on the lives and stories of people from the African Diaspora. We would also be creating a space for the local artists to share that creations with the public, through music, art, dance, and literature.

The posts below share the ups and downs my family faces as we work to restore this property.

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In the summer of 2017, we went into the house for the first time in years. It was my first time back inside since college in 2006. Check out this lovely introduction to the house and the feeling of starting something new. And use the button to donate to our Go Fund Me page.