My Favorite Things

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I often make the mistake of thinking that something that is obvious to me is just as obvious to everyone else.
— CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE, WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

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You've made it. Now What?

The catalogue of books by authors of the African Diaspora is HUGE. At the start of all this, someone suggested that I was limiting myself and my reading options by ONLY reading books by Black authors. What people fail to realize is that the books are out there, they just don't know about them. Once you do, then the next question I get is "where do I start?" 

You can start with me. These are my favorite books, articles, and quotes. Even though the focus of this blog has evolved, the purpose behind the content has stayed the same- to introduce my readers to books and ideas they don't hear about as often as they should. Regardless of why you're here, I hope you take something with you. 

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My Favorite Articles



Three Book Stacked

My Favorite Books

The links below take you straight to Amazon to purchase these books. I would highly recommend adding any (or all) to your home collections. 



Favorite Quotes


  • “Radical simply means "grasping things at the root.” - Angela Y. Davis

  • “Your silence will not protect you.” - Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” - Angela Y. Davis

  • “No black woman writer in this culture can write "too much". Indeed, no woman writer can write "too much"...No woman has ever written enough.” - bell hooks, remembered rapture: the writer at work

  • “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ” - James Baldwin

  • “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” - Audre Lorde

  • “Conversations on racism should never be about winning.” - Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

  • I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.” - Octavia E. Butler

  • “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” - Angela Y. Davis

  • “The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

  • “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” - James Baldwin

  • “But race is the child of racism, not the father.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

  • “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” - Audre Lorde

  • “Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have, and you come to us endangered.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

  • “The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house” - Audre Lorde