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Celestial and Roy would be what social media users refer to as #relationshipgoals. Much like most of those relationships depicted on social media, Celestial and Roy’s relationship is multi-layered. Author Tayari Jones peels back these layers slowly and methodically. When a devastating tragedy hits in their first year of marriage, the newlyweds are forced to...
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Now that we’re well into 2018 and most of us have forgotten our resolutions or are recommitting (kudos, overachievers!), one resolution that takes minimal effort other than visiting a bookstore or your internet browser is reading more books. In these trying times of a turbulent presidency, overwhelming exposure to Black trauma and a rising number...
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Despite being a voracious reader, I admit I don’t often read poetry. This is partially due to feelings of slight intimidation. I have often found myself utterly befuddled attempting to read poetry, certain the meanings behind the poems have gone over my head. So I was worried I wouldn’t be able to enjoy sociologist and...
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In 1942, writer Margaret Walker’s seminal work, “For My People,” earned her the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. It would be 74 years until another Black person—the second also happened to be a woman—would win again. After much work, writing and rewriting poem after poem, Airea Dee Matthews’ received an acknowledgment in 2016 few...
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My introduction to Mississippi author Jesmyn Ward’s novels was through her second novel, “Salvage the Bones.” This novel, which earned Ward a National Book Award for Fiction, made me fall in love with her storytelling. As such, I was very excited to read her latest novel, “Sing, Unburied Sing.” “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is set primarily...
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