Malcolm X’s Diary + Ninjas Be Reading TONIGHT

Just a couple updates today:

1. Malcolm X’s personal diary from the last year of his life is being published THIS WEEK. Y’all, this is major. Malcolm underwent a transformation in the last part of his life. Caveat: it’s some mess because even though his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz is backing the release of the diary, other family members don’t want it published.  Peep the trailer below:

h/t ColorLines

2. DopeReads is facilitating the final book club discussion of Kiese Laymon’s book of essays, “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others In America”. Tonight on Twitter 9PM EST, use the hashtag #NBR. We gets jiggy with this reading sh*t.

For Reading Negroes When 140 Characters Wasn’t Enuf – #FurloughFriday Edition


Let’s face it, many people don’t have time to read the instructions on a box of cereal, much less a book. Now that most of you  with government jobs in the DC Metro Area will be on mandatory vacation –a.k.a. furlough- you might as well put your brain to work and read, because the good Lord knows you don’t do anything but read tweets and statuses all day anyway. I’ll list three of this week’s must read books from easiest to hardest for those of you who are still hooked on phonics:

1. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and Other Useful Guides)

If you are a short bus shawty and enjoy staring vacantly into space, this book is for you. Comprised of the viscerally comic drawings  of Matthew Inman’s website ‘The Oatmeal’, this book will make you laugh so hard it hurts. It includes 25 never before seen comics and a free pull out poster, AND if you purchase the book by today all proceeds will go to support relief efforts in Japan. Continue reading