Free Stuff + New Novella + #LiteraryManicures Pics

Hey Friends,

Meant to post yesterday but got lost in the sauce. Wanted to share a few updates:

Felicia Pride is giving away free Kindle versions of her book “To Create: Black Writers, Filmmakers, Storytellers, Artists, and Media-Makers Riff on Art, Careers, Life, and the Beautiful Mess in Between” through TODAY so get it while you can. It features articles on writers and creators like DopeReads fave Edwidge Danticat, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and actor Blaire Underwood. Cop it here.

The homie Britni Danielle recently released her novella “Turn It Loose.” Check it out here, it’s only $2.99.

Speaking of free lit, writer/creator/scholar Carrie Kholi has an essay entitled: if God can Cook/you Know I can: Pedagogy of Those Opting-Out of Oppression. Cop it here.

Here are more literary manicures from my Instagram page. I’ll have a new mani up on Tuesday. And yes, I do them all myself :)




Have a good weekend!

Book Review: This Is How You Lose Her

Ok, I’ve been stanning on this book for a while, and I just couldn’t shake how deeply it touched me. So I linked up with my homegirl Erika and we had a lengthy heart-to-heart about the emotions this book took us through: tears, passion, frustration. Something about the characters and the writing got deep into my marrow, y’all. Like this book will have you swan-diving headfirst into your feelings and backstroking in the sea of your emotions. Peep the discussion below and let me know what you think.

Happy Monday!

Also,  I made a tumblr dedicated Junot Diaz’s carnal-ass way of depicting women in his stories. ThisIsHowYouDescribeHer.Tumblr.Com. Since even Slate agrees his literary lady descriptions are segsy. Enjoy!




Book Review: This is How You Lose Her

This is how you describe someone from the Caribbean trying to put on airs Nicki Minaj:

She was from Trinidad, a cocoa panyol, and she had this phony-as-hell English accent. It was the way we all were back then. None of us wanted to be niggers. Not for nothing.

This is how you describe a woman who is in love with a married man:

Ana Iris once asked me if I loved him and I told her about the lights in my old home in the capital, how they flickered and you never knew if they were going to go out or not. You put down your things and you waited and couldn’t do anything really until the lights decided. This, I told her, is how I feel.

This is how you describe a cheater who knows, but doesn’t want to believe, that his relationship is over:

I’m going home tomorrow, she said.

I sat down next to her. Took her hand. This can work, I said. All we have to do is try.

This is how you write a book of short stories. This is How You Lose Her. Cop it here.

***You seriously need to cop this book. Junot Diaz does an amazing job of keeping it real and keeping it literary – AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. That is so rare and much appreciated. I don’t want to give too much away. Trust me, just get it.***

Bomb  ass interviews of the author here and here.