Trevor Noah is like silence in the echo chamber…and it’s a good thing!

May 11, 2017

So I read Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. It’s a memoir about his childhood in apartheid South Africa and it’s a beautiful love letter to his mother who, by any standard, is the epitome of strength, courage, and wisdom. This collection of essays pairs well with the discography of Lucky Dube, an artist who radiated pure love and consciousness. I feel that listening to his music after reading Born A…


Oh Yes! Shadowshaper gets optioned

April 27, 2017

Readers, grab your bookmarks and get ready for some more film and tv adaptations! Next up: Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper is coming to a screen near you! Actress and Older enthusiast, Anika Noni Rose is satisfying the hearts of many with the news that her production company has acquired the rights to the fantasy series that introduced the world to Sierra Santiago. This is the second option from Rose who…


HBO now stands for: Having Books Optioned

April 21, 2017

This week we learned that HBO is developing another book adaptation. This Saturday 4/22, the network premieres their adaptation of 2010’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Some reviews found the adaptation to be of the CliffsNotes variety, but others are celebrating the film’s intention of raising questions about trust. And as HBO subscribers are preparing themselves for this Saturday viewing, the network just gave them something else…


Word on the Street: Amazon Books Coming to NYC?

April 6, 2017

It’s been said that New York City is the literary capital of the world (and if it hasn’t been said, you heard it here first people.) While we’ve been anticipating the arrival of The Bronx’ very own Lit Bar, it seems Amazon has some brick-and-mortar plans for bookish Manhattan as well with not one, but two bookstores opening soon. While Broadway bamas have been prepped for the Columbus Circle opening in…


‘The Mothers’ is headed to the big screen!

March 10, 2017

Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers, is getting the Hollywood treatment as it has just been optioned by Warner Bros. Actress Kerry Washington will be producing the much anticipated flick, which is fitting as the novel is quite scandalous. This is exciting news for readers of The Mothers, who like me, simply gushed over Bennett’s accurate portrayal of the church, sisterhood, and the “what ifs” of life. It’ll be quite…


Word on the Street: From the White House to Random House

March 1, 2017

America’s most dynamic duo are continuing their public service commitment in a new house, Random House. That’s right, The Obamas have inked their post-presidency book deal and it’s to the tune of a pretty $65 Million dollars. While we were hoping that at least one of the titles went to editor Chris Jackson of One World Imprint, word on the street is that it has not. That would have been…


The Unseen World [An Intereview]

January 14, 2017

I can almost guarantee you haven’t read a coming-of-age novel quite like this. Robotics meets Meg Murray meets the wonders of creation. I was so impressed by this novel from Liz Moore that I just had to visit her in Philadelphia to talk about this world she created for Ada Sibelius.


Ghost Girl in the Corner [An Intereview]

December 8, 2016

Fans of Shadowshaper are in for a treat with this novella from the most down-to-earth author Daniel José Older. Ghost Girl in the Corner has the all-too-real dialogue, hilarious characters, and themes that’ll remind you to stick close to your community in times of trouble.


The Mothers [Book Review]

December 1, 2016

This is such a fantastic read. You’ll be on the edge of your seats with the drama that builds in these pages. Brit Bennett’s debut novel is an extraordinary feet into the relationships that shape who we become and the losses that we can’t help but wonder “what if” over.


Christodora [An Intereview]

November 25, 2016

One of the most moving pieces of literature about our recent history in NYC. Tim Murphy chronicles the lives of people affected by the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s to the 2010s, and with beautiful intricacies, he weaves together a narrative that will leave you breathless.