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Nigger is a powerful word …

I’m still working on my blog post about Django Unchained but until then … read this article from Clutch Magazine.

Samuel L. Jackson’s Brilliant Answer To The Question That Never Was

The article focuses on a moment during an interview about Sam’s role in Django Unchained. The interviewer, a white male, could not say the word nigger in front of Samuel L. Jackson, even thought it was part of a question pertaining to a movie that has gratuitous  use of the word.

I will go ahead and say this now … I will use the word Nigger on this blog if the situation calls for it. I will not censor myself. I dare you to say you have never used the word … I don’t believe you.

To be honest I only say “the n-word” when speaking to white people. I’m still trying to figure out why I do that. Maybe because I don’t want them to say it back? Who knows …

Anyway … go read this article and watched the video embedded in it.

If you haven’t seen Django Unchained, go see it.  Once I figure out my angle, I’ll be writing about it and (of course) provided suggested reading materials.


Happy Reading!!!


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January Book Picks!

Happy New Year!

Thanks to everyone who voted and left feedback about which books to read this month.

With 86% of the vote, the fiction pick is A Mercy by Toni Morrisson

a mercy

With 57% of the vote, the nonfiction pick is Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.


We start reading January 15th 🙂

Happy Reading!!!

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Author Spotlight: Octavia E. Butler


“Most of us don’t have to worry about being shot if we poke our noses outside. So we are comfortable, but the people I’m writing about are definitely not comfortable, and being shot while they’re still inside is a good possibility.”

For Reading is the New Black’s first author spotlight, I’ve decided to introduce to my readers my favorite unsung author – Octavia E. Butler.

Octavia E. Butler was born on June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California. As a child she was drawn to science fiction magazine and soon branched out to reading the science fiction classics. At the age of 12, Octavia was inspired to begin writing science fiction after watching a bad science fiction movie. She thought that she could write better stories than the movie – the rest is history.

This MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient penned five science fiction series and a number of short stories before her death on February 24, 2006.

Why you should know who she is and read her works –

The genre of science fiction is a predominately white, male field so to be a successful Black, gay, female writer in this genre is something to make a big deal about. Her protagonists tend to be Black women set in dystopian futures or in parallel realities. Her writing isn’t always viewed as your typical science fiction read, you won’t find futuristic weapons and interplanetary travel. For those who like to nit pick, work falls in to the speculative fiction realm of science fiction.

Her books are rich with social criticism, off the top of my head I can talk about the themes of class, race, and gender that I picked up on while reading The Patternist and Parable Series. Altogether, I’ve read 6 of her novels and have made it a personal goal of mine to read all of her published works.

Her novel, Kindred is on the 2013 reading list. I chose this novel because it one of her two stand alone novels, and I also have never read it. I hope you all vote for it.

If you would like to know more about Octavia E. Butler (other than Wikipedia), click on the links below.

The official Octavia E. Butler website

NPR Essay – UN Racism Conference


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