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Black Future Feminist Turns Two!!

Another year in the books and let me say it is no joke, but I still love it! Black Future Feminist has become an outlet for me to be me in all my different facets. I look forward to each post, I love sharing, and it feels good to put in the work.

I look forward to what comes next, I look forward to continuing established thoughts and ideas and bringing new ones into the fold.

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In the spirit of last year…another year down…much more to go!!

~Dr. G

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Dr. G’s “Top 22” Books of 2022

Keeping up with my tradition from 2020 and 2021 I have compiled my ‘Top 22’ books from this year!! I feel like I always have an endless supply of books, you can never have too many! Plus I love seeing my library grow!!

This year I added a few graphic novels that caught my attention during one of my many travels this year!!

All in all, I love sharing some of my top reading faves!! As I always say, ‘sharing is caring.’

So in no particular order, here is my Top 22 List of Books for 2022!!

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the Courage to Dream ~Frederick Joseph
  • The Keeper ~Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes
  • Take My Hand ~Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Red Lip Theology: For Church Girls Who’ve Considered Tithing to the Beauty Supply Store When Sunday Morning Isn’t Enough ~Candice Marie Benbow
  • The Silent Twins ~Marjorie Wallace
  • The Light We Carry ~Michelle Obama
  • Black Disability Politics ~Sami Schalk
  • Riding Jane Crow:African American Women on the American Railroad ~Miriam Thaggert
  • Finding Me ~Viola Davis
  • Walking in My Joy In These Streets ~Jenifer Lewis
  • Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community ~Vanessa M. Holden
  • Tuskegee Ghost ~Benjamin Von Eckartsberg
  • I Rise ~Marie Arnold
  • Black Cake ~Charmaine Wilkerson
  • Memphis ~Tara M. Stringfellow
  • Pet ~Akwaeke Emezi
  • Trust ~Daines L. Reed
  • The Final Revival of Opal & Nev ~Dawnie Walton
  • The Sweetness of Water ~Nathan Harris
  • Don’t Cry For Me ~Daniel Black
  • The ABCs of Black History ~Rio Cortez
  • We Travel the Spaceways ~Victor LaValle
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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations- Holiday Edition/December 2022

Happy Holidays!! As we close out another year, I have one more list of recommendations to close out!! This month’s list is split with a little holiday flair!

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Check out December’s list below:

  • A Coastline is an Immeasurable Thing ~Mary-Alice Daniel
  • On Rotation ~Shirlene Obuobi
  • Black on Black: On our Resilience and Brilliance in America ~Daniel Black
  • The Sugar Jar: Create Boundaries, Embrace Self-Healing, and Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life ~Yasmine Cheyenne
  • Shot Clock ~Caron Butler & Justin A. Reynolds
  • An American Story ~Kwame Alexander
  • I’m Dreaming of Brown Christmas ~Steve Gray and Vernon D. Gibbs
  • Christmas Soul: African American Holiday Stories ~Allison Samuels
  • Mim’s Christmas Jam ~Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Soulful Holidays: An inclusive rhyming story celebrating the joys of Christmas and Kwanzaa ~Ciara Hill

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” — Gwendolyn Brooks

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Things To Do This Fall!!

Looking for your next adventure, family vacation, or weekend getaway, check out these exhibition and museum openings, art installations, cafes and markets below:

  • Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971 (On view at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures now through April 9th, 2023): An exhibition spotlighting Black artists who shaped American filmmaking from 1898-1971. Some of the things that you will be able to see include one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets, screenings Oscar Micheaux’s silent films, Lena Horne’s gown from the 1943 Stormy Weather musical, the Nicholas Brothers’ tap dancing shoes, and so much more!!
The Sphere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in March 2021
  • Representin’ for the Midwest… Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market a casual cafe and market that serves the greater Chicago community through “a well-crafted menu of healthy and soulful offerings.” The cafe and market which reflects upon the life of George Washington Carver also includes a greenhouse bar, art gallery, farm table, and outdoor garden.
  • LEGO is celebrating 90 years of fun and joy with a new installation called, “Fly Away Isles” (The Brotherhood Sister Sol) designed by Harlem community Black and Latinx childred in collaboration with artist Hebru Brantley. Fly Away Isles serves as a dual space of both an art installation and fun play space for children. It’s located at 140 Hamilton Place in Harlem, NY. The installation will remain on display to the public through November 5th, 2022 with a street mural on display through July 2023.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial (Washington, DC) [Artist: Robert Berks] This is the first statue erected on public land in Washington, DC to honor and African American and woman. The bronze statue was unveiled on the anniversary of her 99th birthday, July 10, 1974. It is located in Lincoln Park (East Capitol Street and 12th Street NE, Washington, DC)
  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statue (Riverfront Esplanade, Daytona Beach, FL) [Master Sculptor Nilda Comas]…This is a bronze replica of the marble one which is housed in Statuary Hall in Washington DC.
  • The Jackie Robinson Museum : “The Jackie Robinson Museum seeks to bring people from all walks together to commune and appreciate each other’s humanity and diverse experiences. We create a forum for debate and discussion, reflecting the ways in which we as a society can make progress by working together to solve difficult social issues and by appreciating how one life can make a difference” (TJRM Mission Statement). The museum will include a series of interactive exhibits, rare artifacts and memorabilia. It is set to open to the public on September 5th.

Happy Travels!! Soak it all up!! Enjoy!!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Getting you ready for some summer film and television viewing!! It’s definitely going to be a HOT one! Check out the trailer below and see for yourself:

Spiderhead (Streaming on Netflix June 17th)

The Lake (Streaming on Prime Video June 17th)

Season 3-The Umbrella Academy (Streaming on Netflix June 22)

Season 2-Only Murders in the Building (Streaming on Hulu June 28th)

The Terminal List (Streaming on Prime Video July 1st)

She-Hulk (Streaming on Disney+ August 17th)

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Black Joy is the Future!!

#SuchAVibe…

On this past Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to participate in some real life “Black Girl Magic”!! As part of the “Black Feminist Future Series” put on by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, myself and four other AMAZING Black Afrofuturist women (Susana Morris , Tiffany E. Barber, Esther L. Jones, and Kinitra D. Brooks [moderator]) took part in a very fulfilling conversation about Black women and theories of the future!!

Nothing like sharing the “virtual” stage with a group of brilliant minds such as these Black women!! My mind, body, and soul were overflowing with Black joy and hope!!

Check it out below:

For more upcoming “Black Feminist Futures” events at the Schomburg check out the following link here!!