Hopefully you are staying cool in this heat, because Summer is ALL the way here!! So why not continue the party with some HOT reads!!
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This month we continue bringing in those literary gems!! Now don’t forget to stop by your local bookstore (virtually or in-person) and pick up your copies!! Enjoy!!
Woman of Light: A Novel ~Kali Fajardo Anstine African Town ~Irene Latham & Charles Waters Mademoiselle Revolution ~Zoe Sivak Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology ~Edited by Vince A. Liaguno & Rena Mason I Rise ~Marie Arnold The Daughter of Doctor Moreau ~Silvia Morena-Garcia
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“We read books to find out who we are.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin
2021 is just about over, but not before I share a few of my pop culture faves!! I wanted to compile a list of few of favorite shows, movies, comic books, documentaries, short films, podcasts, and soundtracks that made an impact on me in a major way this year!!
These are a few of my favorite things from 2021…Check them out below*:
Comic Books/Graphic Novels Eve (Victor LaValle, Boom! Studios) Far Sector (N.K. Jemisin/Jamal Campbell, DC Comics) Nubia and the Amazons (Stephanie Williams/Ayala Vita, DC Comics) Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (Rebecca Hall/Penguin Books) Run: Book One (John Lewis/Andrew Aydin/Nate Powell/L. Fury, Abrams Books) Bitter Root (David Walker/Chuck Brown/Image Comics)
: True-crime reigned supreme in this category!! Gotta love a good mystery. Podcasts Jemele Hill is Unbothered Suspect Over My Dead Body Dr. Death
Movies The Harder They Fall (Netflix): An ode to Westerns done in style!! No Time To Die: Ahhh where will the Bond legacy go next Candyman: Thank you Nia Dacosta for this beautiful piece of horror!! Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings: 10/10 Spider-Man: No Way Home Zola: A movie that offers A LOT of different perspectives regarding one weekend! The Unforgivable (Netflix) Army of the Dead/Army of Thieves (Netflix) Gunpowder Milkshake (Netflix): More action films with women leads especially those of color is definitely needed!! Raya and the Last Dragon Judas and the Black Messiah King Richard Concrete Cowboy (Netflix): I’m a sucker for a good western and some Black history! Cruella: Who says you can’t like villains! Dune The Tomorrow War (Prime Video) Red Notice (Netflix): Ryan Reynolds…That’s all I gotta say! Outside the Wire (Netflix)
Short Films Us Again (Disney+) Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma Twenty Something (Disney+) Bao (Disney+) For the Birds (Disney+) Loop (Disney+) How to Raise a Black Boy
Documentary My Name is Pauli Murray Summer of Soul (Hulu) Pride (Hulu) This is Pop (Netflix) Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (Netflix) Mary J. Blige’s My Life (Prime Video)
Television Shows Insecure (HBO Max): That last episode… (chef’s kiss)….The end of an era…Sunday nights will never be the same… (le sigh) #DayOne The Wonder Years (ABC): Nostalgia, Comedy and the Black Experience The Underground (Prime Video): Powerful, Visual American History Lesson Invincible (Prime Video) Wheel of Time (Prime Video): Definitely up there with Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings The White Lotus (HBO Max): I have never been so drawn into a show that made me laugh, cringe, drop my jaw, and so much more…Everything is not always what it seems… Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu): I do believe what happened actually took place in real life, which is pretty scary if it did… Only Murders in the Building (Hulu) Love Life (Season 2) (HBO Max): I LOVE #BLACKLOVE and ALL its many layers! Queen Sugar (OWN Network): Another show that when it comes to a close, I will truly miss this show!! #DayOne Arcane (Netflix): Definitely looking forward to the next season! Fun to watch! The Falcon and Winter Soldier (Disney+): My fave of the Marvel series on Disney+ so far…They pulled out all kinds of surprises!! What If…? (Disney+): Still missing Chadwick Boseman Run the World (Starz): Love seeing Black female friendships and when cities become actors (I see you Harlem!) Succession (HBO Max): All I can say is just watch it!! Reservation Dogs (Hulu): Please more of this!! Evil (Paramount+): Catholicism is a whole different beast (pun intended) Blood and Water (Netflix): Had to represent SA!! Cruel Summer (Hulu): Shout out to my sista-friend Lesley Bonner for this one!! Talk about being drawn in!! It’s all about the little details!
(Television and Film) (I did this instead to avoid having to narrow it down to one artist/group or album) Soundtracks The Harder They Fall Insecure (I owe a great deal to this soundtrack, I became aware and a fan of so many new artists because of each seasons soundtrack!!) Judas and the Black Messiah Coming 2 America Cruella BMF Queen Sugar Tom & Jerry (Now this one surprised me!! But trust me on this one!) True Story (A Whole lot of Philly Soul)
*The listings are in no particular order.