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Book Review: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism

Book Review: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism

You don’t need a background in critical race theory to get a grip on Afrofuturism; after all, the arts came first — the theory came later. If you can jam to Parliament-Funkadelic or cheer on Uhura, you are already on your way.

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Book Review: Border Lines: Poems of Migration

A person is a person, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from; if there is one thing these 122 poems have in common, it is that they show us how border lines are no excuse for denying anyone humanity, compassion, and kinship.

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Book Review: Dawn Anahid MacKeen’s The Hundred Year Walk

Book Review: Dawn Anahid MacKeen’s The Hundred Year Walk

With the help of Stepan’s meticulous journals, MacKeen reconstructs her grandfather’s journey on and off the page: she charts her travels through Turkey and Syria, tracing her grandfather’s footsteps nearly a century later.

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Book Review: Tyree Daye’s Cardinal

What I love best about Cardinal is the nuance and complexity with which it questions Daye’s conflicting desire to both stay in the South and leave, from his complicated relationship to the home that both raised and wishes to kill him to reflections on how being Black in America means being unsafe in America (‘I’ve never been through airport security / without being pulled to the side and searched / to know you can die anywhere / doesn’t feel like flying anywhere’). These remarkably tender verses are filled with love, grief, memory, and musicality: ‘if you see me dancing a two-step / I’m sending a starless code / we’re escaping everywhere.

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