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Thoughts on The Why of Black Female Literature

I have been reading and reviewing black female literature for the past couple years. Why do I do that? The journey to black female literature started almost accidentally in a way. I was at the book store indulging my passion.  I love to read and I also love to purchase the books that really interest me, I want them on my shelf. My eyes scanned all the books in the "African American Section" and landed on a few authors I hadn't read yet, namely Bernice L. McFadden and Breena Clarke.  I picked up those books.  I enjoyed what I read and like someone thirsty for water, kept going back to the well. A few years later and having discovered even more books, one thing I noticed was that the publishing houses were also filling the shelves with what I consider soft porn, erotica, and "urban" lit trash they were passing off as literature.  That stuff was just short of being chick lit and romance novels that are just fill-in, maybe beach reads, but nothing to be co

The Gathering of Waters

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I've always heard the phrase, "if these walls could talk" anything we were someplace something significant happened or in the place of history. The new book by Bernice McFadden took that one step further and let the town, Money, Mississippi take on her own persona and tell a story that stretched through generations and wound through historical events, much like that mighty river pulsated and pushed through several states and spilled out her waters at times unexpected. She, while her "gender" is not identified, to me, she could be nothing else that a very observant female who absorbed the nuances of stories and events, tied it all together, and understood the lines of life that connected it all. Money, Mississippi, most of us only know of that place because of the 1955 brutal murder of young teen, Emmitt Till, visiting his southern relatives, a "sophisticated" boy from Chicago.  The historical context of 1955 and the stirrings that had started alm