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Beloved Changed The Game

Beloved is a novel that burst on the literary scene and you had to stop and take notice. This was written by a black woman. Toni Morrison. At a time when there had been Black women writers before her, but the notoriety and prestige and readership was not what writers of lighter hues enjoyed. She wrote, anyway. She was older, Black, divorced, mom, and picked up her pen. This was not her first novel. But it was one that changed the world. Mystical? Yes. Spiritual?  Yes. Ghost story that could rival Jordan Peele's new movie? Yes. All of that wrapped up in the retelling of a Black woman's decision to make a different choice for her children and not have them be fodder for more white men's folly. It shifted and changed the narrative. Books have been written about that book. Sermons have been preached about that book. Lectures have been given about that book. Academic papers have been written about that book. Films have been made about that book.

Can't Wait

I started a journey. It was a journey of self and discovery. And more reading than my eyeballs could handle. I entered seminary. And in a few months, I graduate. I have a growing stack of to-be-read and reviewed books. And I can't wait. So many wonderful authors. In the meantime, I've encountered stories of another sort in seminary. I've been engaged in the Hebrew Bible, biblical interpretation, and read some amazing rewritings by Black women scholars. I own more books. And wait for the moment when I can discover the wonder in those pages. While I was away, I found solace in bookstores, between study sessions and 1000 word essays, and purchased new works from PanAfrican writers. I'm culling a list of must-reads for this summer to share with the Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle. That never stopped on my way to the M.Div. This year, we are super excited the world of Black Female Literary Works is even greater with new works for the YA audienc