Women's History Month ain't over yet! Celebrate with these empowering reads. 

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We are at the tail end of Women's History Month but it doesn't mean the celebration is over. Below I've included a couple of articles and book club picks from some baddies from the month...and of course I couldn't forget some of my favorite reads to inspire! 

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Jackie Woodson wrote a Vanity Fair profile on Lena Waithe, the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for Masters of None, where she talks about MON, her role in the Ernest Cline's book-turned-movie Ready Player One, and her commitment to helping black and queer women get into TV and film...ALL WHILE ROCKING A WELL READ BLACK GIRL t-shirt!! This whole article is filled with literary references. 

“I am tired of white folks telling my stories. We gotta tell our shit. Can’t no one tell a black story, particularly a queer story, the way I can, because I see the God in us. James Baldwin saw the God in us. Zora saw the God in us. When I’m looking for myself, I find myself in the pages of Baldwin.” - Lena Waithe
CALLING ALL BLACK PANTHER FANS! You want some new books to read while you mope over the fabulousness that was BP. Check out this article on The Marvelous Nnedi Okorafor. Still waiting on that collab HBO series with her and George R.R. Martin like...
My girl has started a Kickstarter to bring literacy to the Bronx! Make sure to donate to the Bronx Book Festival now!
"According to the New York Times, “The Bronx remains the poorest county in the state, and one of the poorest in the United States.” And it really is poor. It’s also no coincidence that the borough’s demographic is largely Latinx and Black. There are over 600,000 children and teens living in the Bronx and many don’t read, can’t read, and/or can’t afford books. I’m hoping to change that with the festival and with The Bronx is Reading program." - Saraciea Fennell in Electric Literature


Don't you just love when powerful women show they're love for books? Mama Oprah has been one of the pioneers, with her recs always helping women of color elevate their literary platforms. And somewhat new to the game, Reese Witherspoon is also recommending books she loves, and lately I must say she's been stepping it up with diversifying her picks. Learn more about Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, a story of Punjabi women in London who channel their fantasies through creative writing and An American Marriage, about a couple bound by marriage, yet separated by forces beyond their control. And teeeechnically Robin Roberts promoted this on GMA, but this is Robin's book club pick in my mind. It's still amazing Robin highlighted Tomi for Children of Blood and Bone, which is dubbed "Black Panther but with magic."

WOMEN'S history books  

This past year has shown us the power of the woman. We've singlehandedly knocked top execs out of positions of power, we've spearheaded some of the biggest rallies and movements (Black Lives Matter, Women's March, #metoo) and I EXPECT to see a female president in my lifetime. Here are some books I recommend you read to help you (or the woman in your life) feel like they can do anything.


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