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Challenges Editors Face in the Era of #ownvoices

The stats are clear: the majority of people who work in publishing, including editors, are white. When I first started out as an author, nobody questioned whether or not someone could write something. I had a series with three protagonists that was sold to a New York publisher. My protagonists? A woman, a man and...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: MPD – Psycho No.1 by Eiji Otsuka

MPD Psycho has got to be one of the most deranged darkest, sickest, most twisted things ever. But in a good way. While certainly violent at times there isn’t anything sensationalized about the story and make no mistake, there is a story here. Kobayashi is a police detective working on a particularly vicious serial killer...

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Celebrating the Diaspora One Song at a Time: Music by Black Artists You May Have Missed in 2019: A Guide J-L

The large body of music made by black creatives in 2019 covers any and every genre you can think of and ventures into uncharted territory hinting at directions that may lead to the future. From old blues heads to youngbloods carrying on the tradition; from walls of noise to dreamy bedroom pop; from the controlled chaos of free jazz to the smooth sounds of R&B. Black expression is alive, bold, and doing well.

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Celebrating the Diaspora One Song at a Time: Music by Black Artists You May Have Missed in 2019: A Guide D-I

A-C|D-I|J-L|M-R|S|T-Z For Omar Higgins “We were a hundred different kinds of people, doing every little thing you could think of, and some things you’d never think about at all. “The variety in our lives was something else.” — Walter Dean Myers “I just wish it was OK for Black people, in general, to step outside...

Read & Appreciated: Favorite Books Released in 2019
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Read & Appreciated: Favorite Books Released in 2019

“What does that mean? Whatever you want it to mean. Are these movies “the best”? Are they our favorites? Are they “movies we got to see before the deadline”? In my case, it’s some combination of all three — but I’m really quite happy with the aggregate results.” — Jim Emerson Baaaad Muthaz by Bill Campbell...

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The Three Best Types of Audiobooks

Over the past couple of years I’ve had a near total polar switch in my reading habits. Now, I listen to audiobooks far more than I read physical books or e-books. Part of this a function of my day job, and part of this is a corrective measure after having a particularly low reading total...

Listened & Appreciated: Favorite 2019 albums
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Listened & Appreciated: Favorite 2019 albums

There are people who say they listen to different types of music, and there are people that actually do. My aim is always the latter, to be a musical omnivore always seeking out new to me music, and every year the bounty grows. This year I listened to 800+ albums that were released in 2019....