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New Books By Black Women To Add To Your Reading List

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New Books By Black Women To Add To Your Reading List



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Such A Fun Age, Kiley Reid

When 25-year-old Emira Tucker becomes the babysitter of Alix Chamberlain, “a woman who gets what she wants,” the last thing she expects is to be interrogated by a supermarket security guard while caring for Alix’s daughter…yet here she is. Accused of kidnapping, Emira is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis when a video of the incident thrusts both her and Alix into the spotlight, and now they must navigate this political circus together.

“An exploration of race and racism and misguided perceptions of the issue, executed with wit and a sharp edge…[Such a Fun Age] reveals how trapped black people who work in service jobs…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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What Does It Mean To Be “Black Butterfly Beautiful”

The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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