A Review of The Mothers, by Brit Bennett. On the back cover of The Mothers, by Brit Bennett, Roxane Gay is quoted as saying “The Mothers has stayed with me since I first read it….”. It stayed with me too. It was one of those books I had to sit with for a moment afterContinue reading “Another Mother of a Book”
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Happy New Year to everyone, and a huge thank you to everyone who’s read and supported That’s a Bit Racey this year. It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a round-up post….so here are my personal reflections on 2020. It’s going to be tricky to do this without using cliches, but what a year!
Sisterhood – inspired by Chimamada Ngoze Adichie
A fortnight ago, I disrupted my Sunday evening writing routine to celebrate one of my very favourite authors, Chimamada Ngozi Adiche. She, deservedly, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Winner of Winners Prize for her stunning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, and gave a live interview, from Lagos, to thousands of admirers via Zoom.Continue reading “Sisterhood – inspired by Chimamada Ngoze Adichie”
So this week was a great week! I was appointed as Trustee for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature for Equality and Diversity. Myself and two fellow new Trustees, inspirational women who I can’t wait to meet, are bringing new perspectives to this charity that has already achieved so much as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.Continue reading “Trustee Me”
Such a Fun Read
This week’s post is a straight forward book review of a novel that was anything but. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid was a fun read. It was more than that too. It posed some important questions and held the mirror up to some common truths about the world we live in.
See It to Be It
To celebrate the first female, mixed heritage, Asian, African Caribbean vice President of the United States being officially in post (three cheers for Kamala Harris!), today’s blog has to be about representation. Knowing that my daughter will watch the news and see a little of herself in the Vice President of the United States isContinue reading “See It to Be It”
A Focus on Optical Allyship
I saw a thought provoking Instagram post this week asking “what have you done since you posted your black square?” It was a powerful post, and one that halted my thumb from simply double tapping and scrolling past. What are we doing, and continuing to do, to support anti-racism? And more importantly, how real areContinue reading “A Focus on Optical Allyship”
The Vanishing Half – filled to the brim
A full review of the Vanishing Half – an intriguing, powerful and unique book by Brit Bennet.
Black is the new Black
Why haven’t I bought clothing from Black fashion designers before?
Save me! Save me! (Said no one, ever.)
“Me and White Supremacy” has been without doubt the most important book and I’ve read this year. It’s helped me make sense of how we’ve got to where we are in the world. Importantly for me, it’s put a name to experiences and conditions that people of colour find themselves in every day. The simpleContinue reading “Save me! Save me! (Said no one, ever.)”