The Great Story Behind Tami Charles’ Poignant Novel ‘Like Vanessa’

I recently reviewed the middle grade novel Like Vanessa, and if you've read my review, then you already know how much I love this book. I loved it so much that I reached out through the networks to speak with the author and tell her how much I enjoyed it. Tami was gracious enough to...

‘Mapping the Interior’ Brings Native American Stories to Light

Tor has been publishing a lot of novellas lately, and Mapping the Interior, by Blackfeet Native-American writer Stephen Graham Jones is one of those. Promoted as a horror story, it does include some very tensed, creepy and gore-ish moments, but it's above all a story about father and son relationships, particularly in the context...

‘Binti’ is Not to be Missed by Any Afrofuturism Fan

Within a decade, Nnedi Okorafor has established herself as one of the most powerful and recognized Black voices in current science-fiction and fantasy. Her range is pretty impressive, from YA stories like Akata Witch, to writing Black Panther issues, to sci-fi novels like The Book of Phoenix (shortlisted for a Clarke Award), and to...

‘Like Vanessa’ Literally Brought Me to Tears

Like Vanessa, the debut middle grade novel by Tami Charles, is truly one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. It’s been a minute since I’ve cried reading a book, and let me tell you, I was crying Black girl magic thug tears by the end. It’s 1983, and Vanessa Martin is...

BGN News Beat: The Week’s Biggest Headlines

What's going on in the TV world? https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=55&v=yltdDq0xgmg Marvel has released a new promo for their upcoming series, Cloak and Dagger. The series will debut on Freeform on June 7 with a world premiere at SXSW on March 11. It follows two teenagers, Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) from different backgrounds. They find...

Black Women Shine Fighting Against the Undead in ‘Dread Nation’

Rather than opening this review with a bit of fluff, I’m just going to cut straight to the chase: Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation should be added to your TBR list immediately. I don’t quite know what my expectations were going in, but I read the summary and got strong Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and...

Bingo Love Evokes “Moonlight” In ‘San Junipero’ This Valentines Day

"For those who don't know Bingo Love, I see it as Moonlight meets Black Mirror's San Junipero episode." A happy little thrum of recognition rolled off of the crowd gathered at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse when author Tee Franklin described her gorgeous book as such. I had just finished reading Bingo Love at my table...

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ will snatch your edges

Sometimes, it’s hard to review a book. You sit down to write a review, and (if you love it) you ask yourself, “what parts of the book am I going to talk about?” When it comes to Children of Blood and Bone (written by Tomi Adeyemi), I can go on and on about how...

Make 100 Heroes With Planet Random Comics

Planet Random Creative is an entertainment company that develops comics, films and comic related media. We’ve built an incredible storytelling universe with every fan at heart because every fan deserves a hero. We believe you belong. Our Make 100 Heroes campaign enables fans to create the heroes they feel are missing from comics, animation, and...

‘Global Dystopias’ Review

Global Dystopias serves as a timely collection of stories, interviews and essays which depict a modern perspective of the future from revered voices to new authors alike. Edited by Junot Diaz, the collection is at times humorous, dark, despairing and hopeful but always feels accurate. The future is something humans have always spent time dwelling...
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