21 Questions

21 Questions by Mason Dixon is a fast-paced, contemporary romance featuring Kenya Davis, a successful thirty-six-year-old professional on a quest to find love. Kenya is in search of a traditional love, the kind that’s built upon trust, honesty, and mutual respect. But, there’s a catch. She wants a woman that matches her financial prowess, and she refuses to settle for less. Kenya thought she had found Ms. Right upon meeting Mackenzie Richardson at a speed dating event in South Beach Read More …

Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month

Pride month is nearly over, and there are lists upon lists of books LGBTQ folks should be reading circulating around the internet. Interestingly, most of them don’t have many, if any, Black lesbian books included on them. A wonderful exception is this list by Danika Ellis, head librarian over at the Lesbrary. In the spirit of reminding folks that Black lesbians are part of the LGBTQ community, and that we WRITE, here are five Black lesbian books you should be Read More …

Yabo

I don’t remember when or how, but I was introduced to a snippet of Yabo many months ago through the characters Ruby, Ramses, and Jules. Yabo was released in 2014, and finally, in 2017, I can remove it from my TBR list with much delight. If Yabo has been lingering on your (Black/lesbian/queer) TBR list too, move it to the top. Make it a priority. This book ain’t for the faint of heart. You must read with care and memory, Read More …

Pat Greene: Her Story

In Pat Greene: Her Story, Anondra “Kat” Williams has crafted autofiction by permitting Patricia “Pat” Greene to recall her life, lovers, and heartbreaks. Some chapters are named for and exclusive to a single lover. In a way, this is a coming-of-age story because Pat relays (through a series of reflections and lessons) her emotional growth and the journey she took to achieve equilibrium. It took Pat several decades to realize her worth and truly understand and find love, but in Read More …

Rise of the Gorgon

In Rise of the Gorgon, author Tanai Walker peels back fabricated reality to delve into a world that unveils the truth behind conspiracy theories. Elle Pharell is a journalist with a skin thick enough to repel the verbal bullets that conservative pundits throw at her and her mentor/business partner, Anne Humphries, on a daily basis. No amount of grit, however, could shield Elle from witnessing the suicide of her friend Rob Loera, an army veteran with severe PTSD. Elle travels Read More …

Here Comes the Sun

So much can be said about Here Comes the Sun, a story that weaves beautifully written prose through the ugliness of colorism, religion, racism, homophobia, servitude, and neocolonialism— along with other social inequities that plague the Diaspora, particularly in early 1990’s small-town Jamaica. The novel opens with 30-year-old Margot, a prostitute, employee, daughter, sister, mistress, and lover, though she compartmentalizes her identities in a web of secrets, lies, and deception. Margot will do whatever is necessary to ensure her 15-year-old sister, Read More …

The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens & Ghosts

About twelve years ago, I was sitting in an undergrad communications course listening to a roundtable discussion on race. I was mostly silent, waiting for the class session to pass, as students spouted their opinions (and misconceptions) about race/racism. I will never forget the Black student who sat opposite of me because she proclaimed that she was not African American. She was of mixed race, Cherokee heritage. I rolled my eyes, insulted that her Blackness was not enough, also annoyed Read More …

A Return to Arms

I’ve always felt that a sign of a good read is one that elicits emotions in the reader. There were several times when I teetered between anger and delight as I read A Return to Arms. The character, Kanaan, brought up (past) anger because I’ve encountered men like him—particularly in social circles aimed at Black audiences and social awareness. My delight stems from a deep appreciation for sistahs like Toya, Folami, and Nina who “walk the walk and talk the Read More …

When I Was Your Girlfriend

I’m honored to kick-off the BLLC Review. Throughout 2017, our reviewers will post critical, heart-warming, and thoughtful reviews on a variety of books every Thursday. First up, a review of When I Was Your Girlfriend by Nikki Harmon. When I Was Your Girlfriend is a romantic escapade featuring Dee Armstrong, a smart, capable, and stable woman with just enough flaws and hang-ups to form an interesting and strong-willed character. On page one, the reader learns that Dee is “the only Read More …