Smoketown

Smoketown is a science fiction novel by Tenea D. Johnson. A Kentucky native, Johnson named the story after Louisville’s Smoketown, a historically African American neighborhood that housed a “large number of (smoke-producing) kilns.”[1] Johnson retains the history of the people and place in her novel and transforms the futuristic Smoketown Read More …

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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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, Read More …