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In Audre’s Footsteps: Expanding Black American Intellectual Traditions in Europe

There’s a long history of Black American intellectuals living or spending significant time in Europe. You’re probably familiar with James Baldwin’s time in France or maybe you’ve read a bit about Frederick Douglass’ travels in Ireland and England. But did you know Audre Lorde spent significant time in Germany? Despite encountering her work throughout my […]

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She’s Unlikeable: And Other Lies That Bring Women Down: A Book Review

I was part of the wave in 2020 that binged Indian Matchmaking on Netflix during quarantine. I’m not sure what made me watch except that learning more about matchmaking seemed very fascinating to me. She’s Unlikeable Aparna Shewakramani was someone I was instantly annoyed with. No one was good enough for her. She was too picky.

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Book Review: You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union

Summary Gabrielle Union is not just the star of iconic cheerleading movie Bring It On. Beyond that she is a producer, director, writer and activist. In her second novel of short stories, You Got Anything Stronger? (which we featured in our Gabrielle Union x Feminist Book Club collab) she recounts memories of her teenagehood, difficult

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The Woman They Could Not Silence

Mariquita interviews Kate Moore to discuss her most recent book, The Woman They Could Not Silence, and the ways in which pejoratives for mental illness are still used against women today to discredit them. Following the interview, Mariquita offers a review of the book, including a short synopsis. Books mentioned: Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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Book Review: Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Woman of Light is Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s first novel, after her collection of her debut collection of short stories, Sabrina and Corina. FBC has a podcast episode on the novel’s themes and the quotations that stood out to them. This multigenerational novel was beautiful and magical. There are novels with two timelines-one historical and one contemporary

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A Love Letter to Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Renee and Mariquita, both superfans of Kali Fajardo-Anstine, chat about her first novel Woman of Light, coming out June 7, 2022 from Penguin Random House. In this spoiler-free conversation, they share some of their favorite quotes from the book, some themes that stuck out to them, and why Fajardo-Anstine’s writing is so beloved. Books mentioned:

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Book Review: Come As You Are by Dr. Emily Nagoski

Summary “Is this normal?” “Am I the only one who experiences this?” “What’s wrong with me?” These are a few of the many questions that women ask themselves when it comes to their sexuality and sex life. If you’ve ever asked one of these questions – you’re absolutely not alone. Dr. Emily Nagoski discusses, myth-busts

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