- 8 REASONS PEOPLE OF COLOR MUST RALLY FOR A LONG OVERDUE “WHITE HISTORY MONTH” – The “SPF50 NEVER FORGET” sign was pretty clutch. It’s tough out there for us pale folk.
When I wrote an essay about white guys with Yellow Fever, I got backlash from white people who protested, “How come there is a Black History Month, but no White History Month? That’s not fair!”
Hear me out, fellow People of Color! Just like LGBTIQ and people of color, white people also need a month to celebrate the humanity they’ve fought to preserve in the wake of systematic hate and oppression (why “Months for the Marginalized” were set up in the first place).
- A Chat With Rainbow Rowell About Love and Censorship – Is there no phrase more terrifying than “a group of concerned parents”? I’ve heard lots of great stuff about this book and really can’t get my head far enough up my ass to see how it could harm kids.
A group of high school librarians in Minnesota loved Eleanor & Park so much that they chose it as their school district’s summer read, giving all their high school students the option to read it – and invited Rowell to come visit the Minneapolis-area schools and the local public library this fall.
But there are some who do not love it, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Two parents, with the support of the district’s Parents Action League have convinced the Anoka-Hennepin school district, the county board, and the local library board to cancel her events next week – calling Eleanor & Park a “dangerously obscene” book, demanding that it be removed from library shelves and asking that school librarians be disciplined for choosing it.
- HISTORICAL ROMANCE WEEK: KAIA ALDERSON – MY SEARCH FOR HISTORICAL HEROINES WHO LOOK LIKE ME – Aren’t I a Heroine blogger Kaia Alderson wonders why there are so few African-American historicals and what we need to do to change that.
I began hunting for other books like hers with a vengeance and came up with nothing. By that time, she was the only from that original group who was still publishing African-American historical romance. All those other novels were out-of-print. A few titles by other authors have been published in the eleven years since then. But, Beverly Jenkins is the only author who has been consistently publishing African-American historical romance to this day. So unlike my teen-aged self, I began wondering why there weren’t more historical romances about women who looked like me.
- AnimeJune’s All-Natural, All-Positive Alternative Reviewing Method – I’m signing onto AnimeJune’s excellent new program, mostly to rate books as “pineapple.”
I used to be one of those careless people producing that negative energy that is so destructive to creative freedom. But I’ve seen the light, I’ve learned from my errors, and I’ve changed my ways.
I’ve now become an Alternative Reviewer. Alternative Reviewers use positive and symbolic reinforcement to convey an opinion on a novel that encapsulates one’s reaction to it while still protecting the delicate membrane of sensitivity that protects an Author from Bad Feels.
The following two tabs change content below.
An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.