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Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets

Feminista Jones
$14.95
Paperback

A treatise of Black women’s transformative influence in media and society, placing them front and center in a new chapter of mainstream resistance and political engagement

 

In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how Black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. As Jones reveals, some of the best-loved devices of our shared social media language are a result of Black women’s innovations, from well-known movement-building hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #BlackGirlMagic) to the now ubiquitous use of threaded tweets as a marketing and storytelling tool. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of Black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.

 

Complex conversations around race, class, and gender that have been happening behind the closed doors of academia for decades are now becoming part of the wider cultural vernacular–one pithy tweet at a time. With these important online conversations, not only are Black women influencing popular culture and creating sociopolitical movements; they are also galvanizing a new generation to learn and engage in Black feminist thought and theory, and inspiring change in communities around them.

 

Hard-hitting, intelligent, incisive, yet bursting with humor and pop-culture savvy, Reclaiming Our Space is a survey of Black feminism’s past, present, and future, and it explains why intersectional movement building will save us all.

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February 26, 2019

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Events

Reading & Signing with Darius Bost

Tuesday, March 12 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us on Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm as we host Darius Bost for a reading and signing of his book Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence.   About the Book: Evidence of Being opens on a grim scene: Washington DC’s gay black community in the 1980s, ravaged by AIDS, the crack epidemic, and a series of unsolved murders, seemingly abandoned by the government and mainstream culture. Yet in this darkest of moments, a new vision of community and hope managed to emerge. Darius Bost’s account of the media, poetry, and performance of this time and place reveals a stunning confluence of activism and the arts. In Washington and New York during the 1980s and ’90s, gay black men banded together, using creative expression as a tool to challenge the widespread views that marked them as unworthy of grief. They created art that enriched and reimagined their lives in the face of pain and neglect, while at the same time forging a path toward bold new modes of existence. At once a corrective to the predominantly white male accounts of the AIDS crisis and an openhearted depiction of the possibilities of black gay life, Evidence of Being above all insists on the primacy of community over loneliness, and hope over despair. Purchase a copy for yourself by clicking here. About the Author: Darius Bost is assistant professor of ethnic studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah.

Best Seller

Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 4

$16.95
Paperback

Much like a fine wine the ‘Best Gay Erotica’ series just keeps getting better with each passing year–and this year’s volume is no exception! With M/M erotic stories about dominant men standing tall and powerful over their submissive, to dashing men with looks to kill for, to the rough-and-tumble type who is just asking for you to get down and dirty. So, pour yourself a glass and curl up with Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 4. Clothing is optional.

Book of the Week

If Beale Street Could Talk

James Baldwin
$14.95
Paperback

In this honest and stunning novel, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.

 

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

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In Light of the Last

Jacob Schultz
$7.99
Paperback

In the future, the world is mostly united under one government, our Earth having been nearly consumed by conflict that threatened the existence of all humanity. This new united world will seem largely familiar, except for the fact that organized religion has been rendered illegal and punishable by death. When an elite squad of assassins is tasked with taking out the last vestiges of religion and spirituality on the planet, they are thrown into a plot too obscure to possibly envision from the beginning. Welcome to One World.

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