Sistah, Sister, what does it mean to you? As I sit here thinking about my sister, sistah, girlfriends the circle of women that surround me. Do you surround yourself with women who uplift you? Women who give you strength when you fill like falling apart? Women who come out swinging before asking what happened.
I have a circle of friends and we call each other “sis” I know what it means when we say it. We are using it as a term of endearment. “Sis,” meaning you are my sister of the heart. “Sis,” I love you and got our back. “Sis” meaning we share a bond that is deeper and stronger than a friendship.
I held the door for the women walking in behind be. she thanked me for holding the door for her. She said “Thank you, sis” I took her “sis” to mean you and I share a bond of sisterhood. “Sis” when everyone else is tearing us apart we got each other. “Sis,” I see you. You are not invisible.
Do you use “sis” when you are speaking with your girlfriends? Do you all share the common bond of sisterhood?
Sistah, sister how you doing sistah?
Hello sweeties, it has been a long time since I shared my thoughts. But, I am back. There is so much I missed talking about. I am not going to go backwards, so we are going to kick this off as if we been here all along.
I attended the Second Annual Well- Read Black Girl Festival this weekend in Brooklyn, NY. I am going to start off by saying it was a packed house. The room was full of black girls. The room had black girl magic all over the place. Looking around the room I was in awe. I was excited to be in the building. I heard some real finger snapping poetry. The Keynote speaker Patricia Smith was simple awesome. She now has a new fan. Also with the purchase of a premium ticket you received the newly released Well Read Black Girl Anthology. Which I can not wait to read.
We were treated to an awesome panel discussion with six of the contributing authors of the Anthology.
Unfortunately I had to leave after the panel discussion. Why? you ask
The event was suppose to start at 11am. At 11am we were still standing on line outside in the cold. When we were finally allowed inside we were asked to show ID before showing tickets. (I am not sure why) The seating was tight, tight, tight. You remember I said packed house right? besides tight they were very uncomfortable. I mean they truly maximized every inch of the place. So me with my messed up knees was in so much pain from the chairs I couldn’t take it anymore and had to leave. I was a little bummed about that because they had an interesting line up on the itinerary. I do have a list of authors and poets that I will be getting to know better.
So, over all I would probably attend the Third Annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival and you should too!!!!
Sugar & Spice Book Club is having a literary event 2019. http://www.literarymadness2019.eventbrite.com for tickets and more info.
Join us in MD October 4-5 2019 for B.A.R.R. (Black Authors Readers Rock ) weekend http://www.blackauthorsandreadersrock.com
Take away for this post.
Get to know Well-Read Black Girl.
Mark your calendar’s for March 9, 2019 “Literary Madness” get tickets now
Join us at B.A.R.R
Ciao sweeties, until next time
Happy New Year all,
As we say goodbye to 2011 and welcome in 2012, what are saying goodbye and hello to? When I look back over the events have 2011 I must say I have been disappointed by some and very impressed by or encouraged by others. I would like for us as readers to demand more from or authors. To Demand more is simply to demand that give us what we want. A well written book. A book that they take the time and energy to write and edit. Not a that they wake up in the morning and say ” I feel like writing a book today” and a month later they have a book and is pushing for us to buy and read.
I am so tired of picking up a book and then when I start reading I am bombarded with errors. I have even read a few were the story line did not flow in order. I do sympathized when I hear an author say that they decide to self publish because the main stream publishers are robbing them.
In 2004 when Sugar & Spice started self published authors were on the rise. As well as Urban Lit or Street Lit. authors were hitting the bookshelves on a rise. At this time we were so happy to see so many people reading, especially our young people that we ignored the errors and just kept on reading. Now eight years later I say enough is enough give me a well written book or give me death. Alright, well not that dramatic but seriously all I desire is a well written book. I must add that I would prefer it not be about drugs, drug dealers and f###ing everyone that you come in contact with. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against sex but when you just throw it in the middle of a story and it makes no sense, shame on you.
Now when I look at authors who have been around for a long time like Walter Mosley, Alice Walker, Donna Hill, Rochelle Alers, Bernice McFadden, Beverly Jenkins. And I take a look at some of our authors that we have come to know in the last eight years like Renee Daniel Flagler,Moses Miller, Trice Hickman, J.M. Benjamin and others. I wonder do they have that staying power? I would say yes they do.
As an avid reader I will demand that more authors take pride in what they are putting out there for our pleasure.
These are my thoughts just thoughts that I chose to share. Agree or disagree just my thoughts.
Peace until next time.
Keep reading, sweeties!!!!!
What are you reading and why? Street Lit or should I say Urban Lit has been on the rise. I would like to know what is it about Street Lit. that has grab your interest. Do you think this is just a faze. As for myself I enjoy a good Urban fiction but it seems as if if you read one then you have read them all. What are your thoughts on this topic if any
I just came from a wonderful literary event in Kansas City, and the sad state of our African American book stores. We no longer have a place to go where we can go and all the latest info in the african american literary world. Is there anything we can do about this?