Friday, October 2, 2020

Review: Black Enough - Various Authors

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Review: Black Enough - Various Authors - January 2019

As the world is currently in a state of #BlackLivesMatter , we are seeing which is a good thing more books being released by authors of colour and alot more diversity in our fiction and this is spilling onto other cultures e.g Indian, Asian etc which is awesome. I saw this short story collection come through at work and even though I am not normally a short story reader, I decided to give it a go and enjoyed it. Like most short story anthologies, some stories are hits and others are misses. What I did love about this collection, is that it showed being Black isn't just one main colour , there are varying degrees from light-skinned to dark-skinned and being mixed-race but still identifying as Black. We had stories of mixed families, ghetto stories, police violence, gun violence and activism/justice as well as what it is to be considered dark on the outside but white on the inside - an "oreo" as they called it in the story.  If you are wanting to diversify your reading and add some authors of colour, then check out this YA collection "Black Enough" .  I really liked how the editor Ibi Zoboi talked about the different shades of Black :
Black is male. Black is female.
Black is urban. Black is rural
Black is rich and poor.
Black is mixed-race
Black is more

There are countless ways to be BLACK ENOUGH.

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