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Of Mammies, Migrants and Book Editors

February 6, 2020


What do you give up as an author, when you turn over almost all creative control to a publishing kingmaker? Sometimes the cost should give an ambitious writer reason to pause. The publishing industry tried to peddle another error prone novel about people of color, specifically Latinos. But this time a marginalized group fought back. […]

Top Ten Ways AMERICAN DIRT & THE HELP Misrepresent

January 30, 2020


This is about freedom of speech and falsehoods. No one stopped either Kathryn Stockett’s The Help or Jeanine Cummins American Dirt from being published. Both books are readily available to the public, and so are criticisms directed at each, broken down to ten quick items on this post, because American Dirt will be utilized at some […]

American Dirtbag: Why Publishing profits off “Othering”

January 25, 2020


I’m part of “the other.” I’m not the reader base many major publishers salivate over. Thus my opinions and objections over how my culture is depicted don’t mean shit when there’s money to be made. Having created this blog back in 2010 when Kathryn Stockett’s The Help was the IT book, I think I can […]

Rinse, Repeat – American Dirt novel and The Help

January 22, 2020


If it worked once, why not follow the same formula? Well, be careful what you wish for, or in this case, who you appropriate. If you haven’t already heard about the uproar over the new book “American Dirt” then prepare yourself (WTF is with that title? If the book had been about black people, there […]

A Teachable Moment: Trump and “Go Back to ________”

July 19, 2019


Readers, while many of you may have no recollection of life under segregation, please understand that you’re getting a disturbing example of it from none other than Donald Trump, the president of the United States. Sometimes a picture can cut to the heart of the matter in this discussion? debate? denial? regarding the intent of […]

A Critical Review of The Green Book

January 10, 2019


First, let me say to Donald Shirley’s family: You have my sincere respect and gratitude. What you’re experiencing right now (attempts at silencing and downright ignoring your criticism by some in the media) is routine when Hollywood falls in love with these kinds of stories. In the push to show how liberal the industry is, […]

Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter

July 11, 2016


  THIS:     Look at his eyes. Really look at them. Now look at the officer’s left knee, and how he’s kneeling on the man’s head. Look at the officer’s right thigh by the man’s mouth, as if to silence any speech. What would’ve happened if he’d uttered the words “I can’t breathe?”   […]