Book Review: This Side of Home by Renee Watson

Release date: February 3rd 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pre-order: Amazon Synopsis via Goodreads: Identical twins Nikki and Maya have been on the same page for everything—friends, school, boys and starting off their adult lives at a historically African-American college. But as their neighborhood goes from rough-and-tumble to up-and-coming, suddenly filled with pretty coffee shops and boutiques, Nikki is thrilled while Maya feels like their home is … Continue reading Book Review: This Side of Home by Renee Watson

Ignorance Ignored?

By now I’m sure that the entire nation is aware of the ignorant crime that took place on February 26 involving the murder of a Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, within a gated community in Sanford, Florida. If you haven’t, then allow me to restate the horrific event. Trayvon had gone to a nearby 7-11 for snacks and was on his way back to the house, where he and his father were visiting family and friends, when he was spotted by 28 year old George Zimmerman, the killer. The neighborhood patrol volunteer had called the police to report a “really suspicious looking guy” prior to shooting 17 year old Martin. He told the dispatcher that Martin “looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.” He described Martin as having his hand on his waistband, carrying an object, and coming towards him. “And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him…These a**holes, they always get away.” So, I guess Trayvon was just guilty of being black. Continue reading “Ignorance Ignored?”

‘Red Tails’: good tribute, but a little reserved

The George Lucas film, which was in production for a longtime, started out lagging but picked up as it continued rolling. ‘Red Tails‘ tells the story about the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated group of African American fighter jets who proved that they were just as equal to serve in the military, and especially keep up during world war II. What was most appealing to me about the film, aside from the hot men, were the combat sequences and how the director managed to capture every angle in such a dramatic way. The story seemed more about the plans than about the men flying them. It was more action than drama. Well, at least that’s what I took away from it. Continue reading “‘Red Tails’: good tribute, but a little reserved”