Top 4 Black Tropes I’m Tired of Seeing

Hey all,

When reading other perspectives, it’s sometimes difficult to spot harmful stereotypes. Hell, I’m not perfect, I’ve too fallen victim of celebrating books, TV, etc that features annoying racist tropes.

I think it’s important for people to know the difference between culture and stereotypes and so here’s the top 4 black tropes I’m tired of seeing in books. 

**And I would like to note that this is in my personal experience as a black woman.**

 

Token Black Friend

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Have you read a book that features a white main character who has that sassy/comic relief black friend? Or are they the black friend that rises above all the negative stereotypes and becomes the Oreo of the group (white on the inside black on the outside)? Folks, that’s your token black friend. I’ve been one, I’ve seen them on TV,  I read them in books. It’s annoying and I’m begging for this trope to finally end.

The White Savior

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Probably my favorite. Are you reading in a white perspective that helps a black person rise up against adversity  No black (POC in general) don’t want White people’s help. It’s not beautiful, it’s not inspiring. It implies that Black people are incapable of succeeding without a white savior. Also, there can be POC heroes too. Shocker!

The Strong Black Woman 

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Oh, this is my most hated one for a number of reasons. I know that the trope name should be a compliment towards black woman but it’s actually the opposite. People (non-black people) who believe that black woman are supposed to be this “strong independent black woman who needs no man” *snaps fingers in z formation* actually makes it seem that black woman doesn’t go through depression, anxiety, etc. It makes it seem like black woman are supposed to be strong 27/7 and that if we show a hint of weakness, we are no longer “black.” Throughout my whole life, I felt like I had to hide my mental illness due to society’s image of the strong black woman (whoops getting a little ahead of myself). I’m a big advocate on POC and mental health so this trope is my biggest pet peeve.

Using Coffee to describe Black Skin

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Get your venti iced skinny mocha macchiato, sugar-free syrup, extra shot, light ice, no whip ass out of here please.

What other culture stereotypes are you tired of seeing ? List them down below!

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My Current “Bookshelf”

Hey all,

So, today I thought I would share with you my current (college) bookshelf. It’s not really a  bookshelf because, well, it’s not. These are the books (excluding Gone Girl) that I’ve acquired since August of 2016 (and two of them were for school). If you want to know, my bookshelf at home has about 30 (most that contains childhood and all time favorites).

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Out of the 11, I’ve read 5. I plan on reading all 11 by the semester (hopefully). I know I’m reading Opal Charm and THUG this month and we’ll see if I make it to the others.

Are you college student that has a little bookshelf in their dorm? Or are you a mini shelf type of reader? Let me know down below (links!)

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Febuary Wrap-Up|No Bad Books Month

I had a pretty bad month when it comes to my mental state but I still ended up reading 4 books. Despite me wanting to read more, I’m still happy because I read somee awesome books

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Least Favorite Book: Tiny Pretty Things (gave it 3 stars though)

New Authors ReadMia McKenzie  Sona Charaipotra  Dhonielle Clayton  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

New Authors I want to continue reading: All of them!

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 4

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 4

Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 0

Number of YA: 2

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 0

Number of Short Story Collections: 2

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 2

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 0

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 0

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Here We Are| Tiny Pretty Things|Black Girl Dangerous

Mini Reviews

Nada

TV/Movie Reviews

Nada:(

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read at least 2 books
  • Blog more like WAY more
  • Do my 200 follower giveaway

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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Reader Confessional #6

{DECIDE MY NEXT GIVEAWAY}

Wow, I haven’t done one of these in a while!

The reader confessional is where I disclose all of my embarrassing secrets, funny experiences, weird habits and unpopular opinions regarding my reading life.

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Yeah, I used to be an extreme book hoarder. I started watching booktube in 2013 and I kinda went a little crazy. I was envious with all these libraries booktubers had, and I wanted my own. I used to have about 6 bookshelves in my room. However, now, I don’t even own a bookshelf! I realized that although I love spending money on books, I need to spend money on the books that matter to me. So, I got rid of 500 unread and books I read but will never read again. I only ended up with about 30 and it’s a number I’m happy with. Also, being a college student, I don’t have the money to spend on books. Thank you library!

Have you ever made a huge unhaul?

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Life and blog updates|Currently reading| SURVEY FOR NEXT GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday Everybody!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for the past week but college is seriously kicking my butt this semester, specifically my chemistry class. I’ve been trying to work on balancing school, work, reading, blogging, friends and family, but it has been extremely difficult. Hopefully, I will get into the swing of thing.

I promise that I will try to interact more in the community (responding to comments and making comments on other blogs).

Also, I reached 200 followers! Thank you to all who clicked that follow button! Thank you to those who have followed me in the beginning and thank you to those who started following me today. Everyone’s support has given me much motivation and I’m happy to be a part of this community! As a thank you, I will be hosting another giveaway soon! 🙂 I’m torn on what book to giveaway so I thought I would create a google form for you all to help me decide!

CLICK HERE TO PICK THE NEXT GIVEAWAY BOOK

Now to my currently reading! I have started a lot of books but am struggling to finish them (not because of the book itself, more like me being busy with college). But, I really really really hope to finish some soon.

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Weeellll, I forgot that I checked out this book until I found it on my loan page on overdrive and it said that I had 2 days to read it. I only made it to page 222 and then my loan expired. This one is on hold again but two people are ahead of me. Here’s my advise to all my library eBook readers out there: KEEP TRACK OF ALL LOANS AND HOLDS. ALSO, DON’T CHECK OUT YOUR MAX AMOUNT OF LOANS BECAUSE YOU WILL FEEL OVERWHELM.

 

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Got two more days to finish this. But will I succeed? Will I stop procrastinating? Is 200 pages too many pages?

 

 

 

 

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{Enter cover for Hope in Nautical Dusk by Miri Castor here)

I’m reading this for an honest review. This features a bisexual black main character so yeah, excited.

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I’m reading some other books but I’ve only read a little bit in each book. Hopefully, I can stop this bad habit and read books the whole way through instead of starting 10 at a time.

Again, big thanks to all my followers and readers! Love you all 🙂

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Why Black History Month is important|BHM 2017

*I wrote this article for my school newspaper last year 2016 in response to the several students stating that black history month isn’t important.  

*{} means replaced word in the sake of this blog post

It’s February, you know what that means. No, not Valentine’s Day. It’s the themed month that was once prominent when we were younger, but now has been completely abandoned: Black History Month (BHM).

  BHM is known to commemorate African American achievements and culture. This month, inspired by Woodrow Wilson, used to be an event that occurred one week in February. However, after the civil rights movement came upon America and college campuses started to actively participate in the week, President Gerald R. Ford made the proclamation of having an official BHM.

    It’s quite astonishing that our {community| doesn’t promote this month. Yes, we may see posters of famous quotes from the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King JR. but that doesn’t do the month justice. When I was in elementary school, everyone was required to read a packet documenting the impact that African American had on America. We wrote essays about our favorite African American celebrities. But now, all of the established awareness seems to have disappeared into history.

  One reason why BHM is no longer as appreciated it used to be is that many believe that African Americans having their own month promotes racial superioritythis statement only proves how BHM has absolutely nothing to do with racial supremacy. The point of BHM is to reminds us of the dire endeavours that African Americans endured and how we should be grateful for their struggles, because without them, America wouldn’t be the “land of equality.” BHM signifies the unity as we rose above racial dominance.

  BHM needs to be celebrated. Although we are no longer in the civil rights era, African Americans are still discriminated against and stereotyped; BHM was originated from the intentions to eliminate these two horrific acts.

   Brigham Young University conducted a survey, where a caucasian male who painted his skin black, interviewed students about BHM. Most of them didn’t know which month was BHM, and when the interviewer asked what they did during the month, someone said, “We go off campus to and eat fried chicken and drink grape juice.” Another student said, “ [I] listen to some Jay-Z.” The video goes on to show people spouting other racial stereotypes, and even impersonating a “typical” black person. Although it was intended to be a joke, it depicted Americans as being extremely ignorant about African American culture. We should feel awfully embarrassed as the widely diverse country that we are.

 

   We, as a {country}, need to be more knowledgeable about important African American figures that helped shaped our society today. There’s more to BHM than celebrating Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. What about civil rights leaders Bayard Rustin, Matthew Hensonwho co-discovered the North Poleand the renowned poet Maya Angelou? There are several black figures who don’t gain the recognition they deserve, due to the lack of gratitude towards BHM.

  BHM reminds us annually how African Americans have come from the days where they had to live in fear. If we don’t tell the old stories of black history to future generations, everything we know about black culture will eventually be obliterated.

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Types of Memes Book Tag

Is it bad that I remember all these memes when I was younger? Thank you @Icebreaker694 for tagging me in their original tag. This tag was meant for me since I’m a lover of memes (if you follow me on twitter, that’s all is on my personal feed)

Rules:

  • Pingback to creator (Icebreaker694) ALWAYS!
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and thank them.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Provide a meme for each question.
  • Tag 7+ people, don’t kill the tag!

GRUMPY CAT” —A BOOK YOU HAVE NEGATIVE FEELINGS ABOUT.

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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Ugh, I have several reasons why I despised this book including the characters, the cheating, the slut shaming, the possessiveness. Definitely not a great reading experience  .

 

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“WHAT IF I TOLD YOU” — A BOOK YOU SPOILED FOR YOURSELF.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

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I was a bit late to the Hunger Games hype and so after I finished reading Catching Fire, I was kind of over it and looked up what happens on Wikipedia (despite the fact that I read it anyways).

 

 

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“I DON’T ALWAYS MAN” — A BOOK YOU DON’T ALWAYS LIKE, BUT WHEN YOU’RE READING IT YOU DO.

The Ramona Quimbly Series by Beverly Cleary

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Reading these as a kid, I absolutely adored these books. I believe I read them all. However, thinking about it now, these books were just okay and Ramona was kind of a brat.

But I still enjoy this series because it’s ridiculous and entertaining!

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“90’S SPIDERMAN” — A GOOD CLASSIC OR RETRO BOOK THAT’LL NEVER GET OLD.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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When I’m at home, I always go look at the passages and quotes I tabbed. I don’t know why but I really love this book and it’s one of my all time favorites. The themes of innocence and death colliding is haunting but compelling.

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“MARCHING BAND MEMES” — A BOOK THAT’S VERY RELATABLE.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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I was really at a dark time when reading this and I related to the main character a whole lot. Although it’s humorous, all what the character went through in the book is what I went through and still struggling with.

 

 

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“DEMOTIVATIONAL” —A BOOK THAT YOU’VE SEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I mean, the book hasn’t even come out yet and it already has a 4.7 rating on Goodreads. This is everyone’s most anticipated book, including mine, and I can’t wait to read it!!!

 

 

 

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“YOU DON’T SAY” —A PREDICTABLE BOOK.

The Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles

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An okay YA contemporary series I read years ago.

 

 

 

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“ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY” — ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY BINGE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. (A BOOK YOU BINGE READ.)

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Again, every tag I do, I mention my queen. I read Dark Places in one sitting and I love love LOVED it. It’s my favorite by her because I love stories about controversial cases. Libby was such an intriguing character and so were the side characters that we were introduced to. Highly Recommend!

 

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“CHEMISTRY CAT”— A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

None of the Above by I.W Gregorio

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I learned a lot about intersex from this book. It’s extremely educational and the author clearly put in a lot of research. Not the best story plot wise, but if you wanna learn what intersex actually is, I recommend None of the Above.

 

 

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“PET MEMES” — A BOOK THAT’S JUST REALLY ADORABLE.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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I just recently finished this book and I’m still thinking about how amazing Aristotle and Dante were. I just loved their relationship. I read this on audiobook and I’m pretty sure people gave me weird stares since I was smiling A LOT (listen to this on my way to classes)

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