Soul Train Awards
This year’s 2018 Soul Train Awards was described as a whole lituation–in the literary sense. I could not help but to imagine what a book style version of the Soul Train Awards would be.
I can imagine the lovely Terry McMillian and the handsome Eric Jerome Dickey as the hosts. So Sistah Girls, all I ask of you is for you to use your imagination while the best in Black Literature and Entertainment is presented to you.
And The Winner Is…
Best New Author Award goes to Camille Acker and her debut short story collection Training School for Negro Girls.
Camille takes the reader on a personal tour of Washington D.C. Fun, engaging and relatable are all the things each character in this great new read possess. This book was my peace.
Best Male Author Award goes to Uzidunma Iweala for his magnificent storytelling in Speak no Evil.
This story follows the life of a Harvard prospect Niri, who is hiding his queerness from his Nigerian parents. This story is controversial, captivating, and courageous–it’s an outright page-turner that deserves recognition and praise. This book was my love.
For best collaboration, we have Glory Edim and her anthology, Well- Read Black Girl.
This book features poems by Lucille Clifton and Eloise Greenfield–not only that, Glory has an all-star roster of contributors like Morgan Jenkins, Barbara Smith, Jesmyn Ward, and Gabourey Sidibe–just to name a few.
Bringing back the oldies and introducing new goodies, this book makes me feel joy down in my soul!
For the book of the year, it would have to be Michelle Obama’s memoir–Becoming.
Ever since Michelle Obama’s release on November 13th, women and young ladies all over the US and Canada have been talking non-stop about the gems Obama dropped in her memoir.
Not only did Mrs. Obama reveal intimate details about her past and present she also opened up to us and shared her personal journey in discovering her voice and owning it. This memoir not only gives you a personal look at our forever First Lady’s life it also makes you feel good about yourself.
I hope you Sistah’s enjoyed this list of soulful good reads! Please like and comment below to share your favorite category or comment with a book that you believe should have been featured!
As always in parting, we wish LOVE, PEACE, and SOULLLL!