What I’ve learned this Black History Month… #ReadSoulLit

I know there’s a one-way ticket in here somewhere… So it’s nearing the end of Black History Month and this one has been one for the books. The unveiling of the Obama portraits for the Smithsonian, The exciting book releases of An American Marriage and Freshwater, Black Panther… [Beyoncé: World Stop…] Motion to rename Black History Month to Afrofuturism Month, or Wakanda Awareness Month, or The Colonizer Reprieve Month. [Beyoncé: Carry on.] I mean we’re used to celebrating our past, Important but little-known, contributions to society but, beloveds look at what we have in store for the future. Y’all better get in line for wherever Shuri is taking us! But back to today’s video, for #READSOULLIT, I have decided to share four books that have expanded My mind this Black History Month, Some books were read in February, others have just been on my mind since reading them. So without further ado When Dave Chappelle recommends a book you read it. And I am here to say I have never, ever been so traumatized by a book in my life. [Overton] This is the story of Iceberg Slim, a pimp from the midwest in the 1940s who is so cold that this cat Had a bullet go through his hat while he was still wearing it and he didn’t even panic. Can you imagine? Anyway, the book chronicles him being put on game about, how to get and keep his stable. From scenes of his heartbreaking childhood to the scene of him breaking out of prison, This was not light reading to say the least. Now, I was intrigued to read it after Chappelle used it as the analogy for Hollywood, And while the language was hard to follow, the metaphor was not. However, I’m not sure if we came to a definitive, answer to that age-old question, “Is pimping easy?” [Contestant: Hell yeah.] This next book shows us the transformative power of love. When They Call You a Terrorist is a memoir from Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and it details her life From her endearing relationships with her fathers, to the unconditional and unwavering support she and family gathered for her brother, who Was dealing with mental illness, to her own journey through romantic love. This book showed me that instead of our quick response to just throwing people away once they’ve committed transgressions, That we ought to just really examine what it means to Rehabilitate, to forgive, and to correct certain behaviors in society rather than to just judge and imprison people. And I was so moved by the portrayal of community in this book, and reminded that a little kindness and compassion Still goes a long way. Next, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired. Now, this book was hilarious. Two African immigrants share an apartment in Montreal, and they spend their days chasing their dreams, one is trying to become a novelist and the other is a philosopher, And then they spend their nights sleeping with white women. The title might lead you to expect a tutorial, however it’s anything but. Instead what you’ll find is an earnest reasoning of using history as a seducer for our most intimate conquest. I really quite enjoyed this book, and would readily recommend it to anyone not even knowing what kind of books they like to read. AND THEN…. [Music: Take Me There by Mya & Blackstreet] T’challa! Nakia! Shuri! My people ohhh! Wakanda is the home we’ve been waiting for. Wakanda is life! Like, I can’t even begin to explain the feelings, all the feelings, of the past few weeks, watching all the fashions, watching all the camaraderie, Watching these fine actors, And I do… mean fine! Bring to life a world that we could only fathom in our hearts and minds, but now it exists on a Tyler Perry studio lot. Look at God. Honestly, I was bit salty after watching the movie because I had been boasting about not having a crush at the moment, but then I left the movie with a whole new batch of celebrity crushes. Like how, even? And as I sit here in my Wakanda withdrawal, I am not sure of how I’m supposed to go on without T’Challa in my life, everyday How?! How? How?! So here’s what I’ve learned. I’ve learned that in the space between how A society treats its most vulnerable citizens and how The most vulnerable citizens treats in society is this transformative energy called love. And when we’re looking at it from the macro, we might contemplate how love sustains us because look at Us surviving under this weight of the system, but when we look at it from the micro We see that it is love that we’re creating and manifesting that keeps us going and growing. And that’s what all of these stories have taught, me from Pimp to Black Panther, how we treat each other matters because Systems may not see people, but people see people and we’re all we got. [Dave: We should take care of each other] And also, we are a multi-faceted people and our history our identities are multifaceted and should all be remembered and celebrated. The parts we’ve learned from, the parts that made us laugh, the parts that made us fight, and the parts that bring us back home to ourselves. So what have you been reading this Black History Month? Share below in the comments, and also check out all the other videos in the #ReadSoulLit tag started by Didi at Brown Girl Reading. As always, thank you so much for watching and until next time remember to read or be read. I’ll talk to you, soon, bye. Wakanda Forever!

Comments 13

  • Entertaining and informative review as usual πŸ‘Š

  • Just picked up Pimp after watching Dave as well. So excited read it!

  • Thank you so much for such an informative but fun video! I wish I found your channel so much earlier πŸ˜­πŸ’πŸΎ

  • Awesome video as usual Dominique!!! Just brilliant! Thanks so much for doing the video! Really appreciate it! And yes Wakanda Forever!!!!

  • YESSSS! Afrofuturism month! Wakanda forevaaaa!!!
    You should definitely check out M Archive: After the End of the World by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe, There are more Beautiful things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker

  • I'll be voting for the name Colonizer Reprieve Month
    I too left that theater with many new celebrity crushes haha, this video was too good πŸ™‚
    And to answer your question so far I've read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (My favorite book of the month!), The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.

  • Jenifer Lewis, Mother of Black Hollywood πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ
    Tiffany Haddish, Last Black Unicorn ✌🏾
    Shonda Rhimes, Yeear of Yes πŸ‘πŸΎ

  • Amazing!! I've been reading Kiese Laymon – was it you that recommended him?! Xx

  • I love your videos! And this one is πŸ”₯

  • Yaaas! Black Paaaanther! πŸ˜­πŸ™…πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

  • Wakanda Withdrawal.. yup, that's me haha. I'm catching up on booktube stuff and I'm glad I am subscribed to you. You continue to churn out great content!

  • I cant wait to get a bottle of wine, cozy up and binge-watch your entire channel!!!!

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