Powerful and timely, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas well deserves its long-held spot at the top of the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list. If you read only one book this year, it ought to be this one. Thomas masterfully combines social justice and talented story-telling in this novel about teenage Starr Carter who witnesses her best friend being shot to death by the police. Not only does the novel examine major problems that affect people of color like police brutality, but it also explores smaller, more insidious ones like microaggressions and cultural appropriation. Every character is so multi-faceted and believable, you will find yourself caring deeply about them and what they are going through. Continue reading Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Fans of period dramas, get excited, because PBS has a new series about the Civil War that (at least in its premiere) does not disappoint. Mercy Street is set in Alexandria, Virginia, will have six episodes, and is based on memoirs and letters from people who worked at the actual Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria. Unlike most Civil War stories that often focus on the fighting white men, Mercy Street focuses on two white female protagonists, and some of the free black people who work in the hospital. Mary Phinney is a young widow from New England who has come to Virginia in hopes of putting her nursing skills to use. Emma Green is a Southern belle whose family owns the hotel that has now become a hospital. Samuel Diggs was born free in the North and has impressive medical skills that are ignored because of the color of his skin.
Are you hooked yet?
Just hours before arriving at my school, prominent feminist author Roxane Gay shared the tweet “No matter what, I still worry before a reading, ‘What if no one comes?’” In truth, she had nothing to worry about. By the time she arrived, the auditorium was packed.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the video game industry has been struggling lately to be inclusive. From death threats toward women to questions of sexism, things have seemed a little bleak. Luckily, the table top RPGs are stepping up their game (no pun intended) to make up for it. We can all agree to pretend that Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition never existed, but the new 5th Edition is taking huge strides in a whole new direction.