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A Spoiler-Free, Plot-Free Recap of Last Night's Episode of This Is Us in 600 Words or Less A Spoiler-Free, Plot-Free Recap of Last Night's Episode of This Is Us in 600 Words or Less

Last night’s episode of This Is Us (Season 3, episode 16) had me in my Drake feelings, like when he wondered if Keke loved him. I still don’t know if he ever got an answer, but on this show, I think we may get them. It’s been an emotional roller coaster that only Vivian Green could appreciate, especially for Toby and…

Please Make Sure Your Aunties and Uncles Know It’s Caesar Salad Dressing and Other Stuff to Keep the Rest of Us Alive Please Make Sure Your Aunties and Uncles Know It’s Caesar Salad Dressing and Other Stuff to Keep the Rest of Us Alive

I’d like to tell you a brief story. Buckle up, Buttercup, because like Bandersnatch, this story could have (had) multiple endings.

My Black Ass Deck of Playing Cards Is Better and Blacker Than Yours (Unless You Also Own a Black Ass Deck, Too) My Black Ass Deck of Playing Cards Is Better and Blacker Than Yours (Unless You Also Own a Black Ass Deck, Too)

I try to support black businesses as much as possible, and not just because some white brand fucks up. I buy my books from black-owned bookstores (for the most part; sometimes you can’t beat 50 percent off on a signed copy of a book that costs $34.99 at Barnes & Noble). If you’re a black-owned apparel company who…

They May Have Finessed the College Admissions Process, But I’m Sure They Just Want What’s Best for Their Kids, Right? They May Have Finessed the College Admissions Process, But I’m Sure They Just Want What’s Best for Their Kids, Right?

When news broke of the college admissions scam that rocked America, a pretty large segment of us were neither shocked nor surprised. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, privileged-kid college enrollment fixer William “Rick” Singer founded a for-profit counseling and college prep business, The Key, that…

10 Thoughts About Solange’s New Album, When I Get Home, Because Enough Time Has Passed to Talk About It For Real, For Real 10 Thoughts About Solange’s New Album, When I Get Home, Because Enough Time Has Passed to Talk About It For Real, For Real

At the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, at midnight on March 1, 2019, Solange Knowles, aka Solange, aka Solo, aka The Knowles We All Love to Love, dropped her fourth album—the one right after the expectations-creating A Seat at the Table, so we all care—When I Get Home (WIGH).

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 28: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 28: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young

Publisher Synopsis: From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America.

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 27: Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 27: Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones

Publisher Synopsis (via B&N): Musician, composer, producer, arranger and pioneering entrepreneur Quincy Jones has lived large and worked for five decades alongside the superstars of music and entertainment—including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Charles, Will Smith and dozens of…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 26: Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 26: Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Publisher Synopsis: Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous—from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids’ backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending…

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 25: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 25: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Publisher Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police…

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 24: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 24: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Publisher Synopsis: Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American…

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 23: Cane by Jean Toomer 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 23: Cane by Jean Toomer

Publisher Synopsis: Jean Toomer’s Cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, and is considered to be a masterpiece in American modernist literature because of its distinct structure and style. First published in 1923 and told through a series of vignettes, Cane uses poetry, prose,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 22: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 22: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Publisher’s Synopsis: A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for 16 weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 21: Blended by Sharon M. Draper 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 21: Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Publisher Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week: One week she’s Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she’s Izzy with her mom…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 20: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 20: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

Publisher Synopsis: The groundbreaking Harlem Renaissance novel about prejudice within the black community

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 19: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 19: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby

Publisher Synopsis: Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire.

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 18: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 18: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Publisher Synopsis: A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Timegalvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 17: Heavy by Kiese Laymon 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 17: Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Publisher Synopsis: In Heavy, (Kiese) Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 16: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 16: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Publisher Synopsis: The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 15: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 15: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Publisher Synopsis: On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 14: all about love: new visions by bell hooks 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 14: all about love: new visions by bell hooks

Publisher Synopsis: “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet ... we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers…

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