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Re: Who's your favorite black/African author?

Post by Ayodave »

Professor Sole Soyinka that's not because of his feat( Nobel laureate )but because it is deserving-He writes in like manner with George Orwell,Exposing the ills of African leaders and still making African cultural heritage dynamic even during the racism years of 1960-70's. His use of Imagery and concise literary techniques is worthwhile.

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Beverley Ann Scott. She's an incredibly talented Trinidadian author. Her book "Stolen Cascadura" is one of my favorite books.

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I like maya angelou for her inspiring poetry.
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Alice Walker! Her short stories are so rich!
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I'm going to echo Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.

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Maya Angelou because I love her poetic voice. Alice Walker, because her stories are relatable on so many levels. She tells stories about realistic characters and issues that I can relate to.
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I loved Richard Wright’s Native Son. But definitely Toni Morrison, she creates such an experience for her readers
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Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. Especially loved The River Between

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I loved Nelson Mandela's writings.

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NK Jemisin is my goddess. She's one of my favorite authors, period. Her Inheritance Trilogy (specifically The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms) was my lifeblood for a long time, but she's come out with more and more amazing stuff as she hones her craft. There's not a book by her that I haven't enjoyed reading. I love her unique style and world-building. Her deities seem very Greek (just as a more well-known example), in that they have personalities and feel "petty" human emotions as much as the divine. That being said, they aren't actually Greek, they're very much her own creation and have their own world - they just remind me of Greek mythology in how they interact with humans. She has the ability to speak about things like oppression and slavery in a fantasy setting in a realistic way. I definitely recommend her stuff to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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Right now it's Marlon James. A Brief History of Seven Killings takes a bit, but once it gets going, it really gets going. The Book of Night Women is what really won me over though. There's something deeply powerful about Lillith's story and I can't help but remember how moving it was to me, even if I never finished it. I'm planning on getting his new novel as well. I want to see how he handles fantasy.
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Douglas Kearney - his poetry is so powerful, and I love his style of performative typography.
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Marlon James or Zadie Smith. It’s a tough call here!

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Post by zinecopeland227 »

Dr. Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Tony Morrison

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I can't name just one but Sapphire is at the top of the list. Push and especially The Kid are written with such detail and penetrating emotion it's hard to describe. She doesn't just paint a picture or give an idea but really puts you there.
I also love Nikki Giovanni. Awesome poet and writes children's books too.
Then, when I want to kick back and relax with a good weekend read, there's Terry McMillan.

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