Unabridged: For the Love of Short Fiction with Dawnie Walton and Deesha Philyaw of Ursa

On today’s Unabridged episode, we hear from authors Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev) and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) about their new joint venture, Ursa Short Fiction podcast. We discuss Ursa’s origin and mission, the need to highlight short fiction, breaking into publishing and the importance of finding play in the work.

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Ep. 220 Spread Love It’s the Brooklyn Way with Justin Tinsley

Today we’re joined by Justin Tinsley, senior culture writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him. We talk about the culture, legends, women, and controversies that shaped The Notorious B.I.G.’s life, and place his story into a greater context. Justin also shares how he worked on multiple projects while writing this book, and what he thinks comes next.

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.

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Ep. 219 Genre Redlining with Leila Mottley

This episode we talk with Oakland native and 2018 youth poet laureate Leila Mottley about writing her debut novel Nightcrawling at 17, and the process of adapting a true story to fiction. Leila imagines how it would be different if she wrote the book now, and insists she’s really not exceptional among the countless talented young writers out there.
*Note: This was recorded shortly before the announcement of Nightcrawling as an Oprah’s Book Club pick.

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.

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Ep. 218 Hungry for History with Michael Eric Dyson

Today we speak with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson – academic, minister and author – about his new book Unequal: A Story About America, which he co-wrote with Marc Favreau. We discuss the lies around bootstrap politics and personal responsibility, and our culture’s hunger for all things history (except when it’s by or about Black people). We also examine how the white gaze shapes how Black history is taught.

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.

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The Stacks Book Club – June 2022

This month’s Book Club pick is Lauren Michele Jackson’s essay collection White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation. It sharply examines the widespread white appropriation of Black ingenuity as a plague which exacerbates racial tensions to this day. From fashion to music, speech and even activism, the global influence of Black creativity is fodder for those who seek to profit and thrive at the expense of true originators. New Yorker contributor Jackson’s debut book, White Negroes is a narrative, scholarly cultural critique of the insidious trend which we have come to take for granted.

We will be discussing White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson on Wednesday, June 29th. You can find out who our guest will be for that discussion by listening to the podcast on June 1st. If you’d like even more discussion around the book, consider joining The Stacks Pack on Patreon and participating in The Stacks’ monthly virtual book club.

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Ep. 217 Surviving in the Face of Death with David Dennis Jr.

This episode we hear from cultural critic David Dennis, Jr – Senior Writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. We talk about the similarities and differences between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement, the book that inspired David’s storytelling, and what it means to survive when you’re planning to die.

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.

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Unabridged: More than Skincare with the Ladies of Forever35

Today’s Unabridged episode is a conversation with the hosts of the self-care podcast Forever35 – LA writers and friends Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer. They share what it’s like working together as friends, and the boundaries they’ve set around discussing their personal lives on the podcast. We also get into their sense of responsibility being white women in beauty- an overwhelmingly white space. We do not, shockingly, talk at all about their lives as authors or their books.

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Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith — The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)

It’s The Stacks Book Club Day! Novena Carmel, musician and cohost of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, joins us again to unpack Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We talk about Danyel as a cultural icon, what it takes to be a superstar. and the joy of disco as a threat to whiteness.

Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our June book club pick will be!

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Ep. 215 It’s Kind of Wonderful, but it’s Kind of Awful with Danyel Smith

Today we’re joined by Danyel Smith, author of this month’s book club pick, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. Danyel is an award-winning journalist, the creator and host of the Black Girl Song Book podcast, and former editor and chief of Vibe, and editor at Billboard. This episode gets into the erasure of black women in pop music, holding music institutions accountable, and the cost of crossing over to the “mainstream”.

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.

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Ep. 214 How You Look and How You Feel Have to Meet with Van Lathan Jr.

This week, we speak with Van Lathan Jr., prolific podcaster, Oscar winning producer, and author of the new memoir Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation. Our conversation covers vulnerability, feeling [un]comfortable in our own skin, and the struggle of loving our bodies. We also get into mourning the future, and the journey of becoming who we think we need to be.

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.

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