Black Buck, Community and Capitalism

Black Buck knows it can be easy to forget about the relationships that keep us grounded and appreciative in a capitalist world overly obsessed with ambition. When one of us beats the odds and ‘makes it’, we believe that everyone can do the same. Askaripour reminds us that capitalism does not work to benefit all of us: capitalism requires a hierarchy, and black people always have it twice as hard. Darren Venderis is a 22-year-old working in Starbucks and living with his mother in Bed-Stuy when he meets CEO Reiss Daniels. As Darren’s career progresses, his relationships with those dearest to him hang in the balance.

Finding Freedom in Fallibility with Raven Leilani’s Luster

A desire expressed many a time by me and other Black women is the desire to be seen and heard, to be afforded the space to stumble, learn and grow. Everyone expects us to fail, and to succeed is to be the exception. The space between renders us unremarkable. While our struggle for perfection isn’t going anywhere, Raven Leilani’s sharp and sparkling Luster presents us with a devastatingly human Black female protagonist: Edie, a twenty-three-year-old artist struggling to make ends meet. It’s in this novel that we are given the freedom to fall short of expectations, given permission to just be in our Blackness. Embrace fallibility as it gives you stories to tell, and those stories are your proof that you were here.

Friendship, Womanhood, and Identity in Nikki May’s WAHALA

Centring around the lives of three mixed-race race women—Ronke, Boo, and Simi—as they navigate their challenging 30s, Nikki May’s debut novel WAHALA considers womanhood and the mixed-race experience. In its tale of these three women, WAHALA is a riveting exploration of friendship, belonging, and identity that will have you drinking from its palm until the very last page.

5 Fun Facts with Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

A blend of Queenie and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives with a healthy spoonful of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? will make you laugh as you cheer for a loveable heroine looking for love, and herself, between her two cultures. From the blog post that inspired her to Yinka’s abiding love for her local chicken shop, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn gives us five fun facts about one of the first Black British romantic comedies.