Book Review: ‘The Year She Left Us’ by Kathryn Ma


Kathryn Ma’s debut novel explores the inner world of an adopted Chinese teenage girl.


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Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America


Diversity Explosion shares the good news about diversity in the coming decades, and the more globalized, multiracial country that U.S. is becoming.


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HT Steven Riley of @mixed_race

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation – Kindle edition


From School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—When the Mendezes moved to Westminster, CA, in 1944, third-grader Sylvia tried to enter Westminster School. However, the family was repeatedly told, “‘Your children have to go to the Mexican school.’ ‘But why?’ asked Mr. Mendez……’That is how it is done.'” In response, they formed the Parents’ Association of Mexican-American Children, distributed petitions, and eventually filed a successful lawsuit that was supported by organizations ranging from the Japanese American Citizens League to the American Jewish Congress. Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez family story but pleased by its successful resolution. Older children will understand the importance of the 1947 ruling that desegregated California schools, paving the way for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. Back matter includes a detailed author’s note and photographs. The excellent bibliography cites primary sources, including court transcripts and the author’s interview with Sylvia Mendez, who did attend Westminster School and grew up to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tonatiuh’s illustrations tell a modern story with figures reminiscent of the pictorial writing of the Mixtec, an indigenous people from Mexico. Here, the author deliberately connects his heritage with the prejudices of mid-20th century America. One jarring illustration of three brown children barred from a pool filled with lighter-skinned children behind a sign that reads, “No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed,” will remind readers of photographs from the Jim Crow South. Compare and contrast young Sylvia Mendez’s experience with Robert Coles’s The Story of Ruby Bridges (Scholastic, 1995) to broaden a discussion of school desegregation.—Toby Rajput, National Louis University, Skokie, IL
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Powerhouse Road by Ronald D Maloney


In the 1950’s and 1960’s , especially in the Southeast Region of the United States, being bi-racial was like a death sentence. For one seven-year-old boy, it led to being torn from the home he loved and sent to a “colored orphanage,” where he was told he was “in denial of being a Negro”. This is my story.

It is a gripping story that depicts my thirteen-year social and emotional adjustment to institutional childcare, post transition and survival.

As probably the first, bi-racial out-of-home placement case on file in North Carolina and other states in the Deep South, it provides a foundation to inspire and motivate discussion for others who are also battling issues of abandonment and displacement.




Met this man at the Critical Mixed Race Conference in Chicago.


Looking forward to reading his book!


Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race and Colonialism in American History and Identity


Book Description from Amazon:

“Almost All Aliens offers a unique reinterpretation of immigration in the history of the United States. Leaving behind the traditional melting-pot model of immigrant assimilation, Paul Spickard puts forward a fresh and provocative reconceptualization that embraces the multicultural reality of immigration that has always existed in the United States. His astute study illustrates the complex relationship between ethnic identity and race, slavery, and colonial expansion. Examining not only the lives of those who crossed the Atlantic, but also those who crossed the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the North American Borderlands, Almost All Aliens provides a distinct, inclusive analysis of immigration and identity in the United States from 1600 until the present.”


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HT Sharon H Chang @multiasianfams


Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America


Pigmentocracies—the fruit of the multiyear Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA)—is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America’s most populous nations. Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by PERLA, this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness, all set within an ethnoracial history of each country. A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policymaking and public opinion in Latin America.


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HT Steven Riley @mixed_race


Three Lucky Readers to Receive Free Copies of “Who We Be: The Colorization of America”


Good Black News is getting into the holiday spirit early — by giving away three copies of acclaimed author Jeff Chang‘s latest book, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America.”

In this follow-up to the classic “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,” which garnered Chang an American Book Award, “Who We Be” remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress.

I am currently reading this impressive, comprehensive work (the section on African-American comic strip artistMorrie Turner alone is worth the read) and can’t wait to share more about it once I’m finished, but why wait for a GBN review and recommendation when you can get the book for free right away?

To enter, simply send your name and email address with the subject heading “Who We Be Giveaway” by Saturday, November 8.  We will choose three winners at random and announce their names on Monday.

Onward and Upward… and good luck!


-Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Founder/Editor-In-Chief


Brian Copeland: Not a Genuine Black Man


The memoir that started it all, “Not a Genuine Black Man” – “Or, How I Claimed My Piece of Ground in the Lily-White Suburbs” is available at in hardcover or paperback.




Copeland also has both of his one man shows playing in San Francisco.



I’ve seen both and ’em recommend both!

Jacqueline Woodson On Being A ‘Brown Girl’ Who Dreams

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.


I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know: A Southern White Woman’s Story About Race eBook: Dorothy Marcus

I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know: A Southern White Woman’s Story About Race – Kindle edition by Dorothy Marcus, Kaypri, Hettie Jones. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know: A Southern White Woman’s Story About Race.