GIVE ME BLACKNESS IN YA

GIVE ME BLACKNESS IN YA


Give me blackness in ya

Hello guys, I hope your New Year is going smoothly. To all my new followers I want ya’ll to know I’m Black. You know so there will be no confusion. I don’t want to scare you off with some of the things I will be talking about on this blog. Yes this blog is 90% of me talking about books and bookish thing but sometimes I get real and have to let some shit off my chest. Thankfully, this isn’t one of those time. This little post is all about books and what I hope to see this year in the book community.

Okay, has you know by now I’m Black. Yes, me the one that’s typing this post. So, naturally I want to see Blackness represented in the YA community. Blackness shown in a positive light. Not that ratchet ass bullshit that you see every day on the TV. And definitely not that bang bang shoot em’ up, fatherless household, my mother is working 4 jobs, victim mentality. I grew up watching and reading enough of that and I don’t want to see it or read ever again. Well….maybe not ever but you get what I mean. Blackness shown in a positive light.

give me blackness in ya, creatyvebooks.com, Discussion post, Topics, Black Love

First order of business–BLACK LOVE. If you been following me on Twitter you know I talk about this a lot and I will continue to talk about this until I see it happens in YA. It seems like everybody is getting a contemporary romance book and Black people are just sitting there patiently waiting for our book. Yes, we have interracial romances. One being The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. Another is The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon that I’ve recently enjoyed. But see that is where the problem lies for me. It seems that the only way for the Black girl or Black guy to have any romance is if it’s with another race. To be fair I don’t have a problem with interracial dating. I just want a fair playground and for BLACK LOVE to get the same treatment that all these other wonderful books are getting. So give me the straight, gay, lesbian, trans BLACK LOVE stories that we all want. I want people to know that yes, Black people love, laugh, go on awkward dates. That we are insecure and quirky and fucking adorable. That WE LOVE! WE FUCKING LOVE! Everything you see in the media doesn’t represent us completely.

Black Princess, Creatyvebooks.com, Topics, Discussions

Speaking of representation let’s talk about fantasy. Oh how I love you but hate you at the same time. Time and time again, I’m told I don’t exist. Yet dragons, goblins, elves, fairies, trolls…UNAMEIT! Can be found within the pages of many fantasy theme books. On the off chance we are represented in a book we are most likely used as a prop. Magical Negro anyone? Yeah I’m talking about you Sarah J Maas. I’m still pissed and will forever be pissed about the way Princess Nehemia was treated in the Throne of Glass series. So not only are there hardly any Black people in fantasy (unless we’re slaves or savages) but there aren’t any books with Black Princes and Princesses. And no I’m not talking about being the trusty sidekick. I want a Black Princess as the main character. The one who saves the day and kick ass but also enjoys the quiet and solitude of painting. I want the story of the Black Prince whose secretly in love with the brother of princess he’s betrothed to. Just give me my damn Black Princes and Princesses in YA. It’s not hard so make it happen.

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Since you can make Black Princes and Princesses happen, how about the Black Family? Most often than not, the Black family is seen as a one parent household. Either there’s no father or the mother died or one or both parents are drug addicts. In 2017 I’m not here for the sad, depressing Black pain reads. I’ll make exception if the book is well done but other than that I’m over it. So my challenge to you is show the Black Family in a positive light. Black Families are loving, funny, strong, resilient and all around great. So please show the Black two parent household and how they deal with everyday life. Show that we can be just as successful like any other family. Give me The Cosby, Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel Air , Blackish type stories in YA. Show that strong supportive family structure that rarely or hardly ever gets represented in the media. These families exist in the Black Community so why can they be reflected in YA?

CREATYVEBOOKS.COM, DISCUSSION POST, TOPIC So to sum it up, Black people can be magical, funny, royalty, gay, your goddamn best friend. Hell we can even be FUCKING ELVES! But the gag is you have to be willing to take the chance. I know these stories are out there waiting to read and put on the shelves at the local library. So to all those big and small publishing companies out there, do me and everyone else a favor and publish the damn books. The demand is out there but ya’ll act like you don’t hear it.

I WANT THESE BOOKS AND I WANT THEM NOW! RIGHT NOW!

Is that loud enough for ya?

P.S. If you know or have any suggestions that shows BLACK LOVE or have a Black Prince or Princess as the main character leave your rec down below in comments. Preferably #OwnVoices. I would love to read these books. The same goes for fantasy and LGBTQIA books where the main character is BLACK. I’ve been looking and searching but it’s so tough to find.

As always thanks for stopping by <3

 



22 thoughts on “GIVE ME BLACKNESS IN YA”

  • I am LIVING for your posts on my lunch break, tbh. I am definitely here for seeing more Blackness represented in YA– black nerds, black elves, queer black women and men being happy. GIVE ME IT ALL. Christ, why is that too much to ask for? Especially in fantasy where you would think we could at least catch a break. Also, I’m like grudge-reading Throne of Glass, and… WHAT ARE YOU SAYING IS HAPPENING TO MY PRECIOUS BABY PRINCESS NEHEMIA (literally only halfway through the first book).

    And now I’m going to stalk your comments waiting for these YA recommendations.

    • Yesssss! Just give us what we want. Seriously, the publishing companies will make a killing because their is a demand. So many stories beyond the woe-is-me types.

      Oh I’m sorry I need to put a spoiler for that part. Was not thinking.

      Girl I’m going to be stalking these comments my damn self. Cause if there are book out there like the ones I’m demanding I need to know.

    • The first time someone told me my post brought tears to their eyes. I’m taking that as a good sign. I hope we get some of these stories in 2017. Fingers are definitely crossed.

      Thank you for stopping by <3

  • I loved this! I wish black people were represented more in movies and books. We deserve to be represented as well! I’d love to read a book about black princesses and princes falling in love.

    • This is why I’m so hyped for the Black Panther movie. Have you seen the cast? It makes me weep just seeing all that Black Excellence will be in one movie. And yes give me a book about the Black Princess and Prince. I would so buy it up right now.

      Thanks for stopping by <3

  • Reblogged this on debraj11 and commented:
    The blog speaks for so many of us. Clearly articulating what we are tired of and what we want. I would add, black science fiction in every sub-genre. I don’t mean an entirely black cast of characters which isn’t any more realistic than an all white character list. A real world with an awesome black MC . That’s it. That’s all we’re asking for.

  • A great read. I agree with everything here. Tired of woe-is-me reads and want a lot more magical realism, urban fantasy, and science fiction with awesome black MC’s. And yeah, black romance is good too.

    • Definitely tired of the victim mentality and Black pain in books. I want to see the happier side of the Black Experience. I wish publishers will give these types of stories a chance. Especially in YA because it is lacking.

      Thank you for stopping by <3

  • Ah! First off, your voice just oozes passion for the topic at hand! I can’t say I’ve read any stories with central [majority] black characters that weren’t rooted in some…”crime” fiction (if that makes sense). Which I guess is on me for not looking deep enough and over and beyond what’s in-your-face in stores. Even one of my most anticipated releases by my author bud Nic Stone has that sort of theme.

    And one-parent syndrome (mainly due to one party being always missing and rarely mentioned) is such a common thing in YA that I’ve become so numb to caring for the parents. I mean, it’s great if there there (plus relationship development!) but with so many stories missing at least one of them, I’m so over it haha.

    • Thank you that was what I was going for. And I completely understand where you’re coming from. Most stories on the shelves featuring a Black main character most often than not is steeped with Black Pain or ghetto crime type reads. I’m just tired of it.

      The goes for one-parent thing. I’m saying the parents need to be throughout the book but it would be nice to know the mc has a support group waiting for them.

      Thank you for stopping by <3

    • Exactly, I need the publishing companies to step they game up and publish these stories. My bank account will definitely be on empty trying to read these books. Fingers crossed it will happen.

  • I know exactly how you feel, I’m totally searching the internet trying to find some kind of black fantasy novels, though I do see a lot of diversity in the books that are coming out this year, but something felt like it was missing and you hit the exact nail on the head!

    Thanks for this post

    • Yes a lot of great fantasy coming out this year but we are still missing that Black lead character. Hopefully it gets better in YA. I heard that Akata Witch is good and I believe it’s YA with a Black female lead. I’m going to try that book and see if I like it.
      Thank you for stopping by and reading.

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