First, thank you to Jazmen for reaching out and asking me to be part of her
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Let me start off by talking about why black romance matters to me. When I first started blogging in 2011 or maybe earlier, I talked about romance books. But, barely any of those books I talked about featured black couples and it’s not that I didn’t know that black romance
existed; they did. I’m not sure what I wanted when I first started books blogging, but eventually, I started noticing the lack of black love stories being talked about across the blogs I was following. My attempt to find blogs that specifically talked about black books was even more lacking. I was disappointed and sad.
I thought, "Don’t our stories count? Aren’t we entitled to see books written by black women being talked about across the internet too? Don’t their books deserve to
be raved much about, that Hollywood wants to reach out and make movies about said books?" so
But mainly black women and girls should be able to come onto the internet and see books proudly displayed about them not just from mainstream publications, but from regular readers
such as themselves. Then the whole “diversity” train took off, and I thought, okay, maybe we’ll see a boost in not just black authors but black readers/bloggers. But y'a ll what happened? Black women in the book community again got pushed to the bottom even though we are almost always the main ones out here know on the front lines knocking shit down. But then, it’s always like that. Black women are the first to step up and out; then told to be quiet and step back while others take over. It’s damn tiring.
tend to that black life isn’t a monolith, and it isn’t. Yet the way we’re portrayed as a say is a heartbreaking thing to witness. To see non-black people readers (or shit, let’s not fool ourselves here ) some black people ) they can’t relate to black romance books is astounding but not surprising. But it’s normal for a black woman to relate to Becky riding off into the sunset with Chad, huh? It’s laughable and damn say as I’ve “grown” as a woman; a black woman, I’ve learned that no matter how hard we attempt to get the world to see us as humans with a full range of emotions, some people just refuse to and I’m insulting but attempting to appease those people. I’m getting done sidetracked so let me come back around.
I’m not sure when I first started reading books by black authors again, but I found authors such as Delaney Diamond, Tressie Lockwood, Sienna Mynx, Nikki Winter, Dahlia Rose and
Syndey . Yes, some of these women wrote interracial romance, but for me to find black women that wrote BLACK women in romance stories? I was hooked and then I changed my blog, Addae . But then you know what happened? I came across more black authors and lols writing they’re blackity blackity ass in love stories (Christina C. Jones, Love Belvin and Tasha L. Harrison). And then characters , not just black American y'all I found African authors (Kiru Taye and Nanah Prah). I was happy to see black women and men being portrayed in positive and authors but messy ass romance books; it truly was euphoria for me. yes sometimes
The authors noted in my previous paragraph
just a few in a million. There are a plethora of black romance authors out here writing stories that revolve around black women and men finding their soul mates. There is no ONE black romance author because they are ALL telling our stories, stories we want to read. Stories we want to pass down to our children like our mothers before us OR in some situations, you're stuck and reading your momma’s romance because she didn’t play those games with your butt, are . lols
Black romance matters to me because I want to recommend books to my nieces, sisters, and cousins. Stories where they’ll be like, “well,
can relate to this” and not just because the story resonates with them; but also the people in the story damn I with them. Everyone should be able to open a book and see themselves; EVERYONE. And they also shouldn’t resonates be made feel some to type of because they want said books. Black romance matters because we deserve it and you know what? You can stay mad if you’re mad. way
My favorite romance novel. Man, this question isn’t even fair Jazmen. But I must go
: In Covent with Ezra by Love Belvin. with
Why? Because I’m a sinner who was lusting after a fictional pastor,
. No, lols seriously what Love Belvin though was able to with this book do is us a flawed man of religion right? Of the Church. She gives us damaged give mainly with Ezra she balanced him. He wasn’t overly preachy, and he didn’t characters but or hide behind his faith because of his shuck um m needs and sexual y'a , I’m just going to stop here. Because I don’t want to go to he-double hockey sticks because I keep lusting over a fictional pastor. ll , forgive me. Lawd S mh .
My Five top Recommends:
Wonder by Christine C. Jones
In Covenant with Ezra by Love Belvin (You need to read all three books)
The Truth of Things by Tasha L. Harrison
Take A Chance on Me by D. A. Young
Seducing Abbey Rhodes by J.D. Mason