Black Girl Magic (The Breakbeat Poets Volume 2) edited by Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne and Idrissa Simmonds

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Black Girl Magic (The Breakbeat Poets Volume 2) edited by Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne and Idrissa Simmonds

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Beasa’s Pick: Black Girl Magic is like an electric link to this sort of generational thread of black women summoned through word and spirit. It’s a conjuration of the ancestor rolling from tongue and body. Sometimes when I was sitting down to read it, my heart kind of broke open, my mouth kind of felt around the words, tasting and taking in the surge the people in this anthology of spells this wonderful group of black beings put together. Each spell-work had its own energy—sometimes red and blooming, sometimes green and lulling, sometimes blued and purpling around the edges. Black Girl Magic for real is a powerful anthology that incantates and reclaims the voice, the violence, the love and the body of black women.

About the Book: Black Girl Magic continues and deepens the work of the first BreakBeat Poets anthology by focusing on some of the most exciting Black women writing today. This anthology breaks up the myth of hip-hop as a boys’ club, and asserts the truth that the cypher is a feminine form.

Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood, and the city of Chicago.

Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem and Poets House alumna and the author of several books including Smudge and Redbone. She directs the poetry program of the Nuyorican Poets Café.

Idrissa Simmonds is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, The Caribbean Writer, Fourteen Hills Press, and elsewhere. She is the 2014 winner of the Crab Creek Review poetry contest, and a New York Foundation for the Arts and Commonwealth Short Story Award Finalist.

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