One of my resolutions this year is to read more stories by and about people of color. I’m actually finding it difficult to choose from the overwhelming wealth of content out there, especially in the sci-fi/fantasy genres! Afro-futurism and fantasy are so compelling to me because they give POC like me the ability to imagine worlds where we get to be the heroes rather than the victims. We get to wield magic and cross the universe and have sword fights and save the day! But it also allows us to take our pain and trauma and mold it into something beautiful, something fantastic.
These five books all bring something different to the table, but what they have is common is they’re all serving black excellence with everything they have.