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|Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 06:46 pm: |
It should be remembered by all that at one time it was considered illegal for black folks to know how to read. Then it was believed that black folks didn't read, so why publish books by and about black folks in any genre. Now things have come full circle and black folks can choose from a number of genres on black life, be it high brow lit or hood fiction. I think the wider the choice, the better for everyone. Its like watching TV...if you don't want to see half-dressed black women in music videos, turn to another channel. If you don't want to read street lit, don't----choose another genre to read. Lots are available. But keep something in mind...as you browse the bookstores, notice how small the AA sections are compared to the offerings available to the mainstream white readership. Any black editor will tell you that when looking at the BIG picture, the overall number of AA titles pales in comparison, regardless of genre, celebrity status of its author or cost.
Roland S. Jefferson,
author of DAMAGED GOODS & THE SCHOOL ON 103RD STREET & ONE NIGHT STAND
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