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Black Chick Lit is a bi-monthly podcast that talks books by and about black women.

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Episode 50: The Color Purple (Part 2)
01:27:03

Hey, readers! We're continue our celebration of Black Chick Lit with the second part of our discussion of the Black girl classic, The Color Purple by Alice Walker. We read the book and watched Steven Spielburg's 1986 film, made famous by Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and, the Queen of the Nineties herself, Oprah!

Be cure to check out the first part of our conversation if you missed it. We finish up by discussing the tragic story of Sophia, that time Celie got a bit murder-y and the redemption of ol' down dirty Mr. _____.

Don't forget: In celebration of our pod-iversary, we're giving away four $30 gift cards to Amazon! Treat yourself to some books or a few months of Kindle Unlimited! All you need to do is follow us on Twitter at @blackchicklit and quote tweet us sharing your favorite moment from The Color Purple.

If you want to be among our favorite people in the world, support us over on Pateron.  As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Bryonna, Catherine, Claire, Ellen, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Martel, Montara, Noella, Ruth, Therese and Whitney.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Sep 12, 2022
Episode 49: The Color Purple (Part 1)
01:23:16

Hey, readers!

We're celebrating six years of Black Chick Lit with a discussion of the Black girl classic, The Color Purple by Alice Walker. We read the book and watched Steven Spielburg's 1986 film, made famous by Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and, the Queen of the Nineties herself, Oprah!

You know what this book is about. So, join us as we talk about Ms. Celie, THE Shug Avery, and that low-down dirty dog Mr. ______. We'll finish up the conversation in two weeks, so be sure to join us then, too!

Don't forget: In celebration of our pod-iversary, we're giving away four $30 gift cards to Amazon! Treat yourself to some books or a few months of Kindle Unlimited! Listen in for more details.

If you want to be among our favorite people in the world, support us over on Pateron. Rewards include a shout-out on every episode of the podcast and exclusive audio/chats.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Bryonna, Catherine, Claire, Ellen, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Martel, Montara, Noella, Ruth, Therese and Whitney.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Aug 29, 2022
Episode 48: A Glimmer of Death
01:30:59

This winter, we got cozy with the podcast's first cozy mystery. We read A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley, the first in the Odessa Jones series. We loved the characters in this book — and there are a bunch of them.

There's Charlie, Dessa's asshole boss/murder victim; Harley, her co-worker, whose innocence Dessa is tasked with proving; and Lennox, a former cop turned BBQ pit master who thinks Dessa is in way over her head. We gossip about all of them and their mess.

We also chat about new trucks, black women and fiber arts, and planes versus trains.

If you want to be among our favorite people in the world, support us over on Pateron. Rewards include a shout-out on every episode of the podcast and exclusive audio/chats.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Bryonna, Catherine, Claire, Ellen, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Martel, Montara, Noella, Ruth, Therese and Whitney.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Mar 08, 2022
Episode 47: Butterfly
01:24:36

We wanted to learn more about the female half of Ashley and JaQuavis, so for this year's Urban Fic Month, we read Butterfly by Ashley Antoinette.

Did we know what was going on? Barely. This series is a spin-off of a spin-off that started with her title Moth to a Flame. Did that stop us from judging the hell out of it? Absolutely not. Is Morgan a Bad Bitch or a spoiled one? Why the hell does everyone in this book hate rich, popular, caring family-man Bash? Why are women in these books constantly putting fruit up their vaginas?? We don't find the answers to any of these questions, but we had fun asking them.

If you want to be among our favorite people in the world, support us over on Pateron. Rewards include a shout-out on every episode of the podcast and exclusive audio/chats. As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Bryonna, Catherine, Claire, Ellen, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Martel, Montara, Noella, Ruth, Therese and Whitney.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Feb 07, 2022
BCL Chat: The Horror
01:24:05

In this episode, we're joined by a special guest, Frank, to discuss another of our favorite genres: horror! Why does it share in common with romance? What defines a work of horror? And why are people trying so hard to "elevate" the genre?

We also brainstorm the perfect romance for Frank to try and list off a dozen of different horror recs.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Claire, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Lauren, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM. We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Nov 30, 2021
Episode 46: These Toxic Things
01:43:31

October is here, and we're ready to get creepy.

This episode, we read These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall. It was full of creepy stalkers, ruthless serial killers, explosive family secrets and ... one big dummy of a main character. (Mickie, girl, here's some advice: don't sleep with dudes you suspect may have killed their own mother.)

We also chat about getting into the holiday spirit, that L.A. life and Rachel's expanded KU universe.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes. As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Claire, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Lauren, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Oct 18, 2021
Episode 45: Loving My Wife and Her Sister Too ft. Ratchet Book Club
01:47:13

This episode, we're joined by Derrik of the Ratchet Book Club to discuss Loving My Wife and Her Sister, Too by Lady Lissa and Shelli Marie.

We meet Analise (the wife), Zakiya (the sister) and Gavin (the fuckboy) and dig into the messiness (or lack thereof) of their lives. Is Gavin a predator who groomed his wife (and her sister, too)? Would Analise ever cheat on Gavin? Who the fuck even is Micaela??

We also talk about the unexplored rachetness of Kindle Unlimited, new merch slogans and other things you should and could do besides read this book.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Lauren, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM. We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Sep 03, 2021
Episode 44: The Other Black Girl
01:31:10

We’re getting spooky already at Black Chick Lit. This month, we read The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris and we had … thoughts. Listen in as we discuss what makes good Black horror, hair products you need to stay away from and iffy Instagram hashtags.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Aug 20, 2021
Episode 43: While Justice Sleeps
01:14:40

There were so many Arrested Development jokes we could have made.

We're back for take two of our discussion of Stacey Abrams' novel While Justice Sleeps. It's not Ms. Abrams' writing debut, it is the first fiction book she's written under her name since becoming a national political force.

And, to be honest, this book may be too smart for us. Along with complicated word puzzles, sophisticated chess analogies and bioengineering (wasn't expecting that!), this legal thriller dives into some pretty niche elements of constitutional law.

Listen in as we struggle to figure out just what the hell is going on. Does Justice Howard Wynn have a right to be paranoid? How did he trick a law clerk into signing a serious legal document without looking at it? Is he Black?! 

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

Jun 23, 2021
BCL Chat: Back to Our Messy Roots
01:42:50

We felt like stirring up shit this episode, so we asked you to share your messiest, no-holds-barred book opinions.

Okay ya'll - #BCLChat is BACK! Tell us your messiest, most hatin ass, I said what I said book opinion. We'll discuss answers in our next bonus ep! pic.twitter.com/2T96Kio5UH

— Black Chick Lit (@blackchicklit) May 19, 2021

Needless to say, you all delivered. Listen in as we discuss your opinions, from your distrust of certain authors to roasting entire POVs. We also talk Black authors and interracial romance, leaving YA for the teens and our thoughts on taboo literature.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

May 31, 2021
Episode 42: Such A Fun Age
01:47:35

We're digging into all the -isms in this episode, y'all. We read Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid, which takes a sharp look at racism, classism and all the ways they can fuck up our lives.

We read as Emira struggles to manage two flavors of problematic white people: her overcompensating, liberal #girlboss boss and her wanna-be-down love interest. They're both a mess and we hate them both!

Listen in for a discussion on the insidiousness of microagressions, the cult of motherhood and how #ZaraWasRight.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes. As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Andrea, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

May 17, 2021
BCL Chat: The Outrage Machine and Book Publishing
01:11:02

Hey, readers. Life really came and kicked some of us in the teeth, but we're back, we got all our shots and we're talking books.

Bad news is good news, it turns out. Join us as we catch up, talk Simon & Schuster's complete lack of fucks and accept the fact that we are, in fact, nerds on a power trip. We also try to figure out what Middle Grade is and whether it's just for middle-schoolers. (Turns out, no!)

QUESTION: What are your favorite middle grade books for an 8 year old who is reading above her age?

— Black Chick Lit (@blackchicklit) April 25, 2021

Be sure to join us later this month when we talk Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes. As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Ali, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Martel, Melissa, Sylvia, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

May 03, 2021
Episode 41: The Cartel
02:21:59

Happy 2021, lovely listeners! It's our favorite time of the year: Urban Fic Month. (Okay, so we were still a little hungover from 2020 and this episode is a tad late. Forgive us!)

This year, we read a classic: The Cartel, by Ashley & JaQuavis. There's money, romance, murder and a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment. It's uncomfortable. There's also some "sexy" farting (or should we say queuing?), a graphic castration and a whole lot of colorism. Get the alcohol ready, because this one is wild.

Trigger warning for a mention of rape and discussion of homophobia starting at 1:07:40.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including video and podcast outtakes.

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Adoria, Ali, Brittney, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Erica, Frank, Heather, I Found This Great Book, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, Maria, Martel, Melissa, Montara, Sylvia, Terri, Therese, Whitney and YM.

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

And thanks to YOU for listening! In this episode:

Feb 03, 2021
BCL Chat: Hindsight is 2020
02:11:01

We’re wrapping up 2020 by talking about all the things we did (and didn’t do) to keep our heads above water. Sister Sistermarathon anyone?

Topics include:

  • Dr. Jill Biden
  • Booktube shenanigans
  • a campaign to get Dani to play Mass Effect
  • Mollie saying Dallinar a lot
  • and a reflection on our very social year

Thanks as always to our generous patrons — we’ve got a ton of extras from this episode coming your way! Shout out to Martel, Jennifer, Ansela, Therese, Melissa, Catherine, Katie, Emily, LaToya, Ali, Kat, Montara, Maria, Adoria, Frank, Ellen, Sylvia, Bryonna and Curtis.

And thanks to Suite45 for use of our theme, Jonse’n.

We’ll see you all in 2021 for Urban Lit January!

Dec 29, 2020
Episode 40: Cinderella is Dead ft. Colored Pages Book Club Podcast
01:37:38

This month, Ako & Marci from The Colored Pages Book Club drop by to talk Cinderella is Dead by Kaylnn Brown.This episode is bringing Big Pieces (and Pisces Moon) energy, ya’ll. 

We talk pig infrastructure, we sympathize with evil witches and we ask, what exactly was the plan? Also discussed in this episode:

As always, shout out to our Patrons: Martel, Jennifer, Ansela, Therese, Melissa, Catherine, Katie, Emily, LaToya, Ali, Kat, Montara, Maria, Adoria, Frank, Ellen, Sylvia, Bryonna and Curtis, because we literally could not do this without your support.

And thanks to Suite 45 for use of our theme Jonse’n (seriously, like three separate people told me how much they liked it this past month).

Oct 30, 2020
Episode 39: When No One is Watching
01:25:40

What’s this? Another special guest?!

This week we read When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole, and we’re not gonna lie, the discussion goes in some weird places (apologies in advance to Robo X). 

This is a thriller and it’s SPOILER FREE YA’LL, so you really have no excuse to download, listen, then go read this book!

As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Martel, Jennifer, Ansela, Therese, Melissa, Catherine, Katie, Emily, LaToya, Ali, Kat, Montara, Maria, Adoria, Frank, Ellen, Sylvia, Bryonna and Curtis.

If you wanna be part of the cool kids club, head over to Pateron and sign up. You’ll also get access to bonus materials including a read-along vlog and some clips from this episode that were cut for time (wait, who is reading my period tracker?).

We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

In this episode:

Sep 18, 2020
Episode 38: The Boyfriend Project ft. Farrah Rochon
01:29:29

We're back and we have another special guest joining us this week! (Honestly, we're not used to being so popular.)

This episode, we read The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, and got to chat about the book with the author herself.

She spoke with us about the differences between traditional and indie publishing, how Samiah and her girls came to be and whether Daniel is too perfect a romance hero.

She also gives us a few hints about the next book in The Boyfriend Project series.

Thanks to our patrons for their support: Adoria, Ali, Ansela, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Frank, I Found This Great Book Podcast, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, LaToya, Maria, Martel, Melissa, Montara, Sylvia and Therese. Join us on Patreon starting at only $2 a month and help support the podcast!

Thank you for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Aug 28, 2020
Episode 37: Take a Hint, Dani Brown ft. Talia Hibbert
01:11:36

We got a real treat for y'all this episode! We read Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert, and were joined by the author herself for a conversation about everything including her move from indie publishing to traditional, the Black Lives Matter movement in Europe and whether her parents read her books.

We did manage to also chat about Zaf, Dani and their hilarious romantic hijinks.

Thanks to our patrons for their support: Adoria, Ali, Ansela, Bryonna, Catherine, Ellen, Emily, Frank, I Found This Great Book Podcast, Jennifer, Kat, Katie, LaToya, Maria, Melissa, Montara, Sylvia and Therese. Join us on Patreon starting at only $2 a month and help support the podcast!

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Aug 09, 2020
BCL Chat: Black Lives Matter
01:52:11

Hi, readers. We hope you’re doing well and are staying safe. We recorded this chat shortly after the protests began, but due to continuing health issues in Dani’s family, it just now got published.

The delay doesn’t matter, though, because the topic we discuss will never go stale: the importance of Black lives, Black joy, Black stories and Black survival.

We also talk about wtf is up with Just Kidding Rowling, how we’re too old for social media and what’s gonna happen when the ‘rona pops back up.

This episode was made possible with the help of Mocha Girls Read and The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt by Jill Watts.

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com or tweet us at @blackchicklit. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Jul 07, 2020
Episode 36: Heaven, My Home
02:00:55

Hi, y’all. A few things before we get to the episode:

  1. Thank you for being so patient as we get episodes out. Between motherhood, a pandemic, a cancer diagnosis and failing technology, things have been rough.
  2. This episode was recorded before the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed, hence why there is no discussion of it. We plan to talk about it in a future chat.
  3. Black Lives Matter. ✊🏿 

Now, let’s get into. Previously, we read Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, and we weren’t thrilled with Darren’s apparent naïveté surrounding race and law enforcement.

Well, Attica knocked us the fuck out with her follow-up, Heaven, My Home. We follow Texas Ranger Darren has he heads into Hopeland, Texas, to find the missing child of a prominent white supremacist gang member. While there, he confronts the town’s generational racism, family drama and even some fucking ghosts.

And then there’s that ending. It knocked us out.

Be sure to join us in our next episode when we fully explore the Black Lives Matter movement.

Thanks to our patrons for their support: Adoria, Ali, Bryonna, Emily, Frank, I Found This Great Book Podcast, Kat, Katie, LaToya, Maria, Montara and Sylvia. Join us on Patreon starting at only $2 a month and help support the podcast!

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Jun 06, 2020
Episode 35: Their Eyes Were Watching God
01:59:00

Urban Lit Month continues? We read Their Eyes We're Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston and couldn't help but spot a few similarities between Janie Crawford and a few of other past heroines. (*cough* Zoe *cough*)

Her tragic background. Her wild and crazy man problems. Her relationship with a fast-talking man who introduces her to sex, fighting and gambling. Don't tell us this book isn't a proto-urban lit title!

We also discuss Tea Cake and his never-ending schemes, Hurston's history with the Niggerati (bet you didn't know about that!) and that mad dog who hitched a ride on that cow.

Be sure to join us next month when we read Attica Locke's Heaven, My Home

As always, thanks to our patrons for their support: Frank, Kat, Montara, Bryonna, Ellen, I Found This Great Book Podcast, Sylvia, Adoria, Ali, Emily, LaToya and Maria.  Join us on Patreon starting at only $2 a month and help support the podcast!

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Mar 09, 2020
BCL Chat: Oh No Baby! What Is You Doin'?
01:07:28

2020 is about some real shenanigans. Between the brown-face fiasco Jeanine Cummins brought with her American Dirt release and the Barnes & Noble "Diverse Editions" mess, we've been facepalming since the new year began.

Flatiron Books tried to both-sides their way out of the Cummins mess with the year's worst PR statement. B&N took the classier route and just cancelled themselves.

Listen in as we stare agog at the state of modern publishing, and be sure to join us next month when we read the Black literary classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com or tweet us at @blackchicklit. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Feb 25, 2020
Bonus: Black Chick Lit takes over the Ice Planet Podcast
01:55:20

We’re doing something different this month. Things are a bit busy with family and babies, so for this episode, we’re sharing a special, previously recorded crossover episode. Mollie joins Dani on the Ice Planet Podcast to discuss book six of the series, Barbarian’s Mate

 The Ice Planet Barbarians series follows a group of human women alien abductees as they adjust to life on a barren ice planet populated by big, blue aliens with heart worms. It’s a lot more romantic than I’m making it sound, I promise.

Be sure to share your opinions on the topic by tweeting us at @blackchicklit or emailing us at contact@blackchicklit.com.

Want more? Join us on Patreon and, starting at only $2 a month, get access to polls, special Patreon episodes and videos.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Feb 10, 2020
Episode 34: Hold U Down
02:54:35

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's Urban Fic Month! This year, we go back home to Missouri and read Hold U Down by Keisha Ervin.

Meet Unique and her girls, Zoe, Kiara and Kay Kay, the mildest criminals the STL has to offer. They live by the code that requires them to make money, spend money and never catch feelings. They will spend the entirety of this book doing none of those things. We follow the clique as they get booed up, hang out at strip-mall night clubs and study at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

This book also competes for "Worst Sex Scene Involving a Perishable Food Item." We had to read about it, so y'all had to hear about it.

Be sure to share your opinions on the topic by tweeting us at @blackchicklit or emailing us at contact@blackchicklit.com.

Want more? Join us on Patreon and, starting at only $2 a month, get access to polls, special Patreon episodes and videos.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Jan 20, 2020
BCL Chat: RIP, RWA
01:20:49

Happy New Year, y’all! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and a wonderful start to your 2020.

‘Cause RWA certainly didn’t!

In case you missed it, the Romance Writers of America are embroiled in what the Guardian calls a "racism row." We attempt to break down what they fucked up this time and, whew, chile. It’s a mess.

FYI: This mess is currently ongoing and evolving; in fact, it was a bit out of date the afternoon we recorded. For the latest updates and wtf-ery?, we definitely recommend checking out this Twitter moment with all the details created by Romance Sparks Joy.

If you’re curious to learn more, we previously discussed the RWA’s inclusivity and racism problems in a previous episode. Mollie argued that an organization that didn’t look out for all its members was irrelevant and Dani argued that the organization served a purpose and was taking steps to amend their issues. Guess who came out the fool?

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com or tweet us at @blackchicklit. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

And don’t forget: January is Urban Fic month! This year, we’re reading Hold U Down by Keisha Ervin. Read up, drink up (’cause you know this is our messiest episode) and join us! 

Jan 06, 2020
BCL Chat: We Survived (and Thrived in) 2019
01:15:34

We can't believe it, dear readers, but we've made it through another year of reading, podcasting and doing both while black. The twitter dramas! The plagiarism scandals! The nacho cheese!

We take a look back and reflect on all the books read and craziness wrought in 2019. Which titles did we love this year? Which did we think was worse: Addicted or The Wedding Date? What was our favorite BCL episode of the year? Listen in and find out.

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com or tweet us at @blackchicklit. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

And don’t forget: January is Urban Fic month! Want to pick this year's title? Join us on Patreon for only $2 a month and gain exclusive podcast voting rights.

Dec 03, 2019
Episode 33: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
01:50:35

Winter is coming. That means it's time for us to dive into the world of fantasy ( ... er, or into fantasy worlds).

This episode, we read N.K. Jemisin's 2010 debut novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Mollie wasn't kidding when she said this was a sexy book. Gods sexing up gods. Gods sexing up humans. Humans sexing up their cousins. It's wild, y'all. But, in the midst of all the sexy times, there's a deftly crafted murder mystery that took us the majority of the episode to unspool. Listen in and follow along! 

Get ready for the next episode, our annual End-of-Year retrospective. We'll chat about the bookish good, bad and the ugly. Got something you want say? Tweet us at @blackchicklit or email us at contact@blackchicklit.com.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. As always, thank you to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Nov 19, 2019
BCL Chat: Our Favorite Diverse Kid Lit Titles
01:11:22

Hey, readers! In this month’s episode we discuss the perilous world of shopping for diverse children’s books. We’re overwhelmed by how much there is to consider with presenting children with authentic representation of people of color: When was the first time we saw ourselves in literature? Does it matter who writes and/or illustrates the book? How well do books handle interracial families or inter-community topics like colorism? And is it cheating to just buy your kid a book about a bear? (Answer: yes.)

Listen in as we discuss these questions and promote a few of our favorite titles. Join us for our next episode when we read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. As always, thanks for listening! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @blackchicklit or check us out on Instagram at @bclpodcast.

Links:
Nov 04, 2019
Episode 32: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
01:59:27

The kids are back in school and we revisit a childhood favorite: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor. And, whew, boy! Ms. Taylor aimed to teach the kids the truth about racism and she went above in beyond to do so. This book had lynch mobs, roving Klansmen and three men being burned alive.

The big question is, how were either of us able to read this as kids and not be traumatized? Also, why did Stacey remain friends with the shifty-ass T.J.? And why was Papa Logan so quick to threaten to blow shit up?

Be sure to listen in on our next episode when we discuss the issue surrounding diverse kid lit. Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. As always, thank you to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Sep 25, 2019
BCL Chat: YouTube and Black Booktubers
01:32:27

We try to talk Booktube and get distracted by our general distrust of social media. Inspired by the HuffPost piece titled "Where Are All the Black Booktubers?," we decided to investigate the question ourselves.

What we found wasn't that surprising: Plain ol' racism is keeping many Black booktubers from thriving. Naya, of Naya Reads and Smiles (the largest channel lead by a black booktuber), also spoke on the issue in her own video. The disparity between White booktubers and Black booktubers is undeniable. “White BookTubers who garner at least 300,000 subscribers on their YouTube channels … and two out of three of them even have their own published novels. On the flip side, the most well-known African-American BookTuber to date is Naya Reads and Smiles, with only 58,000 subscribers, despite having been uploading videos for years.

In other news, we also discussed:

Aug 26, 2019
Episode 31: They All Fall Down
01:44:06

Happy August, readers! This month, we wanted a light beach read to help us make it through these remaining dog days of summer. Instead, we got a wild And Then There Were None-inspired murder fest where a man gets boiled alive in a hot tub. Fun.

We read They All Fall Down, by Rachel Howzell Hall, and it's full to the brim of assholes. We read as an equally asshole-y lawyer lures them to a tropical paradise where they're cut down one by one. There are guns, cocaine, poisonous sushi and, deadliest of all, the world's longest silk scarf.

Listen in as we discuss this motley crew of murderers and bandits and decide who had the best (worst?) death.

No BCLChat question this time! In our next episode, we’re trying something new. Instead of asking you guys a question and sharing your answers, we’re going to pick a topic or issue to discuss and have more structured (read: researched lol) conversations about them. More episodes like our #RITASsoWhite discussion, for example. Next chat, we’re discussing black booktubers and discuss the issues they face on the platform.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. As always, thank you to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Aug 12, 2019
BCL Chat: Your Most Anticipated 2019 Reads
01:23:47

Happy July! It's a chattier chat than usual as we dig into some book news from around Twitter and the business pages.

We also asked you all what upcoming releases you're most looking forward to. You gave us some great titles to add to our TBR. Thanks to @curvyblackgeek, @almost_esq, @IamTammiJ and @charelliam for sending us their picks!

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to check out our next episode when we read and discuss They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall.

Jul 21, 2019
Episode 30: The Wedding Date
02:17:06

This is the last time we talk about this book and this author. That's a promise.

We invite our friends from Mocha Girls Read for a special episode. We briefly talk about that crazy YA author who now has a book deal before digging into Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date. Spoiler alert: We're all kinds of confused. What does Drew actually look like? What happened to Alexa to make her so stupid? Do these characters ever eat a vegetable? We don't answer any of 'em, but we give it a try.

Follow Mocha Girls Read at @mochagirlsread and visit them at mochagirlsread.com. Be sure to check out #SummerSoulLit on Twitter.

As always, join us for our next BCL Chat! We want to know your most anticipated reads for the second half of 2019. Take part in the discussion by tweeting us at @blackchicklit.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. As always, thank you to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Jun 28, 2019
BCL Chat: Who Are Your Favorite Indie Authors?
01:15:14

We're celebrating the little guys (well, gals, tbh) this episode as we discuss your favorite indie authors.

Before that, we talk some book news. People keep coming for libraries, and this time it was in the dumbest way possible. Rare Bird is being sued by Natasha Tynes for $13 MILLION and their lawyer found time in his day to send this response. And finally, The Atlantic came for the Goodreads Challenge. Thanks to everyone who replied to our #BCLChat. Check out the authors and books we discussed below:

  • Alexandra Warren
    • Baggage Claim: “I don’t need to know your name. I know your spirit. I’m more concerned with that.” Ryan and Will: Two strangers with instant chemistry on an adventure fueled by a fiery connection neither can contain. But not everything is as it seems. Or is it?
  • Nicole Falls
    • A Natural Transition: Nyema Landry is more interested in her flourishing career as a DJ than settling down. Langston Goode is a man on the rise with his eyes on the prize, ready to finally lay his claim on Nyema’s heart. Since their first meeting, Nyema and Langston had been at odds, and they were perfectly fine with that arrangement ... until the undeniable current of desire that crackled between them was no longer avoidable.
  • Jacinta Howard
    • Happiness in Jersey: (First book in her Prototype series) The only thing in Jersey Kincaid’s world that she has time for are keeping her grades up so that she doesn’t lose her scholarship to South Texas University, playing the bass in her band, The Prototype, and satisfying her coffee addiction. Oh, and the occasional random hook-up she indulges in to pass the time. When Jersey meets Isaiah “Zay” Broussard with his soulful gray eyes, quick wit and easy charm, she’s determined to remain aloof. She doesn't have time to get sidetracked by fleeting fantasies, even if she does feel an unexplainable connection to Zay she’s never experienced before.
  • Love Belvin
    • The Rhythm of Blues: (First book in her Love in Rhythm & Blues series) Ragee is a successful R&B singer, music composer, and actor who shot to fame and celebrity at rocketing speed. But he has an unshakable stigma attached to his stardom that won’t seem to go away. Wynter Blue thought she was taking control of her world the day she up and quit her job. Little did she know, the day she walked out of her job was the very one she’d run into his shroud of smoke. Wynter questions if she can handle Ragee’s darkness while trying to bring him into the light of truth.

Join us in our next episode when we read ... *sigh* ... The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory. We'll be joined by our friends over at Mocha Girls Read, so be sure to read up and listen in!

Jun 21, 2019
Episode 29: American Spy
01:29:26

Hey, readers! We embrace our inner conspiracy theorists with our latest read, American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. It's got everything you'd expect from a spy novel: Cold War politics, assassination attempts, missing sisters and a white dude named Ross. Listen in as we discuss this unexpected piece of African history fanfic.

We also talk about Family Matters, Jaleel White's supposedly shady past and that scene from In the Heat of the Night where Sidney Poitier slapped a racist white dude. (It's Mollie's mom's favorite scene for good reason.)

As always, join us for our next BCL Chat and let us know who your favorite indie author is. Take part in the discussion by tweeting us at @blackchicklit.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. As always, thank you to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

May 31, 2019
BCL Chat: Do You Reread Books?
01:41:46

Hey, readers.

We've got another chat for you. This time, we wanted to know if y'all reread books and why. Before we get to that, however, we chat about that messy author who got in trouble for snitching, BookRiot's unusually bad romance take and whether or not it's a good idea to tag authors in negative reviews. (Tbh, I feel like that first story should answer that question. Don't be rude to people on social media, 'cause that shit can come back to bite you bad.)

We also unload all our Avengers: Endgame feelings. If you want to avoid that and all the spoilers therein, skip 43:07 to 1:11:12.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's chat! A majority of you said you did reread books, but a good number of you said you felt no need revisit stories you've already experienced. Check out your answers beginning at the 1:16:40 mark.

Be sure to join us for our next read. We're going to discuss American Spy, by Laura Wilkinson.

May 17, 2019
Episode 28: "My Sister, the Serial Killer"
01:42:39

We get back to our literary fiction roots and read Oyinkan Braithwaite's debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer. This book has it all: love triangles, jealousy and, cake. Surprisingly, not a whole lot of murder. Listen in as we try to figure out just how crazy this family is. (Spoiler: We do kind of love the titular sister; she truly doesn't give a fuck.)

Also in this episode, Dani shares her adventures from KissCon in Chicago, Mollie confirms that A Goofy Movie is still the best Disney movie and we express our mutual hatred for Cousin Skeeter. 

Don't forget to join us for our next BCL Chat: How often to you reread books? Does your opinion about books change after a repeat read? Take part in the discussion by tweeting us at @blackchicklit on Twitter.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. As always, thank you to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Apr 26, 2019
BCL Chat: #RitasSoWhite and Your Unpopular Book Opinions
02:14:08

This is our most scandalous episode yet. We discuss the month's biggest controversies and OMG! moments, including #RITAsSoWhite, #BagelGate and Shangela. Who exactly is RITA and what's her problem? Why aren't authors of color getting the shine they deserve? Why can't the RWA just set fire to the whole award season? We try our best to answer these questions, but tbh, we don't come away satisfied. Here are some of the resources we mentioned during the episode:

Also, earlier this month, we asked y'all to share your unpopular book opinions. And, boy, did you deliver, bringing shade for a whole bunch of tropes, books and authors. Thanks to all who answered this month's chat! Be sure to read up for our next episode, My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Apr 04, 2019
Episode 27: "Children of Blood and Bone"
02:19:32

Bring the lemon and sugar, 'cause we got the tea.

This month, we read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and we couldn't help but notice how similar this book is to Avatar: The Last Airbender. A pair of plucky but poor siblings — one magic and one not? Check. A handsome young prince who's tormented by his father and who just wants to do right? Check. An evil regime? A magical summer solstice? A giant fluffy flying thing? Check. Check. Check.

Needless to say, we didn't love it. (But, again, at least we didn't build a website.) If you want an even more in-depth look at the book's plot, you can check out Dani's rage-y notes online via Google Drive. And if you want to learn more about writing fantasy, check out the YouTube videos by Brian Sanderson that Mollie mentioned.

We shared our shade and now it's your turn. And in celebration of our birthday month, we're trying something new! Call and leave us a voicemail at 213-259-3739 with your unpopular book opinions. Whatever book, genre, author you want! They don't have to be about books we've discussed or books by black women. You can also tweet them at us or DM us at @blackchicklit. (You can stay anonymous. Just let us know!) Get your thoughts by Friday, March 29!

Thanks for listening in and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Mar 19, 2019
BCL Chat: A Chat with Beverly Jenkins
01:03:24

It's finally here! We got to speak with the Queen of Black Historicals herself, Beverly Jenkins, and it was a blast. It's easy to see where Loreli's feistiness comes from.

We ask her about her place in the romance genre, her writing process and her personal opinions of men with mustaches. (Spoiler alert: She's #TeamStache.) We also learn what she's currently working on and what she hopes to achieve in the future.

(We had a slight technical glitch at 44:10. We apologize for the loss of Ms. Jenkins response! 😭)

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for Ms. Jenkins: @MochaGirlsRead, @EveryWoman98, @unicorninkk, @srmilesauthor, @IamTammiJ and @chandrathompson.

Next month, we're jumping back into the world of YA, so don't be surprised if we get shady. We're reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Mar 01, 2019
Episode 26: "A Chance At Love"
02:22:48

Happy Valentine’s Day, listeners!

Love is in the air! It’s our annual romance episode, and this year, we’re reading the Slayer of Words herself: Ms. Beverly Jenkins. We read Dani’s favorite Jenkins’ novel, A Chance at Love. (Or as Mollie titled it, The Education of Jake Reed.) There are precocious children, farm animal hijinks and a marriage of convenience that ends up causing more problems than it solves. It’s basically a black historical rom-com, and we loved it.

We dig into it all, as well as sketchy Missouri hospitals, Kansas’ poor taste in mascots and our romance philosophies.

Listen in and get ready for our next episode when we speak to the Slayer herself! We get to chat with Ms. Jenkins about romance, writing and her impressive career. Any questions you want us to ask? Be sure to tweet them to us at @blackchicklit by Feb. 16.

Thanks for coming back and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Feb 15, 2019
BCL Chat: Our 2019 Resolutions
01:23:11

Happy New Year! Our first episode of 2019 is a chatty one as we share our 2019 reading and writing resolutions, as well as our goals for the podcast.

We also get into the increasing bougieness of the Oscars, our love-hate relationship with the Goodreads Challenge and a number of Instascams (including Fyre Festival). Listen in and share your reading resolutions with us at @blackchicklit.

February is Romance month, and this year, we’re finally reading Beverly Jenkins, a.k.a. the Slayer of Words herself. Listen in next month when we discuss her 2002 book A Chance at Love. (While Indigo is the title mentioned in the episode, we had to do a last-minute switcheroo after the recording. You should still definitely read Indigo. And then tweet Dani about it. She’s up for any and all romance novel talk.)

Shout out to everyone who took part in our poll or responded to our resolution tweets. Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Feb 01, 2019
Episode 25: "Addicted," Part 2
02:22:05

We're back for round two of Zane's Addicted, and the second half is as incomprehensible as the first.

 

We wrap up Urban Fic January with the second half of our discussion of this "erotic" book, and things are problematic, to say the least. The storyline touches on rape, molestation and murder, and none of those topics are handled well. Want a fun drinking game? Count how many times we say the words "gross" and "unsexy." Your liver will hate us.

If you're interested in seeing the rest of Dani's notes, you can find them on Goodreads.

Missed the first half of our conversation? Listen in to last week's episode.

And as always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Jan 19, 2019
Episode 25: "Addicted," Part 1
02:09:02

This is it, y'all. This is the episode that broke us.

It's January. You know what that means. Time for new year's resolutions, crash diets and Urban Fic month at Black Chick Lit.

This year, we read Zane's Addicted and raised questions we'd never thought to ask. Has anyone ever been turned on by a mural? Is a human penis sensitive enough to feel a maxi pad through a pair of stirrup pants? Why would anyone add nacho cheese sauce to a blow job?

Brace yourselves because we try and fail to answer them all in our first-ever two-parter episode. Be sure to check back next Friday to hear the end of our conversation, where we tackle the more problematic aspects of this crazy book.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Jan 12, 2019
BCL Chat: We’re So Done with You, 2018
01:04:04

2018 was both the longest and the shortest year imaginable. We saw Black Panther . We mocked the Tide-Pod Challenge. And we read books. So many books.

In this episode, we look back at our year of reading and talk about the good, the bad and the very disappointing. We talk about why we may be done with the Saga series, share some behind-the-scenes secrets about the Whiskey & Ribbons episode and try and figure out just what the hell a “womanly fold” is. (Spoiler alert: It’s exactly what you think it is.)

Heads up: Major spoilers for Saga, volume 9 from 32:56 to 35:20. 

Shout out to @charelliam for writing in and reminding us about all the drama on BookTube this year.

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

And don’t forget: January is Urban Fic month! Join us when we read Addicted by Zane. It’s gonna be wild.

Thanks again for joining us for another year of insightful nonsense! This wouldn’t be half as fun to do without you all listening in.

Dec 29, 2018
Episode 24: The Good House
30:10

 

We're back! And just in time to miss Halloween.

Life happened, one of us lost a computer and we got a bit behind on posting our latest episode. Hopefully, you all are still feeling a creepy this fall and a ready to dig into Tananarive Due's The Good House.

This is a big book with a lot going on, but we're able to dig into Due's great writing style, our favorite and least favorite characters, and just where in the world we think this book takes place. 

For our next episode, we're looking back at all our reading in 2018 to discuss the books we loved, hated and everything in between. Be sure to join the discussion by tweeting us at @blackchicklit on Twitter.

 

Thanks for coming back and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

 

Dec 07, 2018
BCL Chat: 20 Questions with Black Chick Lit
01:44:17

This month, we decided to ask ourselves a few of our own questions: What are our goals for the podcast? How did we meet? What’s our favorite Powerline song? (Spoiler alert: It’s “Stand Out.”)

Get to know Dani and Mollie a bit better and listen in to this extra chatty BCL Chat episode. Join us next time when we read The Good House by Tananarive Due.

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Oct 19, 2018
Episode 23: Meet Addy
01:32:03

We were feeling nostalgic, so this month, we decided to go back and check out our favorite kid lit titles. And if you were a little girl who loved books in the 90s, you loved the American Girl series.

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We read the first three books of the Addy series — from her enslavement on a North Carolina plantation to her eventual escape to freedom in Philadelphia. And boy, did our girl struggle. All the time. Like, this child never got a break.

This children’s series touched on all matter of topics including the breaking up of enslaved families, prejudice and colorism. But … did it need to? 

We realized we’ve been here for two years and never really introduced ourselves properly to y’all. So we want to know what you want to know. About us, about books, about podcasting. Whatever. Tweet us your questions and follow us on Twitter at @blackchicklit to take part in the next #BCLChat.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Sep 20, 2018
BCL Chat: Kid Lit and EyeSeeMe Interview
01:00:33

August is our birthday month! It’s been two years of nonsense, and we’re thankful you’ve stuck it out with us. 

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This year, we decided to celebrate by embracing our inner child. We talked to Pamela and Jeffrey Blair, the owners and founders of EyeSeeMe, St. Louis’ first all African-American children’s bookstore. 

If you’re a parent looking to get your child reading, a teacher hoping to provide more diverse literature options to your students or an independent author looking to get your book into kids’ hands, you need to check out this interview.

Thanks again to the Blairs for taking time to speak with us! Be sure to support the EyeSeeMe by making a purchase or donating to their foundation.

Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Continuing our dive into kid lit, next episode we’ll discuss every black girl’s favorite American girl, Addy. Join us when we discuss Meet Addy, by Connie Porter. 

Aug 30, 2018
Episode 21: Bingo Love
01:57:59

This is our chattiest episode yet. Before we dig into our book talk, we find out the ending of #cockygate, fangirl over Beverly Jenkins tweets and do a quick survey of popular books we have — and haven’t — read. Don’t worry, we find time to discuss Bingo Love, by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge and Joy San. 

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Pop in around the 40-minute mark to hear us analyze Elle and Hazel’s romance, as well as try and figure out what Jake’s big secret is. (Also, what’s going on with his wonky colored eyes???) It was a cute book that we wish we could have had more of.

In other news, we’re getting close to our second birthday! We’re planning to celebrate with a nostalgic throwback read, so tweet us your favorite over at @blackchicklit.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. And finally, thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Aug 05, 2018
BCL Chat: What Books Are you Looking Forward in 2018?
01:22:28

We told you we'd be asking this question again. It's our favorite and you all always deliver some awesome recommendations.

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Before we dig into them, though, we spend some time discussing the trailer for the upcoming The Hate U Give movie, Laura Ingalls Wilder's messiness and a bunch of surveys. We also share some follow-up information from Leesa Cross-Smith, the author of our previous pick, Whiskey & Ribbons. Thanks to @shortiegirl44, @lilpocketbooks, @Everywoman98, @MonlatReader, @LocPressedBooks and @OnlySharaeRae for their recommendations.

Books mentioned in this episode:
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  • Housegirl, by Michael Donkor
  • Woman Trapped in the Dark, J.D. Mason
  • Temper, by Nicky Drayden
  • The Black God's Drums, by P. Djélí Clark
  • John Woman, by Walter Mosley
  • My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole
  • A Duke by Default, by Alyssa Cole
  • An Unconditional Freedom, by Alyssa Cole
  • Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  • Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor
  • It Devours!, by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor
  • The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
  • Forged by Desire, by Brenda Jackson
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
  • Song of Blood and Stone, by L. Penelope

Thanks for listening in and join us when we read Bingo Love, written by Tee Franklin, illustrated by Jenn St-Onge, Joy San and Cardinal Rae.

Jul 11, 2018
Episode 21: Whiskey & Ribbons
01:25:32

We're back from our unplanned summer break and ready to discuss Leesa Cross-Smith's Whiskey & Ribbons. Like ogres and onions, this book's got LAYERS and we dig into 'em.

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Why is everyone keeping secrets from Loretta? Why is Evangeline so annoying in Eamon's POV? And what the hell is Frances' whole deal?

Along with discussion of the book, we talk #cockygate and copyright law, Michelle Obama's upcoming memoir (or is it autobiography?) and the stress Stephen King's reflections on mortality keeps causing us.

This whole episode was inspired by our listeners' excitement for its release. So, now we want to know: What books are you looking forward to in the second half of 2018? As always, follow us on Twitter at @blackchicklit to take part in the next #BCLChat.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

Jun 26, 2018
Episode 20: "This Will Be My Undoing"
01:28:44

We discuss some big topics this episode: colorism, what it means to be a black woman and the possible criminal actions of Steve Urkel.

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Listen in as we talk about This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins, share our current reads and lament the lack of black sit-coms.

As always, follow us on Twitter at @blackchicklit to take part in the next #BCLChat. With all the great black representation happening lately, we want to know what book you'd love to see adapted for TV, film or any other medium.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes. Thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

And special thanks to Claretta Street by Colette Barris for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about this title at MochaGirlsRead.com.

Mar 09, 2018
BCL Chat: What Are Your Reading Resolutions?
59:35

Time for another BCL Chat. We asked you all to share your reading resolutions, and an overwhelming number of you shared that this year you aim to read more books written by women and by people of color.

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A lot of ya'll are also big on personal development. You're doing better than us. We've pretty much given up on that. 

Thanks to everyone who shared! Got a question you’d like to see discussed? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Mar 03, 2018
Episode 19: “The Coldest Winter Ever”
01:27:48

In the last episode, you may have heard us officially declare January Black Chick Lit’s Urban Fic Month. Last year, we read This Could Be Us, But You Playin’. And it was terrible. Just godawful. So, this year we decided to try a tried-and-true classic. Published in 1999, Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever is heralded as the grandmother of the urban fic movement.

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Jan 19, 2018
Episode 18: We’re Finally Done with 2017
02:00:03

2017 was a long, hard year for the both of us, so we avoided it by reading a bunch of books. Join us for a double-length episode where we discuss all the titles we read — not just the ones for the podcast. We share favorites, rant about the ones that had us going “WTF!?,” and finish up with our podcast goals for 2018.

Heads up: There are major spoilers for Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret at 29:50 and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You at 33:47. You’re clear of spoilers at 36:14.

Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite books with us for this episode! Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at contact@blackchicklit.com. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.

Episodes mentioned in this episode:

 

 

Dec 29, 2017
Episode 17: “A Hope Divided”
01:31:13

After a touch of the flu and one nervous breakdown, we finally got around to discussing Alyssa Cole’s new release, A Hope Divided. This is the second book in Cole’s Loyal League series; check out the previous episode where we chat about the first book, An Extraordinary Union

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Dec 08, 2017
BCL Chat: Has a Book Ever Changed Your Life?
58:59

Happy fall, y’all. It’s time for another BCL Chat. We asked you if a book has ever changed your life. Thanks to @ClassyGreen, @WilliamsDebbieD and @OnlySharaeRae for submitting their responses.

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Nov 12, 2017
Episode 16: "Sing, Unburied, Sing"
01:31:42

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is full of heartbreak. And ghosts. And vomit. But mostly heartbreak. That’s probably why it took both of us a full month to finish it. It was worth it, though. Listen in as we break down the plot, voice and themes in this beautiful book.

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Oct 23, 2017
BCL Chat: Are You Doing NaNoWriMo?
50:12

It’s time for your monthly BCL Chat. This month we asked you if you’d be attempting NaNoWriMo (that is, National Novel Writing Month). You all overwhelmingly replied “prolly not.”

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Oct 07, 2017
Episode 15: “Bluebird, Bluebird”
01:39:50

Jinkies! We read a mystery and, boy, was it a doozy. There’s homicidal rage, alcoholism and then at some point, we actually got around to discussing the book.

Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird takes readers into the heart of a small rural Texas town where two murders have shaken up the local community. Listen in for a passionate discussion involving dumb criminals, court procedures and Scooby-Doo.

The first part of our discussion is spoiler-free. So listen in and be sure to check out Bluebird, Bluebird, which was released Sept. 12. Spoilers begin at the 38-minute mark.

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Sep 12, 2017
BCL Chat: What New Release Are You Most Excited About?
42:18

We’ve been busy y’all.

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Sep 01, 2017
Episode 14: “Hunger”
01:23:33

We recorded this episode the same day as the Charlottesville attacks and, boy, could you tell. We have no patience this week for racism, rape culture and body hatred. (Or for checking our own audio, apparently. Sorry, yo.)

We funnel that frustration into a discussion of Roxane’s Gay Hunger. Listen in as we talk (and try to deal with) rape culture, harmful reality TV shows and America’s overall wretchedness in 2017.

(Note: While we don’t go into detail, we do discuss the themes raised in this book, including rape and sexual violence against children. If needed, listen with care.)

Aug 18, 2017
BCL Chat: Book Buying with Special Guest Alysia of Mocha Girls Read
01:06:46

This episode, we’re joined by Alysia, founder of Mocha Girls Read. She shares how she started her popular book club, how it has grown, and her own thoughts on book buying.

Thanks to all of you who shared you got your books! We got more responses to this question than any other BCL Chat.

Join us as we live-tweet the first two episodes of OWN’s Queen Sugar at 6 p.m. PDT/8 CDT Saturday, Aug. 19.

Read up and join us for our next episode when we discuss Roxane Gay’s Hunger.

Aug 05, 2017
Episode 13: “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life”
01:22:08

 

2017’s been hard. We didn’t make things any better by reading Beloved. We needed some cheering up, so we decided to read Samantha Irby’s darkly funny We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

Listen in for a discussion of Midwestern college life, evil cats and Dani’s aversion to strangers’ bodily fluids. Next month, read up and tune in when we discuss Hunger, by Roxane Gay.

And don’t forget to share your thoughts in the next bonus episode. We want to know: How do you acquire the books you read? Buy new? Buy used? Library? Other … less legal means? Share your thoughts by tweeting us at @blackchicklit.

Thanks for listening and be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes.

Giveaway Winner Announcement

Congratulations to giveaway winner Charell! She received a free copy of Queen Sugar and an Amazon gift card courtesy of Mocha Girls Read. Alysia, founder of Mocha Girls Read, will be joining us at our next bonus episode. Get excited!

 

Jul 20, 2017
BCL Chat: What’s Your Favorite Adaptation?
01:05:44

As we prep for our first birthday celebration (whoop! whoop!), we asked you what your favorite adaptation of a book was. We share your responses, and also have a really passionate discussion about how everyone has been messing up lately. Listen in!

Thanks to @thisonevanessa, @chanellshorter, @charelliam@LocPressedBooks, @ellisromance and @Everywoman98 for taking part in this month’s chat!

Don’t forget: We’re celebrating our first birthday with the lovely ladies at @MochaGirlsRead! We’re going to record a special collab episode with them and have a virtual movie night/live Tweet session on Twitter.

We asked you to vote on which book-turned-movie you wanted featured. Your pick? Queen Sugar!  Visit the Mocha Girls Read website, enter the special code and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Queen Sugar and a $5 Amazon gift card. Thanks, ladies!

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Jun 28, 2017
Episode 12: “Beloved”
01:23:20

We finally did it, y’all. We finally read Beloved, the literary classic we should’ve read in high school. Better late than never, right? And after all that hullabaloo, what did we think of it? It was depressing af.

Join us as we try and figure out if Stamp Paid/Baby Suggs were a Thing, debate if Beloved was a legit ghost and make a special announcement: We’re celebrating our first birthday with special episode and live-tweet movie night with Mocha Girl Reads. Visit us on Twitter to vote on which book will be featured as part of the event.

Then, be sure to subscribe, listen and share your thoughts by tweeting us at @blackchicklit. Read up and tune in for the next episode when we discuss We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, by Samantha Irby.

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Jun 14, 2017
BCL Chat: Tell Us Your Book Shame
53:32

It’s confession time: We asked you what book you should have read but haven’t yet. The majority of you all said The Underground Railroad.

But there were more titles. So many more titles. Tune in to hear what else y’all said you need to read on the latest bonus episode of Black Chick Lit.

Thanks to @LocPressedBooks, @BangBangBooks, @Everywoman98, @IamTammiJ, @_Jayla_Rodgers, @MochaGirlReads, @fairlyliterary and @Author_DLWhite.

Got a topic you want us to discuss? Follow us on @blackchicklit and tweet us up!

Join us for the next regular episode when we discuss Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

May 31, 2017
Episode 11: “The Hate U Give”
01:40:45

This is it: Mollie and Dani finally dig into YA. We read the hottest new release in the book world’s hottest genre: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

We loved this novel inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. We’re still not sure how we feel about YA, though. So many teenagers. Get ready as we discuss Tumblr, Tupac and whether or not ’00s kids care about ’90s R&B.

May 17, 2017
BCL Chat: What Was Your First Book Love?
40:47

 

If anyone asks, we delayed this episode because we knew you’d need something to get you through the travesty that was the ChumpCare vote today.

You’re welcome.

In this episode of the podcast, we wanted to know your first book. What made you the type of person to listen to two strangers talk books on the Internet?

We share rate your responses, make enemies with cab drivers and (somehow) share our first period stories. Trust us, it makes sense in context.

Thanks to @charelliam@whoaskedash@havuqtefinished@prettyjoyful08,  @unicorninkk, @MonaFeesa@LocPressedBooks and @diancalondon for their contributions!

Got a topic you want us to discuss? Follow us on @blackchicklit and tweet us up!

Join us for the next regular episode when we discuss The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas.

May 05, 2017
Episode 10: “An Extraordinary Union”
01:35:48

This episode, we switch genres and talk love, sex and awkward adjectives as we discuss Alyssa Cole’s new release, An Extraordinary Union

Mollie decides that romance just has too many emotions for her liking while Dani shares her four requirements for a satisfying romance. Listen in and share your thoughts by tweeting us at @blackchicklit

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Apr 13, 2017
BCL Chat: What’s Up with Whitewashed Book Covers?
38:59

 

We’re back for another bonus episode. This week, we asked you all to share your experiences — either as a reader or a writer — with whitewashed book covers. We shared your responses and talked over some recent ones that have occurred in books and film. Join us for the discussion.

Thanks to @LocPressedBooks and @diancalondon for their awesome replies.

Got a topic you want us to discuss? Follow us on @blackchicklit and tweet us up!

Apr 05, 2017
Episode 9: “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation”
01:20:00

We read the recently released Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy and James Jennings. Mollie (finally!) gets the opportunity to school us all on what defines a graphic novel while Dani drinks in the background. Listen in and share your thoughts by tweeting us at @blackchicklit

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Mar 29, 2017
BCL Chat: What Book Must Every Black Woman Read?
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School, work, birthdays. Life hit us hard, y’all. Octavia Butler’s Kindred is next on our schedule and we’re recording this week. To make up for the loooonnnnnnng delay, we’ve got our first-ever bonus episode! Earlier this month, we asked you what books should every black woman read.

We want to hear from you! What book should every black woman read? #BCLchat

— Black Chick Lit (@blackchicklit) March 2, 2017

Join us for a messy, wine-inspired episode where we discuss the titles you said were required reading for all black women. Thanks to Twitter users @IamTammiJ@amariescully@LocPressedBooks@dr_1908 and @createandwrite for contributing.

Got a topic you want us to discuss? Follow us on @blackchicklit and tweet us up!

 

Mar 22, 2017
Episode 8: “Binti” and “Binti: Home”
01:21:35

This episode is a two-for-one special. We read both Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti and Binti: Home. Listen in for a discussion about diversity in sci-fi, the power of lotion and Steven Universe. We promise it all makes sense in context.

Got a book you think we should check out? Tweet us at @blackchicklit. Also, be sure to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

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Feb 22, 2017
Episode 7: “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé”
01:18:50

Did you know only 6.7 percent of Americans have read poetry in the past 12 months? We’ve joined these exclusive few and sit down to discuss Morgan Parker’s There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

It moved us, y’all. So much so, that we’ve declared that this year’s going to be “blacker than ever.”

Got a book you think we should check out? Tweet us at @blackchicklit. Also, be sure to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

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Feb 01, 2017
Episode 6: “This Could Be Us But You Playin'”
01:24:48

We kicked off 2017 by diving right into genre fic. Specifically, urban fiction. We read This could Be Us But You Playin‘ by Cachet. Mollie lays out the plot, Danielle remains bougie and bitter, and in the end, we take up that age-old debate of art vs. commerce. All in all, not a bad way to wrap up this book.

Have you read This Could Be Us But You Playin’ or another urban fic title? Want to contribute to the debate? Got a book you think we should check out? Tweet us at @blackchicklit.

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Jan 18, 2017
Episode 5: Bye, 2016
01:11:14

 

No specific book this month. To celebrate the new year, we look back on some of the titles that helped us survive the dumpster fire that is 2016. Mentioned titles include The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, An Extraordinary Union by Aylssa Cole and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

We hope you have an awesome and safe New Year’s Eve, and especially hope you’ll join us for another year of books in 2017. We’re kicking off January by reading an urban lit title, This Could Be Us But You Playin’ by Cachet.

Thanks for all your support and we’ll see you next year!

(Correction: At 15:03 Danielle says Harlan Ellison when she means Ralph Ellison. She’s aware of this and hopes you don’t judge her knowledge of literature based on this slip. Please feel free to judge her public speaking skills, though. They a mess.)

Jan 01, 2017
Episode 4: “Swing Time”
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Heads up: The word “bougie” comes up a lot in this episode. This month, we discuss British author Zadie Smith’s fifth release — Swing Time — complain about Audible and somehow finish up with an analysis of black female storylines in Disney movies.

Have you read Swing Time? Got a book you think we should check out? Tweet us at @blackchicklit.

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Dec 13, 2016
Episode 3: “We Love You, Charlie Freeman”
01:36:00

We are oh-for-two on knowing what it is we’re actually reading. This episode, we talk Kaitlyn Greenridge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman, an eerie and uncomfortable examination of race, communication and family. Tune in for anxiety attacks, asshole chimpanzees and, as always, us mispronouncing the names of all your favs.

Have you read We Love You, Charlie Freeman? Got a book you think we should check out? Tweet us at @blackchicklit.

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Nov 16, 2016
Episode 2: “Another Brooklyn”
01:18:01

We came back! This month, we read Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn and loved it. The book has been long-listed for a National Book Award in fiction and it’s well deserved. Join us for a conversation about the book’s beautiful descriptions of black girlhood and the joys of “sneaky writing.”

Have you read Another Brooklyn? Tweet us what you thought of the book at @blackchicklit.

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Sep 28, 2016
Episode 1: “Queen Sugar”
01:18:50

It’s our first ever podcast! Join us every month as we read and discuss a new book featuring black women writers and characters. This month’s selection is Natalie Baszile’s Queen Sugar.

The novel is the inspiration for an upcoming series on OWN and we totally get why. There’s plenty of material for a multi-season show and WAY more than what’s needed for a 300-page novel.

Listen, enjoy and tweet us your opinion about the book at @blackchicklit.

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Aug 27, 2016