Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black History Month Hop: Urban Interest

Reflections of a BookaholicThe lovely ladies at Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read are hosting a month long event spotlighting people, events, websites, and books concerning people of color.

Black interest or Urban Interest

I never really liked the name of the genre "Black Interest". I don't maybe I felt like we were being put in some sort of category and that no one else beside us would be interested in these books.  I always liked the idea of being called Urban Fiction or something. Upon further investigation, I see that the genre is called Urban Fiction these days or African American fiction. 

While I haven't read the genre in ages, there are some amazing novels that I read in my teenage years that are worth highlighting.

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

This book right here is the creme de la creme of this genre. It was my first in the genre and I hold it as the standard for what Black interest should be. If you're even remotely entertained by books like these, this must be at the top of you TBR list. The follow up "Midnight", however, I do not recommend.

Addicted by Zane
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Um. Yeah. If you like steamy romance novels, you have GOT to read this particular Zane book. Like, right now.

Eric Jerome Dickey books circa 2000s

I may or may not have read all of these books that Dickey wrote. We passed around a few books when I was in high school. We were intensely intellectual but wanted to give our brains a break from dense textbooks and formulas with some entertaining romance books. Click on the images to check them out on Amazon.

Pimp by Iceberg Slim

Now, I never read this, but always saw this sitting on my Dad's nightstand. It looked like a book I wasn't supposed to read so I never did! But now that I'm an adult, I think I'm going to read all of the books he wrote.

Glad I got to participate in this hop finally! Just made it by the skin of my teeth. Be sure to check out the other blogs who have contributed posts to this awesome hop :)


  1. TCWE was beyond awesome! I think everyone should read it at least once. Addicted was a crazy ride and I had never read anything like it before. Loved EJD's books, I read all of those. And I tried an Iceberg Slim book, Trick Baby I think, but I couldn't get into it. I wonder how I'd do with one of his books these days. Great list.

  2. I don't like the term African American fiction either actually. I think Urban Fiction is pretty good. Zane ... I feel weird checking out the books from the library - lol! Although thankfully the covers aren't as racy as the contents.


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