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Yellow by Frank Wu: A Snapshot

I have read Yellow over the course of the past year. I did not read it consistently, but mainly used it to talk with students I work with and to provide them excerpts I thought might be useful in their own identity development. Last month, I decided to pick it back up, reread a couple … Continue reading

Book Review: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

You know those books you read where you just know what to write in the review? And then there are those books that leave you thinking about the plot and the characters long after finishing, leaving you to process your feelings and thoughts. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle was one of the latter. … Continue reading

Back to School: 4 Books for Educators

Summer vacation is almost over and school is almost back in session. As someone who works in Higher Education, we are frantically preparing for students to return to campus and start a new academic semester. Each year, I look at different academic books, articles, and pedagogies that may help me become more of a liberation-focused … Continue reading

Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon TBR

Thank you again to Read at Midnight (https://readatmidnight.com) again for an awesome Pokemon themed reading challenge! I used to watch the Indigo League series when I was a kid and I recently rewatched it as an adult on Netflix – not the same but gave me some nostalgia for Pokemon! The #ReadThemAllThon is a three … Continue reading

Lovecraft and Cthulhu: Stop It

Lovecraft. Just stop it. I have heard pretty much every board game content creator I watch / listen to lament about how much Cthulhu is in the hobby. “Not another Cthulhu game” had become a refrain when talking about the upcoming releases. Even Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) released an expansion for their card game Sash … Continue reading

Under the Radar: Stereotyping Indigenous Culture for Theme

There is a huge glaring gap in the conversation about representation and co-option of culture in the board gaming hobby. I hear a lot about the representation of black, latino, and asian peoples, but I rarely hear about co-opting, stereotyping, and tokenizing of indigenous culture to use as board game themes. To me, it seems so … Continue reading

Book Review: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an open and honest review. It is hot out. I feel like I am literally burning up. I feel sweat running down my face, my shirt is soaked trough to the skin. I am on edge. I know something bad is about to … Continue reading

No One Wants to Read That #RBWL

Time and time again, inevitably, we are having the conversation about diverse representation in literature. Pretty much every genre suffers from the lack of representation from different identity groups or from the misrepresentation, stereotyping, and tokenizing of identities. The conversation about #WeNeedDiverseBooks continues as many people speak out, no scream out, in frustration and anger … Continue reading

Safe Spaces in Board Gaming

This week has been off. I have struggled to be productive in my professional life. I have struggled to do what I need to do in my personal life. I have missed my regular gaming nights. I have sat alone or with my partner processing and grieving the recent tragedy in Orlando, which targeted the … Continue reading

Stand with Orlando

What do I even say? I feel powerless in this moment. About 30 hours ago, I first heard about the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, which claimed 50 lives and injured over 50 more during their Latin Night. My heart broke. I still feel sick. I am still processing this … Continue reading

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