Jessica P. Pryde
Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters
An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators, edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde.
Romantic love has been one of the most essential elements of storytelling for centuries. But for Black people in the United States and across the diaspora, it hasn't often been easy to find Black romance joyfully showcased in entertainment media. In this collection, revered authors and sparkling newcomers, librarians and academicians, and avid readers and reviewers consider the mirrors and windows into Black love as it is depicted in the novels, television shows, and films that have shaped their own stories. Whether personal reflection or cultural commentary, these essays delve into Black love now and in the past, including topics from the history of Black romance to social justice and the Black community to the meaning of desire and desirability.
Exploring the multifaceted ways love is seen--and the ways it isn't--this diverse array of Black voices collectively shines a light on the power of crafting happy endings for Black lovers.
Publisher: Penguin Random House/Berkley
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
"The collection’s strength is in its thoughtfulness and wealth of perspectives. The result is as unique as it is heartfelt." - Publishers Weekly
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Jessica Pryde is a contributing editor for Book Riot, where she is the co-host of the When In Romance podcast and writes about bookish things of all kinds. Having earned a Bachelor of art in the interdisciplinary project in humanities at Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of library science at San Jose State University. She is now a librarian in Tucson, where she lives with her husband and an ever-growing collection of Funko Pops. "Black Love Matters" is her first book.
Tags: Adult, LGBTQIA+, Nonfiction, Romance, BIPOC