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It is all the more important now to read and promote marginalized voices. Events like the Syrian refugee situation, the Trump administration’s travel ban, and the vote for Brexit proved that the global work of diversity is unfinished. Highlighting stories of refugees, migrants, and people of color is never more important than it is now, in times facing a rise in nationalism, bigotry and racial prejudice. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue This delectable novel, set...
“We’ve been out here working,” writer Syreeta McFadden tells Brooklyn Magazine, and she’s right. Who gets to tell a story (as well as how and to whom) has been contested in the United States since before its founding. (See: The controversy-strewn publishing history of Phillis Wheatley, our country’s first black and second female published author.) This conversation’s roots are centuries deep and impossibly broad and this is a good thing: It’s a very important subject....