• Sufia Alam

Pods & Pages Chapter 1

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Starting this Friday, we will be sharing 3 books and 2 podcasts featuring Black creators. As we share these, we encourage you to support an #IndieBookstore either in your neighborhood or abroad.

We’ll also be sharing some of our favorite booksellers where you can support them through online ordering & visiting their shops once their doors open back up. This week we encourage you to (virtually) visit 1977 Books in Montgomery, Alabama. They are a volunteer-run abolitionist bookshop that also serves as a library and community space.

This series is about sharing with others, comment below your favorite books and podcasts by Black creators!


1. SHE WELL READ -- Have you finished school and are suddenly realizing that you haven’t read for pleasure in *checks watch* years? Alana Baumann and Samra Michael were feeling the same way and turned their sleepover dreams into the modern book club with their podcast: SHE WELL READ. This Birmingham, Alabama based podcast features a group of women who are dedicated to becoming the most well-read version of themselves.

Each season the two will focus on one new book and will dissect a chapter in each episode. This season’s book is Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer.

Baumann and Samra are funny, genuine, and of course - extremely well-read! Check out their first episode: Welcome to the Book Club! Where the girls introduce themselves as curators and discuss in more detail what this podcast will look like as they dive into their first book.

2. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition - Trevor Noah is our on-screen husband. We love listening to the charming South African comedian / political commentator who does everything to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the world. Explore the assortment of special guests, moments of zen, and the charming humor we love to associate with Trevor Noah.

Here’s one of our favorite little snippets of him: “You know what African mothers tell their children every day? 'Be grateful for what you have. Because there are fat children starving in Mississippi.'"

Check out a recent episode featuring American historian Mary Frances Berry as she discusses her book “History Teaches Us to Resist” — the misconceptions about Martin Luther King Jr. — and the essential role of protesters in the political world.

P.S. We highly recommend you watch the show on screen as well.


1. Poetry // Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet, essayist, and a national spokesperson for Campaign for Youth Justice. In this collection of poems, Betts shows the reader the effects that incarceration can have on the individual and society. Through his fierce and revolutionary style poems such as his ‘redacted poems’, Betts draws on how the criminal justice system exploits and diminishes the poor and those who have been incarcerated.

2. Non-Fiction // Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

In this collection of essays, Mikki Kendall discusses the glaring blind spot in the feminist movement. Kendall discusses that the basic needs of feminism still need to be addressed such as food insecurity, public housing, access to quality education, a living wage, and much more.

She poses the question of, how can we stand together when one group is actively suppressing the other? By weaving in examples of her own life experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, Kendall takes aim at a movement that has refused to address the struggles Black women face.

3. Fiction // Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

We’re not going to lie to you - to have to pick between Jesmyn Ward’s books is probably the hardest thing about putting this list together. So take it from me, just go ahead and buy her whole collection because it is worth it!

Salvage the Bones features a fourteen-year-old girl, Esch, who is navigating through the final days of Hurricane Katrina when she discovers that she is pregnant. Her alcoholic father is absent, so it’s up to Esch and her three brothers to weather the storm that is blowing through their southern Mississippi town. When you read this book in one sitting, you’ll understand why Ward’s power of words transcends beyond her books.


Have a suggestion on a book or podcast we should check out? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us at camellias.bham@gmail.com

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