All I can say after viewing this photo from the Washington Post, 'Day in Pictures,' page is RESPECT. Sometimes we take for granted that books are available for us within a short walk or click on our computers.   I can only imagine what this woman had to go through to get these books.   This picture is a reminder to me to stop complaining.  

Sister Souljah’s New Moment

The rapper-turned-author and namesake for an iconic political maneuver has long since moved beyond the Clintons

Time Magazine


I'm still hyped from yesterday's Million Man March.   Here's some of my takeaways from the 20th year anniversary.



On October 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C., at the National Mall, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will convene the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March under the theme: Justice or Else!

We want justice!  We want equal justice under the law.  We want justice applied equally regardless to creed or class or color.

Justice is the birthright of every human being.  Justice is a prerequisite to life. We cannot live without justice and where there is no justice there is no peace.  Justice is one of the eternal principals that the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth has decreed that every creature should have the freedom to be what God created it to be. Freedom, Justice and Equality are not conferred on us by the Constitution, but the Creator confers Freedom, Justice and Equality on every human being.

The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must be immediately done to address and correct the condition.

The failure of the U.S. Government to give justice to its former slaves require that we present ourselves in unity to make the demand for Justice or Else!

Shout Out - Fresh Banter

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Twelve Points About Street Literature

Me on a good day
     Over the last couple of years, I have become increasingly annoyed with some of my librarian peers, K-12 educators and members of academia.  This state that I find myself in is a result of comments and attitudes about the genre of Street Literature, also known as Urban Fiction.  If you have been following this blog since it's inception, I have discussed this genre heavily, i.e. definition, origins, popularity with teens etc.  You can also view one of my popular presentations from 2013 on my slideshare account here:

     The following list has grown from 10 points to 12 in this year. My hope is I will have a solid 25 points about Street Literature that I can use to promote the genre and debate more effectively with.  By no means am I an expert on this topic, I'm merely a librarian that has observed first hand how this genre has positively impacted the lives of marginalized otherwise forgotten youth of Chicago's inner city.

     I am interested in feedback on what I have written, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section of this blog.   Just a fyi, I do not tolerate negative comments directed at others who wish to leave a comment.  In other words, serving others tea on my blog is not tolerated - respect for other's opinion is celebrated.  Peace, K.C.
Betcha didn't know!

Twelve Points About Street Literature
1.  All stories have VALUE, regardless of the lens/perspective it's told from.

2.  Who are any of us (librarians/reading specialists/educators) to say Street Literature is not a genre?

3.  Urban Fiction is a genre and Street Literature is a sub-genre of Urban Fiction, both should be respected as such.

4.  Street Literature is a genre that should be in all library collections for teens and adults.  As should other books that celebrate various subjects and cultures.

5.  To make excuses (I've heard many of them) not to include them is just plain sad and a disservice to your patrons.

6.  Street Literature is a genre that should not be ignored by librarians. This genre has served as a catalyst to jump start reluctant readers to read more frequently.

7.  Street Literature has provided a pipeline for readers of all ages to learn/understand communities unlike their own.

8.  From my personal experience, many critics of Street Literature have not read one book within the genre or a body of work representing various authors and reading levels.

9.  Many critics of Street Literature just don't understand it.  Just think about it: What happens when we don't understand something....We reject it.
Street Literature Book Award Medal
Created by Dr. Vanessa Irvin

10.  Many librarians have Young Adult Street Literature books within their collections, and are unaware of their genre classification.

11.  Articles have been written about the success of the genre's authors - http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/ashley-jaquavis-coleman-profile/?_r=0
       The Street Literature Book Award Medal has been created to celebrate books written each year within the genre - http://www.streetliterature.com/p/slbam.html

12.  Urban Fiction/Street Literature is here to stay....deal with it. 

"Street Lit. Writers Must Be Heard"

Another post that should be read is Amy Koester's blog post,
"Selection is Privilege"

The Reader's Advisory Guide to Street Literature by Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris