{Watch, Read, & Listen} 13th, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, & FDT

Jun 1, 2020

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Watch: 13th: A Documentary (2016)

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Starring: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, William Jelani Cobb, & Angela Davis

Director: Ava DuVernay

TW: police brutality, racism, violence, oppression

Read: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Publication date: June 2, 2020

Keep an eye out for my (non-spoilery) review of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, coming up on Sunday June 7th!

Listen: FDT pt. 2 -- YG, G-Eazy & Macklemore

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