Shanel Adams

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Shanel Adams
Shanel holds a degree in journalism from Howard University, where she attended because of literary heroes and alumni of the university, Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston. She works in public relations, where her writing tells the story of organizations through strategy. In her spare time, Shanel reads and reviews loads of awesome books, hosts Progressionista, a book club program for Detroit youth and does plenty of pretty craft projects!

‘Dear Ijeawele’ and Teaching Girls to Love Books (Review)

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What does it take to raise your daughter to be a feminist? Writer and feminist scholar, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was asked this question by a close friend and transformed her response into the newly released book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Adichie’s sage advice is absent of the tradition loaded in most motherly words of wisdom. Instead, Dear Ijeawele promotes the progressive mindset necessary for raising the next generation of women to be true feminists. The book lays out 15 suggestions that range from handling romantic relationships to addressing double standards. Of all the recommendations, rich with stories from Adichie’s experiences as a girl, the one I found most powerful was to teach her to love books. As a young child, books…

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Debut YA Author Tiffany D. Jackson Changes the Narrative of the Child Nobody Wants

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Girls can’t be murderers. What can our society do with them? No girl can be sweet and soft with the blood of an innocent person on their hands. But Mary Addison challenged this norm at 9 years old when she was convicted of killing a baby. Allegedly (Katherine Tegan Books, January 24, 2017), a Young Adult novel by Tiffany D. Jackson opens up with this cryptic information, mentally preparing the reader for the rousing plot to come. Set primarily in a group home of argumentative teenage girls, we get to know a now sixteen-year-old Mary who has to deal with the perils of adolescence while wearing the covert label of murderer. As the story unravels, we realize like a number of childhoods…

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