Black Lives Matter: What I’m Doing and What You Can Do

If you aren’t alarmed, upset, or angry by what’s going on in the world right now, you’re not paying attention.

We all need to do our part right now. Here is the website that I used to donate, to sign petitions, and to educate myself.

I didn’t plan on making a blog post about this. I haven’t posted anything on social media. To me, it felt wrong for me to post a story or a feed post with a hashtag. And if you’re feeling the same, you’re not alone. So instead of doing the work online, do the work offline! Just make sure that you’re doing something.

By no means is this list exhaustive because I still have a long way to go in terms of beginning to understand Black history and the Black experience. But here are a list of books that I found very useful in starting on that journey:

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of anti-racism books, please check out this list that was put together by Jane Mount of Ideal Bookshelf.

And if you aren’t in the mood for reading, here are a list of documentaries on Netflix that you can watch to educate yourself:

  • Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • When They See Us
  • 13th
  • Who Killed Malcolm X?

*Credit goes to @unity.celeste on Instagram

Take this time to amplify Black voices, educate yourself, and really think about what you can do to help.

And also pay attention to what companies and influencers are doing during this time. Are they just reposting things to look good? Are they engaging in performative allyship? We look to these people because they have a platform. They have an audience of millions and what they choose to do with that speaks volumes.

In your own life, take a look at the people you surround yourself with. What are they doing during this time? It can feel exhausting and overwhelming, but just think about how tired BIPOC are when they have to fight against systemic racism every day.

3.5 Bubble Teas, Fantasy, Jimmy Patterson Books, LGBTQIA, Natasha Ngan, New Adult, Review

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan


Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Published by Jimmy Patterson Books on November 5th, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Young Adult

Pages: 403


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“Being vulnerable isn’t a flaw. It is the most beautiful thing in the world. If you were invincible, being brave would be easy.”

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3 Bubble Teas, Charles Yu, Review, Science Fiction, Vintage

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu


How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Published by Vintage on July 23rd, 2010

Genre: Science Fiction,

Pages: 256


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“Most people I know live their lives moving in a constant forward direction, the whole time looking backward.”

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4 Bubble Teas, Review, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Ted Chiang, Tor Books

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang


Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Published by Tor Books on July 5th, 2002

Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories

Pages: 281


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“Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it and welcome every moment.”

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5 Bubble Teas, Alfred A. Knopf, Graphic Novel, Matt Huynh, Nam Le, Review, SBS, Short Stories

The Boat by Nam Le, SBS, and Matt Huynh


The Boat by Nam Le, SBS, and Matt Huynh

Published by Alfred A. Knopf on May 13th, 2008

Genres: Graphic Novel, Short Stories

Pages: 272


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“She whispered into the darkness, her thoughts still interlaced with dream, scattered remotely across space and grey sea.”

Link to read The Boat

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3 Bubble Teas, Contemporary, Courtney Summers, Review, St. Martin's Griffin, Young Adult

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers


Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on December 23rd, 2008

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Pages: 214


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“The sooner you make a mistake and learn to live with it, the better. You’re not responsible for everything. You can’t control the way things end up.”

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5 Bubble Teas, Mystery, Peter Swanson, Review, Thriller, William Morrow

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Published by William Morrow on March 3rd, 2020

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 270


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“Books are time travel. True readers all know this. But books don’t just take you back to the time in which they were written; they can take you back to different versions of yourself.”

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