The Media List

The Coldest Winter Ever, Sista Souljah
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

"Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don't love your eyes; they'd just as soon pick em out. No more do they love the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it. And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face 'cause they don't love that either. You got to love it, you!"

Four Women, Nina Simone

"There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were."

All About Love, bell hooks

"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance."

Blessing the Boats, Lucille Clifton

"listen, woman, you not a noplace anonymous girl; mister with his hands on you, he got his hands on some damn body!"

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

"Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me."

Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones

"I was kind of an invisible girl when I was young."

My Soul to Keep, Tananarive Due

"The devil never gave a gift for free."

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house."

Wounded in the House of a Friend, Sonia Sanchez

"And I cried… for all of the women who stretched their bodies for civilizations, only to find ruins."

2015 Selections



The Color Purple 

Alice Walker

The Bluest Eye 

Toni Morrison

The Coldest Winter Ever 

Sista Souljah

Silver Sparrow 

Tayari Jones

My Soul to Keep 

Tananarive Due


Wounded in the House of a Friend 

Sonia Sanchez

Blessing the Boats 

Lucille Clifton


Four Women 

Nina Simone


Sister Outsider 

Audre Lorde 

All About Love 

bell hooks