The 2015 VIDA Count

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As Women’s History Month comes to a close it seems fitting that as readers we consider the state of women in publishing. Today VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (or VIDA for short) did just that with its release of the 2015 VIDA count.

VIDA is a research organization whose aims to “increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literature culture.” One of the ways VIDA does this is with The Count. Beginning in 2010 and every year since, VIDA counts the rates of publication of male and female authors in various prestigious magazines that published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry during the prior year. The organization looks at whose books were reviewed, who did the reviewing, which authors were interviewed, who the interviewers were and more.

Initially VIDA simply focused on women as a whole in publishing. In 2014 VIDA began taking a more intersectional approach to their research, looking at not only the numbers of women as whole but also specifically at race/ethnicity, sexuality, and ability/disability of women in relation to their representation in publishing. The report showed improvement at some literary journals, but not surprisingly there is room for much more improvement with women of color, non-heterosexual women, and women with disabilities still underrepresented at many publications.

The full report is available at


14 Books For Black Feminist

Alexis14National Women’s Month is going strong.

1. In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, by Alice Walker

Walker pens essays that cover topics from womanhood to motherhood to feminism and more.

2. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks

Hooks, known for being an evocative writer, provides a critical analysis of black activism and white feminism’s neglect of black women.

3. Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

In these essays and speeches from the prolific lesbian poet, Lorde challenges homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, and ageism in addition to calling for action and change.

4. Sister Citizen, by Melissa Harris-Perry

Harris-Perry breaks down the many degrading stereotypes faced by black women in America, and charts the difficult road to confronting and changing them.

5. Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Davis

Davis analyzes the women’s movement from abolitionist times to the modern day, and critiques the racism and classism demonstrated by its leaders.

6. When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, by Joan Morgan

Morgan speaks on feminism with the voice of the hip-hop generation, examining the contradictions present in black feminism and how modern black culture affects black women.

7. Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology, edited by Barbara Smith

The radical lives of black women take center stage in this compilation of essays by black feminists and lesbian activists.

8. Assata: An Autobiography, by Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur is a revolutionary who put everything on the line fighting for a cause she believed in. These reflections on her life of activism and participation in the Black Power Movement are a poignant account of the American black woman’s experience.

9. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America, by Paula J. Giddings

Giddings’ book is a testament to the extraordinary impact of black women throughout American history, which is often overlooked.

10. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

In this witty and, at times, all-out-funny collection of essays, Gay takes us through her own journey into womanhood as well as a journey through what it means to be a woman in American culture.

11. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange

Shange’s choreopoem is an ode to the strength, resilience and courage of black women, and takes a hard look at some of their struggles.

12. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness & the Literary Imagination, by Toni Morrison

This work identifies and speaks to the role black people played in creating some of literature’s great works—a revolutionary analysis in a canon that often ignores our existence.

13. The Black Woman: An Anthology, edited by Toni Cade Bambara

This compilation of essays from celebrated black female writers covers sex, body image, politics, and more.

14. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

This volume features voices that are often silenced in mainstream America and exposes the stories of women left out of history books.



March Giveaway Winner

A giveaway just ended! And that means it’s time to announce the winners of all our monthly giveaway. Let me first say a big THANK YOU to all you for stopping by, commenting and entering the giveaways! Now on to our winners. Congratulations goes out to…

Amy O. & Gabrielle from the No String Attached Giveaway Hop

If you didn’t win a giveaway this month don’t worry there are several giveaways planned for October.

April’s Voting is Now Open

vote button  For the month of April we are going to read a book that has been made or is going to be made into a movie.  As always there are some really great titles up for vote this time.  You guys are making my TBR list grow and grow

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be March 20, 2016. (11:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins.  But if there is a tie there will be a 48 hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll you will find the title of the books linked to a brief description.  Now…may the best book win!

Nominations are Open for April’s Book of the Month

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Mocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of April.  This month theme will be something new for us… Book to Movie (Any book that has been adapted or will be into a movie)  Since every movie out now started from a book let’s take a minute to see if the movie is as good as the book.

Note:  If you are nominating a book in a series then only book 1 is allowed.  And all nominations should be published in e-book and physical form.

Nominations are from 3/7/16 – 3/15/16

For selecting our book of the month Mocha Girls Read book club uses a democratic system for monthly selections. What do I need to do? In the comments section below, tell us what you want to read next (author and title) based on the monthly theme.  How many books can I nominate? Just pick 1 title off your TBR (to be read) list. Then what? We will put the list of nominated books up for everyone to vote on.  Once the voting is over, the winner will be selected as the book for month. What if there is a tie? We will put the two books to a head to head competition. The two books will be re-posted and everyone will be able to vote again but only in a 48 hour window of time. When do the nominations start and end? The nominations start today and will close on March 15, 2015 at 11:00pm.  Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below.

If you need some suggestions, check out the titles below.  Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.