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There is a missing presence of the black author in America. The stigma says that authors of color can’t create the content needed to make any of the bestsellers list. Despite having the body of work, many authors of color are usually overlooked by authors from big publishing companies with the budget to promote their book. Here at Melanoid Exchange we fully support the quality of information a book has despite its level of funding. We have taken a step in changing the persona and creating a bestsellers list for authors of color.

In our second volume of the Melanoid Exchange Bestseller list we want to highlight a piece of work titled #Ghetto he Inner City Blues by Thaddeus Tolbert.

#Ghetto The Inner City Blues by Thaddeus Tolbert is a book that we believe anyone from the inner city should read. Even if your unfamiliar with the inner city way of life Tolbert brings you into his environment with his keen word choice and strict detail.

#Ghetto he Inner City Blues is a depiction of mental health and sociological barriers, spiritual battles, perseverance, and determination. Thaddeus Tolbert gives his self-disclosure of what it was like growing up in 3rd Ward Houston, TX and how it made a drastic impact on his life from childhood up into adulthood. Tolbert  utilizes raw details and imagery to paint a clear picture of his POV of what transpires in the #GHETTO.

All in all, #Ghetto he Inner City Blues is a must read that will encourage readers to see life through the eyes of the author . This book will stun readers by its realism and give them hope to that they too may make a change for the better.  #Ghetto The Inner City Blues is available for purchase on our Melanoid Exchange App and website.

There is a missing presence of the black author in America. The stigma says that authors of color can’t create the content needed to make any of the bestsellers list. Despite having the body of work, many authors of color are usually overlooked by authors from big publishing companies with the budget to promote their book. Here at Melanoid Exchange we fully support the quality of information a book has despite its level of funding. We have taken a step in changing the persona and creating a bestsellers list for authors of color.

In our first volume of the Melanoid Exchange Bestseller list we want to highlight a piece of work titled The Hood Scholar by Jovante Ham.

The Hood Scholar by Jovante Ham is a book that we believe anyone looking to beat the odds of life should read. He gives real life examples showing how he became the man he was and also the mistakes he made along the way giving all the glory to God.

Ham’s word choice and real-life examples allows readers to relive the situations as if they were there.

All in all, The Hood Scholar is a must read that will encourage readers to realize that where you are from doesn’t determine your outcome in life and it’s never too late to get back on track. This book will wow readers by its realism and give hope to those who may be struggling with their faith.  The Hood Scholar is available for purchase on our Melanoid Exchange App and website.

by Ibi Zoboi

@thesolereader on istagram

Synopsis

Summer, 1984. Ebony-Grace Norfleet flies from Huntsville, Alabama to Harlem, where she’ll stay with her father while her mother deals with the trouble that’s arisen for Ebony-Grace’s grandfather, Jeremiah Norfleet, one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA in the ‘60s. Ever since she came to live with him when she was little, he’s nurtured his granddaughter’s love of space and science fiction – especially Star Wars and Star Trek, both of which she’s watched dozens of times on Betamax. So even as Ebony-Grace struggled to make friends, she always had her grandfather and the imaginary words they created together. New York, though, is different. Hip-hop, Break dancing, Double Dutch, Graffiti. Harlem is a bewildering place for a sheltered country girl, and her instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street reveals that it has more in common with her beloved outer-space adventures than she ever dreamed, and by summer’s end, Ebony-Grace discovers that broken but beautiful Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.

Ready for Lift Off

Upon seeing the beautifully designed cover and reading the title, I was drawn in immediately. The cover is immaculately designed with a color scheme that mimics a sunset with hues of orange, yellow, and blue coupled with the posterior view of Ebony-Grace on a rooftop. The title, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, is catchy enough to grab a young reader’s attention. I was ecstatic to begin reading this novel, especially to see how the author could connect to younger readers. While I have never been a sci-fi fan, I was intrigued by the story mostly occurring in New York City, especially Harlem, due to the rich culture, history, and magic that ensues there. I absolutely adore NYC, especially in the summertime! I had high hopes for this novel and the potential for it to not only connect with younger readers, but to serve as representation for girls of color.

The “Overview Effect”

While I was apprehensive about the sci-fi nature of this novel, there were some elements that I enjoyed. Ebony-Grace would be considered a Trekkie, someone who is very interested in space and in books and films about space. [[Thank you, Macmillan Dictionary!]] I loved how Ibi Zoboi chose to build Ebony-Grace as this nerdy, space loving, black girl from the south. She challenges the stereotypes of girls of color and what their interests can consist of. That is highly inspirational and encouraging for younger readers. It made me wonder if the character was inspired by Mae C. Jemison, an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut, and by N.K. Jemisin, an American science fiction and fantasy writer.

I also found great joy in the beautiful and sweet relationship that Ebony-Grace has with her grandfather, Jeremiah Norfleet. Ebony-Grace adores her grandfather and aspires to make him proud. He is her gateway to all things space related seeing as he worked as an engineer at NASA. Jeremiah frequently encourages Ebony-Grace to use her imagination and is incredibly patient with her, which is how she has come to develop her own reality inside of her “imagination location” that takes both of them on some wild space adventures. I found it interesting how Jeremiah is able to help his granddaughter understand reality through Trekkie connections, which has a tremendous impact on how she views No Joke City, also known as New York City. Their shared interactions were some of my favorite parts throughout My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

The novel is easy to read and could work in conjunction with ELA curriculum, especially in reference to teaching students how to make inferences. Also, readers who enjoy sci-fi based novels might enjoy reading this one.  

There is a missing presence of the black author in America. The stigma says that authors of color can’t create the content needed to make any of the bestsellers list. Despite having the body of work, many authors of color are usually overlooked by authors from big publishing companies with the budget to promote their book. Here at Melanoid Exchange we fully support the quality of information a book has despite its level of funding. We have taken a step in changing the persona and creating a bestsellers list for authors of color.

In our third volume of the Melanoid Exchange Bestseller list we want to highlight a piece of work titled So Now What? by Jerome Howard.

So Now What? by Jerome Howard is a book that has sold over 600 + copies and can reach out to readers despite their position in life. Whether you have just been laid off from your job, graduating high school, or even retiring from a lengthy career. So Now What? speaks directly to you. I would definitely rate So Now What? as one of the best self help books this past decade.

Howard entails his story of how he reached the place he stands in life today while giving knowledge people would pay thousands of dollars for. So Now What? gives real life examples making them practical answering many questions of what to do when life takes its jab at you.

All in all, So Now What? Is a must read that will stretch you the next level in life despite your current situation. This book will challenge you to hold yourself responsible by regaining the sense of accountability and ownership which has taken the backseat to entitlement in today’s era while encouraging you to be the best version of yourself. So Now What? is available for purchase on our Melanoid Exchange App.