We Need Diverse Books Exclusive Cover Reveal:

X, A Novel – Releasing January 6th, 2015

The WNDB team is proud to host the exclusive cover reveal of X, A Novel, by Candlewick Press, a book we are so excited about!

Candlewick Press announces the publication of the FIRST young adult novel based on the coming of age of a boy named Malcolm Little.

Co-written by Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and award winning young adult author Kekla Magoon, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Timed with the 50th anniversary of his death, X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

“Malcolm inspired me with his eloquence, his wisdom, and his thirst for truth and righteousness. This powerful, page-turning story tells us how he discovered these qualities within himself.” – Muhammad Ali

"Powerful and charming—makes you see things in a whole new way.  One of the best books I’ve read in quite some time." – Chris Rock


linkaria said:

Can you do a post on the historical / political / social significance of Black Panther and Wakanda? I know it has something to do with the Black Panther Party and western exploitation of Africa but I'm a bit fuzzy on the details. Thank you!

Sure! There’s a relationship between the Black Panther character and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense but not in the way you might be thinking. T’Challa was actually introduced a few months before the founding of the BPP. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had been working on the idea for a while already and were going to call him the “Coal Tiger”, meaning they were more focused on “jungle animals” than any political context.


Sadly, Marvel distanced itself from the name “Black Panther” as mainstream public perception of the BPP turned negative. Around the time T’Challa became an Avenger, he began going by “The Panther”. Later, he even used “Black Leopard” as a substitute, explicitly saying he didn’t want to be associated with the BPP.


While Marvel was willing to pit him against foes who were obvious “bad guys” (the Klan, the “Supremacists”, etc.), they didn’t really touch Western exploitation (in the sense that the US as a whole was complicit rather than just a few bad guys) until fairly recently. Hudlin especially stressed the idea that like other countries with valuable resources, Wakanda would certainly have to deal with other powerful countries that would want their cut (and would be willing to take it by force).


All that said, Wakanda and the Black Panther make social statements simply by existing. Wakanda provides an example of what Africa could be if its resources hadn’t been stolen. Black Panther is just a normal person of African descent who shows what fully-tapped potential looks like. Exposing readers to these ideas can be powerful so hopefully future writers will embrace that and continue to build on what has already been accomplished.

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-We Are Wakanda