Sorry, I just found this …. so next year … 

but take a look …  and then ask yourself, 

if I turned my life into a memoir, 

Could it be on this list of life changing books?



Challenged and Banned Books by and about African Americans

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

1983 – 2009—Over thirty-five challenges in twenty states since the book’s publication.

2009—Challenged in the Newman-Crows Landing School District on a required reading list presented by the Orestimba High English Department.  A trustee questioned the qualifications of Orestimba staff to teach a novel depicting African American culture.  (CA)

A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress

1976 – 1994—Challenged five times in five states.  (NY, GA, TX, MD, SC)

1976—Removed from Island Trees School Union Free District High School library along with nine other titles because they were considered “immoral, anti-American, anti-Christian, or just plain filthy.”  (NY)

Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress

1986—Challenged at the Gwinnett County public schools because of “foul language and sexual references.”  (GA)

1986—Banned from Spokane middle schools because the book’s storyline about a prostitute’s daughter was “too mature.”  (WA)

My House by Nikki Giovanni

1992—Challenged by the Duval County public school libraries because it contains the word “nigger” and was accused of containing excessive vulgarity, racism, and sex.  (FL)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

1979—Responding to criticism from an anti-pornography organization, the Ogden School District restricted circulation of Hansberry’s play.  (UT)

Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron

1998—Challenged in Brooklyn because it was considered racially insensitive.  (NY)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

1997—Challenged for sexual explicitness, but retained on the Stonewall Jackson High School’s academically advanced reading list in Brentsville.  A parent objected to the novel’s language and sexual explicitness.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

1995 – 2007—Challenged seven times in six states since its publication.  (FL, TX, ME, IL, ID, & KY)

2007—Challenged in the Coeur d’Alene School District.  Some parents say the book along with five others should require parental permission for students to read them.  (ID)

2013—Parent wants the book removed because she believes it depicts scenes of bestiality, gang rape and an infant’s gruesome murder, content she believes could be too intense for teenage readers.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

1994 – 2007—Challenged eleven times in nine states since publication.  (AK, PA, FL, MA, MD, NH, CA, CO, MI)

2005—Banned from the Littleton curriculum and library shelves after complaints about its explicit sex, including the rape of an eleven-year-old girl by her father.  (CO)

2013— The board of education president in Ohio is criticizing the inclusion of the book on the Common Core Standard’s recommended reading list for 11th-graders, labeling the controversial work “pornographic,” and wishes to ban it from the classroom.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

1993 – 2009—Challenged in five states due to its sexually explicitly language.  (OH, GA, FL, MD, MI)

1998—Removed from the St. Mary’s County Schools’ approved text list by the school superintendent overruling a faculty committee recommendation.  Complaints referred to the novel as “filth,” “trash,” and “repulsive.”  (MD)

Sula by Toni Morrison

2000—Challenged on the Poolesville High School reading list because of the book’s sexual content and language.  On October 5, 2000, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Paul McGuckian dismissed the bid to band the work from the curriculum.  The school, however, decided to remove the book from the summer reading list.  (MD)

Push by Sapphire

2005—Challenged, but retained at Fayetteville High School despite a parent’s complaint that it was sexually explicit.  The complainant also submitted a list of more than fifty books, citing the books as too sexually explicit and promoting homosexuality.  (AL)

The Best Anime You’re Not Watching: Ghost Stories (ADV Dub)

Happy Halloween! In honor of this day of spooks and giggles, let’s honor an anime that’s a bit low on spooks and VERY heavy on the giggles: Ghost Stories!

Ghost Stories follows fifth-grader Satsuki and her little brother Keiichirou as they move to a new town and discover their school is haunted. Their late mother, who went to the same school as a child, apparently was an avid exorcist in her day and left behind a diary telling how to exorcise all of the ghosts and spirits. With their next door neighbor Hajime, self-proclaimed paranormal investigator Leo, responsible sixth-grade psychic Momoko, and a talking cat named Amanojaku, Satsuki and Keiichirou set out to get rid of all the ghouls plaguing their school and town.

Ghost Stories premiered in Japan in October 2000. And boy did it suck. The characters were bland and in some cases annoying, plot holes were abundant, multiple supernatural things happened with no rhyme or reason, and the soundtrack consisted of just 3 or 4 songs repeated over and over.

Needless to say, it bombed. HARD. In fact, it was selling so poorly the Japanese company that made it was losing money. At that point, they contacted anime dubbing company ADV Films and told them this:

“We literally don’t care what you do with this show; we just need you to make it sell so we can break even.”

ADV obliged and created the most hilarious thing ever to grace the anime dubbing world.

Oh, not because it was so badly dubbed it was good. In fact, it was an amazing dub. The English dub actors basically improvised almost all of their lines and turned the show from a sub-par horror series into a black comedy, which resulted in lines like this:

The show is basically like a professionally done abridged series. And it is brilliant. My personal favorite character from the dubbed version is Momoko, who they turned into a complete Jesus-freak who’s always trying to convert her friends every second she’s on screen.

Go find this dub on YouTube. Trust me; you won’t regret it. Fair warning though: the first half isn’t really as funny since the dub actors were probably still getting used to the type of dub they were doing. But during the second half, when they’re fully into it, it is HILARIOUS.

Once again, happy Halloween!