DICE Movies & Books Recommendations by Liz
So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Olou- A guide to talking about different subjects relating to race, such as intersectionality, affirmative action, hair touching, white privilege, and "model minorities". Includes the author's own experience dealing with discrimination related to these subjects.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert- This romance novel, the first of a series about three African American sisters by a Black British author, is about Chloe Brown, a chronically ill computer geek who writes a list with seven items to help her "get a life" after a near death experience. Chloe enlists the help of Redford "Red" Morgan, a hot superintendent with a motorcycle and tattoos who is a secret painter, to help her be bad. Chloe already secretly spies on Red while he paints, but she finds herself falling for him as she gets to know him better and learns a lot about his secrets, including why he doesn't show his art to anyone anymore.
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehshi Coates- A letter from a Black father to his teenage son that answers questions about how racial classification hurts Black people and what coming of age in a Black body is like. Coates describes his experiences growing up in Baltimore City, studying in the all-Black "mecca" of Howard University, living in his current home in New York City, and traveling abroad in Paris.
My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams- I actually read this one two years ago, but the DC Chapter is reading it for their book club in February, so I thought now would be a good time to recommend it. In this biography, Justice Ginsburg talks about gender equality, being Jewish, the Supreme Court, her hobbies, her relationship with her husband, Marty, her law career, the U.S. constitution, and her friendships with other justices. Her biographers, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, introduce each chapter and include quotes from interviews with the justice.
In Praise of Paths: Walking Through Time and Nature, by Torbjorn Ekelund- A memoir of one person's experiences walking everywhere after his epilepsy diagnosis rendered him unable to drive. In this book, Ekelund describes his interest in the paths he walked and the health and psychological benefits of walking.
Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters, by Aph Ko and Syl Ko- A book of essays about how Black veganism is a different form of activism than mainstream White veganism and how treating nonhuman animals and Black humans with dignity are equally important. This book also discusses how White veganism can be implicitly racist through their emphasis on similarities to Black vegans because they deny Black vegans' lived experiences. and it touches on how women are seen as objects of beauty.
Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey- A Western novel focusing on librarians. The main character, Esther, has hidden in the librarians' wagon to avoid a marriage her father has arranged for her after her best friend and lover, Beatriz, was hanged. The librarians are seemingly nun-like and are in charge of an approved materials list, but they are secretly queer and on a mission to escort three women to Utah.
Prom- In this musical movie, a group of self-obsessed actors travels to a conservative town in Indiana to support a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom but who is kept out of prom due to being gay. After a civil rights case, prom gets a Broadway makeover.
Let's Get Frank- This documentary is about congressman Barney Frank's involvement in President Bill Clinton's impeachment hearings. It also covers Frank's coming out and the homophobia of Congress in the 1990's.
... I second Marilee Tutte's recommendation of Rising Phoenix. This documentary film, which is about the Paralympic games, is very heartwarming because it features the stories of athletes with disabilities, their challenges, and how they got into their sports. It also discusses what different countries thought of the Paralympic games and how they inform a global understanding of disability and diversity.