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Black Chick Lit is a twice-monthly podcast that talks books by and for black women. Join Dani and Mollie as they talk prose, drink wine and laugh at their own jokes.

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    • 4.5 • 95 Ratings

Black Chick Lit is a twice-monthly podcast that talks books by and for black women. Join Dani and Mollie as they talk prose, drink wine and laugh at their own jokes.

    Episode 55: ’Everything’s Fine’

    Episode 55: ’Everything’s Fine’

    There's been a lot of discourse surrounding our latest pick. Everything's Fine by Cecelia Rabess has been fodder for a think piece by The New York Times, an interview in The CUT and hundreds of hot takes on Twitter.
    Was the book worth all that chatter? Not really. Listen in as we discuss the "controversy" surrounding the book's marketing, what we think the author was trying to achieve and the authenticity of fake hair.
    We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.
    Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 55: Surviving Thrillers as a Black Woman w/ Rachel Howzell Hall

    Episode 55: Surviving Thrillers as a Black Woman w/ Rachel Howzell Hall

    Hi, readers!

    We've got another fun interview for you this month. We chatted with author and self-proclaimed L.A. stan Rachel Howzell Hall about her new book, What Never Happened, and what it's like to be a Black woman in the thriller space — whether that be as an author or a main character.

    Learn more about the plotting process and character development of thriller characters, Rachel's philosophy on plot twists and which of her books she thinks she'd survive.
    (Interview begins at 12:48)

    Rachel Howzell Hall is the New York Times bestselling author of We Lie Here; These Toxic Things; And Now She's Gone; They All Fall Down; and, with James Patterson, The Good Sister, which was included in Patterson's collection The Family Lawyer. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist as well as an Anthony, International Thriller Writers, and Lefty Award nominee, Rachel is also the author of Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, Trail of Echoes, and City of Saviors in the Detective Elouise Norton series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

    As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Bryonna, Claire, Erica, Frank, I Found This Great Podcast, Jennifer, Kat, Martel, Montara and Noelia.

    If you like what you hear, be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listeni

    • 59 min
    Episode 54: Celebrating Pride with Kianna Alexander

    Episode 54: Celebrating Pride with Kianna Alexander

    Hi, readers! It's June and Black Chick Lit is celebrating Pride month!
    Given all the mess happening in the news, the government and even at Target, we wanted to do a special episode to talk about what's going on and how it impacts Black women.
    We spoke with author and speaker Kianna Alexander on what Pride means to her, her journey to finding her identity and how all of that impacts her writing and reading.
    Kianna is the author of more than 40 books and her latest, Can't Let Her Go, will be released on June 20. This follow-up to her previous book, Can't Resist Her, follows Peaches and Jamie, two professional Black women, as they “push past the boundaries of friendship into something deeper.” Find her at Twitter at @KiannaWrites and Instagram at kiannaalexanderwrites.
    As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons: Bryonna, Claire, Erica, Frank, I Found This Great Podcast, Jennifer, Kat, Martel, Montara and Noelia.
    If you like what you hear, be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 53: ’Everybody Ain’t Your Friend’

    Episode 53: ’Everybody Ain’t Your Friend’

    Happy new year, readers! We're kicking off 2023 as we do every year with mess and hijinks. It's Urban Fic Month, and this year, we read Everybody Ain't Your Friend, by Tanisha Stewart.
    This isn't a lesson we needed to learn, but our main character, Mia, was in desperate need of some education. How did she have so many unstable people in her life and not notice it? Why didn't she block anyone on Facebook? Why did she spell Tyreke with an "I"? So much to learn.
    As always, a very special thank you to our Patrons! If you want to be among our favorite people in the world, support us over on Pateron.
    We also love it when you rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.
    Special thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. And thanks to YOU for listening!

    • 1 hr 27 min
    BCL Chat: ’Kindred’ and Black SFF Panel Discussion

    BCL Chat: ’Kindred’ and Black SFF Panel Discussion

    Hey readers! We're still getting hyped for FX's new series, Kindred. Last time, we gave you a refresher (or possibly an introduction) to Octavia Butler and her work. In this episode, we invited an awesome panel of sci-fi fans and creators to chat about Butler, her legacy and what we hope to see in future adaptations of her work.
    Our awesome panelists are:
    Isis Asare is the founder and CEO of Sistah Scifi, the first Black owned bookstore focused on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.
    Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher and award-winning bestselling graphic novelist.
    John Jennings is a professor, author, graphic novelist, curator, Harvard Fellow and all-around champion of Black culture.
    Nova Sparks is a writer who grew up watching and reading science fiction, horror, and fantasy and quickly became a fanatic.
    They share how they discovered her work, what science fiction and fantasy mean to Black readers and their hopes for future works. Duffy and Jennings previously worked on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, which we chatted about before. Listen in and get nerdy.
    Thanks to our sponsor FX for supporting this episode. Kindred is streaming now only on Hulu. 
    And as always, thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 51: An Introduction to Octavia Butler & ’Kindred’

    Episode 51: An Introduction to Octavia Butler & ’Kindred’

    Hey, readers,
    We're doing something special this episode! In preparation of FX's new series Kindred, which will stream on Hulu beginning Dec. 13, we've decided to study up and learn more about the book and its genius author, Octavia Butler.
    Join us as we share some cool info about Ms. Butler, including what she had to say about her ability to write the future with eerie accurateness. Fun fact: The people at NASA are some real sci-fi nerds. Our girl Octavia has not one but two(!) astronomical features named after her.
    Then, we dig into Kindred, Butler's most iconic title. We've discussed a Kindred adaptation before, but this time we really get into Dana's struggle. Not only does she have to deal with one ancestor who's a racist slaveowner and another who hates her, she also has to put up with her husband's shit!
    Listen in and get ready for the first-ever TV adaptation of Kindred!
    Be sure to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts and Spotify.
    Thanks to our sponsor FX for supporting us with this episode. And as always, thanks to Suite45 for our theme song, Jones’n.

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

twodejia ,

New listener and I love it here!

I asked Siri for podcasts featuring Black women who read and was blessed with Black Chick Lit. A bittersweet find because I should be listening to an audiobook but…🤷🏾‍♀️ I can’t resist! Dani and Mollie are fun(ny), insightful and relatable. When I saw there was an older Ice Planet Barbarians episode, I knew this was where I needed to be!

M.R1992 ,

Funny and insightful

I have a blast listening to these hosts recap the books they choose, and I’ve learned a lot about genres I never considered before (like urban fiction). Very fun to listen to!

Sjh112 ,

The Wedding Date Episode

I’m late to this party! You ladies made me laughed out loud so many times. I was also commenting out loud about this book. You were so on point, my biggest problem with the book was the Elephant in the room place for conflict... interracial relationship. I feel like they glossed over it SO much! Being in an interracial relationship & marriage it is a REGULAR issue from day one. You never even knew if they dated white/black person before. The cultural aspect was absent as well. Especially if the author wanted to appeal to all audiences, this would have been so much more interesting and relatable. I’m a Latina and had the exact same thoughts as all of you. Great book discussion.

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