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Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week host Maiysha Kai sits down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Stacey Abrams, Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.

The Root Presents: It's Lit‪!‬ The Root

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week host Maiysha Kai sits down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Stacey Abrams, Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.

    59. Solving Black Nerd Problems, With William Evans and Omar Holmon

    59. Solving Black Nerd Problems, With William Evans and Omar Holmon

    This week we're talking with the co-founders of Black Nerd Problems, Omar Holmon and William Evans, about their aptly named new book, Black Nerd Problems. Listen to hear the talented poets and writers talk about how their new collection of essays came to be, their opinions on everything from X-Men's Storm to Candyman, and why it's so important to embrace nerd-dom.

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    • 37 min
    58. Nathan Harris on The Sweetness of Water

    58. Nathan Harris on The Sweetness of Water

    This week we're joined by Nathan Harris, whose debut novel, The Sweetness of Water, has been a breakout hit of 2021. Not only was the book an instant New York Times bestseller, but it was also an Oprah's Book Club pick, named on Barack Obama's Summer 2021 Reading List, and has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Listen to hear Nathan talk about how he went about capturing the different characters he created, and why he chose to write about the post-Civil War era of history.

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    • 25 min
    57. Keke Palmer on Slinging Southern Belle Insults

    57. Keke Palmer on Slinging Southern Belle Insults

    This week we're talking with Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, TV show host, and writer, Keke Palmer. Though Keke is perhaps best known for her roles in films like Akeelah and the Bee, Hustlers and the Scream Queens series, Keke is also an accomplished writer. She's recently partnered with romance novelist Jasmine Guillory to produce a collection of short stories, called Southern Belle Insults, which is available to listen to or read for free on Amazon. Listen to hear Keke talk about how the character of Lady Miss Jacqueline came to be, and where she hopes to take her next.

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    • 20 min
    56. Writing Cack-Handed, With Gina Yashere

    56. Writing Cack-Handed, With Gina Yashere

    This week we have the pleasure of being joined by the very funny and talented Gina Yashere. Gina is a standup comedian, TV writer, and actress. She has three self-produced comedy specials, is well known as the British Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and is also known for writing and performing on CBS’s sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola. Now, Gina has a memoir out titled Cack-Handed, which details her Nigerian British upbringing, and her hard-won career success.

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    • 37 min
    55. Dr. Keisha N. Blain on Reviving the Story of Fannie Lou Hamer

    55. Dr. Keisha N. Blain on Reviving the Story of Fannie Lou Hamer

    This week we're talking with award-winning historian Dr. Keisha N. Blain about her latest book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America. Listen to hear Dr. Blain talk about why she felt compelled to tell the story of Fannie Lou Hamer, and what most people don't realize about the significance of the complicated activist's legacy.

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    • 32 min
    54. Creating Worlds, With Namina Forna

    54. Creating Worlds, With Namina Forna

    This week we're talking with the talented fantasy author, Namina Forna, about her debut YA novel The Gilded Ones, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. Listen to hear Namina talk about why she's so passionate about writing for the fantasy and YA genres, and how her upbringing in Sierra Leone and Georgia influenced the stunning first book in her upcoming trilogy, which has already been optioned for a film adaptation.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Mary Burrell ,

Tangled Earbuds 58

I really enjoy this podcast, so many great books to read and so many great authors. I even love the introduction music.

Mickey Delight ,

The literary/ black culture podcast you’ve been looking for

Excellent guests, critical conversations, and a big dose of black joy - this podcast offers so much inspiration. The hosts are friendly and ask insightful questions that I really want to hear the answers to. Love it! It’s lit!

Madge Tully ,

It’s Lit is a Hit

Intelligent, interesting, informative interviews with contemporary writers. The hosts are warm, engaging, well prepared, and smart. It is a privilege to listen to these conversations. Thank you!

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