ABOUT SOME BLACK
The Some Black Girls™ series examines issues around the social construction and misrecognition of gender, race, ethnicity, and class among children of immigrants, particularly young girls and women of the African Diaspora. The flagship book, Some Black Girls Don't Sit Together in the Cafeteria, features the story of a young Nigerian girl named Seyi growing up in the United States. The book explores anti-blackness, colorism, skin bleaching, language loss, and bullying among her school community, parents, and peers. These are social dimensions that significantly impact the identity experiences, academic performance, and sense of belonging among children of immigrants, particularly those of the African Diaspora. Each chapter concludes with culturally-specific and relevant topics to encourage courageous conversations in schools and other learning communities.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Seyi, pronounced Shay-ee, moved to the United States from Nigeria with her family and has experienced many difficult situations. Throughout the story, Seyi explains the struggles and triumphs of being accepted by her African American peers and fitting in at The Black Table in the Cafeteria. When the Queen Bee, Keisha, and her crew insult Seyi’s African food, dark skin, and Nigerian culture, Seyi has to decide: will she ignore them like she usually does and remain a timid little mouse or finally fight back?
... The chapter book, “Some Black Girls Don't Sit Together in the Cafeteria”, is for readers seeking more in-depth knowledge about racism, colorism, and intra-racial and intra-ethnic relations within the African Diaspora generally and specifically, the U.S. Black population....
“Some Black Girls Don't Sit Together in the Cafeteria” is a must-read for teachers and administrators seeking to learn about and further support African families and children. The book would be a great addition to middle school, high school, or college English courses.
Dr. Rosemary Traore
Let me first start off by saying that I am really not a leisure reader, so for me to take the time to read this book is big for me! It kept my interest from beginning to end. I am an American Black woman and this book even opened my eyes to some things. I highly recommend this book, and this non-leisure reader will be reading the next one!
I didn't know what to expect when I read this book, but I am glad I did. I found myself reflecting back on my high school years and the social pressures to fit in. The writing is so colorful and descriptive I felt like I was living in the book. At the end of each chapter, there are discussion questions - this book should be in every school library! I thoroughly enjoyed it but now eager to find out what happens next and also more about the character's backgrounds. Bring on the next!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS OF SOME BLACK GIRLS™
Tyneka was Keisha'’s homegirl, her number one hype-girl. She was a light-skinned, thin African American girl who usually wore a long, black, sew-in weave that was always laid. She was known to be very popular in school.
Marcus, a cool, quiet, and insightful brother. He often asked me interesting questions about my family and life in Nigeria. I liked talking with him. The subjects we discussed helped me understand how African Americans viewed my African behaviors.
Kwame, a handsome, smart, chocolate-skinned brother. He had clean, perfectly even white teeth; when he smiled, the room literally lit up. He was fine! Kwame always looked so delicious to me. His black skin was dark, rich, and smooth like a Hershey chocolate kiss. It glistened in the sun. Kwame's family was from Ghana.