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Summary The Black Flamingo

We need to take charge to stand up wearing pink feathers to show ourselves to the world in bold colou I haven t loved verse novels in the past I have found them hard to connect to Until The Black Flamingo Men are sand castles made out of pebblesand the bucket is patriarchy if you remove itwe fear we won t be able to hold ourselvestogether we pour in cement to fill the gapsto make ourselves concrete constructions This book is truly beautiful It s about understanding your own identity and knowing that you are the one in charge of the terms and conditions of such He is me who I have been who I am who I hope to become Someone fabulous wild and strong With or without a costume on As a white straight cisgendered woman technically I have very little in common with the main character in this book and my voice is not the one you should be listening to when it comes to singing this books praises Michael is mixed race He is gay He is struggling to find his identity Where he feels he can be himself But the beauty of this book is this is his story It s not about me It s not about you It s about Michael and his path to embracing who he is And through Michael s journey we can all ask ourselves who we are You both need to understand the black woman black man black trans person is always last to be thought of as attractive in this white supremacist society We are all black and white alike shown a beauty standard of light skin and good hair maybe big lips maybe a big bum but hardly ever on someone with darker skin When a black person says they re only into white people that s internalised racism When a white person says they re only into block people that s fetishisation which is also a form of racism If their skin or racialised features matter to you than the person within that s racism I can t be your friend without calling this out Your ignorance may be innocent but the racism is real I want both of you to think about how what you said might make me feel The book follows Michael all the way from childhood to university life And at every step it is hauntingly beautiful It s honest It s unflinching Simple things such as the engendered way children are given particular toys to play with are exposed for their confining message We follow Michael as he loves for the first time As he confuses attention and love As he deals with vitriol and hatred As he gets continually shamed for being him As he struggles with his mixed race identity and not being either white enough or black enough As he finally finds himself through drag performance Don t let anyone tell you that you are half anythingYou are a full human being It s never as simple as being half and half I adore this book The prose is both lyrical and accessible but than anything it is deeply moving There are so many passages and excerpts that I could uote from I come from shepherd s pie and Sundayroast jerk chicken and stuffed vine leavesI come from travelling through taste budsbut loving where I live I come from a home that some would call brokenI come from DIY that never got doneI come from waiting by the phonefor him to call I come from waving the white flag to loneliness I come from the rainbow flag and the Union Jack I come from a British passportand an ever ready suitcase I come fromjet fuel and fresh coconut waterI come from crossing oceansto find myself I come from deep issuesand shallow solutionsI come from a limited vocabulary but an unrestricted imaginationI come from a decent education and a marvellous motherI come from being given permissionto dream but choosing to wake upinstead I come from wherever I laymy head I come from unanswered uestions and unread books unnoticedeffort and undelivered apologiesand thanks I come from who I trust and who I have leftI come from last year and last yearand I don t notice how I ve changedI come from looking in the mirrorand looking online to find myselfI come from stories myths legendsand folk tales I come from lullabiesand pop songs hip hop and poetryI come from griots grandmothers and her story tellers I come frompublished words and strangers smilesI come from my own pen but I seepeople torn apart like paper each a storyor poem that never made it into a book The world needs to know about Michael We need books like this to spread acceptance inclusivity diversity This gorgeous book has just smashed my heart and made me fall so deeply in love with it Five stars For reviews and book related chat check out my blog

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The Black Flamingo

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed race gay teen then at university he finds his wings 45Update I reread this because I had listened to the audiobook the first time and then found out there were illustrations in it and I m sooo glad I did

Dean Atta º 9 Summary

As a drag artist The Black Flamingo A bold story about the power of embracing your uniueness Sometimes 45 Stars


10 thoughts on “The Black Flamingo

  1. says:

    45Update I reread this because I had listened to the audiobook the first time and then found out there were illustrations in it and I'm sooo glad I did

  2. says:

    “your ignorance may be innocent but the racism is real” wow just wow READ THIS BOOK it's incredible and 100% one of my favourite books of the year

  3. says:

    who else did not know they needed this drag ueen origin storyI first saw Dean Atta talk and read at a poetry event in Berlin I had previously read his poem How to come out as gay in the ueer anthology Proud that you should definitely read cause

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    45 Stars

  5. says:

    Don’t come out because you think that society expects you toCome out for yourselfCome out to yourselfThis book was such an impactful read for me and the epilogue had me sobbing with how much I resonated with everything be

  6. says:

    Oh wow my heart is so full I LOVED THIS SO MUCH Dean Atta this is exceptional Thank you The Black Flamingo is a novel written in verse My first read ever in verse Going in I was concerned I wanted to read it because of the subject matter but I just wasn't sure if the format would work for me My experience with

  7. says:

    Gorgeously uniue Dean Atta's The Black Flamingo is a salute to finding and loving yourselfMichael is a half Jamaican half Greek Cypriot boy growing up in London He realizes early on that being mixed race makes him different as he’s not black enough for some in his family and not Greek enough for othersHe also knows he’d rather play with dolls and his female friends and kiss the boys After some ridicule by his peers he finds a

  8. says:

    this book was so good for many reasons including the line “Rowan looks like Ed Sheeran if he was handsome”rtc

  9. says:

    I haven't loved verse novels in the past I have found them hard to connect to Until The Black Flamingo Men are sand castles made out of pebblesand the bucket is patriarchy if you remove itwe fear we won't be able to hold ourselvestogether we p

  10. says:

    This was just beautiful and I feel like I want half the book in uotes on my wall because it's just so deeply about identity and self and figuring out how you can fit yourself into the things you admire The ueer self discovery and love really filled me although the book didn't feel long enough I felt like Michael's life

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