Episode 24: If Beale Street Could Talk Discussion, with our favorite Trader Joe’s carpool pals Brit and Richard

On today’s episode, our IRL friends Brit and Richard are back to discuss If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. We saw the movie together and then read the book, which might sound backwards to some readers, but it enriched our conversation. We talk about the book, the movie, and how James Baldwin manages to tackle big social issues in such beautiful small scenes. It’s a long discussion, and an important one. We’re so happy that Brit and Richard took the time to read and discuss this classic work with us!

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Show Notes:

Sarah Brightman and the Russian Space Program on NPR

If Beale Street Could Talk Audiobook

Serial Season 3

Regina King Oscar Acceptance Speech

Hallmark Mahogany

If Beale Street Could Talk Soundtrack

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

50% off Haymarket Books on the struggle for Black liberation

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Care and Feeding of ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

James Baldwin and Black Feminism

Beale Street Reading List

How James Baldwin’s Writings About Love Evolved

Beale Street Changed My Life

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