#Blackgirlsarefromthefuture Podcast, Book Club and New Product Shops

BGFTF Book Club

I am very happy to announce the brand spanking new #Blackgirlsarefromthefuture podcast, book club and shop. I  have been busy!


For this podcast we discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God by Ms. Zora Neal Hurston. I also talk about Dear White People the politics of the digital and mainstream distribution of Black films.

Podcast Segments:

  • Book Club: 2:50-13:00

  • Level Up of the Week: Justin director of Director of Dear Black People: 13:00 -17:54

  • Shout Outs: 17:55- 27:00

  • #AskAllCity: 27:00- 29:00

Mentioned in the podcast:

Here are my shops!

Shop: @TeeSpring – Until May 27th

Shop: Tote bags, pillows iphone cases, pencil pouches

Shop: Notebooks, coffee mugs, the Book

Facebook: Facebook.com/Blackgirlsarefromthefuture

Instagram: @Reninawrites

Twitter: @Reninawrites


Thank you for listening and sharing. I hope you enjoy it. ~R

Let me know. Did you enjoy it? Do you LOVE Their Eyes as much as I do? What else are you  reading?


Want “Black Girls Are From the Future: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture” at your local library? You can request it.

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You can request my book “Black Girls Are From the Future: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture” at your local library.

If you want the book in your library that you have to do is go to the website for your local library and request the book.  I have included links to ten cities where folks have supported the book. If I do not list your library link below, every website as a link where you can request a book.

If you have been on this ride with me, thank you for all of your support over the years. You all are the reason why I do what I do. If you are a new reader, thank you for joining the community. I treasure this space, because it has allowed me a space to develop my writing voice and create an international community.

Again. I appreciate you thank you for riding with me. You will need the ISBN number to order the book. The ISBN for the book is: 9780615835129.







Atlanta – via Collection.Development@fultoncountyga.gov



Los Angeles

Prince George’s County, Maryland – **Note. They don’t have a digital link, only a phone number, but I wanted to include it just the same.


Black Girls are From the Future Tee-Shirts for Sale via Tee-Spring

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Family. It is has been a long time coming. I finally have #BlackGirlsAreFromtheFuture Tee-Shirts, Tank-tops and hoodies for sale via tee-spring. At first I thought this was the culmination of 5 years of work, but honestly, it is the result of a over a decade of blogging work.

You have 7 more days to buy a tank top, tee-shirt or hoodie. I cannot wait to see you all in them.

Stickers for the store

You can also buy other #Blackgirlsarefromthefuture merchandise @ bigcartel.


On Black Women x Hip Hop x Feminism in 2014


I am going to be @ UDC doing a panel on Hip Hop and Sexuality as a part of the One Mic DC Festival. If you are in the area, please stop by, I’d love to see you.

Feminism and social media has hit a tipping point of sorts over the last 6 months with regard to online conversations. As a person who has been blogging/writing about the intersection of hip hop and feminism for nearly, gasp, ten years, I have a unique perspective.

So here is what I am thinking about. Boom Bap. Feminism and the Political/Politics of who gets in the archive.

  • There is a post right now on The Awl about Women of Color and boom bap, as it pertains to the documentary series “The Tanning of America.” These conversations are peculiar to me because the elephant in the room is that SOME people just are not interested in hearing what Black women have to say. Now a lot of folks won’t say that shit out loud, BUT, I think that that is the subtext to a lot of these conversations. This blog post which addresses gender and why some men CAN’T listen to Nicki Minaj underscores it.  Furthermore, Choosing NOT to listen to someone is an act of power. It isn’t also lost on me that Black Girl Emcees are underrepresented in the documentary “The Tanning of America.” In fact it underscores a clear pattern with regard to the treatment of Black women and girls. Black women solidly voted democratic and for president Obama, we are a key part of his base. However his most recently policy chooses to focus on our brothers and our sons, but we street teamed for him in ways like no one else did. The data shows this. One of the central jobs of Feminists in general and Black feminists in particular have been writing Black women back into history even if we have to do it in the crevices; for now. Choosing to write yourself into history is an act of power as well.
  • So I have been thinking about Nas and his feminist mafia tweet. Nasir Jones’ Illmatic has been central to my identity since I was as a teenager. Especially as a teenager.  So has Black feminism. See this blog post “Michele Wallace and Illmatic.”I had been going back and forth with Britni Danielle about Nas and that tweet and I came to clear conclusion. I am not really invested in what Nasir Jones thinks about feminism unless and only if he is using is platform as a space to interrogate healthy forms of Black masculinity, and toxic Black masculinity!!! The hood needs it. AND, I really think it would be interesting. This is no shade to Britni, she is my homegirl we’ve been in this internet game together for a hot minute and if all goes well we will be doing a book reading in LA next year. However, I needed to untangle, and mark my concern OR lack of investment in what he has to say about that topic. I think the other things is, two Black girls, queer Black girls were murdered two weeks ago ostensibly because they were a couple.  In fact, Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson may have been murdered by Britney’s father. They were killed and left near a garbage can. The fuck? And Relisha Rudd is still missing. I think that questions of state violence against Black people, and violence against Black girls in Black families presses ME more right now.
  • I just want Black girls to be free. Not just the sons. If I ruled the world. <—You see what I did there? #blackgirlsarefromthefuture.
  • All this being said. I am happy that there is a lot of theoretical energy invested in Black feminism online. I think it is the work of 100 years of often unacknowledged/ under acknowledged work by Black women and women of color.

What do you think about hip hop and feminism and 2014?

Is the issue really that some folks don’t give a shit about what Black women have to say?

Or is the issue that I am tripping because we can care about Relisha, Britney and Crystal AND Nas?

Oh and I LOVE my Ice Cube meme. I am winning!

Saturday March 22nd-Black Girls Are From the Future x Oakland: 6pm- 9pm @BettiOno Gallery: $10

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Saturday March 22nd, at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland California, I will be doing an Oakland book launch. Tix are $10 on Eventbrite and you can get them @ the door as well.

As you know I have been writing about Oakland, for a VERY, VERY, VERY long time, so it is really surreal to go home to the place that made me and say “Look ma we did it,” literally and figuratively.

Honestly I am happy to go home too to pay homage to the Oakland Public Library, specifically the ones in West Oakland and Martin Luther King on East 14th (yeah, I know it’s International Blvd now, but when I was a kid it was E14th, so there) and see about getting the book into their library system. The West Oakland Library was so extensive in terms of their fiction and nonfiction by, for and  about Black Women and Women of Color.

Peep game. In the 90’s the dope game was eating Oakland from the inside out, so there are two places that I didn’t have to plead with my mother to let me go to; the grocery store and the library. Hence my Love affair with the MLK library on 66th Ave.

I feel safe in libraries.

For me it is really important for little bears to have access to books the way I did. AND BGFTF is now on the Kindle, so folks can download them and get it cracking, “We Are Living in Your Internet” ~Ms. Erykah Badu. By May of this year, I’ll have broader distribution so that I can get in libraries. (Let’s not even GET into the indie publishing politics around getting into the Library of Congress, book stores, and libraries. I will save that for another day.)

I can’t help but thinking all the times I was a little bear walking up and down telegraph avenue, buying cd’s and tapes at Rasputins, now I am selling books on the internet. What!?!?!?

Oakland Haunts Me.

Oakland Made me.

Here are 5 Things You Can Do Before the Event

5 Things you can do before


1. Video

2. Newsletter

3. Audio Book Chapter “Oakland Haunts Me, Why I Will Not Be Going to See Fruitvale Station”

4. Facebook

5. Digital Story

Here are some of the topics we will discuss.

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Please leave a comment below, ESPECIALLY if you were one of the people who encouraged me back in the day. I have something I’d like to send you.

Reading anything good lately?

What do you see on the horizon for Black women’s stories in 2014?

Oh and if you bought a book and have something nice to say, please leave couple of sentences on AMAZON. Ya’ll have my page looking thirsty, and I KNOW I’ve sold some books in from August to September. I know you are busy, so a few sentences are fine. Do it on the bus/train on the way home. I’ll hug you for it.

Is 2014, #BlackgirlTime, as I say?

What do you do to relax before a big day, I am kinda pressed, and all I want are tacos, #snowedin. #notacoyet.